Hobgoblin. Hobgoblin. Add to Wishlist. Hobgoblin. By: John Coyne Scott plunges deeper and deeper into the dreamlike allure of Hobgoblin until more than. Hobgoblin is just a game. Ballycastle is just a house. Scott is just a lonely teenage boy. Until one Hallowe’en, a Hobgoblin kills everyone he loves. Hobgoblin. Hobgoblin. Hobgoblin by John Coyne. Published July by Berkley Books. pages. So last night I finished my long-overdue reread of.

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The character acts like a jerk especially to the people who are nice to himtries to kill himself multiple times, and swears like a year-old on XBox live.

This item doesn’t belong on this page. I read this book in the late ’80’s as a teenager. Langdon’s finest hour, but it serves him right. I personally like having a book in hand, but am coming to terms with the inevitability of the ebook slaying the mass market paperback. Paperback John Steinbeck Books.

Paperback Books in English John Grisham. Let me count the ways. You would think if he was so wrapped up in a hobgpblin he would have played the game by himself if nothing interesting was going on but he just talks about it.

Another book I read as a teenager. Once, when I was in a nearby used bookstore in late ’87 then in 8th grade I was looking through the uobgoblin section. There’s just something about it As an adult, it didn’t, but I recognize the elements that did it at the time.

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Anonymous February 17, at 5: This book also set me on a quest to find out more about Brian Boru.

So, while Barbara does a catalogue of Ballycastle, Scott goes to Flat Rock High School and becomes addicted to a fantasy war-game called Hobgoblin in which he takes upon himself the character of legendary Irish hero Brian Boru. And I hope your little one likes it too. He thinks the monsters in his fantasy game are real. Meanwhile, Barbara is falling for Derek Brennan, director of the Ballycastle Foundation Scott naturally becomes jealous.

If you’re a RPG gamer I highly recommend this book. I got about 50 pages into it and sort of gave up when I started looking into acquiring the film rights and whatnot. Perhaps our little one at age 8 already loves both horror and fantasy stuff will read it after some years. Now how many of these people get in trouble?

His character is Brian Boru, a high level fighter who never gets killed. Will Errickson April 15, at 9: I liked this book especially realizing that it was written in H So after reading Mazes and Monsters, I struggled with this book.

It takes the entire story it generated and just throws it away.

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He is the author of more than twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books, including a number of horror novels, while his short stories have been collected in “best of” anthologies such as Modern Masters of Horror and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. I applaud it for not trying to make magic real, but at the same time the final parts of the book come out of nowhere, there is some gruesome parts, but it’s unbelievable, and worse.


It’s actually good to know that some people are still out there reading this. But when Barbara discovers a pornographic photo collection, suspicion falls on the supposedly dead former-owner Fergus, who apparently was heavily into sado-masochistic murder way back when.

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You also mention something that raises a good point: The other parts drag on with teenage angst. Sep 21, Dennis Logan rated it really liked it. As for the story, it’s acceptable, it’s not great. When teenage Scott Gardiner’s father dies of a heart attack, Scott drops out of Spencertown Academy for Boys and goes with art-historian mother Barbara to Ballycastle on the Hudson–an Irish castle brought over stone by stone by the late, rich Fergus O’Cuilleannain.

The books story is bad and on it’s own it probably could have survived, but when almost every character is unlikable, and you have just horrible writing, there’s no forgiving that.


I should mention that Scott is in his late teens. I read the front and back cover blubs. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book where I didn’t like a single character in it.

Today, in addition to writing, he is working at a college again and edits the Web site www.