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This Brilliant Darkness

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
When an ancient, deeply troubled entity identifies quirky Christine Grace as his latest threat, all hell breaks loose in the urban forest of Indiana University's Dunn Woods. Will Christine piece together his destructive plan in time to save herself? And what exactly is going on with this peculiar star, Stella Mirabilis?

This fast-paced story moves quickly from character to
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 7th 2011 (first published September 6th 2011)
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Rick F.
Oct 11, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
As one looks at the cover of This Brilliant Darkness- the reader is immediately drawn to it- that art promises such a facinating yarn- and in the hands of a master writer like Red Tash- this is exactly what the reader gets!

The atmosphere of this book- so hard to simply label horror or about simply ..A GREAT the true star. Ms Tash so finely weaves a path of intrigue, terror, humor and suspence- that the reader is taken with each character- so very finely drawn by Red Tas
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I read this book a little while ago and it took me a while to complete as it was the first ebook I read and I kept forgetting I even owned a kindle. I won my ecopy of this book from a competition I entered on someone’s blog and the author even spoke to me afterwards and I promised her I’d review it too, so here it is, a few months late but better than never. I would also like to apologise before h
Feb 25, 2012 Cupcakencorset rated it liked it
Thanks to Red Tash for sending me this ebook as a prize.

This novel was a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, it has amazingly vivid descriptions and multiple quirky POV characters. On the other hand, I wasn't always sure which character the vivid descriptions "belonged" to, which made the story difficult to follow. I got confused a few times about who was experiencing what, especially the really psychedelic visions. I'd have liked a typographic clue (different font, perhaps) or a page/chapter he
Axel Howerton
Dec 12, 2011 Axel Howerton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The enigmatic Red Tash has created a compelling, multi-layered - and fully nuanced - modern fairytale, full of pop reference and varied philosophical allusions. This Brilliant Darkness is smart, thrilling, funny and full of great characters tangled in the kind of small-town webs Stephen King revels in. Excellent writing from a writer to watch. One of the best new writers I've read in years. Pick it up!
Sep 28, 2011 Deanna rated it it was amazing
A great well done dark fantasy Red Tash! I really loved it Red, and I can't wait for the sequel to release. I highly recommend this book to all dark fantasy lovers, Red Tash will not disappoint you. Happy Reading Cheers!!
Amy Marshall
Nov 03, 2011 Amy Marshall rated it it was amazing
I’ll begin with this: I’m a sucker for a well-written, fast-paced story with a twist that involves physics and supernatural phenomena. My bias clearly labeled at the outset, I’ll begin my review of Red Tash’s well-written, fast-paced story of twisty physics and the supernatural entitled This Brilliant Darkness The physics part of it involves the appearance of a star, Stella Mirabilis, above Bloomington, Indiana. It’s the star’s behavior that provides the twist to the tale—a time traveling star t ...more
Allizabeth Collins

Bloomington Indiana. Home to a couple thousand college students - and to the Greachin, a dark creature bent on stalking and destroying university professor, Christine Grace.
Christine isn't herself. Her mind wanders, she suffers from hallucinations and blackouts, strange messages and thoughts plague her, and she has an eerie suspicion that someone - or something - is watching her. Her boyfriend, Tom, and coworker, Richard are stumped, but her strange attitude paired with the appear
Mar 16, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults
Recommended to Heidi by: Red Tash herself!
I enjoyed this book. I love Red's voice. She put me right in the action. I felt as if all the confusion was happening to me. The demon (or space demon bat or whatever it was) was NOT something I'd ever want to meet in a lit cell let alone on a dark forest path. I got the distinct feeling that it would eat anything. The terror was delicious and scary because it wasn't well defined. What ruins a good horror story for me is a surfeit of blood and guts, where every horrific act is shoved in one's fa ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Kevintipple rated it it was amazing
Bloomington, Indiana should be nothing more than a quiet college town. It had been until a strange flashing star began to light up the night as well as daytime sky. A star that can’t be seen anywhere else on Earth. Strange events are also happening in a local wooded area. All too soon it becomes very personal to Christine Grace because something very strange is happening to her as well.

She could be losing her mind.

That would be the easy explanation.

