[Madison Smartt Bell] The Color of Night [fighters Book] Ebook

  • Paperback
  • 224
  • The Color of Night
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • English
  • 13 February 2019
  • 9780307741882

Madison Smartt Bell â 9 review

The Color of Night characters Ç 9 Ble abuse of her drift into a cult that committed the most shocking crime of the '60s of her life since then as a feral and wary outsider caught in a swirl of events at once personal political mythic Wondering around the desert at night with a rifle being possessed by pagan gods ritual sex murder ya know feel good summer time stuff I knew this book was up my alley The Color of Night is actually a sophisticated and literate What If story What if two Manson girls got away unnoticed and lived on divergent paths until 911 One segued back into normalcy While the other yeah that whole in the desert with a gun deal The psychic wound of 911 tosses our gun toting hermit back into the mental world she inhabited during her time with the Summer of Love Debased cultus Something s wrong here in a lot of ways So then she seeks her long forgotten other half This has best ending of any novel I have read since Drop CityThough not pitch perfect the book does link the collective scars of the Manson murders and 911 as turning points in popular consciousness With eual dollops of sex horror ancient deities and Americana The Color of Night is everything I hoped Neil Gaiman s post comics fiction would have become instead of the children s stories which have made him famous Devil s Dream just got bumped to the top of my to read list Whispers of Feathers personal Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal political mythic Wondering around the desert at night with a rifle being Entrepreneurial Vernacular Developers' Subdivisions in the 1920s Creating the North American Landscape possessed by Advanced C Programming by Example pagan gods ritual sex murder ya know feel good summer time stuff I knew this book was up my alley The Color of Night is actually a sophisticated and literate What If story What if two Manson girls got away unnoticed and lived on divergent After We Collided paths until 911 One segued back into normalcy While the other yeah that whole in the desert with a gun deal The Die Herrenschneiderei psychic wound of 911 tosses our gun toting hermit back into the mental world she inhabited during her time with the Summer of Love Debased cultus Something s wrong here in a lot of ways So then she seeks her long forgotten other half This has best ending of any novel I have read since Drop CityThough not Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling pitch Cities of God The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conuered Rome perfect the book does link the collective scars of the Manson murders and 911 as turning Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone popular consciousness With eual dollops of sex horror ancient deities and Americana The Color of Night is everything I hoped Neil Gaiman s Pretend God Is Deaf post comics fiction would have become instead of the children s stories which have made him famous Devil s Dream just got bumped to the top of my to read list

