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Light Boxes: A Novel Paperback – May 25, 2010
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This strange fantasia tells the story of a town being punished by an unseen God-like figure for their love of flying (kites, balloons, even the local birds), which is surely a metaphor for the freedom and joy inherent in the creative urge. The despot sentences them to live eternally in the bleak month that happens to share his name - February. As the month's frigid days drag on into the hundreds, children begin to disappear or turn up dead and several disastrous attempts at revolt only deepen the townsfolk's suffering and leave them in state of black despair. February itself symbolizes the soul-sucking effects of depression on creativity.
The publisher employs some rather precious gimmickry to get the author's point across; most notably changes in typeface and font size to indicate the various different points of view, tones of voice or the relative significance of a particular passage. While I personally found this effective and appealing, other readers might be annoyed by it. Most of the characters are mere sketches, but Jones's prose is evocative enough that I was able to build on them in my imagination as if I was fleshing out a hazy dream. Which is really what this novel most resembles. A gorgeously atmospheric dream that one has to surrender to in order to enjoy its full impact.Read more ›
The inhabitants of the village in Light Boxes have those things to face because flying has been banned, and it's always cold and dark, day after day and month after month, it's always February and it's February's fault that the children in the village are all disappearing. Where are they going and has February murdered them all?
Shane Jones has written an enchanting book with sparse prose that creates grand imagery of a town in grave danger and how the villagers cope with all of it. This is a magical book that you'll want to read over and over and I am sure each time you do something new will reveal itself in the images and the thoughtfulness created by such a small, powerful book. There is a lot going on in this story and you'll enjoy reading it. There are a few lists in this book that are amazing along with the strong and meaningful writing and impressive imagery. Even if it's not February, make yourself a pot of mint tea and dive into this story. You'll be delighted and enchanted, perplexed and pleased, it will be a most sweet journey into that short but cold, dark time known as February. If you are just getting this book, cracking it open and are beginning to read it for the first time, I envy you.
The cold and dark month of February doesn’t like things that fly. So to punish the residents who fly kites and hot air balloons, February has banned flight of every kind and has catapulted the town with snow and ice and cold and dark, into a forever winter. During February’s long stay, children go missing, and depression filters into the crevices whilst the town begins to ban together to ward-off the nightmare of unending winter.
“Bianca whispers into the bathwater.
Maybe the priests aren’t really priests. Look at the way their silly robes move.
I want to be safe. I want to live inside a turtle shell.” page 20
Thaddeus, Bianca, Selah, Caldor.
The girl who smelled of honey and smoke.
War Effort members.
The Solution – who wear bird masks and black top hats.
And of course,
a godlike spirit named February.
“Then the stench of burning leaves, and the bulbs bloomed crystal white across his face. The War Effort cheered. Some ran out into the snow-filled plains to mock the sky. Others took turns fitting the box over their heads, letting the light soak into their winter beards.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From what I have gathered, this is the first novel by the poet Shane Jones. It reads like something between poetry, fairytale, and a painting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jessica G.
Let's be clear: I hate poetry. Hate it. For a while it seemed like Light Boxes was going to be too much poetry and not enough anything else that I don't hate. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bedeviled Haberdasher
A review of “Light Boxes” by Shane Jones
My friend Mike (musician Mike, not writer Mike that I mentioned in my last post) recommended this book to me several weeks ago. Read more
came in good condition. this book is very flowery, and poetic. i like to read it in the winter to go with the book :)Published 22 months ago by Genevieve
I originally purchased this book because it was recommended to me by some algorithm that knew I read and enjoyed Salvador Plascencia’s People of Paper (which I did heartily enjoy,... Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Professor Boomer
When I think of possible worst-case-scenarios, a Cheney/Limbaugh Presidency hovers right near the top of the list. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Pope Mel
Upon opening this book a had some reservations because I had never seen a book set up the way Light Boxes had. Once i dove into the book though I fell in love. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Rachel Stolts
Light Boxes would be better described as a long poem than a novel. I enjoyed the language but found the story hard to follow.Published on December 17, 2013 by Tonya K. Hamer