**spoiler alert** A mystical healer falls from the sky, inhabits the body of a newly dead Native American and begins a journey to find his way back ho...more**spoiler alert** A mystical healer falls from the sky, inhabits the body of a newly dead Native American and begins a journey to find his way back home. He soon pairs up with “Moses”, a skeptical, yet intrigued photojournalistic philosopher, running from his past, trying to save the future and hoping for a Pulitzer Prize photo op. They drive off, traveling cross country to where the signs lead the healer, in search of those who can send him back home. Though they each have their own agenda, they are both essentially heading in the same direction, meeting a bevy of Shamans & charlatans along the way. Initially, the Sky Man (as he is soon dubbed) does not do well with language, which renders some interesting nicknames for people he meets. In a series of missions, each with a clue/vision/tool to the next one in line, he must prove himself to be who he is to the multiplying skeptics. As adept as any Kwai Chang Caine, Sky Man conquers all obstacles affronting him, be they to harm, educate or seduce. Talismans, totems and spirit guides are offered, shared and experienced along the roads of a countryside still beautiful, as we are shown it through the eyes of respect and adoration. Given the abundance of Native American characters within the pages, there is a hefty dose of metaphysical – natural teachings, lingo and rituals, which I personally devoured, dictionary and internet at hand. (It is supposed to be fiction, right?) Drinking & debauchery, of course, slither in as needed. The injection of humor eases the intensity of content, blunders and missteps allow a humanistic perspective when broaching an almost peyote infused ride into desert, mountains and prairies. It’s a quasi-vision quest of trances and dreams, an incestuous amalgamation that transcends the wild, wild, west to the Canadian banks of Lake Huron where he is still defying implications of trickster. People know the previous owner of the body he inhabits. They want better answers. All aware that his kind do exist, that there is that possibility, there is contemplation on what, where & how to culminate. A combination of of John Carpenter's “Starman” / Beatty/Henry’s “Heaven’s Gate” / Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing / Jeff Noon’s Vurt or just about any Carlos Castaneda, Round Earth, Open Sky is fast-paced and covers multiple genres and fulfills in each. Witty, deep, violent & sensual. In final scene intensity, words before you, you still cannot blink, lest you miss that transformation, that flash of light, that perfect shot that finishes his journey. Loose ends tie up into a nice dreamcatcher to hang over you as tidbits flit into your slumber. Oh, for sure they will.
I applaud the creativity behind this book. While I have created poems/snippets around a found photograph, I dare venture into a novel full of them. An...moreI applaud the creativity behind this book. While I have created poems/snippets around a found photograph, I dare venture into a novel full of them. And what creative lives he has given them. A group of "peculiar" children with amazing talents, supernatural, if you please.. that survive in a protected time loop away from the past & future. Able to venture in and out, they bring back a hero to the tale and the adventure begins. I'm sure this will become a series, as there are so many more monsters to slay and loops to slip into. (less)
Always love a book that starts me out laughing and Janet's almost always do. Her books are perfect for in between. They're quick, light and uplifting....moreAlways love a book that starts me out laughing and Janet's almost always do. Her books are perfect for in between. They're quick, light and uplifting. This seems to be the first in a new series, so looking forward to stacking these on my shelves alongside the heavier tomes. (less)