The Fear Institute

The Fear Institute Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once This time his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus the embodiment of fear The three

  • Title: The Fear Institute
  • Author: Jonathan L. Howard
  • ISBN: 9780755348008
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once This time, his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus the embodiment of fear The three Institute members, led by Cabal and his Silver Key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrolJohannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once This time, his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus the embodiment of fear The three Institute members, led by Cabal and his Silver Key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh and phobias which torment and devastate The intrepid explorers are killed off one by one as they traipse through this obfuscating and frustrating world, where history itself appears to alter Cabal, annoyed that the quest is becoming increasingly heroic, finds himself alone with the Institute s only remaining survivor, and after a shockingly violent experiment, begins to suspect that not everything is quite as it seems

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    1. Upon reflection, The Fear Institute reminded me almost exactly of that time in high school when my friends and I were watching Monty Python's Life of Brian. Clever concept, witty one-liners, apt characterization and then I fell asleep. Every time I tried to watch it. Something to do with the inability of a joke to sustain a plot, I suspect.Johannes Cabal is minding his own business when three men approach his house with an offer: accompany them into the Dreamlands, and they'll give him the Key t [...]

    2. Weakest book in the series so far but it's still a book with Johannes Cabal in it so I enjoyed it immensely.I like that these books in these series don't follow same pattern, instead every one is different experience from previous. While his previous two books drawn inspiration from entire genre (late Gothic for first book, murder mysteries for second) this book has single author for inspiration, H. P. Lovecraft. Maybe more than just inspiration as this book is set in Lovecraft's dreamland with [...]

    3. I start with the admission that I am a Johannes Cabal fan. I follow him on Twitter. If I were not already married and he were not a fictional character I would marry him. He is an anti-hero of the deepest dye, duplicitous, selfish, and anti-social to the point of sociopathy. In this latest account of his adventures he leads an expedition into the Lovecraftian territory of the Dreamlands in pursuit of the Phobic Animus financed and manned by The Fear Institute. All - well practically nothing - is [...]

    4. Iskreno moram priznati da sam malo razočaran ovom knjižicom. Na momente konfuzno (razumem da je namerno al opet ne mora da mi se sviđa), sa pričom koja ima par finih ideja ali na kraju skoro nema neki poseban značaj. Odnosno dođe skoro kao filler knjiga.Šteta pošto je opet fino pisano, Kabal je standardno interesantan i u suštini nema dosadnih momenata.Ništa, idemo dalje.

    5. One: this is one of those books where I write a review and I know it won't be enough. Two: this is one of those books/series where I deliberately ignore negative reviews. Sometimes I do read opposite opinions but in this case to say I am not interested would be a huge understatement. Three and the most important one: I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft and to use any of his ideas, let alone this many, can only make the book more awesome as far as I am concerned. I lost count how many Lovecraftian [...]

    6. If the library hadn't been closed today, I would be reading this right now :(In the meantime, I should probably read at least some of Lovecraft's Dreamland Cycle, since that is what this installment of Cabalventure is based on. Starting with Polaris, which is free here: hplovecraft/writings/t

    7. This held steady at 3 ½ stars most of the way – the lack of a strong secondary character to act as foil to Johannes's cold personality is unfortunate – but the final quarter of the book is funny enough to bring this up to 4 stars. The ABC poem about the gods, Johannes's relationship with the ghouls, the ghouls (who'd have expected them to be so quirkily charming?) I enjoyed it. As with earlier books in the series, recognizing references is part of the fun. H.P. Lovecraft's creations are fou [...]

    8. This is SUCH a great series. I really can't get over how hilarious and snarky it is. The writing is damned genius.

    9. If you are not familiar with the character of Johannes Cabal and the previous works by Jonathan L. Howard, then you will probably enjoy this book more than I did. Howard's main weakness is pace, and although this third book in the Johannes Cabal series is not as bad as the first one in that respect, there's clearly a problem with the way the story unfolds. The introduction is excellent and builds up momentum, only to lose it when the adventurers enter the Dreamlands. Nothing exciting happens for [...]

