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Kent Whittington
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Jonathan Carrol is the author of seventeen books, eight short stories, and five screenplays.  Jonathan Carroll hails from a creative background.   His father Sidney was a writer whose film credits include The Hustler (1961), A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) and the story basis for Gambit (1966); his mother June (née Sillman), was an actress and lyricist who appeared in numerous Broadway shows and two films: An Angel Comes to Brooklyn (1945) and New Faces (1952).

 

many of his books are  notable for  two common devices: the use of a talking animal to signal entry into the world of the imagination; and the unsatisfactory resolution which appears both to frustrate Carroll's readers (and editors) and, at the same time, endear them to his work.

September 6, 2010 at 1:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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The Land of Laughs was lit by eyes that saw the lights that no one's seen." To Thomas Abbey, lonely child of a famous movie actor, grown into a restive prep school teacher, this is one of the most memorable lines ever written. It is by Marshall France, the legendary author of children's books who wrote The Land of Laughs, Pool of Stars, Green Dog's Sorrow, and other haunting classics, hid himself away in tiny Galen, Missouri, and died of a heart attack at age 44.

 

This brilliantly imaginative and frightening novel is set in motion when Tom Abbey and his spirited girlfriend, Saxony Gardner, determine to write France's biography. They arrive in Galen on a slow, cloud-still summer day, both of them expectant and delighted and also a little scared of what they will find. France's enigmatic and reclusive shadow lingers on, and his lovely and mysterious daughter Anna is known to act as a fiercely protective keeper of the flame.

 

But to their deep surprise, Anna and Galen had been waiting for them--almost too eagerly. Slowly they begin to apprehend not only that this idyllic small Midwestern town and its inhabitants, human and animal, are not what they seem, but that the magic of Marshall France had extended far beyond the printed page.

 

Chilling possibilities begin to dawn on Tom and Saxony, and on the reader, who will revel in the grand tradition of horror stories.

September 6, 2010 at 2:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Bones of the Moon is a novel set in the world of Rondua--a land where dreams really can come true.

 

Cullen James' first dream was to find the perfect man--and it happened. Then she dreamed of being able to live with her man in Europe, while they were both still young and full of wonder: and that happened too. First in Greece, and then in Italy, she had hold of the kind of life of which we all dream. Better yet, she became pregnant and looked forward to the day when the child would come and she could love it: make it part of her idyllic life. But then the dreams began.

 

The dreams of a fantastical land named Rondua where the sea is full of fish with mysterious names--Mudrake, Cornsweat, Yasmuda. Where enormous animals, the size of hot air balloons, escort Cullen and an enigmatical child companion across places like the Plain of Forgotten Machines. And with the dreams of Rondua came powers that cross over into her everyday world--changing everything.

 

Suddenly Cullen's worlds are filled with a hallucinatory array of characters and situations that prove dreams are as real as the cup of coffee she drinks in the morning, or the moment when it is impossible to tell whether life or death will win.

September 6, 2010 at 2:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Vincent Ettrich is in a tight spot. He has died and been brought back to life to help save his unborn son from evil and chaotic forces who want to prevent this son from becoming the savior of the universe. Sound bizarre? Welcome to the surreal and metaphysically massive novel White Apples.

 

Following up the equally strange but widely acclaimed The Wooden Sea, Carroll paints on an even wider canvas with White Apples. In Carroll's world, humans are key threads in a giant tapestry that is being woven as life is lived. But there are dark forces at work who don't want the weaving to continue as is and Ettrich, his beloved Isabelle, and their sentient fetus find themselves standing in the way. Their struggles to merely understand what is happening to them and to stand tall in the very face of darkness makes for a humorous, touching, and thrilling tale with, as is expected, a big bang of an ending. But the most marvelous aspect of the novel is not its far-reaching, mind-blowing metaphysics. It's the wonderfully tragic love story of Vincent and Isabelle that keeps this flight of fancy grounded and beautifully human.

September 6, 2010 at 2:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Set in the fictional town of Crane's View, New York, it is a small, comfortable town nestled along the river, a place where nothing out of the ordinary would happen- and doesn't, to the casual observer. From the moment a three-legged dog limps into the comfortable life of Police Chief Frannie McCabe and drops dead at his feet, McCabe finds himself thrust into a new world of unaccountable miracles and disturbing wonders. The small town of Crane's View, New York, has long been a reassuringly familiar place for Frannie, a haven full of small comforts and domestic harmony, but now he finds himself afflicted by strange and inexplicable omens, such as a mysterious, multicolored feather that keeps insinuating itself into his past, present, and future, all of which now converge to throw Frannie's once ordinary life into doubt. Like it or not, Frannie has come face-to-face with the uncanny, and what he does over the next few days may have unforseen consequences for the entire world.

September 6, 2010 at 2:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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