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Bones of the Moon (Answered Prayers #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,016 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Cullen, a young, hip Manhattan wife, finds odd fulfillment in a bizarre series of dreams taking place in Rondua, a psychedelic fantasy landscape, where she must summon a courage not asked of her while awake. But slowly, her dream world is spilling over into New York reality, and soon even Cullen's new-found courage may not be enough to save her.
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Arbor House Publishing (first published 1987)
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Oct 09, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cullen James is married to a wonderful man named Danny, has a baby daughter, and a good friend in her neighbor, Eliot. Cullen begins to have vivid dreams in a land called Rondua. As the dreams progress, they start to intersect with people and events in Cullen's life.

This is a wonderful, touching and very unusual fantasy. I got all misty-eyed by the end. Everyone should have a friend like Eliot.
Feb 15, 2008 Tripp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Carroll, one of the greatest American fantasists had a bit of a dud in Bones of the Moon. For most authors, it would be reasonably accomplished, but for him, it wasn't quite up to snuff. The book uses the overlapping of a classic good vs. evil fantasy quest with the real world to illustrate how people can cope with loss. The fantasy world was too unrealized and bizarre to have any appeal and the characters were on the thin side.

William Browning Spencer's Zod Wallop is the book that Bone
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 09, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Happily married new mother Cullen James begins to have vivid serial dreams about a land called Rondua which she explores with a hat-wearing dog called Mr. Tracey and a young boy named Pepsi. Soon, dreams and reality begin to intersect and overlap in disturbing ways.

An interesting, unusual fantasy.
Dec 11, 2008 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
I can't quite figure out why I didn't enjoy this one as much as other stuff I've read by Carroll. It has the same warm, sympathetic characters, the same level of invention and imagination, but the story never really pulled me in. It felt a little aimless and meandering, and the protagonist never really seemed to do anything other than survive traumatic events because..what? She's a nice person and we want her to? It wasn't really clear to me how the "real" world and her dream world were able to ...more
May 25, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jonathan Carroll books; he's what I wish I could write if I were an author. It's the details that he chooses, the way he so fully develops a character, full of flaws and fears and wonder, and the unexpected ways the story moves. Reality and fantasy are fluid, the overall truth of the emotion is where the importance lies and our imagination is expanded to get there.

All vagueness I know, but I just don't want to get into plot review. Some random asides: the characters names are so marvelous
Jun 01, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up-books
The Bones of the Moon is an interesting little book about Cullen James. Cullen is happy with her life. She has a wonderful husband, a healthy baby daughter, and loving friends. Everything seems very wholesome and normal until Cullen begins to have very clear and sequenced dreams of a journey through a magical land with a boy named Pepsi. Her dreams in this land become a second life, of sorts, as she finds herself on a hero’s quest. Strangely, the dreamworld and the waking world begin to collide ...more
Cullen James (who is a woman, believe it or not) is happily married to Danny, is being romantically pursued by a famous movie director named Weber Gregston, has a fabulously (and stereotypically) gay best friend named Eliot, corresponds with her teenage axe-murdering former neighbor, and has serial dreams about a land called Rondua, in which her son (named Pepsi) is attempting to collect the five Bones of the Moon with the aid of giant animals Martio the camel, Felina the wolf, and Mr Tracy the ...more
Jan 24, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars (wish we could do half stars)

I wanted to like this book more than I did, and the initial reviews and comments made me quite excited. I think I was not quite sure what I was getting into and at times I feel like the book does quite know what it is either.

