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Once Loochie enters apartment 6D, she finds herself face-to-face with one of the Kroons. Monsters that are notorious for taking children and burning them. Freeing herself, she runs deeper into the apartment only to find herself in a park, complete with grass, tall trees and even a playground. Running for her life and trying to make sense of her surroundings, Loochie is focused on finding Sunny who she knows is far to weak from her treatments to survive. Imagine Loochie's surprise when Sunny is the one to find her with the help of an unexpected friend.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a well-written short story that is ultimately a story about love and learning to deal with loss. Victor LaValle does a wonderful job showing the reader the emotions Loochie is going through and the ways that she learns to deal with her loss.
This story is listed as a horror but I would personally classify it as a dark fantasy instead because I found the dark elements rather tame to be a horror.
I received a copy of Lucretia and the Kroons via NetGalley when asked by Random House Publishing for an honest review.
Victor LaValle writes twisted, nontraditional versions of horror stories. His monsters often behave in surprisingly human ways. Despite the monstrous appearance of the Kroons, there's a sweetness to the story and a large dose of gentle humor (including the suggestion that Shea Stadium is actually Heaven). This might be the only story you'll read in which children smoking cigarettes is a good thing.
As LaValle demonstrated in The Devil in Silver, true horror lies not in the supernatural but in the tangible world. In Lucretia and the Kroons, it is the horror of childhood cancer, of saying goodbye to a friend who will never grow up. While LaValle achieved a greater degree of poignancy in The Devil in Silver, this story offers another fine balance of creepiness and honest emotion, showcased by characters who are original and sympathetic.
Lucretia and the Kroons can only be described as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen King's insert book of choice. To put it bluntly this Novella will screw with your mind. I've read this twice now and I'm still not entirely sure if events happened the way I read or if I'm trying to somehow formulate some semblance of a story to cover my confusion. Of course thinking about it further this is probably the intent to begin with. Is Lucretia actually seeing these things and going through all these horrific experiences or is she just trying to come to grips with a reality that is less than ideal? If someone figures it out, please let me know.
One thing I will say that Lucretia and the Kroons has going for it is the Horror element. This book was scary and gory and satisfied my cravings for things that go bump in the night. As a Horror book I loved this story. The Kroons were terrifying and actually had me holding onto my throat in disgust at places. I also feel that the writing was good despite my misgivings about the story. I'm tempted to read the companion to this book The Devil In Silver but don't know if I can handle another trip down the rabbit hole aka the mind of Victor Lavelle.
Overall, Lucretia and the Kroons is a well written if not bizarre little horror tale. Like I said above I've read this twice and I'm still not sure what I read so maybe you'll take my recommendation to read this with a grain of salt.Read more ›
It took forever to get to this book, and it's one of the few novellas I have read that went as fast as it did. I've never read this author before, so his writing style was new to me. The story just jumped right into it, now pretense or build up, it just went right to it.
Now this is a very different kind of book for me, a bit of a magical realism, yet very different. Loochie is a kid who doesn't realize that the world is kind of harsh; her best friend was sick from leukaemia and dying and she still doesn't understand just how bad the disease is. When her older brother visits just before her friend comes over to celebrate her birthday, he shares with her the story of the Kroons as a way to scare her about being alone in the house for the first time by herself.
I was kind of confused reading this book, what would have happened if her brother didn't tell her about the Kroons?? How would have this worked out?? How comes she didn't hear the sirens and think anything about it?? I knew immediately what was wrong, but she was completely clueless.
I felt so bad for her knowing what was going on and she didn't know. Then the Kroons happened and I was just engrossed in the story. Holy Crap, I just...WOW. What a story. I was still confused reading it, the main thing that stuck out to me was the fact that if her brother didn't tell her this story about the Kroons would the rest of it happen??
It's an okay story, engaging while you're reading it. The ending didn't make any sense, why not say ok maybe I was dreaming; but she refused to back down even when it meant she was going to get into trouble.
Enjoy while reading, he's an interesting author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll start off by saying this is not the type of book that I normally read. However I'm trying to work through some of my collection and this was next up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Rogers
Strange book. Silly me, I kept on reading the book thinking it would get better and unfortunately, it did not.Published on August 20, 2013 by dm
I have to say that this one was not for me. Nothing against the book or the author but I just didn't gel with it. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by J Juckes
The thing that sticks with me most after reading this is--language! I bought this after I read about it on an adolescent website but there is no way this book should be read by... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by CC Thomas
I hope Lavalle continues to write prequels for all the characters in his novel "The Devil In Silver". Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Dawn
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven.
This is a horror novella.
This is not a kid's story. Read more
Again, here is another product I haven't had a chance to use because I spend so much time on Amazon writing these pointless reviews.Published on January 14, 2013 by Over It
Lucretia and the Kroons (Kindle Single) is a novella with all the punch of a full-length novel. It's not often that authors write about children dealing with their friends'... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Caitlin Martin
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