Maybe the strange events are happening because
Nov 14, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying, please read the description of the book. I never feel the need in my review to re-do the description. I just like to give you my opinion on it.

My Opinion:
I loved the book. I thought it was written well and had great mystery and suspense throughout the book that grabbed me right from the beginning. I loved how Tom and Christine were opposites and were great together. I loved how Red got into the minds of all her characters and portrayed each one. I also loved Greachin
Oct 05, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing
The way the author weaves fantasy, humor, science fiction, and mystery is, for lack of a better word, brilliant. I read the entire thing with admiration/envy, taking notes and thinking 'THIS is how you write a novel.' The religious themes and sexual undertones combine to make an intellectually stimulating joyride. It reminded me of Lorrie Moore (sarcastic, clever) meets Dan Brown (can't put it down, fast paced), but much more poetic. There were layers upon layers of symbols and ideas, but even i ...more
Katina French
Aug 03, 2013 Katina French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Tash has a beautiful, lyrical style that is unique and fresh. In "This Brilliant Darkness" she's evoked a realistic, charming setting with just enough dark corners and creepy byways. The cast consists of richly rendered characters including a quirky collection of college-town oddballs and eccentrics, and neomythic, possibly trans-dimensional creatures. Her setting is so well-rendered that I feel like I could drive an hour north and find it. And she manages to create peculiar characters that ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a fast-paced book that’s dark, intelligent and witty, choose This Brilliant Darkness. Author Red Tash successfully blends science fiction, fantasy and humor with a dash of mystery. I loved the shifts in view and the pacing. It was one of those reads where I’d promise myself, “I’ll just read until the end of this chapter,” and then 30 pages later I was still engrossed.

Set in Bloomington, Indiana, a college town, the book is a whirlwind of viewpoints taking us in and out of
Dec 07, 2012 Jonquil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read of Reds, & it knocked me for a loop. Gorgeous plot, wonderful writing which took, & takes, me to a place within this world that I had never imagined. A dark tale told from several viewpoints, of a dark creature & the dark places it takes people.

Quote #1: "She thought of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, & she wondered what "crazy" might mean to God. She snaked her arms through the air, & laughed." (page 130, paragraph 1)

So much crazy sht going
Talk Supe
Dec 04, 2011 Talk Supe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I like Christine and Tom, they're one of those polar opposite couples that clicks like Dharma and Greg. Greachin is one atrocious being like Hannibal Lecter minus the off the charts IQ. This beast is on a mission and he's fueled by revenge and fury and he's patient. Patience is a characteristic you don't want your bad guy to have, it's a virtue that will guarantee him success. I was just frustrated about the monk and Tristan, they're supposed to be on Christine's side but th
Julie Jansen
Dec 26, 2011 Julie Jansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on my new Kindle Fire I got for Christmas 2011. It was a great read on a five hour plane ride to Mexico. Having the book to read made the trip so much more enjoyable! When I got to Mexico New Year's Eve and walked a dimly lit path to my hotel, I saw bats flitting about and wondered if the creature, Greachen, was lurking about in the agave! The characters are well-developed, an otherworldly creature very mysterious, and I liked how the chapters were broken up and also that the author ...more
Margaret Radisich
Nov 09, 2011 Margaret Radisich rated it it was amazing
Excellent, fast moving story. To those who have read the Frank Peretti books, the style is similar because of the human and the spiritual interactions. Red jumps between characters and even writes about their dreams and visions without losing or confusing the reader. She holds your interest and fuels your imagination with vivid scenes throughout the book and the story stays with you long after you finish. I certainly hope there is a sequel, because this is the type of story that readers don't wa ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: quick-reads, kindle, 2012
Let me start by saying that this is not the type of book that I usually enjoy or even pick up. But something drew me to this one. It was definitely a quick read and it kept me thoroughly entertained. Though, I had moments when I just wished the story would stick with Christine. I wasn't a fan of Greachin's chapters, but I do think they were necessary. I suppose they sort of added to my feeling of confusion - which helped me to relate to Christine.

