- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Bonneville (August 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555177131
- ISBN-13: 978-1555177133
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,748,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magic Hour Paperback – August, 2003
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About the Author
James S. Crowley was brn in idaho Falls, idaho and graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. A skilled artist and classically trained singer, he has devoted his life to the art of storytelling. Whether writing screenplays for the motion picture industry, designing and building prize-willing floats, or performing on stage, James is always sharing a story. Many years in the creation, The Magic Hour marks his debut in writing novels.
Also an avid collector and importer of Asian antiquities, he wrote the critically acclaimed Wabi Sabi Stylea lifestyle book on Japanese aesthetics in Western application.
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Brian visits Eddie in his dreams and tells him things about his long dead relations that Eddie would have no way of knowing. His parents are skeptical at first, but can't help believing him because of the things he now knows. These things would be impossible for him to know, unless he really did have contact with his dead brother. Eddie is happy that his dead brother is visiting him in his dreams, but he really wants a chance to physically meet with his brother again.
Cindy, a young witch, tells him that would be possible at the Witches' Sabbath and invites him to attend. They would be the only young people there; she has received special permission from her mom, the head witch. Once there, Eddie feels that it is all wrong and leaves, going straight back home through the woods.
On his trip through the woods, he becomes scared. The events of the tale he and his brother were listening to on that fateful night seem to be coming true. On the way home, he trips and hits his head and is knocked unconscious. While he is unconscious, the magic hour, when the time changes and it hits 1 AM twice, occurs and during this hour Eddie visits with his dead brother, Brian.
The story itself is good and written very well. There are some great lessons taught, such as always treat others with kindness and respect, nor should you be quick to judge other people. Witches compliment the Halloween theme, though I find their characters a bit hard to believe. They tend to be too perfect. Every character should have at least one, if not several, flaws.
Celebrating Halloween appears to be a city-wide event, with parades, floats and parties. Everything (there are several subplots) culminates at the Witches' Sabbath, where everyone makes up with each other and realizes how wrongly they have treated others. The events are touching, but truly sappy.
I enjoyed the book, except for the totally sappy ending (so sappy it almost made me sick to my stomach). The last part of the book also came across as preachy. One reads a work of fiction to enjoy, to escape from the events of life. One does not normally read a work of fiction to be preached at.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it has been the source for many great discussions within our family. We have genuinely gained insights from this little story on tolerance for others, learning to love and live with each other on a higher level. My thanks to the author (if he reads these) and sincere hope that there will be more to come.
Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration tend to skew what death means for many who view it as a new beginning. At the same time, what fun all this stuff is! My grandson calls anything spooky "oooo-eee, oooheee" and likens it all to Stephen King.
Now he may have a new author connection. James Crowley has written a novel about the mysterious bond shared by identical twins. The acknowledgement of this extraordinary link and ability to communicate without verbalizing has been recognized and admired through virtually all cultures through all times, is perhaps even older than our Halloween traditions that go back at least to the Celts and maybe beyond. The Magic Hour explores the possibility that this bond between birth mates may remain unbroken even in death.
Crowley presents a compelling story of a nine-year-old boy who discovers he can still communicate with his identical twin even after his brother has passed away. This same young boy learns of the ancient practices surrounding the Halloween tradition and embarks on a quest to find out if the spirits of the deceased really do return to visit their loved ones on the night of All Hallow's Eve.
The author draws upon various ancient beliefs, superstitions and folk tales to give this work depth and texture. He has adapted the old northern European folk tale The Erlking for the 21st Century. It casts a broad shadow of fear over the young minds in the story and serves as a catalyst for key plot turns.
As Dickensesque as this book is, it is much more than a mere moral fable. Crowley weaves the themes of love--brother, parental, romantic--together, embroiders these with his own illustrations and they become a work of imagination with, Boo! an unexpected ending...
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