ocke and Key, the long running comic by Joe Hill, will conclude with Locke and Key Vol 6: Alpha and Omega. (Note: this is the team that brought us NOS...moreocke and Key, the long running comic by Joe Hill, will conclude with Locke and Key Vol 6: Alpha and Omega. (Note: this is the team that brought us NOS4A2, so if you enjoyed NOS4A2 you may also enjoy Locke and Key, or vice versa.)
Locke and Key is the journey of the Locke family after the brutal murder of their father. The children: Tyler, Kinsey and Bode, find themselves uprooted from their home and sent to Lovecraft, MA to the home where their father grew up.
The family is breaking apart with grief, not only have they lost their father, their mother is an alcoholic. Bode, being the youngest, tasks himself with exploring every nook and cranny of the house and soon finds a magic in the house that can bring the family back together or that can completely destroy them.
At this point, I will assume that you’ve read the series … in the prior volume, Bode’s body has been taken over by a demon that had previously been occupying Lucas’ body. Tyler and Kinsey are completely unaware of this and relax hoping that the evil that has been dogging them relentlessly for the past year is finally behind them. Tyler, being the man of the house, never truly let down his guard. We know that Tyler has found a way to make a new key, and I’m sure each reader has dreamt up the key they would make.
The final installment is brilliant. It was perfect. Cleaver, not exactly what I “wanted” but still perfect; and incredibly heartbreaking, I suggest going into this with a box of tissues next to you. (less)
**spoiler alert** I picked up this book from my library because I watched the movie version a year or so ago and was enthralled by the plot. I'm happy...more**spoiler alert** I picked up this book from my library because I watched the movie version a year or so ago and was enthralled by the plot. I'm happy to say that the novel is no less enthralling. Tom Perrotta's characters in this novel are unique and substantial.
It impresses me when an author creates a story in which all main characters are terribly flawed. There is not one adult main character in Little Children who is a good person, yet, you can sympathize with them all.
Even Ronnie... at first. The author makes no secret of Ronnie's past, yet, I found myself denying it and feeling sorry for him especially when he was kicked out of the town pool on a hot summer day. However, during the blind date scene there is no doubt that Ronnie is evil. That he will hurt people. He is not in control of himself and is a danger to society. Does that mean that the townspeople have the right to treat him as they do? I don't know. My first response is no. Human beings should be allowed to live out their lives. He did his time in prison and his life is already horrible. Why add to that pain? Does the fear that other have of him make him deserving of daily abuse? At what point is his crime paid for? Is that even possible with a crime like his?
The marital relationships in the book are heartbreaking. Pure examples of what I find fearful in a committed relationship. Todd and Sarah possess a flaw which can been seen often in humanity. The idea that someone else is required to fix the problems in your life. If I only do this, if I only had this. They didn't being this story with the need for another person but latched onto each other so quickly and completely after their first meeting.
I find myself identifying with Sarah personality. The idea of motherhood is completely undesirable for me. On one hand, I was disappointed by her thoughts at the end regarding giving up her dreams and being a strong mother for her daughter and on the other hand it was so selfless that it was hard for me to not be touched.