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The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
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Sep 07, 12

bookshelves: horror, fiction
Read from August 30 to September 06, 2012

The Devil in Silver is typically billed as a literary horror novel. Except. It's not really a horror story, but it is one. It's not a typical literary novel, but it has the depth of one. It's fascinating from the first page to the last and jammed full of fully realized, extremely interesting characters (it takes place in the psychiatric unit of a city hospital and by the end you know the staff and patients intimately).

Calling it One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with demons would be a great elevator pitch...and entirely wrong.

Calling the mental ward a microcosm for a society going insane would be accurate...and give the entirely wrong impression the the book was stuffy and no fun to read.

And that's the one thing you need to know about The Devil in Silver: it's awfully fun to read. It's engaging, entertaining, thought-provoking, funny and tragic all in 400 pages. It's a book that takes place almost entirely in one location and never feels claustrophobic or limited. I hope this book finds a large audience because it certainly deserves one.
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