- File Size: 1693 KB
- Print Length: 445 pages
- Publisher: Max Power Books (January 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NC15R8N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Darkly Wood II: The woman who never wore shoes Kindle Edition
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I’m not a heavy reader of horror so lay no claim to being a connoisseur of the genre. But Darkly Wood II made me want to read more, perhaps because it includes dimensions to the storytelling not typically found in horror stories. Like Aesop fables of old, these stories make you think about the price of our everyday decisions. They compel us to consider the mundane meat and potatoes dishes of life we’re often served up from a more philosophical and moral and dare I say spiritual bent. Stephen King’s books have that quality to them as well; I like books that do more than entertain. And this was one of them.
There is a wonderfully delicious and very sly, black sense of humor that underlies many of the stories, especially as regards the twists of fate our lives are subject to owing to circumstances beyond our control. As if time itself were sadistic.
But my favorite thing about this author is how well he handles suspense. The more of the stories you read, the more you find out about Darkly Wood, the more the various story threads tie together, the more you want to know, what the heck is really doing on with Darkly Wood and the people being affected by it? Do they deserve the dreadful fates that come to them? For me, that was the real page turner.
The quality of the storytelling was strong enough to make me want to circle round and read the first book in the series that I missed.
Highly recommended for folks who enjoy a lot of mystery with their horror. And also for people who enjoy “thinking man’s” horror as it were. Namely horror that doesn’t rely on stupid people doing stupid things for cheap effect, like walking towards the guy holding the chain saw, which is the mainstay of most C-grade horror films, and which is probably what turned me off this genre in the first place that so clearly deserves more of my attention.
Both books excel in depicting ordinary people who become victims of the legendary Darkly Wood. Max Power is an excellent storyteller who can portray normal people with their human weaknesses in such a compelling way that I felt as if I knew them in person after reading only a few paragraphs. When one starts to want to get to know them better, they often end up as some unholy mess in Darkly Wood or simply disappear. Yet other fascinating people replace them, and one cannot help noticing that some of these characters have more in common than just being victims of the mysterious place. They are all very unique and unforgettable people, but it seems that Darkly Wood chooses them all for a reason, which becomes clearer with every page one turns.
We could find many themes in this book. One of them is change and transformation. Daisy May, the naive girl from the first book is now an old woman with more intrigue and depth. Holly, Daisy’s granddaughter, develops from a girl who is just unafraid into someone very brave. The most horrendous Woody keeps changing into a funny creature one would feel sorry for. Wormhold, the most horrendous character of this book, turns into an irresistible charmer when we least expect it. Stalkers turn into the stalked and a peaceful forest keeps turning into the darkest place one can imagine. Yet a seemingly helpless victim becomes empowered and strong within a few skillfully crafted sentences. I could list many more examples of change and transformation, but you have to read the book in order to appreciate the poetry of it.
What stands behind these shocking changes throughout the book is usually either love or its absence. One kind word can soften up Woody, the most despicable creature, while rejection turns a man into a monster. This observation makes this book very romantic. Another romantic theme seems to be endless chase the purpose of which remains mysterious but becomes somewhat clearer after every chapter. We cannot help asking why Darkly Wood consistently lures and stalks the innocent and seems to ignore others. I personally hope that this question might be answered in Darkly Wood 3.