- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Evil Jester Press (May 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615812562
- ISBN-13: 978-0615812564
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,781,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Candy House Paperback – May 29, 2013
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During the beginning of the story I was not sure how I would end up liking it. This occurred due to several factors. I found the way the author would shift between speech and thoughts with characters, as well as shift between characters for the viewpoints a little confusing/distracting. I also found it strange that nearly every character in the story would be classified as having a mental disorder and it does not, for most of the story, take place in a mental institution. Does this mean the author feels everyone is at least a little insane? If so, then do we really know what insane is?
The strange thing with this is just when I was getting to the point of total annoyance, I found myself captivated by the story. It morphed into some amalgam of Alice in Wonderland and Grimm's Fairy Tales (specifically Hansel and Gretel). I couldn't stop reading at that point. The total descent into madness was richly described.
Even with this added enjoyment from the story I found myself confused at times when it would suddenly shift ahead in time. More annoying, why did the main character keep going and changing his mind on who he 'loved and should end up being with'. In the end he just sounded like slut who had no clue about intense feelings. I found myself hating him more for that than anything else.
There were a couple of minor parts to the story I really enjoyed. I loved how the chapters were all named after cards of the tarot. I also greatly enjoyed the humor injected with the voice of Roland's beast. I kept finding myself laughing at what it said.
I would recommend Candy House to all fans of dark horror/fantasy. However, with all the violence, both random and domestic, as well as strong language (the beast swears more than a drunken sailor) I would caution against this being read by children/young adults.