Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone

The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention This is where four young friends come of age in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion Their innocent games soon bring them facThe village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention This is where four young friends come of age in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion Their innocent games soon bring them face to face with the village s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King s classic short story Children of the Corn and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm.
Your House Is on Fire Your Children All Gone The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers the small pub whose regulars talk of revenant

  • Title: Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone
  • Author: Stefan Kiesbye
  • ISBN: 9780143121466
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. this book was an easy near-five stars for me opens with a funeral scene in rural germany - three men and a woman attend the burial of a woman; a childhood friend. there is an awkward conversation, sprinkled with resentment and innuendo. at the close of the prologue, the woman triumphantly pisses on the grave.everyone's got grudgeswhat follows is a series of short stories, alternating between the perspectives of all five characters, as they dispassionately recount the horrific (to the reader) chi [...]

    2. Hey, quick, who am I?"Four stars! Four stars! Hey, this book: four stars! That book: four stars! A very merry four stars to me! To who? To you! Last Sunday's Walking Dead episode? The dessert menu at my apartment on Thanksgiving? This cup of coffee in front of me? Four stars, four stars, four stars!" Yeah, we've all lamented the star situation before and maybe wish we'd never started using them to begin with, but I must applaud something about this really likeable book: Guess what? I "really lik [...]

    3. if one of the ironies of the human condition is that we race through childhood unaware only to spend a lifetime trying to get it all back, the avid reader enjoys a parallel irony in that we burrow deeper and deeper into analysis and critical thinking only, really, to try and more fully recapture the childlike sense of being lost in a story. (i'm generalizing, but go with me on this…) impossible to shut down the critical mechanism, though: you can't unring a bell. & once you ring it, never [...]

    4. Even though this takes place in Germany I'm sticking it my 'true-grit' (aka fucked up white trash) shelf. I guess America doesn't have a monopoly on twisted Appalachia type folks, although there is an element of old-world charm here that is generally missing from my dentally impaired and radially excelled countrymen and women. The book opens in the modern day. A guy returns to his hometown after years away to find it being overrun by yuppie types, but with some of his old friends still making up [...]

    5. Joaquin Phoenix was brilliant in the role of Freddie Quell in the motion picture 'The Master.' I'm not recommending the film or saying I liked it in any way, shape or form, but I can appreciate great acting when I see it. Aside from Phoenix, I thought the film was lacking -- it had no arc -- it was disturbing and uncomfortable in the beginning, middle and end, but otherwise didn't really go anywhere. I had a similar experience with this freaky little novel. There was this sort of pervasive Creep [...]

    6. Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone caught my eye with its title and fittingly creepy cover. But often a cover deceives me. This one delivers on the creep factor and is a quietly dark, infinitely disturbing book. Each chapter is told by one of five friends as they’re coming of age in an isolated, superstitious small town, in each chapter they either do something horribly disturbing or find out an equally disturbing secret about an adult in their life. Each story builds on the dread a [...]

    7. It begins with some old, old friends reuniting for the funeral of a childhood pal. Then one of them literally SPITS (and worse!) on the grave! What gives? They were the best of friends when they were kids.Then, we meet them as kids, growing up in a nasty, gossipy village that is ruled by superstition and fear. There are plenty of dark secrets to be kept and shared. Adults are mean to other adults and to children. Children, in turn, are cruel to EVERYONE. This is an unpleasant, yet mesmerizing, r [...]

    8. This is compared to Stephen King's "Children of the Corn," but I cannot see any relation. This story isn't creepy, and if supernatural things are happening, I missed them completely. It's not just the children in this village in Germany that do bad things - it's everyone. Adults to children, children to children, children to adults, adults to babies, and adults to adults. It's just people doing crappy things to each other, but as the reader, I didn't even care. I felt zero connection with the ch [...]

