In his third novel, award-winning author William Gay is sure to astound listeners with his dark themes and memorable characters.
©2006 William Gay; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Gay successfully uses [the Southern Gothic] form's ability to unsettle readers, forcing them to see anew darker aspects of humanity." (Washington Post Book World)
I have been a lover of fiction since 1961, I was age 10. I especially love what I call "imaginative fiction", which could be a thriller, or horror, or any story where there are no boundaries, the author's imagination is the only limit.
This story is one of these, extremely well written. I will use a stereotypical word, "gripped". This story gripped me.
It takes alot to do that for me, as I am jaded. The author and the narrator are absolutely excellent and I give them both a
If Mark Twain was a dark soul this would be his style. I loved this story from beginning to end and could not let it go... The narrator is superior in defining each character with his/her own personality down to specific cadences and inflections, what you always hope for, but almost never get. The story is a veritable depiction of the parts detailed and makes you believe they must be real people. If you love a thriller where the good and bad guys are equally dynamic this is it.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
This novel was recommended by Stephen King in his Entertainment Weekly column a few years back. William Gay has a distinct literary style that will be studied. The best comparison is to Cormac McCarthy, but with grotesque echoes of Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers. An amazing read.
I didnt get into this book at first but I kept at it. After about the first hour it grabs you. The charactors are quirky with dark humor. Very enjoyable if you stick with it.
This book is good. Not great but good. Enjoyed the last section of the book the most - a long, sometimes too long, chase scene between two main characters. The beginning has some perverse story line in it. The narrator does a good job.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
This book feels as if a young Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy and Mark Twain had sat down and worked together on a book. For all of its pros and cons - this book genuinely feels like that.
If you like those authors - you'll really enjoy this novel.
Nice job creating 'southern style' characters. The bad guy was really bad (grin) and the good guy was only a little bad. Entertaining
This one is the better one. Pretty creepy story if that's what you're looking for, with a great use of language -- even disturbingly funny in parts. The teenage vampire book "Twilight" is a lot of fun though, if you're looking for a quick reality escape.
The narrator is annoying and the book is more detail than story. I suppose if you're into experiencing the south in the book, it's a good listen, but if you like plot- or character- driven fiction, skip this one.
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