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Firefly Rain (Discoveries) Hardcover – January 8, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Videogame creator Dansky displays some remarkable writing talent in his debut, a supernatural thriller that effectively breathes life into one of the genre's staples-the haunted house. Jacob Logan returns to the small North Carolina town of Mayfield five years after his mother's death. Logan, whose business venture in Boston has just failed, is looking for a change of pace, and hopes to find some meaning by taking up temporary residence in the house he grew up in. A series of bizarre occurrences soon threaten that hope: his furniture and most of his possessions are incinerated in a highway explosion; his car is stolen, only to reappear and almost run him down; and he gets creepy vibes from the house's caretaker, who had carried a torch for Logan's mother. The most disturbing manifestation of a supernatural presence comes from the fireflies, who refuse to cross into Logan's property and who die when he brings them over the invisible boundary. Dansky convincingly portrays Logan's isolation and terror, and subtly gives glimpses of the forces arrayed against him. The author's insights into human nature and ease with expressive language bode well for future fiction from his pen.
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About the Author
RICHARD DANSKY is the author of five novels, including the Trilogy of the Second Age for White Wolf's Exalted RPG. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. He works as the Central Clancy Writer for UbiSoft, working on the storylines and content of most Tom Clancy-themed computer games.
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This novel is not about demons tearing people apart with lots of blood and gore. So if you are expecting this, you will be greatly disappointed. It is about some eerie happenings at an old family home, and the novel tells this well enough.
The protagonist Jacob Logan has been seen by some as too much a loser or "wuss" to be likable. I would argue, however, that a stronger character would never have broken the promises he did to lead to the story. A stronger character would not have returned to his ancestral home with his tail between his legs to allow the plot to occur. Is it more believable for a passive-aggressive individual who has failed in love, failed in career, and failed in family to be swept up by supernatural events than a strong-willed, honor-bound individual who gives his all to his loved ones and his career? In other words, Jacob Logan would not be credible as, say, a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon who just returned from a field hospital in Afghanistan to the arms of a loving wife and kids.
The plot events do move, but certainly not at the pace of an action film. It is quite simply just an entertaining tale.
The novel is beautiful and slow-paced, just like rural North Carolina. It builds an exquisite sense of dread. The author's voice is smooth and easy to read, made me feel like I was floating in an inner tube down a gentle stream. Mentally. So to speak. I was impressed with the way he interwove the dread of returning home (to which many of us can relate) with the supernatural dread of the absent fireflies, mysterious tin soldiers, and doors that open and close of their own accord. This is not in-your-face scary horror, which is fine by me, but it was just scary enough that I had a hard time sleeping the night I began reading it. Didn't scare me a second night, though, because I finished it the very next day. Couldn't put it down.
One of the few detractions is a predictability not in Logan's actions or the plot but in some of Logan's internal analysis of his situation.
Overall, I found it clever and a good read. I finished most of it in one sitting because I'd gotten attached to the main character--despite how frustrated I was with him at times.
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