    9. I picked this up for the RIP VI Challenge , thinking it would be a creepy, chilling read for this time of year. It was thattually, it was more than that -- I found it quite disturbing and it left me feeling faintly queasy. For me personally, this was a disturbing read that I couldn't find much purpose in. There is no denouement, really, except for the return of the four characters, now adults, to the village, which seems to have become a nice, touristy small town in Germany. Only they hold its d [...]

    10. The short version:The longer version:Between the title and the creepy child on the cover of this book, I'd usually say NOPE. Because if you've been following me for a while now, you know that for as much as I enjoy horror, I steer clear of anything bad happening to kids or animals. I don't know if it's a product of age, having had a kid, or just tiring of the frequency with which the genre goes to those things for a cheap emotional reaction or all three? Whatever. It's not what I enjoy. Also, cr [...]

    11. YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, YOUR CHILDREN ALL GONE, by Stefan Kiesbye, revolves around the small village of Hemmersmoor. It could be called a type of "coming of age" story involving five friends: Christian (our first male narrator), Alex Frick, Martin Schurholz, Anke (whose aspirations are to move far above the station in life she was born into), and Linde Janeke. However, that would be a tragic, over simplification of the book as a whole.The village was effectively a nation unto itself. Neighbors so [...]

    12. Short but strange and spooky little story, it has the old-fashioned charm of mid-20th century horror, and a plot reminiscent of Tales from the Darkside or The Twilight Zone.

    13. There are many times that Karen's reviews end up burning me. They make books sound so great! Then, I buy the book, forgetting I'm more of a literary snoot who doesn't enjoy much contemporary fiction. I read the book quickly and generally find it "okay" at best. This time is different. This time her review didn't steer me wrong.I didn't love this book, but I enjoyed reading it and give it a firm 3 1/2 stars. It's a great coming-of-age tale. We get to see the five main characters deal with the nor [...]

    14. When I was six, prior to today's hypervigilant parenting, I would walk a little over a mile to my elementary school and back every day by myself. Along my route was a vacant lot full of weeds and the foundation of a home long since burned down. I regularly made up ghost stories about that lot and spent an unreasonable amount of time dawdling there in the afternoon. One morning I discovered a dead cat in the lot. I was fascinated and studied the corpse in great detail. Of particular interest was [...]

    15. Originally Reviewed on The Book SmugglersFive friends reunite in the small village of Hemmersmoor, a rural town in the German countryside, many years after the bloom of youth has passed. Now old men and women, Martin, Christian, Linde, and Alex gather at Anke's grave, paying their last respects to the dead - a ceremony punctuated by Linde's hiking up her skirt and pissing on Anke's casket. Through a series of interconnected chapters, each narrated by one of the characters, Stefan Kiesbye unveils [...]

    16. I know this probably wouldn't be a five star for a lot of people but right now in my life this is absolutely five stars. When my birthday or Christmas rolls around and I ask for books from my mom she only buys me the ones I want along with a "happy" book of her choosing as well. She thinks I am too pessimistic and "those" kinds of books "only make it worse." She is so wrong. This book shows the sometimes terrific beauty found in the ugliest most terrible situations. Maybe that's only in my own h [...]

    17. The story starts with a funeral attended by the elders of the village still remaining. The book tells the tale of their childhood growing up in the village and all of the tragedies that they witnesses and all of sadness. The story isn't as creepy but more like a wow what just happened as I thought. It's told in alternating voices of the children and in their perspective as things occur. Which I thought was pretty cool, definitely a quick enjoyable read.

    18. I can't wrap my head around this one. Incredibly uncomfortable and disturbing. While it was well written, and I enjoyed the creepy tone and culture within the town, it's told from multiple points of view, and they all felt too similar. I feel like I would need to know the author's intentions behind some of the particularly disturbing scenes to really form an opinion on this.

    19. This was a terrible book. I almost never give one star ratings but in this case it's one more than it truly deserves. I'm torn between demanding my money back and going to hit the person who recommended it with my copy. I read because apparently it is one of the creepiest and scariest books ever writtenThis promise of a scare is nothing more than a book snob lie is just [i] rubbish [/i] There are undeniably unpleasant goings on in this (East) German village - but they are not 'creepy' they are j [...]

