First I just want to say, this book is still not out in Trade Paperback in Canada, so when I was in NYC I went out of my way to get it at Barnes &...moreFirst I just want to say, this book is still not out in Trade Paperback in Canada, so when I was in NYC I went out of my way to get it at Barnes & Nobles; that's how good this series is!
That being said, the first half of the book was a little repetitive: argue with mom, fantasize about embalming loved ones, pine over demonic profiling, eat cereal, rinse and repeat. But the last 100 pages are absolutely terrific. The twists were amazing. I highly recommend this series. However, this is not a stand alone book. You gotta read the first two books of the series in order. Happy readings! (less)
Probably the best quotation from a book I have read in a long time - and on the topic of God no less. Gid asks Odin what the capital-G God is like. To...moreProbably the best quotation from a book I have read in a long time - and on the topic of God no less. Gid asks Odin what the capital-G God is like. To which Odin replies, "...I don't believe in Him, and if He does exist, I don't like Him. His type of gods aren't gods who echo how mortals behave. They're gods who are held up as example of perfection to be emulated. They're not gods of the people. They're remote and inaccessible, they demand blind, unthinking obedience from their followers. They're dictators. We Aesir and Vanir, by contrast, are mirrors. Other gods rule. We reflect and magnify. We are you, only more so. We share your flaws and foibles. We are as humanlike as we are divine, and I think we are all the better for that(less)
It was a few weeks after I read American Gods when I read this article. I thoroughly enjoyed Gaiman's work, so I started to follow him on goodreads. This blog post is well written. But I wouldn't say it inspired me go out and buy a Jonathan Carroll book. It happened to be that I was killing time in a very small - but amazing - used book store in Ottawa, Ontario. There was nothing I was willing to invest time or money in. I am in my fourth year of an English undergrad - I have lots of reading to do as it is!
I was on my way out when a book from the bins outside the store caught my eye. It was a soft cover novel - this novel - that caught my eye. "Sleeping in Flame" for $1.99 at All Books. Usually, I wouldn't take a second glance at the crates of bargin books. I mean, come on, it was beside Botany for Dummies for Christ's sake!
But I opened it. The first page was well written. I decided to buy it. I put $1.99 on debit for this book. I walked to the Wine Rack thinking, I'm never going to read this book. It's going to sit on my shelf and rot.
But I was wrong. I started the book that night. I had zero expectations for it. Before I knew it, I was 65 pages in! Listen, when I say the first page is well written, what I mean is, it's because of Jonathan Carroll that I understand what a "lyrical author" is and how soothing he/she writes. He's poetic without being cheesy. I want you to read this book. I am man - with very little interest in romance novels (which it is, only in part) - and I must confess, I love this book! I love Vienna; I love Maris York; I love this genre of magical-realism. Gaiman is right, Carroll is a changer; he is special.
Read this book. Read all his books. I am going to join you. I am a university student that says, "Yes! Go out and find his books. Buy them at full price! They are worth it!" (less)