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Or, perhaps, a non-living being? While the evolution of Ellen's character from innocent and submissive to frighteningly powerful is a slow process, the language and questioning nature of her entries entice the reader as the mystery of Rose Red is brought into full bloom. Ellen also reveals frustration and disappointment with her marriage namely her husband's unfaithfulness and alarmingly frequent involvement in voyeuristic activities as well as a growing confusion about her sexual identity and attachment to her friend and African handmaid, Sukeena.
In addition to extensive dialogue that makes the diary seem a tad more like a novel than someone's personal confessions, Ellen's entries are accompanied by a handful of explanatory notes put in by the "editor" and supposed professor of paranormal studies, Joyce Reardon. The people mentioned in the diary, as well as Reardon, are all characters in Rose Red, which was created directly for television by the bestselling author.
As to who penned the actual text of the diary? That remains as much of a mystery as Rose Red herself.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. I would certainly say that if potential readers really have no interest in tracking down and reviewing the resultant miniseries, ROSE RED, then they should give this book a wide berth; its virtues are minimal when removed from its context of laying the narrative foundation of the miniseries.
This is a great story, told in a diary format, it kept my attention so thoroughly that I read it straight through! It was good enough to be turned into a mini-series! Read this book 3X's! The movie was nothing to write home about, typical Steven King.
I wish it had been based more on the book. The idea of this enormous house, Rose Red, being a living, breathing entity is fascinating! The book is so well written that it keeps you wanting more. Mass Market Paperback Verified download. It never hurts for a book dealing with the paranormal and horror to have a little mystery surrounding who actually wrote the book, along with all the media hype promoting the TV mini-series.
For the record, this was written by Ridley Pearson, not Stephen King, though King was certainly aware of its gestation. But who wrote it matters little versus the prime requisite: Does it provoke the spine-tingling feeling that some of the best in this genre can?
It's certainly readable. The characterization of the main character Ellen Rimbauer is truly excellent. She starts as a woman who is a rather naive nineteen year old, and progressing through her thoughts and feelings about marrying a man twenty years her senior with a reputation as a 'ladies man'. How she manages her husband and his wayward ways forms one of the continuing lynch-pins of this tale. If there is a climax it was to This was a book that I picked up and started reading essentially because it happened to be right there in front of me.
The only person in the entire book that I had any interest in at all was the Chinese mystic and she was only there on a couple of pages. My guess is the author really wanted to try to practice writing erotic fiction.
It was a bad try. The lesson that the author needs to learn is that gratuitous yet completely uninteresting sex does not a good story make.
Lame book. View all 4 comments. No, it's not great literature View all 15 comments. Sep 04, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: This combination of history, the paranormal and the power of the human mind, is a really great story with more to it than meets the eye.
Mar 28, Robyn rated it it was ok Shelves: First I would like to point out that while Stephen King was responsible for the miniseries, which takes place after the events of this book, he is not the author of this book, which becomes quickly apparent as you read. It lacks King's style, and I'm surprised that any fan of his would think this was the case more than five pages in. The actual author according to wikipedia, and the author's own site is Ridley Pearson.
He's apparently a really real person, with his own list of books on site.
Given the attempted ARG elements that accompanied the promotion of these materials, I can see where it got confusing for some people.
Now, on to the review of the book itself: This started out as a decent story, one I've been meaning to read since seeing the television miniseries when it originally aired just about ten years ago, at the time of this writing. I don't remember much about the series, except that at the point it had aired, I was well versed enough in Kingology to predict every single turn of the plot, much to my family's annoyance.
However, as it the book goes on the diary gimmick of it feels very much tacked on, with conversations related a touch too precisely, and obvious "writer tricks" stuck into the narrative, spoiling the illusion of an actual journal. Additionally, while the story shies away from the big obvious scares; leaving you with mysterious disappearances and a dearth of any kind of gore, it doesn't provide scares in any significant other ways, either. The fact is simply that if you're going for moody and atmospheric frights, a diary style presentation simply doesn't work as well.
It puts the author into a catch; if he tries to make it sound like a diary, he's going to lose the sense of atmosphere, as most people don't add descriptive passages to their journals, a necessary technique to build mood and eeriness. If on the other hand, he tries to evoke the mood properly, he loses the real "diary" feeling. There are cases where an author has been able to pull this kind of thing off, but it's a fine line to walk. Additionally, as the story moved on, the characters became more and more exaggerated, to the point that it began to feel cartoonish.
I'm all for having the characters change and grow and so on, but this really got ridiculous. This also happened with the plot, which seemed like it was trying for subtle strangeness in the beginning of the book,, and then just got completely insane later on, and not in a good scary way.
By the end, nothing anyone was doing made any sense. There were a few characters in the story who didn't undergo this bizzarre transformation, but we don't see enough of them for them to really get interesting. Promising characters are tossed aside too soon, and as the narrator's madness grows, we start to wonder where all of her former friends and her family are in all this.
