Since the fantasy/mythic tidbits told by Jade are some of the best parts of the book it just kept making me think that Anthony is a great fantasy writer. Horror? Terror? Not so much.
You find out about Jade and a way to sympathize with her plight half-way through the story. Which adds another twist and is a good thing and her craziness and her lover Geode’s ability to go there with her just spells ruin which Anthony sets you up for. Too much. Jade was more than willing to sacrifice herself and Geode plays along nicely so that the monster can come back even stronger.
It’s an older book and the idea of keeping tension running through the narrative like a live wire isn’t there. That’s a commentary on our society and how things have been ramped up and the evolution of writing rather than on his writing style.
It is what it is. I think if I hadn’t been in the read-along I may have stopped reading the book. I’m glad I did finish it and it makes me think of all the good horror stuff out there in the Indie world and how they can stand on their own.
My biggest thrill from reading this book is that I have not been wasting my time reading Indie books for the past two years.
Come back and visit me and Donna&Dave at tweedling.com for our next read-along Kingdom by Anderson O’Donnell. Join in if you’re part of his tour in October! Contact First Rule Publicity.