Black Moon: A Novel

Black Moon: A Novel

by Kenneth Calhoun
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Black Moon 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much potential, but the writing style is inconsistent and goes through different levels of skill. Major plot points and character developments are left without explanation, and thus there is no worthy resolution. Looking forward to seeing how this author will develop, but this book was very difficult to get through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books was a page turner! I read it all at once on a long flight home and it kept me awake the whole flight (9hours). The premise is hauntingly realistic, a sleepless world. What is sleep anyway? And why do we need it? What really goes on when we're sleeping? The landscapes are beautifully described and made exceptionally vivid by the author's artful prose. The book is written in a way that makes you feel like you are experiencing the epidemic as well, slowly succumbing to a sleepless existence (I always feel like a bit of a zombie on long flights so that certainly added something to my experience of the story). The characters seemed very real to me, strangely familiar in many ways. I wanted to hear more of the main character's dreams, those were some of my favorite parts. The books is a dark trip for sure, but a beautifully crafted one, and certainly one worth taking. You have to experience the dark to appreciate the light, right?
marilynrhea1 More than 1 year ago
This book has a great premise. Insomnia, which we have all suffered from at one point or another. Imagine not being able to sleep forever. This is what is plaguing most of the world in this novel. It starts out with just one husband trying to find the cure for his insomniac wife. It has a great premise,and is a good read, and doesn't fail to surprise us in many ways. I would recommend this to my friends that like this genre. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great premise, but the author's attempt to show us the disconnected thought processes of people going insane gets downright boring at times. It's a little like listening to Aunt Maud at the breakfast table tell you about "this crazy dream I had last night, you'll never believe it, drone drone drone." I get what the writer was after, and the Deep Thoughts embedded in the story, etc., but it was occasionally a slog. Lyrical, beautiful, sad, interesting, but not a page turner. And I think unnecessarily obscure about the action/outcomes. What happened with Mother Mary, for example?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The great idea for a story lured me in but the inspiration has been almost wasted with lengthy dream and fantasy sequences. I am going to finish the book but I won't remember it for a week ... unless I have insomnia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bergamotbooks More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be pretty cool. I've read a lot of reviews on it and most people are commenting on how many "insomniac apocalypse" books there are out there. However this is the first I've ever encountered, so if you haven't either, then perhaps your experience will be similar to mine. First of all let's get it out of the way that by the end of the book you realize Mr. Calhoun needed a better editor because the fate of one character is completely missing; just something you can't do if you've followed that person throughout the book. Also, some other characters were quickly dropped and given a hasty ending. Why were they even followed? They were interesting, and I thought that they were all going to converge experiences by the end of the book. Spoiler: they don't. The book could've been a lot longer. Also, Chapter 12, although fascinatingly grotesque, gave me a nightmare (Bonus? Deal breaker? I'm not sure what you're into). What is great about the book is the idea and Calhoun's wonderful gift at painting with words. He described the relationship of a wife and husband in such a way that made me miss my husband sleeping in the next room. Plus dystopian literature? Who doesn't love it? I enjoyed the experience, and am glad I read it despite the disappoints at the end. Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.