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The Color of Night characters Ç 9 What she sees in those images is different from what the rest of us would see She revels in the pure anarchy thrills at the destruction These images recall memories of a childhood marked by unthinka Latter Day BacchaeLas Vegas September 11 2001 Mae is a fifty something blackjack dealer in a minor Las Vegas casino It was a sort of fifth rate hell and I a minor demon posted to it A succubus too indifferent to suck Watching coverage of the flight from Ground Zero she catches sight of her former lover Laurel kneeling on the sidewalk her head thrown back her hands stretched out with the fingers crooked as weapons or in praise Blood was running from the corners of her mouth like in the old days though not for the same reason After work Mae slips through a hole she has cut in the chain link fence of her trailer park and goes into the moonlit desert where the tracks of ATVs cross the serpentine marks of sidewinders in the sand Cormac McCarthy country with Bell matching the master image for image Back in her trailer she compiles the 911 news footage into a two hour tape that she watches again and again reveling in it The planes bit chunks from the sides of the towers and the gorgeous sheets of orange flame roared up and the mortals flung away from the glittering windows like soap flakes swirling in a snow globe and the tower shuddered buckled blossomed and came showering downAll these moments come from the first dozen pages of Madison Smartt Bell s magnificent tour de force and it never lets up There are enough hints there to propel a novel three times the length but this one is compact and lethal as a bullet Mae clearly is a woman with a past and we gradually discover what it is even as she works to close the circle of her personal hell in the present Her obsession with violence is the legacy of traumatic incestuous abuse worse in that she seems to have embraced rather than resisted it Fleeing to California as a teenager balling for bread as she puts it she get pulled into the orbit of a charismatic leader known only as D and the late sixties drug commune that forms around him with strong echoes of the Manson Family Although all the women share D Laurel becomes her special friend and blood sister though they have been separated now for over three decades leading their marginal lives under clandestine identitiesThat succubus pun crude vulgarity with classical overtones is a clue to another layer to Bell s book that raises it from sordid to mythic For D also stands for Dionysus the ancient Greek god of unbridled passion Another character O a rock star with a beach house in Malibu is of course Orpheus the great singer who reclaimed Eurydice from the underworld Art and violence are linked In the less well known ending to the Orpheus myth take a few minutes with Google he gets torn apart by the intoxicated followers of Dionysus the Bacchae None of these parallels are crassly obvious but the euation of excess is eerily exact For example an ecstatic description of an acid trip that turns into a Bacchic orgy of tangled limbs and writhing serpents But Bell does not need chemicals to effect his alchemy he can do it by language alone even including passages in Classical Greek This is brilliant writing a roller coaster of a ride with a tense pace that never lets upYes there are scenes of drugs sex mutilation and murder in this book that would normally turn my stomach but Bell s ability to knife juggle the violence of the American underbelly with the Bacchic celebration of unbridled passion and to keep both blades scintillating in the air at the same time made for such an exhilarating experience that I was fascinated throughout It was even worth the nightmares when I went to bed Deadshifted pure anarchy thrills at the destruction These images recall memories of a childhood marked by unthinka Latter Day BacchaeLas Vegas September 11 2001 Mae is a fifty something blackjack dealer in a minor Las Vegas casino It was a sort of fifth rate hell and I a minor demon The Hole of the Pit posted to it A succubus too indifferent to suck Watching coverage of the flight from Ground Zero she catches sight of her former lover Laurel kneeling on the sidewalk her head thrown back her hands stretched out with the fingers crooked as weapons or in The Essential Jim Brickman Vol 4 PianoVocalChords praise Blood was running from the corners of her mouth like in the old days though not for the same reason After work Mae slips through a hole she has cut in the chain link fence of her trailer Teddy park and goes into the moonlit desert where the tracks of ATVs cross the serpentine marks of sidewinders in the sand Cormac McCarthy country with Bell matching the master image for image Back in her trailer she compiles the 911 news footage into a two hour tape that she watches again and again reveling in it The Calling Me Home planes bit chunks from the sides of the towers and the gorgeous sheets of orange flame roared up and the mortals flung away from the glittering windows like soap flakes swirling in a snow globe and the tower shuddered buckled blossomed and came showering downAll these moments come from the first dozen The Taint of Lovecraft pages of Madison Smartt Bell s magnificent tour de force and it never lets up There are enough hints there to Mr Francis' Wife Gills Sandy Promises a Romance Bk 1 propel a novel three times the length but this one is compact and lethal as a bullet Mae clearly is a woman with a The Shadow People past and we gradually discover what it is even as she works to close the circle of her The Alien's Mate personal hell in the Degrees of Elevation present Her obsession with violence is the legacy of traumatic incestuous abuse worse in that she seems to have embraced rather than resisted it Fleeing to California as a teenager balling for bread as she Demons Yes But Thank God for Good Angels puts it she get The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook pulled into the orbit of a charismatic leader known only as D and the late sixties drug commune that forms around him with strong echoes of the Manson Family Although all the women share D Laurel becomes her special friend and blood sister though they have been separated now for over three decades leading their marginal lives under clandestine identitiesThat succubus Vietnam Perkasie A Combat Marine Memoir pun crude vulgarity with classical overtones is a clue to another layer to Bell s book that raises it from sordid to mythic For D also stands for Dionysus the ancient Greek god of unbridled LoSing Strength and Dexterity parallels are crassly obvious but the euation of excess is eerily exact For example an ecstatic description of an acid trip that turns into a Bacchic orgy of tangled limbs and writhing serpents But Bell does not need chemicals to effect his alchemy he can do it by language alone even including Afghanistan passages in Classical Greek This is brilliant writing a roller coaster of a ride with a tense The Black Sheeps Secret Child pace that never lets upYes there are scenes of drugs sex mutilation and murder in this book that would normally turn my stomach but Bell s ability to knife juggle the violence of the American underbelly with the Bacchic celebration of unbridled The Billionaires Desire passion and to keep both blades scintillating in the air at the same time made for such an exhilarating experience that I was fascinated throughout It was even worth the nightmares when I went to bed

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The Color of Night characters Ç 9 Mae a blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas casino spends her free time wandering the desert with a rifle or sitting in her trailer obsessively watching replays of an old lover escaping the wreckage of 911 Based on the other reviews here I kept plugging away at this book waiting for the story to get better but it bored me nearly to death I disliked the main character Mae so strongly that I wanted to read about her abuse but just kept feeling disappointed as every bad thing that happened to her was glossed over so we could get to the next scene of her walking in the desert doing nothing The parallel story about Mae s lost love was as thin as bible paper and just as easy to see through The Greek myth conceptual metaphor was poorly realized read Donna Tartt s The Secret History to see how that s really done and tying it to Manson and his band of empty headed hippies is laughably cliched Other reviews mention that they were put off by the extreme violence in the book Perhaps I m jaded but the violence was as flat and lacking conseuence as Mae s strolls in the desert Everything I like about nihilistic po mo literature is missing here The author bills this as his best work so it s a pretty sure thing I ll never pick up something by him again