Black Helicopters

Black Helicopters

A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original. Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency?s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. So A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is the expan...

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Title:Black Helicopters
Author:Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:1250191130
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Black Helicopters Reviews

  • Erin
    Jun 24, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is a...

    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take o...

    I wish it tied closer to Agents of Dreamland, though some of the organizations mentioned there are present here as well. Ultimately, I guess they'd each make up a story about one of the agencies. As it was, this jumped around a bit, and I'm not sure it was all necessary. Sometimes it s...

    If you've read Black Helicopters in its original chap-book form, or in a Kiernan anthology, you haven't read the entire story. Due to publishing constraints, Kiernan didn't type out the story as she saw it in her head, she had to leave out several chapters. In this current publica...

    it's hard to ever say what exactly is going on in a kiernan novel, but you know it isn't good and again, we have a lovecraftian horror coming from the deep, crossing time and space, and that might not even be the scariest thing going on i love the way kiernan always keeps somethi...

  • Thomas
    May 28, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is a...

  • Keith
    Sep 14, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

  • Audrey
    Jun 21, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

  • Tim Martin
    May 15, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

  • Steve
    May 11, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

  • Jason
    May 20, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

  • Theresa
    Jul 26, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

  • Amy Sturgis
    May 20, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

  • Tim Buck
    May 20, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

  • Michael
    May 16, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is a...

    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take o...

    I wish it tied closer to Agents of Dreamland, though some of the organizations mentioned there are present here as well. Ultimately, I guess they'd each make up a story about one of the agencies. As it was, this jumped around a bit, and I'm not sure it was all necessary. Sometimes it s...

    If you've read Black Helicopters in its original chap-book form, or in a Kiernan anthology, you haven't read the entire story. Due to publishing constraints, Kiernan didn't type out the story as she saw it in her head, she had to leave out several chapters. In this current publica...

  • Atleb
    May 21, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

  • Still
    May 08, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

  • Ingrid
    Jul 09, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

  • Rob
    Aug 18, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

  • Nathanael
    Jun 15, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is a...

    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take o...

  • David
    Jun 30, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

  • James
    May 18, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

  • John
    Sep 24, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

  • Myo Denis
    Jun 07, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

  • Maggie Gordon
    Jul 04, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

  • Travis Mueller
    Sep 17, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

  • Mike
    Aug 10, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is a...

    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take o...

    I wish it tied closer to Agents of Dreamland, though some of the organizations mentioned there are present here as well. Ultimately, I guess they'd each make up a story about one of the agencies. As it was, this jumped around a bit, and I'm not sure it was all necessary. Sometimes it s...

  • Debra Manskey
    Jul 21, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

  • Kurt
    Oct 04, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

  • Dave
    Apr 30, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

  • Elle Maruska
    Jul 21, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

  • Himanish Prabhakar
    Jun 29, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

  • steven duane
    May 29, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...

    I don't normally give books 1 star, but this book provoked me. I had to force myself to work on it because I just didn't like it, and there was no pay off in the end. I picked it up because I thought it would be similar to Agents of Dreamland; structurally it was, with each chapter a d...

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less a...

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is impo...

    A self-indulgent, narcissistic, wildly overconfident, misguided puddle of tripe. I give it two stars only because it has some compelling set pieces. Overall, it was one of the more unpleasant reading experiences I've had in a long time. I'm not even sure why I finished it. Probably bec...

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo ...

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-...

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre a...

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words ?noir? and ?dystopian? are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dila...

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is a...

    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take o...

    I wish it tied closer to Agents of Dreamland, though some of the organizations mentioned there are present here as well. Ultimately, I guess they'd each make up a story about one of the agencies. As it was, this jumped around a bit, and I'm not sure it was all necessary. Sometimes it s...

    If you've read Black Helicopters in its original chap-book form, or in a Kiernan anthology, you haven't read the entire story. Due to publishing constraints, Kiernan didn't type out the story as she saw it in her head, she had to leave out several chapters. In this current publica...

    it's hard to ever say what exactly is going on in a kiernan novel, but you know it isn't good and again, we have a lovecraftian horror coming from the deep, crossing time and space, and that might not even be the scariest thing going on i love the way kiernan always keeps somethi...

    A nice companion piece to 'agents of dreamland' Not really a sequel to, I would say a companion piece to her great novel 'agents of dreamland'. The story flows in a non-linear manner which is pretty easy to follow. I would purchase again. -steven ...

  • Ysabeaux
    May 12, 2018

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the ne...

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn?t understand this book. I don?t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the re...

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal...

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shif...

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks...

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading Black Helicopters that Caitlin Kiernan is possessed of an amazing imagination. That, added to a prodigious capacity to add incredible snippets of information, makes this novella a fascinating read. It is always good to see a sharp intellect at...

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if no...

    I really wanted to like this book. Agents of Dreamland had been entertaining and I hoped that this would be too. It wasn't awful, but it suffered from chapters of meandering diatribe and technobabble. It jumped around a lot like a Quentin Tarantino movie where nothing was in order, pre...

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, bu...

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn g...

    Most people (and me) prefer Kiernan's other novella, Agents of Dreamland , and it seems like a good idea to read it first, because it sets the world-table nicely (in a more digestible way). "Black Helicopters" goes straight the hell out to !Hello! and will require rereading certain pa...

    Caitlín R. Kiernan?s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recogniz...

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way t...

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a...

    What in the world did I just read? ...

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel li...