Cullen James is a beautiful, smart woman who had an abortion when she was younger, has moved on to marry a great guy and eventually land in New York after a brief time in Europe. Her marriage is strong and realistic. Cullen and her husb
Jan 04, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who likes good writing and a good story
Recommended to Bill by: karen
I was in quite a quandry about what category to include this book in. It's published by Tom Doherty who publish sf, and there is a lot of fantasy involved but it is also very definitely literary fiction as well, very well written at that. So in the end I put it in both categories. Anyway it's an absolutely brilliant book. My many thanks to Karen yet again, for introducing me to such a treasure. I will definitely be reading all the rest of his books.
There is something incredible about Jonathan Carroll. No matter how strange the plots of his books are, no matter how absurd the happenings within them are, he makes them seem real. "Bones of the Moon" is an incredible book that ingeniously weaves together the dreams and realities and how they all intertwine. Everything fits, and yet not so well that both stories don't still contain their own hearts and abilities. Everything works in the end.
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"E' difficile convincersi che casa nostra è il luogo in cui abitiamo e non quello in cui abbiamo lasciato il cuore."

Primo episodio del "sestetto delle preghiere esaudite", nel quale viene presentato il personaggio di Weber Gregston (presente negli altri libri della serie).
Come libro di apertura si presenta ancora come poco maturo, con uno stile semplice, una narrazione fin troppo liscia, oserei dire pure ingenua. E' per questo motivo che non gli do il voto massimo; più che altro, sarebbe ingius

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
There are stories that have me on tenterhooks wondering what happens next, and then there are stories that feel as if they always existed, as if I knew them long before this particular author wrote them down, but I still have to read on, there's still a lot of suspense because there's still an element of chance and I don't know how the given author is going to cut the deck. And in this case because, like any Carroll novel, it's written so well and peopled with quirky, wonderful characters, good, ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Desiree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
I was very disappointed with this book because I had enjoyed The Land of Laughs so much and, as a result, respected Jonathan Carroll as an author. However, after reading this book, I can't say that any longer because, to me, this reads like pro-life, anti-feminist propaganda masquerading as a fantasy book, which to be honest happens more often than most people probably care to think. My opinion is based on the fact that the story only truly begins after Cullen, the protagonist, has an abortion a ...more
„Kości Księżyca” to trzecia powieść autorstwa Jonathana Carrolla, a zarazem moje siódme spotkanie z twórczością tego pisarza. Spotkanie niezwykle udane, dodajmy. „Kości Księżyca” prezentują wizję krainy tak niezwykłej i nadrealistycznej, iż porównywać można ją jedynie z absurdalną Krainą Dziwów, wykreowaną przez Charlesa Lutwidge’a Dodgsona, bardziej znanego jako Lewis Carroll. Ta zbieżność nazwisk zdecydowanie nie może być dziełem przypadku! Raczej cudownym ukłonem tego świata w kierunku miłośn ...more
Scott Foley
I've read Carroll's Land of Laughs and found his characterization very impressive in that particular book, although I felt his plot bottomed out toward the ending as it abandoned those previously established traits.

With Bones of the Moon, however, I never really connected with his protagonist, Cullen James, or her friends and family. While they had interesting backgrounds, they simply didn't feel real to me. Because of this, and what I consider awkward dialogue, I couldn't fully immerse myself i
Feb 19, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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Apr 12, 2014 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Carroll comes highly reccomended. This is only the second one of his books that I've come across since discovering his existance through Goodreads. Sleeping in Flame (varied mileage) was an inventive and disturbing novel about the dark truths behind fairy tales and legends - similar to Bones of the Moon except Carroll deals with mythology of the individual and the landscape of dreams.

Cullen James doesn't seem so different from other young women around her in New York City, but in her dr
Jul 06, 2012 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I finally picked my first Jonathan Carroll book, after hearing his name for years in different fantasy forums. Maybe the expectations were too high, or maybe Bones of the Moon is not the best entry point, but I feel a bit ambivalent right now. While I love the presentation and the vivid imagination that produced the Rondua dreamland, the actual plot and the ending were a letdown.
The first third of the book has very little to do with the fantastic, being a delicately weaved and often funny love s
the logline: married new mom finds that her dreams are leaking over into reality... uh oh.

this book is, for me (very subjective opinion coming!), a bit like the puppy you thoroughly adore but which willnot stop peeing on the rug. the parts in the real world are charming and sweet, for the most part; the parts in the dream world (Rondua) are--well, like dreams. vivid, disconnected, not amenable to interpretation.