I mostly gave this two stars based on the novel's very strong and interesting start if not for that it would most definitely have been a one star book. Make no mistake, the first half of this book is pretty good. The exotic locales, the protagonist's strange husband, and Ellen's internal life are all very real and fascinating.
It just doesn't keep up this pace, and devolves slowly into nonsense. A final note: Certain parts of the book were "edited out," and placed on a website somewhere, for reasons I don't truly understand. Supposedly, this is because the fake researcher who found this fake diary thought they were too juicy for the public so she put them on the internet..?
That makes sense I guess? The problem is, it seems the site has been abandoned, and the excerpts are now gone, with no mirror of them in sight. I was promised debauchery, and it seems that now I will never get it. Though from what I could gather off related sites, this debauchery includes sex scenes with an icicle, which sounds May 14, Tabby Kat rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really loved this book.
I recieved my copy as a surprise gift from my husband and I read it right after I watched the series on TV. The book is very well written and is just like a diary. It complaments the movie very well if you have seen the movie by all means read this companion book. A mysterious and haunting spirit lurks within the walls of Rose Red, the setting for Stephen King's upcoming ABC miniseries tie-in by the same name.
Built on a Native American burial ground in early 20th-centu I really loved this book. Built on a Native American burial ground in early 20th-century Seattle, the mansion which is constantly under construction sets the scene for a multitude of inexplicable disappearances and ghastly deaths.
While moody oil tycoon John Rimbauer refuses to acknowledge that the house has a mind of its own, his young wife, Ellen, dramatizes these eerie events with great detail in her diary, often personifying the house as if it were a living being. Or, perhaps, a non-living being?
While the evolution of Ellen's character from innocent and submissive to frighteningly powerful is a slow process, the language and questioning nature of her entries entice the reader as the mystery of Rose Red is brought into full bloom. Ellen also reveals frustration and disappointment with her marriage namely her husband's unfaithfulness and alarmingly frequent involvement in voyeuristic activities as well as a growing confusion about her sexual identity and attachment to her friend and African handmaid, Sukeena.
In addition to extensive dialogue that makes the diary seem a tad more like a novel than someone's personal confessions, Ellen's entries are accompanied by a handful of explanatory notes put in by the "editor" and supposed professor of paranormal studies, Joyce Reardon. The people mentioned in the diary, as well as Reardon, are all characters in Rose Red, which was created directly for television by the bestselling author. As to who penned the actual text of the diary?
That remains as much of a mystery as Rose Red herself. About the only thing positive I can say about this book is that the premise is interesting. The execution is lacking, though. I finished the book out of mild curiosity to see how the story played out and because I needed the Supernatural bingo square for the Hall About the only thing positive I can say about this book is that the premise is interesting.
I finished the book out of mild curiosity to see how the story played out and because I needed the Supernatural bingo square for the Halloween Bingo. This book was written as a movie tie-in, intended to serve as a prequel and Blair Witch style marketing hype. It refers to supplemental materials on a now-defunct website for the fake university that the fake author supposedly taught at. I suppose this is one of the downsides to the multimedia book idea that I enjoyed with Night Film.
The book is forever, but the online supplementals are transient and render the book itself forever incomplete. On a side note: I see that I originally rated this book 4 stars when I read it eleven years ago.
Funny how our tastes and judgement change over time. Perfect creep-fest story to go along with the dark and stormy nights that we've been having! Aug 05, Kandice rated it liked it. So, I'll have to admit, first of all, that I really thought Stephen King wrote this.
I felt like such a putz when it was pointed out that he did not. At least I can breathe a sigh of relief, because this was not up to King's usual level. This diary entry book tells the story of Ellen Rimbauer and her life at the mansion Rose Red. The story actually begins on the day footings are being laid for the mansion's foundation, and then follows Ellen and John Rimbauer on their year long honeymoon aro So, I'll have to admit, first of all, that I really thought Stephen King wrote this.
The story actually begins on the day footings are being laid for the mansion's foundation, and then follows Ellen and John Rimbauer on their year long honeymoon around the world, with their eventual return to the completed Rose Red. We are shown early on what sort of man John is, and that Ellen, despite being a bit non-conventional, is going to accept this behaviour, not only for the benefits of his wealth, but for the chance at children and a family.
A well respected family. Ellen Rimbauer is an infinitely fascinating character to me, almost from her first diary entry at She is writing in , but her inner feelings, thoughts, desires, are so out of step with the times that I couldn't wait to see what she would do with them.
Turns out Well, nothing, except marry a womanizing pig, albeit a rich one, contract syphilis from his easy ways, and then spend the rest of her life punishing him for it by spending his money on the never ending expansion of Rose Red. I'm sure it's meant to be ambiguous, but it was never clear who or what exactly was "haunting" Rose Red.
