The Deadheart Shelters
Born into a life of brutal slavery, Peter spends his days driven into the wild by vicious dog-masters, forced to pick delicate swamp berries from the skeletons of dead reptiles. His nights offer only the brief escape of hushed conversation and the strange magnolia perfume of fellow slave Lilly.
A moment's opportunity turns to viol...more
So, you do.
That is to say: I did.
I started reading this book because it wou ...more
Forrest Armstrong has created a book which feels every bit like one of those dreams. This is a dream in book form, only if dreams were formed with perfect understanding of story structure and character development and stuff lik ...more
After what appears to be an eternity of slavery, the protagonist tastes freedom at last. He makes new acquaintances, learns how to be part of a st ...more
I hate poetry.
But you know what? I found that even with a style I normally find pretentious, this work came off as very real, very touching, and quite sad.
Full of real emotion.
Loved it. Caught me completely by surprise.
If you read book reviews for any length of time, you will come across novels where the language is described as 'poetic'. 99% of the time, said reviewers are talking absolute hogwash; they're using 'poetic' to describe a certain way the author has with descriptive passages rather than pointing at the language and saying 'this is like poetry'. After all, taking poetry and transforming it into prose seems like it would be about as ...more
The Deadheart Shelters is a bit like a fairy tale, in which the protagonist is caught in the conflict between s ...more
Either too smart or too artless for me.
At the heart of The Deadheart Shelters is a story of becoming what you hate. It's a strange journey, complete with little hippos and coal mining. There's substantial brutality along the way, as the main character yearns for an idealized version of the past while stumbling toward an unexpected future. While there is some stunning language, there's also excessive use of similes and metaphors, to the extent that they will occasionally knock you out of the st ...more
Found myself reading a sentence, and re-reading it slower...then re-reading it even slower to absorb it. The images hypnotized me. It's one of those books that remind me that reading isn't always passive. So, while the story ...more
What starts out as a simple escape story turns into a reflection on modern life and the trials of beginning fresh with a new life, changed social status and all. I can't decide if I just read an ascension of the heart or a kam ...more