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Fanny & Dice Paperback – October 11, 2015
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This story isn't long yet it's a destination. Ms Kyle uses prose adeptly in a way I associate with Stephen King and her imagination is refreshing- a modern day Mark Twain slinging the odd twist with the right touch of macabre. She's easy to read, her world is easy to live in and offers delight to the avid reader. That's not to say it's simplistic or trite... I found myself researching back story to learn more. I was comfortable in her descriptions and could engage well in the goings on. Her characters are plausible and well treated, their stories move along and weave together in the best way.
I would recommend this book... It's just fine reading.
Kyle uses amusing descriptions of music throughout the story, providing an inspired audio cushion for her sharp visual imagery—Dice, an accomplished lyre player, goes rogue and morphs into a saloon piano player. Meanwhile, the lush Persephone goes to town with the town's men, tempting them with her sultry stare and overflowing bodice. June is busting out all over, but not for long. Fanny and Dice are fugitives from hell, and they've got quite a road trip ahead of them.
I particularly enjoyed about passages Dice's three-headed dog, Cerberus.
All in all, Kyle’s capable writing and ingenious character development keep the story moving at a steady pace that feels just right. Funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Fanny and Dice offers a fascinating and inventive look at two of mythologies most intriguing characters.
As a rule, if I have to put a book down more than once it is difficult for me to pick it back up. This did not hold true for this book. I had to put it down many times but it quickly engaged me every time I resumed reading. One needs only the vaguest familiarity with Greek mythology to understand the story. It did however, inspire me to learn more.
Fanny and Dice is a wonderful combination of old west adventure, Greek myth, and undead mystery. It is a slightly bawdy jaunt through a book that weaves all of these elements into a story that is fast paced and entertaining. Dice really, really wants to find her husband, Orpheus; Persephone really, really wants . . . something else entirely. It is this “something else” that drives the story forward, and yet, the story arc for Fanny is only touched upon here and there, in just enough detail to fill in the blanks and let the reader come to his or her own conclusions about the supernatural events going on upstairs, in the saloon.
Kyle deftly introduces the characters and supporting cast of Fanny and Dice such that it seems entirely plausible for Cerberus to contribute his three heads to the job of being a guard dog. It’s just one of those things, right? Yes. Yes, it is, and the author pulls it off quite nicely.
I recommend this book for young adults and teens who are a bit older, as there is strong sexual tension. It is not graphic in any way, but operating behind the scenes. (Although, honestly, my thirteen year old is reading it with nary a bat of the eyes.) All-in-all, Fanny and Dice is nice outing for Kyle. It’s an enjoyable read, and the author has thrown in good historical details, and integrated some stories from the myths of the Greek gods.
Bret R. Wright
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