I really wanted to like this book, and at times I found it promising. It wasn't until the last third or so that I felt a deep disappointment. If it wa..Show More »s supposed to be about a strange tribe of people with a mysterious past, it failed to create the right atmosphere. While bits and pieces of the mystery are sprinkled throughout, it really isn't about that at all. It's all done so vaguely that when something finally happens it's hard to tell that it's happened. (Were they flying at the dance? why not say so?)
It IS about pettiness and violence and a spoiled brat of a female lead. And it's about the people who know there's something weird going on but who can't find out anything. Ultimately, it was a disjointed letdown, as if even the author didn't know what it was about. I will take a look at the reviews for book 2 before I decide to buy it. I hope the author stops being so tentative about the Tufa, and leaves out the red necks and white trash element. I also thought the foul language was gratuitous. Why would a Tufa join the military and fight in a war? I just didn't get it. Why would Tufa go to college? It made no sense.
The part where the two men finally go to look at the painting was absurd. They recognize a character from the painting while describing it as showing a woman from the back. How do you recognize someone from the back?
I also really didn't care for the shared narration -- it was distracting and odd. Either reader would have been fine alone, but not both.
Never read the print version. I got "The Hum and The Shiver" in Sept. of 2009 it was the first book in the series and I was hooked. The characters are..Show More » dark and mysterious. As soon as I saw this I got it at once, and finished in two days. Mr. Bledsoe is an awesome writer, I have several of his series, all are different and they never disappoint. I have never listened or read anything like this and I was hooked from the very first few moments. Some characters from the first book which you might want to listen to first,but I think it can stand alone. .