Edward is a 40+ year-old with Asperger's. He is high functioning, and has high self esteem. The compulsive traits of his Asperger's comes through and it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. There's a coming of age story within the story. Not sentimental. Great Book.
After reading Edward Adrift and 600 Hours of Edward, I was trying to get my hands on anything written by Craig Lancaster. While listening to The Summer Son, I realized Lancaster's true strength as a writer.
Lancaster displays a similar writing style to Carson McCullers..tough, dark, and at times, harsh. Like Carson McCullers, he is passively descriptive one moment, and the next moment, is up and in your face.
The Summer Son is the age-old Father/Son story written from a fresh and unheard perspective. It is the story of a boy who grew up with a father, but never had a dad. Lancaster writes of the heavy- hearted consequences men endure who live with unresolved father/son dysfunction.
The story goes back and forth between childhood and adulthood, and flows as smooth as hot butter. The father's life unfolds for us slowly, slowly.. until we start getting glimpses of the man he was, and the man he is now. A man made of old worn out leather, but reaching out for a last chance.
The ending is unexpected, and just a class act. This book isn't sad, and it's not depressing...but it does have a bite. It will linger in your mind.
You never get to the third floor with this book because it's stuck in the basement. We have simply experienced this book before. Several times.
A wife hears strange children in her house..she takes a shower, and sees a boy staring at her (and brushes it off, by the way)....she feels someone lie down beside her in the bed, but no one is there.
I'm sure C. Moore is a gifted writer, and I know Mr. Tiedemann is an accomplished narrator. But you aren't going to meet either one in this book.
Not only was Doyce Testerman brave enough to debut with a multi-genre novel that will survive, he also narrated it as well as an accomplished narrator.
This author chose a challenging storyline. Not unlike Dean Koontz, Testerman showed skill at maintaining the descriptive narratives that are needed for memorable horror scenes without giving away the mystery that remains "A Hidden Thing" until the end.
The "Hidden Thing" refers to a world other than our own, which adds the fantasy and supernatural overtones the reader experiences throughout the novel.
A minor flaw in the novel is that the flow becomes somewhat choppy when the author steps away from his progressive timeline. This usually occurs during character development. However, this is infrequent and is not a problem for the reader in regards to following the plot.
I had given this novel a solid 3 until I did the review, and have had to move the overall score to a 4, even though it is an easy read. It kept my attention, the story was original, and I loved the saucy, gutsy female main character.
The Short Story is not my thing. Actually, there are a lot of "not my things" in regards to reading. I am so picky, and demand so much in an author, that I embarrass myself. It is apparent by the reviews that I am not the only one who notes that Saunders writes in a way that captivates most audiences. Similar to the way that Stephen King captures his readers, Saunders takes the naked word and strings them together with simplicity and a uniqueness that reaches a wide span of readers. In The Tenth of December, this talent shines through as Saunders donates "slices of life" to the reader. He has the ability, during the course of a ten minute short story, to introduce, evolve, and bring closure to his characters within their moment in time. The first selection, for example, addresses the most intense and sensitive subject out there. Yet, Saunders somehow manages to amuse the reader while maintaining reverance to the subject matter, and allows the characters we have grown to love (in 10 minutes!) to triumph in the end.
Chamberlain has brought a strong, thinking, female role to life in this novel, and has done so without over-dramatization. The writing is fluid and the story line is well thought out, resulting in a solid mystery novel that keeps the reader's attention without effort. Although I didn't figure out the ending, it did lack something as compared to the rest of the novel. Narrator selection was right for this novel, and was character-consistent. Very glad I gave Diane Chamberlain another shot.
Stephen King doesn't captivate his readers, he captures them. "Big Driver" is no exception, and is just another great King story among many.
There is an issue with narrator selection. Jessica Hecht, who is well recognized and professionally accomplished, narrates this story. I am unclear what the reasoning was behind this choice. She is like listening to Leave It To Beaver's mom. King and Hecht are an odd combo.
Even considering the author/narrator dynamics, the story is well worth your time... it's Stephen King.
Suspense doesn't grow, but unfolds, in this short story. As always, Mr. King gives what we readily expect from him...great writing. Narrator, in my opinion, seems ready to break out into a giggle while narrating, and is not a good match for the story. I had not read this story previously, but it is apparent that some readers had encountered it in one of his short story compilations. Audible, please take note. Customers are clearly asking to be notified when a short story has been previously, or is currently, offered within another audible selection. The aggravation seems to outweigh the overall satisfaction of listening to the selection. All of King's fans know, of course, that this is not so much due to money spent, but the disappointment of not experiencing something new by Stephen King. The Audible available date for his next book or short story is like a national holiday.
Ms. Picoult has always been an average author for me. One that took advantage of current moral issues in society and exacerbated them into novels. This novel is so strong, so raw, and so captivating.. it is almost literature. I have never experienced an author that went from sophomoric to exceptional in one novel. The metaphoric parallels between humans and elephants are mesmerizing...but the book is not about elephants. The parallel between life and death allows us to suspend reality easily and without thinking,.. but the book really isn't about life and death. No matter what your reading preferences are...love story, mystery, suspense, or nature.. you are going to be glad you opened up this book and listened. Narration is stellar. I have nothing negative to say about this novel. Picoult has arrived.
I love Ben Bova, but don't know where he was when this novel was written. Definately not even close to his usual standard, which I think is among the best in Science Fiction. Stefan Rudnicki was what kept me going. His performance was stellar, as usual. The story does not have the "sense of presence" for which Bova is well known. I wasn't "right there" like I usually am. Read the book a month ago, and couldn't tell you the main character's name today, or for that matter, what the book was about.
The first book of this apolcolyptic series was significantly more developed and was less redundant than the rest of the series. In this novel, we are present for both pre, and post, apocolypse. There is a more slow and successful character development in this novel that eventually loses it's momentum in the second and third books of the series. I purchased all three, and am glad I read this one. It was worth a credit. Unfortunately, the rest of the series does not follow suit.
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