The border between noir and horror was crossed in this book. It's straight up horror. Bobby Dollar spends ninety percent of the book traveling throughThe border between noir and horror was crossed in this book. It's straight up horror. Bobby Dollar spends ninety percent of the book traveling through hell and doing what he does best. Getting "the point" beaten into him until he FINALLY figures it out. I'm not a horror reader and find the genre pointless is most cases.
I'm hoping the third book focuses on heaven and makes Bobby go through compelling struggles while getting "the point". If this is the case the series will be redeemed.
The book and series in general is full of interesting ideas and twists. The heaven vs. hell concept as addressed in genre writing is thought provoking. The noir aspect is a different take. I just hope the third book makes it worth going through 350 pages of horror....more
Best book I've read this year. The book is very much like a baseball game. Graceful moments, followed by "what just happened" moments. At times a bitBest book I've read this year. The book is very much like a baseball game. Graceful moments, followed by "what just happened" moments. At times a bit slow. At times a bit frenetic. It kept me reading, and finally satisfied when it ended.
The story of Henry "Skrim" Skrimshander college shortstop for a Westish College. It follows him and friends through twists and turns. All the people you meet are important, though not always in a way that is apparent when first introduced.
The book is all character development, with the baseball serving as the stage, the college as the backdrop. I think it would make a great play, if you could sit for 8 hours.
Henry is a straight laced kid through the book and amazingly this works. Usually this makes the character seem too one dimensional. The problems with Henry are mostly his own doing. But you never get the "just get over yourself" feeling. You struggle with Henry and can feel the doubt along with him. (view spoiler)[It's also interesting to me that the Henry never has a love interest. I can't remember the last time I read a book or saw a movie that didn't have the obligatory love interest for the main character. (hide spoiler)]
Owen (Henry's gay roommate) is such an interesting character that his story eclipses Henry's and delivers the climax of the book. His sexuality is critical, but not overwhelming. (I read this right after trying to read The Song of Achilles and the homosexual aspects of that were so stilted I had to give up.)
Mike is the broken down mentor even though he is slightly older than Henry. He has his own story about finding a place in the world is possibly the most normal and most unusual of the group.
Pella is the daughter of the President of Westish and is probably the most damaged. She's young, married, and hurt. Yet, somehow she manages to be the most together part of the group.
How these four and the many other characters circle, interact and close with each other make this book an amazing journey. Everyone has real issues and sometimes do the right thing, but often times are their own worst enemies. Amazingly this isn't cliche.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more