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Bloodstone by [Kenyon, Nate]
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Stephen King's influence is apparent in Kenyon's debut spooker about White Falls, Maine, a sleepy backwater mired in ordinary smalltown routines until the day that ex-con Billy Smith arrives, drawn by dreams of death and dark purpose. Accompanying Billy is Gloria Johnson, a hooker he felt compelled to kidnap; she happens to be plagued by similar dreams. Meanwhile, Jeb Taylor, a local boy, has fallen under the spell of an amulet with a sinister history reaching back almost three centuries to the town's founding. As the characters struggle to understand the amulet's malignant influence, they come to terms with their ordained roles in the impending showdown between Good and Evil. Kenyon gives his tale an impressive panoramic sweep that shows the horrors manifesting subtly and insidiously through the experiences of a large cast of characters. Though the climax is a chaotic jumble that doesn't answer all the questions raised along the way, it has an energy and enthusiasm that make up for the book's otherwise formulaic plotting. (Jan.)
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"From a darkly humorous tale of the power of words (Death and the Librarian) to a never-before-published response to events of September 11 (Ilion), Friesner's 12 stories illustrate the author's acutely sensitive vision of wonder in the everyday world... Known primarily for his 'Star Wars' novels... Zahn's short stories also deliver strong plots and memorable characters... Zebrowski's many novels (e.g. Macrolife) mark him as a visionary as well as a master of hard sf. The ten short stories collected in In the Distance provide a benchmark of his creativity... the author expands his concept of the human condition to embrace the stars. Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent author's, these three volumes belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"...Part of Five Star's continuing commitment to showcasing the short fiction of the genre's most prominent authors, these three volumes (Death and the Librarian and Other Stories/ Star Song and Other Stories/ In the Distance, and Ahead in Time) belong in most libraries where short sf is popular."
-- Library Journal (December 2002) (Library Journal 20021201)

"Four more titles in Five Star's new series (God Is an Iron and Other Stories/ Generation Gap and Other Stories/ The Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature/ Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories) of short fiction by noteworthy sf authors offer a variety of tales that illustrate the depth and staying power of the genre...Most of the stories in these volumes have only appeared in periodicals. Libraries wishing to augment their sf or short fiction collections should consider any of them."
-- Library Journal (June 2002) (Library Journal 20020615)

"Stephen King's influence is apparent in Kenyon's debut spooker . . . an impressive panoramic sweep that shows the horrors manifesting subtly and insidiously through the experiences of a large cast of characters."
- Publishers Weekly (Publisher's Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843960205
  • Publisher: 47North (January 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OYK3UG
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By Ravenskya VINE VOICE on May 12, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a long time since I've read a horror story like this one. Most horror novelists are either very good at openings but then the rest of the tale doesn't hold up, or they are excellent a mood but the characters are weak, or sometimes you get the occasional author who struggles in the beginning but if you can make it 50 pages or so into the book, it really gets rocking and rolling. For a debut novel, I am unbelievably impressed by the even-ness of the entire book. We start out creepy, and the level of creepiness remains from beginning to end. We have multidimensional characters that we care about, and an intriguing plot that includes both present day and also letters from over a hundred years ago. Honestly I found the letters to be very engaging and would like to read more on that particular tale.

Short Summary: We open with Bill Smith having kidnapped "Angel" a junkie and prostitute, he is being plagued by dreams of the undead coming after him and seems to be drawn to a place he has never been. Angel is also having the dreams and has been hiding behind her addiction to keep them at bay. The two finally end up in a small town in Maine (why is it always Maine?) where they feel that something dark and sinister is about to occur and somehow they have a part to play. Meanwhile, Jeb Taylor's homicidal father has passed away in prison and Jeb collects his father's belongings, among which include some very strange and ancient artifacts. Jeb's behavior soon begins changing and horrific dreams begin to plague his mind as well.

I found this to be one of the most well thought out "first novels" I've read in a long time. I truly enjoyed the read.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Bloodstone" is Nate Kenyon's first novel, and it's not bad for a first novel, but it's certainly not the neo-classic that others here seem to want it to be.

The novel starts off with a bang, as recently paroled convict Billy Smith has kidnapped junkie prostitute Angel while in the throes of increasingly strong hallucinations that are compelling his behavior. Along the way he finds that Angel is also having hallucinationary visions and that she has been trying to control her own hallucinations with street drugs, and together they decide to search for the origin of these visions.

They find that the origin in the little town of White Falls that is readying for it annual town festival. In White Falls we meet the last two main characters of "Bloodstone". The first is Jeb Taylor, an angry, paranoid loser whose father was a violent, homicidal drunk; the other being the dedicated town doctor (and coroner?) Harry Stowe.

By the time that they have arrived in White Falls, Billy and Angel are falling in love, and Jeb is falling down the deep well of paranoid persecution and alcoholism, and Stowe is dragged into all of this by the death of a local priest.

The problems with "Bloodstone" outweigh the positives. While I don't mind a slow build-up, the main problem is the slo-o-o-ow pacing. Other than Jeb's dead father coming back to corrupt his loser son, and Billy finding a job doing scut work over at Stowe's offices, not a lot of interest happens and the storyline meanders endlessly until well past the two-hundred page mark.
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I found Bloodstone, the debut novel by Nate Kenyon, to be a superb story. Not definable by a single genre, Bloodstone at times is a mystery, a horror, a thriller, yet at its heart is a story of love and the search for redemption. With twists that would make Dan Brown envious, and pacing you'd expect from a more seasoned author, Kenyon takes the reader on a coast to coast ride that will keep you guessing until the last page.

It is easy to see why several authors have referenced Stephen King when reviewing this book. Like King, Kenyon takes the time to breathe life into his characters. His world is very much our own, where you find not black and white, but varying shades of grey. Bloodstone takes such archetypes as the alcoholic ex-con and the prostitute junkie, moves gets past the stereotypes, and allows these characters the chance to be heroes.

The line between good and evil is razor thin and the choices made along the way determine on which side the protagonists ultimately fall. The beauty is that when these hard choices are made, Kenyon has so engrossed the reader into the story and fleshed out the characters so completely, that you feel an emotional connection. And that is what I look for in a book.

I recommend you find a copy of Bloodstone and thank me later.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Bloodstone" is a plodding supernatural tale that never got off the ground for me. I struggled to get through the first 200 pages and should have stopped at that point and moved on to another book. I kept going only because a number of reviewers noted that the book improved dramatically during its last third. Well, maybe that was true, but not enough for me to give the book more than two stars.

The book contained characters that I really didn't care about, and frankly, found unlikeable. The story, at least in my humble opinion, certainly didn't match the book's exciting and provocative cover. Kenyon's novel has been compared to the work of Stephen King; in my estimation the only thing "Bloodstone" has in common with anything that King's written was that it used Maine as the setting for the story.
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