Boy's Life

Boy's Life

by Robert R. McCammon
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Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson -- a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible vision of death that will haunt him forever.

As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that are manifested in Zephyr. From an ancient, mystical woman who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown -- for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the

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ISBN-13: 9780671742263
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 03/07/1991
Pages: 448

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up a huge fan of Stephen King and once saw that he had favorably reviewed a Robert R. McCammon work. I read all of his early books and enjoyed thim immensely. However, after I read this book I decided it was my absolute favorite book of all time. I have given it as a gift numerous times and I cannot wait until my son is old enough to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you ask a million people what their favorite book is, you'll probably get a million different answers. Now, notice how many readers say that about 'Boy's Life,' and count me in that group as well. After reading McCammon's 'Mine', I was interested to see what else the author had to say. After reading 'Boy's Life' I have made it my mission to seek out everything McCammon's ever written. The book is at times hilarious and at others heartbreaking. Sometimes thrilling, sometimes magical, but always engaging. This is the rare book that, when you read it, you'll find yourself reading passages out loud to anyone within earshot, because of how beautifully the words flow. The centrtal mystery is compelling and lays a terrific frame for the other adventures that surround it. I was genuinely sad to see the book end. A must read for anyone who likes to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in paperback many years ago. It is still on my bookshelf, torn and worn out. I have read this so many times and loaned out so much over the years. One of the best books i have ever read
Isoosi More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. The story reads as if your favorite storyteller is telling you their best story. This book has elements of horror stories, studies on small town life, a mystery, coming of age moments and colorful characters that will remain in your memory for life. When I read this book, it's like being on vacation. Most chapters end with a cliffhanger-like ending that makes you want to keep reading. The characters are genuine, and the story lines are consistently interesting. Even though the title is "Boy's Life," my sister, who introduced me to Robert R. McCammon's works, loves the book to. Men and Women can relate to the situations and characters. I wish they had retained the original cover art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book. I was grabbed by the beginning and could not put it down. It touches on lifes important topics (childhood, growing up, relationships, small-town America, a changing future amd longing for thr past experiemces and people), and once you start reading you are connected and pulled into this world because itis so familiar to you. Highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boy's Life is a book that grabs you from the first chapter and supports that strong beginning with many other stunning events. This terrific murder mystery novel started out as a best seller and still remains to be for over a decade. The story starts out as a young boy named Cory and his father witness a gruesome murder as the evidence plunges into the unfathomable depths of Saxon's Lake. However, as Cory's father dives into the lake in attempt to save the helpless victim, Cory himself catches a glimpse of a possible suspect in a long, wavy coat. He also finds a small green feather in which may be the key to solving this haunting mystery. Will Cory become successful, or will his father's numerous nightmares of the occasion become an anchor in pursuit of the fearless murder?
RayLanford More than 1 year ago
Boy's Life is McCammon's move--16+ years ago--from horror/shock fiction to mainstream, and, boy, does he hit it running. Everyone to whom I have given a copy has loved it. Details? You don't need them. Read B&N's blurb, or any other review here. A bonus in this serious piece of fiction is McCammon's sense of humor. While you resd this wonderful book, if there aren't times when you aren't rolling on the floor, laughing and with tears in your eyes, then you're in need of some big-time help. If you like this one, check out his next one, Gone South. Completely different in tone and style, it's also one of my favorites. What happens when the protagonist accidentally murders a man in the first few pages and then is on the run the rest of the novel? This one has as much meat as--maybe more than--Boy's Life. McCammon's works are keepers that you will want to re-read every few years. Get these books; you'll have no regrets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of us who grew up in small towns having to create our fun and play through imagination: THIS BOOK IS FOR US. It was one of the best books I have every read. I passed it on to my sisters who felt the same...full of magic. Patti Scott
atlantabooklover More than 1 year ago
