Archive for the ‘Magical Realism’ Category

Wolves of the Calla, by Stephen King

October 26, 2017

528084[Sara] The audiobook of Wolves of the Calla was wonderful– I’m a little late in reading the Dark Tower series but am catching up bit by bit. This, the fifth book in the series, brings in more examples of self-awareness in the Stephen King universe and the connections and redundancies between different versions of reality. I highly recommend this series for those of his fans who haven’t yet read it. It looks daunting size-wise, but moves along at a perfect pace. Plus, I get the rare feeling of excitement at the end of each book knowing both that the story continues and that the next audiobook in the series is already published!

The narrator of this book, George Guidall, does a fantastic performance, but it took a few chapters to become accustomed to him after listening to the late Frank Muller narrate the first four books. Looking forward to listening to Guidall narrate book 6!

Find the Dark Tower series at Wiggin:
Audiobook in Catalog
Books in Catalog (Print Version)
Digital Copies on Overdrive

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The Fireman by Joe Hill

October 4, 2016

[Sara]

The Fireman by Joe HillGood horror novel! It’s set in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where it becomes apparent that there is a world-wide outbreak of what is called dragonscale, an infection that creates mystical gold-flecked patterns on a person’s skin but ultimately burns the infected person to death.

Joe Hill, a local seacoast author, captures the adventure in this horror story, the humanity in an oppressive society and the heroism of a woman fighting to survive and protect those she loves against all odds. Disturbing and emotionally intense, this page-turner kept me mostly coming back for more (and reading all the way through the acknowledgements for a little extra surprise!). I hit a wall about half way through for a large section but was glad to get back into it.

I especially enjoy Hill’s use of witty language interspersed with the weighty plot. He throws in a cleverly placed reference to one of his previous novels as well for those who have read other works of his.

I recommend this book for readers who like a story that tells of a personal journey in a thrilling setting, such as The Stand or The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, or The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

June 15, 2011

[Tricia]

I listened to this book on audio, read by the author, and her quiet, matter-of-fact delivery was perfect for this quiet, matter-of-fact but magicalĀ  book. The book kind of broke my heart at times, and I loved the writing, and I thought it was beautiful. I don’t think it’s for everybody, but if you like Alice Hoffman’s novels, you might want to give this one a try.