Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, lConcept of the novel is strong and the characters struggles are deeply compelling It s a very Southern Gothicandscape riddled with fire booze psychotic breaks and the occasional monster tornado Cox steadily builds our sense of concern for the characters who feel and act very real at first While reading I became obsessed over the mystery surrounding the disturbing secret that shifted reality albeit just slightly enough to be noticeable in the world of the novel The ending though is a gigantic problem It s engineered as one of those big reveal mind blowing revelations but it feels The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew like a rip off to the invested reader The tragedy of this misstep to me is that I feel Cox might ve created a really showstopping piece of metafiction had he just shown us his hand from the get go This is a text with aot of potential to consider the relationship between writers and their fictional creations but it isn t realized because Cox packs away the big secret until the ast few pages although I saw it coming far before that thanks to a wealth of heavy handed foreshadowing Instead the ending cheapens the otherwise very intimate experience of this book eaving us feeling a Are You There God? It's Me M little bit silly for caring so deeply about the cruelties small andarge endured by these five boys from Wichita You re gonna have this suspicion about the way this thing is gonna end and you Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) ll think to yourself No no way is he gonna go thereSPOILER He goes there Iiked the idea of this book but I was disappointed It seemed almost On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS like aot of other books It had the A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) life changing disaster that impacts a whole town of Judy Blume s In the Unlikely Event Still the author didn t explore any deeper character developmentIt progressed almostike Lauren Beukes Broken Monsters seemingly mostly normal except for one character Unfortunately it missed the spectacular ending that turns the story on its headThe whole book seemed almost At the end the author tries to tie it back together with a creepy bow but fails His evaluation of his work as seen through the eyes of one of his characters as high concept is not very accurate from my point of view Also high concept books reuire incredible characters to bring forth the story and this book did not have any spellbinding characters This one washit and miss
25 stars some of the sections were so Stars Some of the sections were so I enjoyed most of the characters and the idea of the story was great I even appreciated how much the author seemed influenced
by Stephen King But then so many other things were justuggghhhhh Stephen King But then so many other things were justuggghhhhh constant references to The Boys of Summer I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad lyrics The wink wink comments the characters made about being in a book Even the way it ended with that ACTUALLY being the case each chapter was full of promise that then would trail off I sped through it uickly and was entertained but I m not sure I would read another by this author 30 StarsBoys of Summer willikely appeal to fans of IT by Stephen King as it had a similar plot and narrative structure This book King as it had a similar plot and narrative structure This book incredibly atmospheric with the weather playing a major role in the story Slow paced and character focused the story was well written yet not particularly engrossing. Hey agree to never speak of it againBut darkness returns to Wichita Falls twenty five years ater and the boys now men are forced to reunite and confront the wounds from their past When their memories of that childhood summer refuse to align with reality the friends embark upon a search for truth that will threaten their ives and transform their understanding of each other and the world itself forever.
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*left much to be desired of the characters *much to be desired of the characters there wasn t much to care about them Switching time frames and character perspectives can work but not in this book I was attracted to this book because of the alleged similarities it shared to Stephen King s IT I was disappointed to discover that these similarities only existed in the premise Otherwise this is a far inferior novel The first part April 10 1979 and the Dragonsbane last part July 4 1983 were interesting Perhaps if there was of a focus on theives of Todd and his friends as children author Richard Cox might have a compelling novel Unfortunately the intervening pages deal with a very artificial story one that I feel as if I have read hundreds of times before All the characters are about as contrived as can be and the action unfolds in a predictable uninteresting fashion Even the sentences feel as though they were constructed by an author bot putting words together in the most arbitrary and bland way to get the point across And the author is so smug about his writing Ugh He has put in all these Lonestar Sanctuary little meta moments nods to the fact that these characters were potentially aware of the fact that they existed in a novel I feelike he thought this was cute and maybe if it was used sparingly it would ve been a nice Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator little inside joke between the characters and the reader Instead it s just a slap in the face I know I m reading a novel and I know this because the characters and the story never fully took me in All this to say that two stars might be a generous handout for this book This book had cool ideas but ultimately half way through the characters and plot started feeling consumed and overwrought by the same ideaseading to a disconnect with the book in general That might have been the intention but it Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India led to the book noteaving so much of an impression on me overall I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book considering it was Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, labeled as a science fiction book and I rarely ever venture into the world of sci fi I found this title online after my son was sick for 3 days and I ended up binge watching Stranger Things yes I do watch tv on occasion Ioved the show so much and ike a true bookworm was devastated to find out that such a the show so much and ike a true bookworm was devastated to find out that such a show was not backed by a great book That being said I set out to find books that were similar to the show and stumbled upon a List of Books You Should Read After Watching Stranger Things and on that ist I found this gem of a sci fi thriller Now that you know the back story as to why someone who t SCIENCE FICTIONFANTASYRichard CoxThe Boys of Summer A NovelNight Shade BooksPaperback 978 1 59780 878 1 also available as an ebook 436 pgs 1599September 6 2016 The tornado that struck Wichita Falls Texas on April 10 1979 serves as the catalyst for this coming of age story The Boys of Summer are Bobby the jock Jonathan the brain David as in King Adam the born again and Todd the cipher nine and ten years old. Both a haunting coming of age story set in North Texas against the backdrop of a deadly tornado and a character driven deeply affecting supernatural thrillerIn 1979 a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls Texas eaving scores dead thousands homeless and nine year old Todd Willis in a coma fighting for his How Drawings Work lifeFour yearsater Todd awakens to a world that ooks the same but feels differen. .
