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This Brilliant Darkness Paperback – November 22, 2011
"A compelling, fully nuanced modern fairytale, full of pop reference & philosophical allusions. Smart, thrilling, funny & full of great characters tangled in the kind of small-town webs Stephen King revels in. One of the best new writers I've read in years.~Axel Howerton, Living Dead at Ziegfreidt & Roy, Hot Sinatra
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Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y'all come, anytime.
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Quote #1: "She thought of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, & she wondered what "crazy" might mean to God. She snaked her arms through the air, & laughed." (page 130, paragraph 1)
So much crazy sht going on in this tale, but is it really?
Quote #2: "In the woods, on the brick-lined paths between Third Street & the office, the monster--Greachin was his name--had found Richard. Tristan felt it.
He took his position, white silvery wings folded behind him, in a shady alcove of the round room. She would be here soon. The time was upon them." (paragraph 2,3; page 196)
As indeed it was. Such plain words, such simple turns, used to such great effect. The entire book unfolded in my mind as I read, thanks to Reds' skill as a storyteller.
1 Visual: "Large black wings. A wisp of oily feathers & a beak as hard & smooth as steel. A powerful chest, muscled like a man's, & leathery wings that would support such a body in flight. Over eight feet tall.
The woman shivered in her sleep." (paragraph 10-1, pages 45-6)
It doesn't take an over-abundance of adjectives to provide a vivid picture. *So* nice to read a writerwho understands this. This is a book to swallowed whole, in one setting, & then stroked, sweetly, one chapter at a time. Impatiently, it seems I must wait for the second installment.
Everybody has their own story, everybody's story seems fascinating, and everybody gets at least a little of their story told. In fact, if I have any complaint about the book, it's not so much the fractured storytelling style (which probably will be off-putting for some readers). I actually like the round robin of POVs. It's that it seems clear that the whole story is much larger than we see, and it sometimes feels like we don't get quite enough to go on. To a certain extent, it feels like the first half of a book, rather than the first book in a series. There's a lot, lot, LOT of build-up, and the climax comes at the very end with almost no aftermath shown.
Some people will be fine with that, and just take it as "this is the first book in probably an epic trilogy." Some people will be upset with the somewhat abrupt ending.
I absolutely loved Red Tash's Wizard Tales. Her young adult book "Troll or Derby" is a dark, yet fun mashup of horror and fantasy similar to "This Brilliant Darkness." I suspect that taken as a whole with the eventual next chapter, I'll grow to love "This Brilliant Darkness." As it stands, on its own, I really like it a lot.
There is a new "star" over Bloomington...Just Bloomington. The physicist has come to determine if that star is indeed a star or what it really is and has come to work with the philosopher to make that determination. Simon is being drawn to the philosopher as well by visions of her and nightmares of Greachin. Greachin is stalking the philosopher and a deadly dance in and out of time and reality ensues. And, then, there is Tristan.
Read This Brilliant Darkness and follow their journey. If you are an empathic creature your heart will ache for them all -- even Greachin -- wanting to gather them into your arms to hold them and heal them.