    20. If I were to be honest, I'd give this book a solid 3.5 stars; however, because it was much better than some other three star reads, I'm bumping it up to 4 :) Told through a series of interlocking Twilight Zone-esque stories featuring a small village in Germany where the townspeople engage in shocking betrayals and terrible behavior, this book was haunting from start to finish. A group of friends, now grown, gathers to remember a recently deceased childhood schoolmate. This group of "friends" isn [...]

    21. “In that moment I left my body, and I’m not sure I ever returned.”Recently I had the great misfortune of readingHopelessby Colleen Hoover, and was extremely discouraged by the writing style, the atrocious characters, and the creepy romance. I am obviously in the minority: this book has an astonishing 4.4 rating on GoodReads. As of now, I don’t put too much stock in ratings. If a book’s premise sounds interesting to me, I’ll pick it up. That simple.However, (perhaps hypocritically) I [...]

    22. Christian, Martin, Linde und Alex treffen sich nach über 40 Jahren bei der Beerdigung von Anke, ihrer Freundin aus Kindeszeiten, in Hemmersmoor, einem norddeutschen Dorf, in dem sie aufgewachsen sind. In ihrer Kindheit erlebten sie dort schaurige Geschehnisse, Gewalttaten bis hin zum Mord, ausgelöst durch Spielereien, die in Boshaftigkeiten ausarteten, durch Aberglaube, durch die Enge und Engstirnigkeit im kleinen abgelegenen Ort, dem Eingang der Hölle?Nicht nur das Buchcover vermittelt die p [...]

    23. This book was recommended very highly to me by a friend, and the creepy cover and her effusive praise was enough to get me on board. The story is dominated by the flashbacks to four children living in post-WWII Germany. We follow them as they take turns describing the world of their youth and the bizarre and unpleasent circumstances that carry them through to adulthood. There were definitely elements to this book that worked well. The first chapter after the prologue starts with a bang, and quic [...]

    24. Siempre he tenido un enorme problema con la belleza, o al menos con la perspectiva de la belleza popular. Todo demasiado "bonito" y "feliz", ignorando la tristeza y otros sentimientos "negativos" como si no existieran.El lugar es Hemmersmoor, un pequeño pueblo Alemán ubicado en un tiempo no especificado -Sólo se sugiere que es en algún momento después de la primera gran guerra-. Los personajes son un grupo de amigos, a los cuales veremos crecer desde su niñez, pasando por su adolescencia, [...]

    25. I was very excited to want to pick up this book and read it. I was in the mood for a good horror story. Unfortunately for me this book missed the mark. It moved very slowly and the characters were uninteresting to me. I thought the back story about each character in regards to where they came from would help with the story. It would shed light as to what prompted them to do what they did but all it showed me was the children grew up in sad families and then started getting in trouble and being t [...]

    26. The story begins in the present day with a small group of friends attending the funeral of another of their childhood friends in the small town of Hemmersmoor.From there, we go back in time and the story unfolds in alternating chapters told from the different points of view of the friends.It took me a little while to get into this. At one point, thankfully not too far into the book, I went back to the beginning and started again.It’s well written and the prose is plain and simple, which someho [...]

    27. Thank you Antonia for giving me "Your house is on fire your children are all gone"!!! Very appreciated!! Five children are the main "heroes" of this book, which in reality is a naration of some landmark events of their childhood. The story takes place in a remote village in Germany not many years ago The trigger for them to remember their stories is the death and funeral of one of them because of old age. So, the children are not young any more. However, the account is going on in present tense [...]

    28. Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the baking pan. (english Nursery rhyme. c. 1744)ok the cover, everyone has said that it was the cover that attracted them at first. Then it was this"Shirley Jackson meets The X-Files in this riveting novel of supernatural horror".Well sorry to disappoint, but these two elements are not central, nor is the book influenced (to a high degree) by either X-files o [...]

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