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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Burn Palace: A Novel

Stephen King sure knows how to recommend a book. In his Entertainment Weekly article of books he about which he was excited in 2013, this made the top of the list. Holy cow--this is The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns.

In the middle of the night, Nurse Spandex walks into the nursery to check on the babies and notices a squirming little one. She walks over to adjust his blanket and finds that it is not a baby at all; rather, it is a snake. This turn of events in a sleepy Rhode Island town leads to utter turmoil in the town. People are dying, coyotes are attacking, people are shape-shifting, and witchcraft abounds flummoxing the police and sending residents into a panic. This captivating mystery involves everyone in town--and you will never believe who is on which side.

Holy shamoley--this book blew my ever-loving mind. I was not even two-thirds of the way through the book before the adrenaline kicked in and I was in reading overdrive. Putting down this book was simply not an option--what was happening was too strange and insane to leave behind to do normal things like eat or seep. It was manic book reading--heart racing, eyes throwing themselves across the page, breathing momentarily stopped. At one point while I was reading on the train my jaw dropped, and I could see the curious look from the man across from me wondering what I was reading. This book was that good.

Dobyns covers what feels like almost every character in this small town of Brewster but never once was I confused about who was whom. He creates clear and starkly contrasted characters in which I found myself heavily invested. The story itself is truly mind-blowing. It's not quite a horror book but it certainly gets close; it's not quite a mystery although it really is. There are so many awesome twists to this story that I want to share with you, but I can't because I will not for one second take away your reading enjoyment of watching the events unfold in this town.

Seriously, I can't recommend enough this book. Pick it up and indulge yourself. It is absolutely wild and worth your weekend time. Genuinely. Really. For sure.

Run, don't walk, to get yourself this book. Kindle on left, hard copy on right. Worth every penny.
 

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