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The Glister by John Burnside
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Jul 10, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

John Burnside
Doubleday/Nan A Talese

This is not horror of the Stephen King variety (though i have nothing against SK)....rather it is cerebral....almost to a fault..meaning one can get lost in the atmosphere, both of the writing itself, and the setting of the story....to the point that one forgets that not much is actually happening,,,,that being said.

An abandoned chemical plant still awash in toxins...becomes the refuge of disaffected youth in the town that once depended on it..the town itself dying from civic apathy, cultural decline..the vestiges of corporate greed...severe ennui...and various odd cancers

Every year or so a boy from the local school has gone missing in the local Poisoned Woods. The local policeman, aware of the fact that these have actually been deaths..ritual killings......is also aware of the means by which they have been covered up...and suffers the usual pangs of guilt.A group of local youth decides to take matters into their own hands...or at least bring someone to Justice....with disastrous results..after a particularly violent bit of Avenging, one of the boys, Leonard, teams up with a fellow denizen of The Bad Place...and all hell proceeds to break loose in ways brutal, pathetic, and Biblical..ritual killing and an Infernal Machine.complete the steps to Oblivion

Imagine being a witness to your own death? Imagine that you are but one in a chain? Imagine being aware of these facts at the one moment when it is too late for that awareness to matter?

this was one of the best books i have read in a long while
5 Stars

*this is a review of an ARC*

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Reading Progress

07/10/2009 page 10
07/10/2009 page 10
4.17% "so far....so ominous/creepy. i wonder if the tone will last..or if this will become just another "weird book""
07/13/2009 page 31
12.92% "slow going...not because the book is dull or anything...just alot to do around the house and not slot of time to read...damn!"
07/17/2009 page 94
39.17% "talk about still waters running deep...this is definitely not "just another weird book". Guilt/Innocence/Greed/Evil...Unsettling? You bet!"
07/22/2009 page 139
57.92% "still............"
07/24/2009 page 153
63.75% "this is going to be a tough one to review....so many levels to consider...and though i know it will end badly..i wish the story would go on"
07/29/2009 page 165
68.75% "i'm going to have to force myself to finish this, not because i don't like it..but i have been Laazzy..." 1 comment
08/08/2009 page 205
85.42% "be warned!..this book does not really take shape, or meaning, until around page 192...and then it never stops!"
08/19/2009 "finally...finally finished this one....now to write a review that doesn't suck....one of the best books i have read in a while...heads up!"

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