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Pandora's Box

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
One dark night, Dr. Noah Close, a plastic surgeon, opens the door to find a beautiful woman aflame on his doorstep. She is without name or voice or past. Noah puts out the fire, nurses her to health, and makes her his wife. He calls her Pandora, and for a while, they live together contentedly. A year later Noah wakes in the middle of the night to find Pandora beside him in ...more
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published August 10th 1999 by Ecco (first published 1998)
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Cherie
Oct 13, 2008 Cherie rated it liked it
Looked at from a literal sense, Pandora's Box seems like some kind of wild mushroom trip. However, when perceived from the allegorical sense from which it was intended, we see the myth of Pandora molded into a chilling and spooky tale, quite appropriate for the season too. ;)

One dark and stormy night—LOL don't you just love it when stories start that way?—Dr. Noah Close opens his door to find a beautiful woman standing within a circle of fire on his doorstop. As he discovers, though surrounded b
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JoAnne
This was a strange story. Dr. Noah Close finds a burned woman on his doorstep. He is a plastic surgeon. He fixes her up and then finds her in his house. Weird! Noah names her Pandora after he finds a strange glass box in a closet. He falls in love and considers her his wife. Then she starts getting these strange notes. It changes her. Then he wakes up one night. He sees her bloody and dead. He goes to call the police but when they come there is no body. Noah is a suspect. Then he goes on some we ...more
Terra
Apr 27, 2008 Terra rated it it was ok
Pandora's Box by Alice Thompson is story so similar to Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone stories that I can actually see it in television form. It's quite strange to say the least but keeps you reading because of it weird ling way.

Dr. Noah Close is a surgeon that tends to burn victims and reconstructive patients. He's very set in his ways and the best at what he does so when a woman in flames stumbles upon his doorstep he is thrown into action to get her to the hospital. Once there he just dumps her
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Callum McLaughlin
May 15, 2016 Callum McLaughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange and intriguing tale about a mute woman who appears on a doctor's doorstep, ravaged by flames. He takes her charred body and literally re-creates her bit by bit using skin grafts, names her Pandora and makes her his wife. But it seems this may not be the life she wants to live.

Playing a lot with mythology and gender, this obscure story is certainly open to interpretation, but to me it speaks of being true to ourselves and about not holding others back from being their own authentic self
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Pam
Jan 31, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
While I tend to read more realistic fictional stories, I did think this was decent for a mystical reading experience. Definitely not amazing, but still worth the short read. The plot moves along fairly well. It has an attention getting start, seemed a bit contrived and started to lose my interest at times in the middle, but quickly picks back up when the reader is introduced to Lazarus. I think a little more depth of character would have improved the story considerably, but overall I'd give it 3 ...more
Christine Boris
Jun 08, 2013 Christine Boris rated it it was ok
this book has been on my shelf for awhile and I picked it off as I wanted a quick read. (Not much over 100 pages). I was intrigued through the first 30 pages or so and then...I just didn't like it. I kept skim-reading it as it was odd and I hoped for some decipherable payoff, but there was none. I've got to start making note as to what makes me put a book on my " to read" list, as this one was a mystery. ( no pun intended)
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Dec 28, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
The way of words and her way of creating this story plot stirred the English major in me.
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