Hourglassby David Lester Snell
Ozzington Noble's wife, Ambrosia, died during childbirth, leaving Oz an only son, Isis. When Isis is stung by a deadly arachnid wasp, Oz must heal him, but there is no known cure and everyone who is stung dies. Haunted by Isis' purple, poisoned face, Oz risks his life venturing into the swamp where Zeldaa witch and perhaps the only being who knows of a… See more details below
Ozzington Noble's wife, Ambrosia, died during childbirth, leaving Oz an only son, Isis. When Isis is stung by a deadly arachnid wasp, Oz must heal him, but there is no known cure and everyone who is stung dies. Haunted by Isis' purple, poisoned face, Oz risks his life venturing into the swamp where Zeldaa witch and perhaps the only being who knows of a curedwells. Zelda predicts Oz has one day to save his son and sends him on a journey across a land crawling with poisonous snakes, carnivorous trees and beasts that lurk in darkness, in search of the last existing hourglass tree, the only hope of saving Isis's life.
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Each short chapter in this chapbook is another challenge, each one more demanding than the last. Oz's trek through the tunnel where The Caliginous wait is my favorite section in this book. The imagery is amazing; it felt like I was actually standing in the darkness, my feet in a puddle, watching, and (especially) hearing the low growls, echo off the walls. At first I wasn't sure what time-line the book is set in. I thought at first it could be somewhere in the middle ages, but then there was a mention of railway tracks, tunnels and trains. So, it appears that we are taken into a future I would not wish to live in. The perils are many and the lifestyle hard. Oz is a complex character, at times, very manly and sure of his actions, knows to rest when he must, eat when he must and fears little. He is also a character plagued by nightmares involving the love of his life, Ambrosia. He carries her locket as a reminder of their love. His wife died during childbirth and Oz often calls on her for strength as he continues this quest for the hourglass tree. Hourglass sits on my shelf with the few other chapbooks I own and have read. The book will take you away from the trials of everyday life, like all good stories are supposed to do.
Hourglass focuses on a single father, who braves dank mines and a carnivorous forest to save his only son from the deadly sting of an arachnid wasp. It¿s a tense read lacking vulgarity, so it¿s great for teenagers, while the parental aspect appeals to adults.