    10. I searched and searched for a copy of this third entry in the Johannes Cabal series, and actually managed to get my hands on one that cost me only $20. What was up with the 150-pound prices (sorry, no fancy L-thingy on my keyboard) I found on a book that's only been out a year or so? Anyway, I'm a little disappointed to say that after all the searching and scrounging, this book failed to meet my (admittedly higher-than-usual) expectations. What I loved about the first two was the whole "charming [...]

    11. I actually wobbled between a 3 and a 4 on this one.Still a rather decent exploration into the universe of Cabal as this time, after having outwitted the devil while running a carnival, and after solving a murder mystery with an old friend/nemesis, the necromancer is commissioned by the titular Fear Institute to actually find and eliminate the very animus of fear. Like Fear itself.Anyway, the reason this book gets a 4 rather than a 3 is because, once again, Howard delivers on the wit, the dry hum [...]

    12. OK - after reading three of these books back to back, it is probably time for at least a quick review.Characters: 5*Plot: 3.5*Universe: 4.3*Another fun read for a character I'm getting to know and to love. This book might be a bit weaker than its predecessors, but it was still fun. Looking forward to #4.

    13. (Repost from drying-ink/2011/1 )Necromancers: dark, depressing, drearily-dressed, and contact with said frequently leads to defenestration. Can I stop alliterating now?So, find one as our protagonist? It's original - and it works. Johannes Cabal is a necromancer, his blend of cold blooded (or as he's politely labelled by an employer, sang froid) pragmatism, love for the scientific method, and a certain measure of magic - or sufficiently advanced technology - having kept him in business. Ie. away [...]

    14. 4 Stars The Fear Institute, book three of the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L Howard is a dark urban fantasy done right. Johannes Cabal is not a good man heck, he is not even a nice man. He literally sold his soul to the devil and then went to Hell and back to get it back.This book moves along competently and there is plenty of action, dialogue, and witty banter. This story takes place mostly in the Dreamland a physical place that has manifested over centuries of people's dreams. I really en [...]

    15. A lot of people seem to enjoy the first book in this series the best, but I find that I'm enjoying them more as the story continues from book to book. While the first book, The Necromancer, was slightly more literary in tone, I find Howard's more playful writing in the second and third books to be more fun.This installment finds Cabal leading an expedition into the Dreamlands in order to locate and destroy the source of all fear. The author has a lot of fun here, filling the book with Lovecrafti [...]

    16. Mr. Howard has bested himself here, and I loved every page.I, like many horror fans, have an abiding fondness for the works of H.P. Lovecraft, especially the dream cycle. So when I read the blurb for this and saw the Silver Key mentioned, joy filled me. That joy is still here, because this is one of the best novel-length explorations of Lovecraft's themes and creations I have yet to read. All this in the presence of a delightfully sarcastic, and morally dubious, necromancer.This is probably the [...]

    17. The third time is not the charm for the Johannes Cabal series.I found the first novel to be well, novel in its world-creation and thoroughly unlikeable protagonist. The stakes were suitably high (Cabal's eternal soul), the antagonist was nicely malevolent (the Devil), and the story appropriately twisted.The second book changed things up dramatically, asking the reader to accept the nefarious necromancer - now playing detective - as a sort of hero. Even with lowered stakes and a somewhat more co [...]

    18. 3.5In which Johannes Cabal, Necromancer, walks in the Dream Worlds and confronts some of the Old Ones. This is, I think, my favorite in the series so far. Maybe it's because of the subject matter - The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is one of the few Lovecraftian books I've actually read, and it was cool to see old Nyarlothotep make an appearance.I also really loved the excerpts from the "kids book" guide to the Old Ones.The wry humour was the same as ever, and Cabal seemed really on point this g [...]

