- File Size: 3291 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; First Digital edition (March 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RYVFAE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
My main issue is that, although I think it is a good thing to throw the reader right into the middle of a story and make them think on their feet, this novel left me often checking if I'd missed the first book in a series. It threw me right in what felt like the middle of a plot with characters that I didn't feel I had time to care about one way or the other. The result was I didn't get drawn in to any of them enough to carry me to the end and felt myself struggling to make it to the final conflict.
Still worth reading for the brilliant new horror ideas throughout the novel - just hope his next book focuses just a tad more on any form of exposition and getting the reader to identify even remotely with key characters.
All you know about Halloween will be twisted and turned, but you can catch the subtle nuances and references to old world charm and cultures that helped to shape Halloween to what it was. I felt as if I was being given the culture shock I needed to leave me asking questions and wondering will there be more to this wonderful book. Given to me as a gift from my sister I was a little scepticle as often more times than not our tastes in some genre's stretch well away from each other where there are some we find and love deeply just alike. To read this book and find that I adore it as well as she did is an understatement. It is definately going on my shelf of to read again and again books.
The read was well and lengthy and it was the perfect read for bringing about this time of year. Especially since it is after all Halloween. With this being said and doing my best not to give a play by play and ruin all of the book for everyone I beseech you please pick it up and give it a read you will love it as much as I do if not more.
Ethridge displays remarkable skill in both storytelling and writing aptitude (for lack of a better term). The story itself for "Black & Orange" is rather compelling. From the time that I started reading it until I finished, I had a hard time putting the book down. Benjamin's writing is also extremely accessible. In general, I am not a huge fan of novels that involve fantasy elements because often times the writing is rather cumbersome. In creating this new Halloween thriller, Ethridge is able to paint the entire picture in the reader's mind without unnecessary embellishments.
After finishing the novel and letting it marinate a bit, I must say that one of my favorite parts of it was how Benjamin dealt with his characters. While Cloth and his followers were definitely evil in many aspects, I also got the sense that they believed in their cause (how good or bad it is left to the reader). Cloth has a job to do and lets nothing get in his way. Likewise, Martin and Teresa (clearly not evil), also have jobs to do and they to will let nothing get in their way. There is certain ambiguity between "good vs. evil" that I clearly appreciated in this novel.
Lastly (and most importantly), it is a seriously fun read. Anyone looking for a good summer read (or Halloween) should pick this one up immediately. Benjamin clearly deserved any awards and praise that he has received for this novel.