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Firefly Rain Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Dansky's rural North Carolina farming community is believable as well, almost a character unto itself. He fills it with the glimpses of back-story and relationship that take the town beyond simple setting and turn it into a real, believable place.
Richard Dansky's first original novel highlights the author's many strengths - crisp, concise storytelling; solid characters and tight, believable dialog. I look forward to seeing more of his talent in the future.
The story features Jacob Logan, many years away from his North Carolina home, now coming back to recoup for a while after the failure of his Boston business. His parents are both dead and buried on the rural family property. The house is empty...isn't it? Strange events and poltergeist-like effects begin to bind Jacob to his home until it seems doubtful that he will ever get away again. The town's strange characters are beautifully drawn, and the house and dusty town take shape in your mind's eye. Dansky kept me reading with his spell of words.
Why, then, three stars? "Firefly Rain" aims at the "horror lite" genre, and unfortunately it just misses the mark. I didn't find a single aha! moment in the story. There are all the classic themes of gothic horror--a remote haunted house, ghostly intervention, a main character down on his luck and not in charge of his fate, the need for expiation to end a curse. We have a "hound from hell," ferocious weather, graves, a journal from the past, and (reminiscent of "Children of the Corn") a no-fly zone for fireflies. Is it just too much, maybe? Would the book be more successful if the author had focused his plot on a few elements and developed each more fully?
So the plot didn't work for me; but when a debut novel features excellent writing and thoughtful character creation, I'll surely be watching for the author's next offering and giving his work another try.
Linda Bulger, 2010
We see this sad-sack try to re-coup some of his life, while one mini-disaster after another pops up against him. To be honest it almost gets laughable, and at one point when Jacob picks up a shotgun....you seriously begin wondering if this stooge is going to end up shooting off his foot??? When Jacob climbs atop a toilet in hopes of shutting a rain soaked window, you almost begin hoping he'll take a header into the bathtub.
If you are hoping for thrills and chills...."Firefly Rain" is going to disappoint, as it's neither scary or haunting. I will say that Richard Dansky has a nice writing style, and the story flows nicely....unfortunately he just doesn't have much of a story to tell.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book a couple of years ago, and it just didn't grab me. I finally made it through. I gave the book a four because it is well written and flows fairly nicely for a... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Gary T.
"Firefly Rain" tells the tale of Jacob Logan, a failed businessman. After going away to college, he never returned to home to visit his parents. His parents are now deceased. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy)
Richard Dansky writes a wonderful Southern Gothic that's downright creepy. His way with language and storytelling reminds me a bit of Ray Bradbury and Something Wicked This Way... Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Margaret Bonham
Jacob Logan's business has failed and he decides to pack up and take a break back at his childhood home in North Carolina, a place he has not been to in years, and the place he has... Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Terry South
Sorry, typicallly I dont write reviews too much but this - I bought and read - it is very bad attempt at writing. nothing like 'harvest home'. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by J X
Loved the vivid storytelling combined with the subtle supernatural elements...uses atmosphere, character and plot to drive this tale of a young man coming back to his birthplace... Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by C. Brock
This was a book that I picked up on a whim at one of those fly-by-night bookstores that had set up in an empty Borders. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by reiverclangirl
Jacob Logan has returned to the small farm where he grew up.
His parents are dead and he's burnt out, looking to take some time off before getting back to his real... Read more