Veteran horrormeister Braunbeck breaks literary rules by the handful in his latest dark fantasy yarn, which makes reference to 2007's Mr. Hands and 2008's Coffin County without exactly being a sequel. When a high school student goes on an inexplicable shooting spree, it stirs a host of memories for unassuming suburban English teacher Geoff Conover. Returning to Cedar Hill, Ohio, the town he left as an infant after surviving another mass killing, Geoff comes to realize that his personal mysteries are inextricably bound to his birthplace. Time frames and perspectives shift multiple, tortuous times, and the blend of disorienting narrative fragmentation and the blameless blank-slate protagonist makes the tale curiously flat. The lack of a strong emotional hook will put off new readers, but aficionados of the Cedar Hill mythos will enjoy the familiar echoes and enticing new details. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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How many author's publishing today can get someone to drop whatever it is that their doing or to make a sudden change in plans when that author's latest release is delievered to their home or is carried home from the bookstore? For me, there's only a couple of author's that can do this, and Gary Bruanbeck is one of them. There is no other contemporary writer in my opinion that can tap into a readers dark fears and emotional confusion as Braunbeck does..his stories become personal, no matter how uncomfortable he might make the reader feel. And he does it superbly and without apology. For those Braunbeck fans who have followed along with Gary on his past Cedar Hill novels, Far Dark Fields is the Holy Grail, the one we've all been waiting for. Far Dark Fields is the first volume (of two) in his epic Cedar Hill series that brings the various plotlines and characters from his numerous Cedar Hill novels and short story collections to its conclusion. For new Braunbeck readers, I would point out, that though Far Dark Fields is a continuation of his Cedar Hill novels it is also a stand alone novel that can be enjoyed without having read the previous works. Plot wise, Braunbeck takes the old saying "you can never go home" to heart by having his protagonist returning to Cedar Hill to confront the demons of his past after experiencing horrible tragedy straight out of today's news headlines. The plot is loaded with supernatural frights, deliciously odd characters, and a few repugnant monsters, but as it so often happens in a Braunbeck story, its the darker side of the human condition that takes center stage. For instance, let me ask you this... ...have you ever read a news story or seen one on television about a mass murder, say a shooting spree that was so horrendous you just had to pause and ask yourself...how in God's green earth could anyone do something that horrible? Of course you have, but then did you give it much more thought after that, or did you just go onto the next news story? Did you ever 'really' try to get into the murderers mind and wonder what he was thinking? Did you ever think about what his motivations may have been beyond what the reporters told you? How about the victims? Have you ever put yourself in their shoes? What do you think went through their heads as they were retreating from the gunman in a panic and felt a bullet plunging into their bodies? What if some of them were caught unawares...what was in their minds in those brief seconds between realization and being gunned down? Did you ever consider the thought process of the victims who might have been brave enough to confront the killer? What were these people thinking as they rushed toward a certain death? And God bless them...how about the relatives and the friends of the ones whose lives were taken? Could you even really know their loneliness, their sadness, or even their anger? And did you ever wonder what it felt like to be a survivor of something like this? Gary Bruanbeck does think of these things. And in Far Dark Fields, these thoughts are just as terrifying as the monster pulling the trigger, the killing itself, and the unseen hand orchestrating the devastation. Don't pass this one up folks.