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The Avian Gospels, Book II

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Fiction. A city without a name is cursed by a plague of birds they probably deserve. But when an angry beggar child and his father learn they have the power to lift the curse--they "control" birds--they cannot agree on how to use their gift, and end up using it on each other, taking out everyone around them, especially those they love. This is BOOK II of a two-volume novel ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Short Flight/Long Drive Books
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Book 1 is about the son. Book 2 is about the father.

What drives us to question our beliefs? What drives us to realize our beliefs? If one world is horrible, will the new one be better or more of the same? What causes the change from "improve the world" to "destroy the world" and is it necessary to have both?

Oh, the questions that this book (and Book 1) tackles. Written in the same "relate the facts and just the facts, ma'am" style that borders on Biblical - but not quite IS Biblical - we go dee
Jamie Gaughran-Perez
Book II certainly picks up the pace. I'm still trying to get my head around the break-neck speed at which the sands of the story shift as it makes it's way to a close... I haven't decided if I wanted it to linger more on things or not... But the conclusion is big and powerful and the whole read is well worth it. I can only assume we'll be hearing more good things from Novy.

Richard Thomas
This review was originally published at The Nervous Breakdown (November, 2010):

I’d heard a lot about The Avian Gospels (Short Flight / Long Drive Books) before ever reading it. I’d stared at those covers online, the red and gold, the abstract of birds in flight, and imagined what a combination of The Birds, The Road, and The Stand might look like. Would it be dense language, a languid read of heavy prose? The sample online hinted at that. Would it be a sto
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4.5 Stars - Highly Recommended to fans of dystopian fiction who don't require a nice neat bow on the how's and why's.
Combined pg count: 442
Publisher: Short Flight/Long Drive

So, the lapsed Catholic in me is chuckling as I find myself, for the second time in as many months, reviewing a book that outwardly appears to be religious in nature. The first was Beatitude by Larry Closs which, as you can see from the title, would require some explanation. Rest assured, d
The chaos that mounts at the close of the first book doesn't evolve in a way that's completely satisfying here. Characters drastically transform in unlikely and largely unexplained ways, tension simply erodes inexplicably, and death seems a cheap tool of resolving a herky jerky plotline that builds wonderfully in the first book and then seems not to know where to go. Still: combined with the first book, this was a good story and an entertaining read. Novy's style is unique--surprising and satisf ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I don't have much to say about Book II of the Avian Gospels that I didn't say about Book I, but I can say that I continued to thoroughly enjoy the story right up through the end. Book II did seem to take a turn into darker, more sinister territory, which was a bit of a treat in itself.

I really can't recommend these books highly enough for anyone up for taking a chance on a unique type of storytelling, and I would love to see Adam Novy reach a wider audience. There's a lot of great stuff here to
As long as I consider this one book then I liked it very much. See my review of the first book. I am not as fond of the second book. I didn't get much more of what I liked from the first book in the second book and the story just seemed to collapse in on itself. I'm sure there is a reason for that, but I didn't really see it and didn't care as much for it. Of course, I still liked the two books as one very much. I just found the second book left me a bit cold.
Luis Correa
Apr 20, 2011 Luis Correa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Luis by: Adam Levin
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Really great. Sometimes a little too prosaic. Ends too abruptly. Operates on a more allegorical level, but still very human and nuanced. Haunting.
I might have rated this 3 stars but for the end- I still think I would rate it 3.5. But the ending had a fantastic twist.
Kimberly Kieffer
Excellent and dreadful, a very quick and driving read. However I would expect a III book to the story.
See my review of Book I.
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