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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
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THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM


Spend my rainy Sunday morning through early afternoon reading Victor Lavalle's rework of H.P. Lovecrafts "The Horror at Redhook".
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Charles Thomas Tester is a hustler. He makes his living as a salesman who hooks up desperate sorcerers with dangerous artifacts and sometimes as a very mediocre musician. When he gets hired by privileged Robert Suydam to play at a party what starts out as an offer he can't refuse, turns out to be the one offer he will soon come to regret ...
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Eventhough the story is well written and I kept turning pages, because Mr. Lavalle has obviously mastered the craft of maintaining suspense throughout the novel, it didn't grip me the way a horror/creepy story is supposed to. This is mainly because I am not a big fan of H.P Lovecraftian storytelling. I am however very intrigued by Victor Lavalle's writing skills and I hereby vow to pick up one of his other books very soon.

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Reading Progress

November 1, 2016 – Shelved
November 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 30, 2017 – Started Reading
July 30, 2017 – Shelved as: thriller-horror
July 30, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
July 30, 2017 – Finished Reading

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