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Darkness Under the Sun by Dean Koontz
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Dec 30, 10

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Read on December 30, 2010

this kid meets this older man on the rooftop of a building. the man, mr. blackwood, is reminiscent of a character in twilight eyes, also by koontz, in that he is disfigured, a misfit, as is the boy, howie. they become friends.

the story has a certain flavor for the first...pages?...naw, i read this on an amazon kindle that my wife gave me for christmas, the first i've read on this kindle...but for the first 10-20 pages, the story has a flavor...say vanilla and it goes down smooth...anyone who has felt like an outcast is likely to think so...

as mr howard says, "there's always a parade, howie. when it's something you can't ever join but only watch, then it's a parade."

they connect. howie makes sandwiches. they break bread together. it appears that mr howard, a drifter, might stay in town, might rent from howie's mom. his old man is out of the picture. like i said, vanilla, a kind of bobby/mr brautigan, hearts in atlantis flavor to it.

howie is asked and provides photos of his house, his mother, his sister...and mr howard, a night owl, tells him he needs to sleep as they've been at it all day, talking, connecting.
when he returns later, to learn of mr blackwood's decision--he's a free bird and at the 1s sign or pressure he would have been gone--and when howie returns, he find things that suggest a wrong, a bad wrong, the kind of wrong that is immediate and now...but he does save the day.


howie learns. howie "realized things that other boys his age would not, including that life was hard but sweet, that life was a long series of losses and that you had to hold on tight to what you loved as long as you had any strength left." howie encounters evil, brazen evil, but that evil leaves town only to reappear in a news story, a story that literally makes howie sick, to know that he might have stopped something...

the story fast forwards about 21 years, from 11-yr-old howie to 32-yr-old howie.

there's more, but a good read, the first on a kindle for me.

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