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Posted October 6, 2005
Crystal skulls? Subterranean mole people? This isn't exactly my cup of tea since I tend more toward the literary end of the spectrum. It was, therefore, a rewarding and pleasant surprise when I read Stonecypher Road on the advice of some friends. First time authors, Warren and Nancy Longwell, have cooked up a little gem of a book, with a plot that's intricate and richly patterned. And they've liberally sprinkled it with passages written in my favorite language-Pulitzereeze. What a true delight!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2005
To say that Stonecypher Road crosses genres is an understatement. First of all, it's literate. But then again, it's also a pulp novel, and pulp adventure thrillers don't usually read like literary fiction. The subject matter is even more of a paradox. Crystal skulls and The Holy Grail and 'mole people' are preposterous to the point of being tacky, and yet in the hands of these two authors, these cliches seem totally believable. Maybe even mundane. With this book, it's hard to know what's real and what's fiction. That sense of reality stems partly from the rich dialog. It's exceedingly conversational. Again, this is something not normally found in a pulp novel. It is perhaps because of this believability growing throughout the pages that the ending achieves its shock value. And shocking it is! I defy any reader to say they see it coming. This book is either a brilliantly-plotted novel, or a confusing enigma. I've read it twice, and I'm still perplexed by it. Whatever it is, it's certainly unique.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.