Boy's Life makes you laugh, makes you cry and gives you a sense of wonder of what it is like to be young and unafraid. You will never forget this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A boys life takes you through the life of an 11 year old boy living in Zephyr, Alabama, It's full of adventures, magic, and evil. Truly a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of reading about the rest of the year in the famous movie, "A Christmas Story". It tells the story of growing up in a small town with the narrator telling about his childhood friends, their parents and all the good and not so good people of the town. This book is full of every emotion you could possibly feel. At times it had me laughing out loud! What a Magical Wonderful Book! One of the Best stories I have Ever read! Highly Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think this will ever leave the top of my "All-Time Favorites" shelf. I read this book many years ago at the suggestion of a friend. I have never found another book or author I like any better. Maybe some just as good, but none better. It is a wonderful story about growing up in a different time (the boy is 11 gowing up in the early 1960s). It is about friendship, family (good and bad), loss and hardships, baseball, first loves, secrets, magic, make-believe, and murder mysteries. This author has a way with words like very few I have ever read (he is also the author of another one of the best books of all times, Swan Song). You will laugh, you will cry, you will live on the edge of your seat, you will be furious, and you will cheer. I would not recommend to elementary school children, as there is some pretty foul language and some pretty graphic bullying scenes. I did, however, let my 13-year old read it (to which I promptly had to explain what a whorehouse was). These areas, though, are few in the book and I don't wish to make it sound like a vulgar book. Being 11 in the early 60's was like living in a different world from today. It was all worth it when my son came away also saying it was the best read ever! I have read this book over and over through the years. I will never tire of reading it. My hard copy is held together by paper clips. I have recommended this book to any of my friends and to anyone who just wants to get completely lost in a "story," because man oh man, can this guy tell a story! -- SPeeD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boy's life is an outstanding book for anyone to read, and I say that being someone hates reading but actually enjoyed this book. It was full of excitement and adventure and is perfect for anyone who likes a good murder mystery. This book pulled me in from the first chapter and kept me flipping the pages to find out what would happen next.
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the dedication page. It is a poem about growing up before the technological age, and it is means more reading it in this day and age as it did when I first read this book twenty six years ago. Let that sink in for a moment, it has been twenty six years and that poem still resounds in my soul. If the poem speaks to you, you will LOVE this book. If it does not you will just think it is a good read. The book is so much more than the poem though. It is a tale of innocence and the loss of said innocence in a small southern town. When 11 year old Corey Mackleson and his father witness a car plunge into a lake, they try to save the man behind the wheel. The failure to save him brings nightmarish visions to the father and Corey struggles to understand. In his struggle, his eyes are opened to the forces of good and evil in his small home town. From a mystical woman who can hear the dead and enchant the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory confronts the dark secrets of his hometown to help his father. This book has resided in my personal top ten favorite reads for over twenty years. I cannot recommend it enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago. And I still go back and reread it. McCammon tells the story from the children's point of view so realistically, like Stephen Kings IT. What I paid for it in book form year's ago, and now ebook form was worth every penny. The mystery and the boy's adventures were all so well written, you could almost believe they really happened. Even Old Moses seemed plausable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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daveb48 More than 1 year ago
The list of writers able to capture adolescent angst perfectly is, in this reviewer's opinion at least, very short. Steven King tops my list, but I can now add Robert McCammon to the list. Boy' Life is at once humorous and tragic. It reflects the inner trials and tribulations of a 12-year-old boy coming of age in the Mid-1960's South. He has dreams and nightmares, and some of them become all to real and form the gist of the mysteries in this book. I loved this book. I could not put it down and have subsequently purchased other works by McCammon (I read "Swan Song" back in the 1990's). Although my own adolescence differed in many ways from the main character in "Boy's Life," I revisited many of the memories I have of that time of my life. The boy, Cory, and his town, Zephyr, Alabama, are magical in special ways and the time in which he became a man are gone forever. Five Golden Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended to all who enjoy the imagination of being young. This book hits everything from mystery, humor and ethics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a girl and i was wondering if this was a good book?Ps if u wanna talk lets talk here
Great-GrandNan More than 1 year ago
I had read McCammon's Swan Song years ago and loved it so decided to try this one. It is absolutely the best book I have read all year ! Fascinating suspenseful story with just the right touch of supernatural, and wonderful character development. You really care about Cory and all his family members and friends. You must read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to stop reading at times. I would definitely recommend it, worth a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very slow...the characters were interesting, but the book was far too long for the story...certain elements of the supernatural were out of place...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow good book