Bones of the Moon (Answered Prayers #1)
This is a wonderful, touching and very unusual fantasy. I got all misty-eyed by the end. Everyone should have a friend like Eliot.
The first third of the book has very little to do with the fantastic, being a delicately weaved and often funny love s...more
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...more
All vagueness I know, but I just don't want to get into plot review. Some random asides: the characters names are so marvelous...more
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.
Cullen James doesn't seem so different from other young women around her in New York City, but in her dr...more
"Cullen James' first dream was to find the perfect man--and it happened. Then she dreamed of being able to live with her man in Europe, while they were both still young and full of wonder: and that happened too. First in Greece, and then in Italy, she had hold of the kind of life of which we all dream. Better yet, she became pregnant and looked forward to the day when the child would come and she could love it: make it part of her i...more
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
William Browning Spencer's Zod Wallop is the book that Bone...more
It is audacious for a man to write about abortion and its impact on a woman's life and later motherhood. It is too easy for such a man to come off as judgmental, but Carroll shows that imagination can take you many pla...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
i just tried to write up a quick summary of this one, and it all just sounds so bland when i say it. gah, i'd make an awful critic. so...more
The protagonist is a woman who has a lot of issues and rightfully so. She's widowed and has had to make some very tough choices in her life. How she copes though comes from what at first seems like a retreat within the self and into the landscape...more
The character of Eliot also seems a bit ahead of its time. I definitely don't recall any positive portrayals of gay characters in a...more
Some have suggested magical realist leanings to Carrol's work, even if he himself does not fit the profile of most authors of that work. The first person narrative is easy to read and goes quickly. The novel explore...more