January 25, 2015
A dark fantasy, Strangewood demolishes the delusions of childhood and mocks the icons of youth, and yet it reaffirms innocence and boundless joy and wonder. When Thomas was a boy, he imagined a fantastic forest peopled with magical creatures. He was The Boy whose imagination shaped the world, where he played with talking animals and had adventures to foil the plots of the Peanut Butter Man and the wicked Jackel Lantern. In that world, good always triumph and evil is thrilling, never surpassing what a child cannot understand.
January 19, 2015
Perhaps the reason Lovecraft's stories are enduring is because they are all about the unknown. For me, Lovecraft is scary because for him the universe is indifferent, and there is nothing scarier (right?) than being alone and insignificant in a big, bad universe.
November 24, 2014
It was with trepidation that I picked this book up. I was wary of taking up something that was part of a shared universe with multiple authors. If trying to complete series drives me crazy what more something more monstrous? Yet, I could not resist the premise of this story. Jander the vampire elf fell in love with a mad woman he found in an asylum. Despite her madness, she was beautiful and kind and all that was pure. He took care of her for decades. She eventually died, succumbing to insanity. Driven by grief, Jander found himself in another realm ruled by a cruel vampire, Count Strand.