i am not a fan of extensive dream-stuff in a novel; unless a dream serves to push th
Diana Eberhardt
Jan 15, 2015 Diana Eberhardt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weird fantasy horror, with guilt about an abortion. Just not my thing, at all.
S.A. Hunter
Aug 03, 2013 S.A. Hunter rated it liked it
Bones of the Moon is a melding of fantasy and literary fiction. I wasn't sure how to read it sometimes. In a straight fantasy novel, being whisked away to another world while asleep would be pretty standard magical stuff, but with the literary fiction influences, one must consider the symbolism. The characters even talk about the possible symbolism of Cullen's dreams, and this made me uncomfortable with the fantasy part of the story, strangely enough. I wanted to just go along with Cullen and Pe ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Violet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreams are a funny thing. They differ from person to person as each unique psyche builds strange and amazing worlds, using reality as the foundation. But often the line between reality and dream is blurred, especially when you’re surrounded by a world that you have become attached to.

We’ve all woken up, confused and disoriented, believing that that what just occurred in our heads was real. I often feel the same way when pulling my eyes out of a book. That’s why it was sort of strange reading a n
Dec 15, 2013 Christopher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perhaps no one.
There are many facets of the masculine personality present in Jonathan Carroll’s Bones of the Moon. From the paternal Ward-Cleaver-esque Mr. Tracy, to the brutal and power-hungry Jack Chili; from the perfect husband, to the chauvinist-turned-sycophantic would-be lover, most every male pattern known to exist is incorporated by Jonathan Carroll. Pepsi, arguably the hero of the tale, is a man-child who very quickly learns all he needs to know from his mother in order to succeed in his quest. Culle ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Cullen and Danny James live in New York City with their infant daughter. Their happy marriage has been preceded by misfortune, sadness, and tragedy. They meet in college. Danny is dating and then marries Cullen’s roommate. The roommate dies in a car accident. Danny, a college basketball star, moves to Europe and plays professionally for Milan. Cullen works in New York publishing, become pregnant by a German photographer, and has an abortion. She writes Danny, who rushes back to New York to be su ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Prose is dull. Main character's personality seems dependent on the men in her life. Oddly anti-feminist/pro-life agenda within the first few pages...Returned to the library unfinished.
Oct 20, 2016 Atreyu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pam Baddeley
Apr 25, 2016 Pam Baddeley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the third of Carroll's books that I've read. This time the first person viewpoint is that of a woman, with an unusual name - Cullen - who has a best friend Danny, a basketball player who has gone to work in Italy. Cullen has a relationship with a man she doesn't love, and when she becomes pregnant she has an abortion, but is then hit by depression and writes to Danny. He comes back from Italy and it transpires that he has been in love with her for years. She eventually realises she could ...more
Chris Gager
Dec 10, 2015 Chris Gager rated it liked it
Picked this off the top of the recent rescued-from-the-transfer-station pile. Next read...

Read part one last night and was not at all impressed by the writer's skill(s). I haven't reached the fantasy stuff yet and it's a short book so I'll probably read all of it, but...

- The dialogue/narration is far too - cutesy, stilted, sugary and boring. Like an earnest effort by a committed but minimally talented English major at age 19. Cullen and Danny converse like two square 4H youngsters from the fift
Nick Iuppa
Jul 03, 2016 Nick Iuppa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Martin Sisolak
Oct 24, 2016 Martin Sisolak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb beginning. Very entertaining. I liked that there was always something happening. I dont like books which describe the landscapes and the environments too much so I loved this book. It was about the plot, the characters, some psychology and magic. Really fast paced book, which is a plus for me. The most of the book was 5. I felt the end came a little too fast so that is why I give it a 4.
This is my first book of this author and it makes me want to read other books of his. I like this kind
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Jonathan Carroll (b. 1949) is an award-winning American author of modern fantasy and slipstream novels. His debut book, The Land of Laughs (1980), tells the story of a children’s author whose imagination has left the printed page and begun to influence reality. The book introduced several hallmarks of Carroll’s writing, including talking animals and worlds that straddle the thin line between reali ...more
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