The fact that she was haunted was undeniable. She also needed "feeding" and was able to help herself in that regard. Many women disappeared and many men died within her grounds. Many of the women actually seemed to disappear in defense of Ellen Rimbauer or her honor, so even from the beginning the house seemed protective of, if not loving, of her. How was this relationship fostered? That's one question I would really like an answer to. I own this book, but audio-ed it this time. I found many of the editorial notes amusing, especially on the audio.
The diary entries are supposedly edited by Joyce Reardon, PH. Where omissions are made, they are explained as unneccesary, repetitive, or in one large chunk, as too "risque".
The book leaves it at Reardon's explanation, but the audio goes on to say that the edited entries can be found on a website for Beaumont University by entering a particular URL. I wonder how many listeners tried to read those edited entries since it was made clear they were not only sexual in nature, but downright deviant!
View all 9 comments. Jul 09, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cheryl by: This book really held my attention. I even thought it was real. I was very disappointed when I discovered the truth. The movie is stupid, so if you've seen it, don't let it play a role in your decision to read this book. Nov 30, J. This was a lesson in what constitutes progress. Found this on a rainy day in Venice Public Library and decided it might be sort of time-capsule creepy, a mouse-hole view into another era.
If I had had any idea whatsoever that this was in fact a companion novelization to a popular Stephen King miniseries But on this day I needed something to read, and my holds had yet to appear in the arrivals stack. Nothing about cover, flyleaf notes, or interior designations This was a lesson in what constitutes progress.
Nothing about cover, flyleaf notes, or interior designations indicate that it was anything other than a diary, brought to light as historical artifact. So it was chosen the old fashioned way, without resort to pre-release info, review-page or online investigation.
We now forget how valuable those guidelines can be for choosing books. A few pages in, I wagered that the "actual diary excerpts" guarantee here was fake, but things proceed slowly enough in the initial chapters for that to stay a non-issue.
After some chapters had passed, though, there was ample reason to think that this was all phony. Most conspicuously Our Heroine, who is shockingly worldly and composed for a blushing Edwardian teenage bride.
Considerations of corporate responsibility in the world markets, and an amazing openess to other cultures, combined with a virtual Our Bodies Our Selves enlightenment on things feminine conspire to give the game away.
By the middle of the book I realized I was thinking of her as some kind of turn-of-the-century Sarah Palin, all at once conversant on any theme that arises, and yet-- so permanently clueless. This was once a tiny little penny-candy sitting on some counter of future delights, an unopened Bazooka Bubble Gum of a good idea. As it is, it's a black gooey blob on the underside of lost endeavors. But who really wrote this, who reworked it into senseless oblivion, and who really cares will all have to remain unanswered.
If I were a nine-year old girl in some pre-internet culture, who had never read any worthwhile fiction, I would love this book. As it actually stands, well Considering this was written as promotional material for a TV movie, there's actually something to The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.
There's not a lot to it, but it's not bad by any means. The tone is inconsistent and the story doesn't make a lot of sense, but you've got a philandering oil baron husband, a psychically-sensitive housewife, a spooky African housemaid with powers, a Chinese medium with Considering this was written as promotional material for a TV movie, there's actually something to The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.
The tone is inconsistent and the story doesn't make a lot of sense, but you've got a philandering oil baron husband, a psychically-sensitive housewife, a spooky African housemaid with powers, a Chinese medium with broken English, an Indian burial ground The house eats women and kills unfaithful men, and there are implications that the forces at play are something more than the Native Americans whose graves were disturbed, but nothing is really fleshed out.
The house changes shape sometimes. Sometimes there are ghosts but other times there are visions. Sometimes the house is the whim of Ellen Rimbauer, sometimes it is not. You just sort of have to go with it. But there is something readable and blithely enjoyable about it. I can't put my finger on what I found so appealing because when I think back critically, all I have is downsides. There are a couple moments when the author breaks the diary-style in a jarring way with "I would later come to realize If you're writing this in , how do you know what you will come to realize many years from now?
That's a pretty bad mistake. They're probably terrible good too. View all 3 comments. Aug 15, Sistermagpie rated it did not like it. As haunted house books go, this one had an interesting premise but I didn't find the story interesting. I was so impressed sounds so odd after reading the tragic events at Rose Red that I had to read more into it from the Beaumont University Site mentioned in the book where they supposedly key word here included some of the deleted diary pages, pictures, and more details of Reardon's research.
But in further reading and going through links looking for those mentioned "deleted entries", I discovered that many links were going nowhere. I did however get through to the HistoryLink. It's here that I found out that it was all indeed a "hoax" for this fiction story.
What does that say about the book?! It got me so it was GOOD!! LOL Will it get you?!