Overall, it was enjoyable and I do look forward t
Robert Dufalo
Overall this was a good book with a great plot/story. My largest issue is that it swapped perspective too much at the start and it made it hard to get into any one character and was confusing to follow for a bit. Do give it a read I think that you’ll enjoy the characters and brilliant darkness!
Story – Good
Characters – Good
Dialog – Awesome.
Oct 22, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. Took me awhile to read it since it's not the type of book I usually read. Also because of that I don't really have anything to compare it to. I liked it, though, especially all the star trek references. I will read the sequel should it happen!
Jun 23, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read This Brilliant Darkness this week. It was a wild ride! I find myself thinking about it a week later. This is a good thing. Check it out.
Jenny Ham
Oct 15, 2011 Jenny Ham rated it it was amazing
Great book very well written you won't be disappointed with this book. Fun book to read at this time of the year.
Sara Meehan
I seem to be in the minority on "This Brilliant Darkness."

Red Tash's debut novel gets good reviews on Amazon. Four and a half stars by 21 reviewers, in fact. The description promises "a fast-paced thrilling tale of karmic struggle and suspense, magical supernatural beings, physics and sci-fi fantasy." Seemingly right up my alley.

The story is loosely focused on Christine, a university professor, as she begins experiencing bizarre, inexplicable phenomena -- hallucinations, time warps, electronic d
R.J. Palmer
Sep 08, 2012 R.J. Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin? I found myself in a bit of a quandary because the first two thirds of the book itself had me completely confused and absolutely riveted at the same time. Greachin was quite the enigma and I'm not entirely sure all my questions about "it" (which I say because I'm not sure if Greachin is actually male, female, neither or both) were answered completely. Red Tash, you're going to have to write a second book now because there is so much there that has to be finished. You left the st ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Doskoi_panda rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Red Tash's The Brilliant Darkness is a dark fantasy involving a young college professor, Christine, her circle of friends and colleagues, and a genuinely weird antagonist named Greachin. Set in Bloomington, Indiana, during a peculiar stellar event, the Stella Mirabilis, the story unfolds first with a murder, then with a series of increasingly weird and frightening events centered around Christine. There are heavy dabs of both Christian religion and Buddhism scattered throughout, themes of reinca ...more
Pauline Creeden
Sep 23, 2011 Pauline Creeden rated it liked it
The Good: This is labeled as a dark fantasy. As such you would expect it to be dripping with imagery and poetic devices - and it is. There is horrific cleverness in the plot and in the characterization. You will find no better use of language and symbolism throughout the prose. It is well done. In addition to the dark fantasy, there's a flip side to the coin which is that this could also be labeled Sci-fi. There are aliens, a new star, physicists, and "end-of-the-world" fanatics. All of this is ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
First things first: I need to mention I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

A young university professor Christine Grace is stalked by a mysterious being Greachin. She does not know even about Greachin's existence, but she notices strange occurrences happening to her (hard not to notice when you end up completely naked behind a trash bin as a result of one such occurrence). There is also a mysterious star which appears in the sky recently and is only visible from Bloomington, IN where all
Justin Tappan
The description of this book, from the author, states that, " doesn't dumb itself down, so you need to be a top-notch reader to really enjoy this one." Look, I'm not blowing smoke up my own ass when I say that I *am* a "top-notch reader." I read incessantly, across genres and styles. That being said, there's a difference between a book being nuanced and layered and being a structural mess. The POV jumps were clumsy, often with little to no idea of whose head we're in. (The Kindle edition ha ...more
Deby Earl
Nov 03, 2013 Deby Earl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant ...Just Brilliant

That was my reaction to Red Tash's This Brilliant Darkness. We have a philosopher, who feels out of her time and element, she cannot believe that anyone loves her even though she is loved by virtually all who meet her. We have her lover who desperately wants children and family. There is a damaged and grief stricken physicist from the U.K. Simon, a lost child sheltered by monks and devoted to God and gifted/cursed by visions. Greachin, a twisted, fragmented, psychotic
Kitty Honeycutt
Unlike Red Tash's other book "Troller Derby" I could not get into "This Brilliant Darkness" I did read it all the way through but I found myself constantly lost between what was happening real-time versus what was happening in the characters minds and I'm not even sure if there was a real-time versus mind-frame aspect to the story. The plot jumps from character to character which is not a bad thing but it did so, so much to the point that I constantly lost my place and was unsure of just where t ...more
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