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

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But I was and I did. The other parts drag on with teenage angst. I’ve lost a parent myself, and I know how traumatic it is, but for crying out loud, kid, those squirrels never did anything to you!

Hobgoblin by John Coyne (1982, Paperback)

Hachi Snax March 5, at Even then the story is so interesting I r I read this book in the late foyne as a teenager. The books story is bad and on it’s own it probably could have survived, but when almost every character is unlikable, and you have just horrible writing, there’s no forgiving that. Though this book cast FRP gaming in the worst possible light, the concept that such a thing actually existed amazed and excited me. Return to Book Page.

Thanks for commenting Will. The plot itself is one of the biggest problems with Hobgoblinhowever. Flash forward thirty five years. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Hobgoblin – John Coyne Books

Anyway, I’m rambling too johm here. There’s just uobgoblin about it In this book there is a Role playing ga Terrible I saw the book and, as any kid that age at that time would do, I HAD to know what was the art underneath the cover. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and a life-long lover of golf, Coyne has edited and written a number of John Coyne born is an American writer. And it blew me away. However, I would recommend it to a teenager who is just beginning to read mystery novels.


Eric May 21, at 5: It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book where I didn’t like a single character in it. He moves to a castle with his mom who does historical preservation work or something like that. I’ll keep an eye over my shoulder for those creatures. I hope your girlfriend truly enjoys it. It’s part of the framework of the story, yet I get the impression the author had no idea what would make a game like this fun That’s always a sign of good writing to me, not being afraid to whack some of the favorite characters.

The subplots escalate faster than needed while the overall plot stops and starts. De adulto no lo hizo tanto, pero reconozco los elementos que lo lograron en su momento.

Hobgoblin by a horror novel by American writer John Coyne. Does the woods around the castle hold legendary creatures or is Scott not so slowly losing his grip on reality? Or how about when someone rolls a 9 on a “cube die”? And now that I am older, I can truly appreciate the finer touches; how Coyne wove the Celtic myths into it so well, rather than making up names for random creatures. There is also a problem of an endless amount of coincidences and unbelievable circumstances.

Scott Gardiner–shattered by his father’s death, harassment by classmates, and his mother’s involvement with a colleague researching the heritage of an ancient castle–slips gradually into a horrifying world of dreams. Not too long ago we saw teens raiding an NFL players vacation home to throw a party.


Okay, I reread this. Despite a good 20 years having passed since I read this, in my mind’s eye I can still see a number of the scenes played out in this book with a good deal of clarity. I should mention that Scott is in his late teens. One part RPG, one part Magic: As for the other characters of the book, most are flawed, and not in the tragic way, but in the poor writing. Eventually the real question becomes; do we care?

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I suppose I was expecting a horror story. After all, Samhain is not too far away!

Also, the things I thought were overdone when I read this as a kid; the level of bullying, the concept of a mob of teens partying in a castle And Valerie escapes a rape attempt–with help from mad Maeve Donnellan, who lives in a backwoods cabin and seems to be the hobgoblin. Hobgoblin by John Coyne. There was a problem adding your email address.

The Kirkus Reviews review seems to miss the Egbert connection entirely, unlike the Dragon Magazine review, dismissing the work as “Skin-deep horror–but better-crafted and less lurid than previous Coynage.

But this book ‘means something’ to me. The motivation of the characters is poor, but at least there’s motivation rather than “I rather sleep with X instead of Y and Y is ok with it”.

Again, the plot had a good deal of twists and turns. I got about 50 pages into it and sort of gave up when I started looking into acquiring the film rights and whatnot. Mar 13, Grady Hendrix rated it it was ok. This was fun, but by the time you get here, most of the excitement has fizzled out.

Eric, it’s great to see you!

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