A Choir of Ill Children
This lyrical tale of evil, loss, and redemption is a stunning addition to the Southern gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews.
A Choir of Ill Children is the startling story of Kingdom Come, a decaying, swamp backwater that draws the lost, ill-fated, and damned.
Since his mothe...more
"...listen to me - things are different down here. This is the deep South. There are laws that don't apply."
"You're an ugly, disgusting people."
"No worse than most I'd guess."
krok zero hated this book.
and i understand his problems with it - when something is compared to faulkner and flannery o'connor, you have certain expectations as a reader, and wh...more
I'm certainly intrigued enough to keep reading, though.
Okay, still reading. Murder and mayhem within kudzu vines of prose. It's slow going. I have to keep stopping because this book makes me queasy. In addition, I have little idea what's going on. Or if anything's going on.
This has been an odd reading experienc...more
This is the story of Thomas, the son of the only wealthy person in a small deep south town. Thomas's parents are dead, his grandmother was killed on the roof of a church with a reaping blade (ne...more
Tom is the scion of the family that founded Kingdom Come. His family history includes murder, suicide, disappearances, an...more
Here's the thing: Piccirilli is clearly an excellent writer. His prose is gorgeous, and he can create a mood. I loved the town of Kingdom Come and the characterizations. That's where my four stars come from.
=Begin my attempt at a plo...more
So it's October, and that's when you're supposed to read horror fiction, right? And I always feel like I should be reading horror, should be unearthing the good stuff, because I like horror movies and in theory the genre appeals to me, but in practice I have never really come across a horror novel that has served my particular literary needs. Unless you count Shirley Jackson, which I guess I don't, because the only genre she belongs to is the genre of the fucking sublime.
But I sometimes give...more
Years ago when Tom's father committed suicide, Tom inherited the Mill, making him the town patriarch, filling a role his family has always held since Kingdom Come was founded. It also puts him in charge of his brothers, conjoined triplets joined at the frontal lobe and constantly facing each other. Now dire portents of strife have appeared and Velma Coots calls upon him to do his duty to the town by providing s...more
This book definitely isn't going to be for everyone. I was really confused at times as to what was going on, but the way it was so intricately written added to its appeal. I'd definitely need to read this a second time to pick up on everything, and I'm...more
I admit that the end was a bit disappointing and there were many events that were not related to the main story line. Which makes you wonder why are they even there. I also admit that I felt lost sometimes and I didn't understand s...more
Since his mother’s disappearance and his father’s suicide, Thomas has cared for his three brothers—conjoined triplets with separate bodies but one shared brain—and the town’s only industry, the Mill.
Because of his family’s prominence, Thomas is feared and respected by the superstitious swamp folk. Granny witches cast hexes while Thomas’s childhood sweetheart drifts through his life like a vengeful ghost and his best friend, a reverend suffering from the power of tongues, is overcome with this