Reads like the travel log of an anonymous man. An anonymous man with an anonymous boy who encounters several other anonymous people while traveling aReads like the travel log of an anonymous man. An anonymous man with an anonymous boy who encounters several other anonymous people while traveling a bleak and grey landscape of post-apocalypse America. The purpose of their journey only a vague notion that they will go south to get warm, maybe find other people (good guys), continue to “carry the fire” whatever that means. I mean, I get it about the fire but the man and the boy in the story leave it up to you to decide what it means. The man never spells it out.
No apostrophes, no quotation marks, incomplete sentences. A sort of stream of consciousness style of writing. It is amazing how much emotion you can wring out of what seems like just a stark accounting of their time on the road. The man opened a can of sausages and they ate. They explored a long-abandoned house for supplies. They gather wood and push their cart of meager belongings. There are veins of poetic and emotional intensity throughout, however, and I found myself deeply involved in the fates of the man and the boy and even of the “bad guys” and the crazy people.
This is a great book. So much to discuss and ponder. ...more
Before reading I often seek out the more negative and most positive reviews just to get an idea of what the general public liked and didn’t like aboutBefore reading I often seek out the more negative and most positive reviews just to get an idea of what the general public liked and didn’t like about a book. This book was polarizing. People either thought it was the best book ever written or absolutely hated it. Very few middle of the road reviews.
I am middle-of-the-road leaning towards not really liking it. The Flight of the Silvers was not what I would consider the best thing ever written or even the best in its genre, but it had its good points. I did like the temporal and alternate timeline ideas. There were some pretty good action scenes and the book didn’t bog down anywhere.
However, the not-so-good parts of the book were, I must say, pretty bad. The characters were rather shallow. I felt that Hannah the actress had the emotional depth of Adrienne Barbeau in Swamp Thing or Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire. Of course there are shallow people in the real world but they do not make interesting characters unless we see some emotional growth or transformation. I compare Hannah to the actresses in those particular movies because, like Hannah, those actresses seemed to have co-starring roles with their physical attributes. While the references to Hannah’s breasts were not on every page by any means, they were more frequently pointed out than in any other book I’ve read that was not published by Harlequin. I’m not a prude or a radical feminist or anything, I just found it odd, unnatural to the story and unnecessary.
There were some strange and awkward moments and words throughout the book. There was a lot of leering in the story. Everyone leered at each other. Throughout the book Hannah was very often referred to as “the actress” – just “the actress”, not “Hannah, the actress” -- and her sister Amanda as “the widow”.
“The actress threw an empty glass to the floor.” “The actress struggled to move…” “’He’ll be ok,’ the widow said.” “The widow didn’t respond.”
Again, while it is an accurate description of the characters it just feels awkward. After 36 chapters I think we know who Hannah and Amanda and their companions (“the cartoonist”, “the orphan”, etc.) are. I found myself waiting for “the boyfriend” or “the bad guy” to appear.
I felt that Flight of the Silvers was an OK romp as a sci-fi lite/comic book made-for-tv genre (1/2 the sci-fi super-hero calories of the regular). Not my thing really. ...more
I couldn't believe how quickly I read this book. I was not trying to rush through it but I was really engaged and time just flew. I struggled at firstI couldn't believe how quickly I read this book. I was not trying to rush through it but I was really engaged and time just flew. I struggled at first because each chapter changes point of view and era. I was trying to keep track of the characters and their respective timelines. I had to keep flipping back to earlier chapters to remember "when" I was and who was relating their tale. After a few chapters of this I gave up and just rolled with it. Once I stopped working so hard to keep it all straight things just sort of straightened up on their own. I concentrated on the story instead of the chronology. I found the prose to be thoughtful and imaginative, the characters well developed and interesting. I think the driver is an intriguing character and I would not mind at all reading more about him someday....more
I was in the mood for a good ghost story -- it being so close to Halloween right now. Black Creek Crossing certainly fit the bill with a bonus of witcI was in the mood for a good ghost story -- it being so close to Halloween right now. Black Creek Crossing certainly fit the bill with a bonus of witchcraft thrown in. This was an entertaining and well-written book.
The story centers around a teenaged girl with the unfortunate (in her mind) name of Angel. She is not one of the beautiful people in school. She is a loner, an outcast. She has been teased and bullied relentlessly since grade school. She moves with her alcoholic, abusive father and her religious, martyr-like mother to a new town. They move into the town's haunted house. Families that have lived there have experienced gruesome death and sinister compulsions. In fact, shortly after moving in Angel senses that her father is thinking about her inappropriately and fears that he will act on this compulsion when he removes the key from her bedroom door.
Angel goes to a new school and optimistically thinks things will be different. She is crushed to find out that she is still the outsider and the butt of whispered jokes. She is befriended by Seth who has also been targeted by bullies for years. His family is of the country-club set and his father does not understand why his son would rather take photographs than play sports like other boys. His father goes so far as to beat Seth with a belt for not meeting expectations while Seth's mother turns away and pretends she doesn't know about it.
Angel finds a cat in her house who mysteriously vanishes and reappears in unexpected ways. This ghostly cat leads the two friends into the woods and a discovery that turns the tables on everyone who has been cruel to them.
I was so drawn into the lives of these kids that I found myself feeling their pain, feeling upset at the injustice of it all. I was pulling for them when they began to get back some of their own. And then it very quickly spiraled out of control. The end was a shocker. It was also a shock that so much story takes place in only two weeks time! It felt like months.
I would recommend this book as a great Halloween read. I think it would make a good movie, too....more