    19. Rarely do I give 5 stars to books. This one was STONKING EXCELLENT. While I came away from Johannes Cabal Book #1 with a resounding "Meh," I am certainly grateful that I carried on through the series, as they have only gotten progressively and almost exponentially better.The wit is unmatched and shows a true intellectual depth, the writing is clever, the storyworld is expansive and unique, and the plot is like a fine dish with a complexity of delicious flavors. I literally shouted at the book in [...]

    20. must get! I ordered this from (the seller mailed it - untracable & it did not arrive - they refunded my $15.98 with shipping) Now the only one available is for $59.00! Damnit!!!So EXCITED!!! It will eventually be available - it will be printed in the US & there will be a 4th book!!!YAY!I love Johannes Cabal! I am sooo ready for the next book. I recommend this series highly!

    21. This book was a disaster. As a loyal fangirl, I have a special place in my heart for Johannes Cabal, right next to Jorg Ancrath and Kvothe the Arcane. Hence, the chaotic plot of The Fear Institute greatly disappointed me, on all fronts. To be honest: I don't even understand the reason for it's existence.The first novel made us familiar with the nature of the character of our infamous necromancer, showing his rare, good sides and often his bad ones. The second book portrays him as a sort of hero, [...]

    22. The Fear Institute, having decided that fear is an impediment to progress, hires Johannes Cabal, necromancer, to lead them through the Dreamlands to destroy the Phobic Animus. Although Cabal has no real interest in the quest, he has his own reasons for helping the Institute and accepts. He warns them that, although he is the world's foremost expert on the Dreamlands, his knowledge is all academic as he has never been there and, since most that have have been artists, poets, drug users, and, wors [...]

    23. I had seen some people complaining that this book wasn't as good as the first two. And then I have to think, were they reading the same book as me?! You wanted full on demon-dealing and Necromancer, you got the Necromancer. You wanted something a little more normal with a hint of mystery, you got the Detective. You wanted the weird, the bizzare, and the sometimes very creepy, you got the Fear Institute. And my god, there were some times when I was reminded that "these are the Dreamlands, enjoy y [...]

    24. Another smart, witty, imaginative tale. A bit more like the first in the series that book 2, for its exploration of mystical territory and the presence of all kinds of strange and creepy creatures. I'm definitely interested in seeing where the next book takes Johannes.

    25. 4.5 reallyy because of the long descriptions which I find exceedingly boring. BUT most of the book was really good and the ending left a cliff hanger and now I have to read the fourth one!

    26. All right it’s time I stop procrastinating and put down my opinion of “Johannes Cabal, The Fear Institute” into words, even though I still have a few things running back and forth in my mindFirst, an advice: getting acquainted with a few of Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle stories before reading this - at least “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” and “The Silver Key”- is not essential but might be very useful to fully appreciate the awesomeness of what’s being done here, as Cabal will b [...]

    27. Fantasy Review BarnWhat a strange series the Johannes Cabal saga has become. The first book was a Faustian tale with an evil carnival. It introduced us to the title character, a wholly unlikeable man who in the end outsmarted the Devil himself. It was full of dry, slightly morbid humor, a fast moving plot, and I enjoyed it very much. The second book kept the unlikable title character but put him in a steampunk noir adventure, this time acting as a Sherlock in the story. It was a complete change [...]

    28. Definitely the weakest entry in the series. That being said, I still enjoyed the book. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I were an H.P. Lovecraft fan, as this book feels like a love letter to him.

    29. I was first introduced to the Johannes Cabal series through a book swap a couple of years. I wanted something genre, funny, with interesting female characters. Johannes Cabal was a name that my swapper threw out, although she eventually chose to send me another couple of books. But I enjoyed the ones she sent me so much that I kept the name in the back of my head, right up until I was able to pick up copies at the secondhand bookstore. Then, I was dismayed to find out that there was a third book [...]

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