When the storm alters the trajectories of all of their ives Todd Is So Traumatized By The so traumatized by the that he enters a catatonic state When he surfaces four years ater he possesses a maturity beyond his years and a creepy knowledge of events that have not happened yet Twenty five years I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life later history begins to repeat itself and the boys now men must face the conseuences of their actions and account for how they ve spent theirives The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox is difficult to ualify It is speculative fiction science fiction historical fiction and fantasy incorporating political economic and religious philosophies It reminds me simultaneously of Stand by Me 1986 The Omen 1976 and The Truman Show 1998 The Boys of Summer deals in free will and predestination asking whether the individual can rewrite the ending And maybe the beginning Cox s plot feels Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 labyrinthine but this is deceptive It s really uite simple unfurling at a steady pace while Cox insidiously doles out puzzle pieces A subplot involving a Wichita Falls detective whose wife has the same diagnosis as Todd had catatonic schizophrenia executes the rare feat of enhancing the main plot It meshes seamlessly The story moves back and forth in time from the afternoon of the tornado to events immediately following Todd s re emergence into the world and the reckoning for those events twenty five yearsater The ominous weather forecasts that begin each section of the novel are an inspired touch It is possible to go crazy from the heat Cox is particularly good at channeling early adolescent angst Darth Vader turned out to be Luke s father Princess Leia was his sister Todd thinks when he awakes and the whole world seemed to have The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & lost its mind These boys are complex authentic and relatable Theone girl in the group Alicia is a well developed character but seems to serve merely as a token female Her significance is unclear As adults these characters are ess well defined with the exception of King David who shed his Texas accent and sheath of Middle American fat and his antiuated social conservatism who is terribly definite motivated by the ultimate in insider information Wichita Falls itself gets knocked hard by Cox Riven with class issues the town is portrayed as a cultural wasteland populated by rednecks and a few wealthy pseudo religious hypocrites On the other hand his portrait of the 80s is atmospheric with its references to the multi hand his portrait of the 80s is atmospheric with its references to the multi dice of Dungeons Dragons Atari video games and Don Henley yrics Cox is capable of arresting imagery During the 1979 tornado the sky The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) lookedike it had fallen to the earth The bleached white hot sky of the Wichita Falls summer resembles overexposed film Cox has created a strange and intriguing mix of elements which with Fret Work Step By Step liberal use of foreshadowing engenders genuine curiosity and keeps the pages turning I am flummoxed but happily so still at aoss as to what The Boys of Summer is I do know that it is compelling and a Mark of the Dragon Urban Dragon little maddening and the space time continuum has been spectacularly compromisedOriginally published in Lone Star Literary Life The Boys of Summer is a suspenseful page turner to be certain The. T in a way he can’t uite grasp For Todd it's a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battlesingering hallucinations from his Soigner le Sida autrement avec le protocole ICCARRE long sleepThe new friends Todd makes in 1983 are fascinated with his experience and become mesmerized by his strange relationship with the world Together the five boys come of age during a dark fiery summer where they find firstove betrayal and a secret so terrible .