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Blue World Paperback – August 30, 2015
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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In this expanded edition of Robert McCammon's classic short story collection, you will encounter horrors and delights in equal measure, including: -A man who awakens one morning to find a skeleton in bed where his wife had been the night before.-A small-time thief who steals a makeup case, and learns a dead horror star's secret.-A roadside diner, where a Vietnam veteran comes seeking shelter from the storm.-A young man in prison, who finds beauty and hope on the wings of a yellow bird.-Halloween in a very special residential area, where trick-or-treating is deadly serious.-A red house on a street of gray houses, and a breath of sweet fire.-The adventures of a has-been serial hero, who dons his old costume and goes in search of a serial killer.-A priest obsessed by a porno star, and his realization that both of them are being stalked by a third shadow.-An old woman who channels early, simpler times in a melancholy Bradburyesque future.We will see worlds within worlds through the windows of these stories. We might even see the end of the world, and we might sit on a front porch for a while and sip a glass of gasoline on a hot December day.
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My special favorites are "Yellowjacket Summer" (a wrong turn off a highway), "I Scream Man!" (a special game of scrabble), "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" (a frightening Halloween in a small town), "Chico" (an idiot savant with a special gift), "The Red House" (the significance of being different), and "Something Passed By" (the end of the world as we know it). So, if horror is your genre, do not pass up this collection of artfully crafted stories.
January 11, to January 15, 2015
Buddy read from Goodreads HR
Here we have a story of the nightmare the XXX—rated life style can create. A beautiful girl is shot through the head while satisfying her killer. I know, how creepy is that? Her friend, Debby (also part of this life-style), is so upset and frightened. When she finds out what has happened she goes to a priest and partakes of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but really she just wanted to talk to someone (she thought she could trust) about it. Could she trust Fr. John, was he really the loyal priest she thought he was? Time will tell
Once again, Mr. McCammon does not disappoint this reader. The story is well written, with enough character development for 3 novels. This author takes us through the streets of San Francisco with the swiftness of a ten-speed bicycle. We get the feel of the small neighborhoods that make up this city, both good and bad. We meet friends and enemies of our two protagonist. We learn about the secondary problems of the X-rated life-style and the temptations of a good and holy priest.
For me this story was a study of God's love for all of us, no matter how far down in trash we are lying. He is ready to forgive and forget the transgression of those whom have fallen into sin, no matter the circumstances. Most importantly God can change the hardest of hearts and make something wonderfully courageous out of the worst of circumstances.
I recommend this book to any Christian who is willing to have an opened mind to see how God can work if we only allow it. Also one can see in this book how sin can so gradually come into someone's otherwise holy life, that it is hardly noticed until it's almost too late. In this novel God works in mysterious way. Maybe it's not what McCammon intended, but it's what I took from the book.
FIVE brightly colored stars for this entertaining and uplifting book