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Lucretia and the Kroons (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1427 KB
- Publication Date : July 23, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 108 pages
- Publisher : Random House (July 23, 2012)
- ASIN : B008C84HH4
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #515,124 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But mental illness is a family trait, and reading other stories, fiction or not, intrigue me.
I bought a used copy of The Devil In Silver. Loochie is a part of it, and so I wanted to read her story. Our realities are subjective. There is Dark Matter, and The God Particle, and quantum physics messing up rules some of us know have never been true rules at all.
As Loochie is to learn all on her own. Humanity is chaos; Our Creator's spoke in the wheel. You simply Cannot put us into specially labeled boxes.
Read this story for its hope. And its courage.
I believed Lucretia's world, even when it broke from reality, or *maybe* broke from reality. I believed Lucretia believed everything, and I remembered what it felt like to be a young and sensitive girl in a big, sometimes scart, city. (In my case, Detroit.) The setting of this book incorporates the best and the worst of urban life -- the wondrous and the gritty, and is seen through the eyes of a child learning that the world is a dangerous place, even for children. (Perhaps especially for children.)
I think there is also something interesting to be said about perception being reality. Whether Lucretia's experiences are objectively real or not doesn't matter; all of this is *real to her,* and so it's all real to the reader.
Mr. LaValle has a wonderful instinct for storytelling, and I found myself in the happy situation of the language and plot flowing so smoothly that I floated along, never noticing how far I had drifted from the shore, or -- perhaps more accurately -- how deep into the park I'd wandered with Loochie!
(I'm about 6% into Devil in Silver, and enjoying it quite a bit!)
Because of how grounded in reality the Devil in Silver ends up being I don't really understand how this short story fits in.
If you didn't find the main novel entertaining I would give this sorry a pass as well.
This was an interesting horror story, but it isn't essential to a reading of "The Devil in Silver", and it wasn't nearly as good as that very enjoyable novel.
This is middle-grade fantasy story with a bit of foul language. I largely enjoyed the book, divided into “grim reality” and “alternative fantasy world” (my own descriptions). The grim reality section goes on too long in the first part of the novel, to the point where I thought that’s all it would be about. Then it abruptly moves to the fantasy world, and the story gets much more interesting. However, the depressing reality of the “our world” part of the book was not something I liked reading.
I liked how it explored feels of death and social angst through the depiction of a young black girl and her friends. How she grows and struggles through the span of the fictionally created world in just a few hours is illustrated beautifully.
Despite its near fairytale feel, this is deep story that is fun and stimulating to read.
Well worth reading.
I love the Lucretia and the book but it's a bit rough. (on the emotions)