Lucretia And The Kroons
Published by Random House on August 21, 2012
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Do you like novellas and short stories? Would you enjoy a little scare during this month of October? Well, this short book might well be for you then.
Personally, I usually stay away now from novellas, as this genre often finds me wanting more when the book is over, and away from horror stories as well, as I prefer reading positive and constructive literature.
As Random House sent me several ebooks I had requested, I thought I should accept this one they suggested me to read; plus it’s never bad to go out of your comfort zone.
I was actually positively surprised by the quality of the writing: there’s a nice flow to it, you get grabbed by it right away, and you can’t stop until the end. The end was actually a bit flat and disappointing for me. I knew something like that was going to be revealed, though what I had in mind was actually more exciting than the version LaValle chose instead!!
As for the horror itself, it’s not that horrible at all, rather on the gentle side. I don’t think this book would give you nightmares, don’t let the synopsis below frighten you. So if you want a little fun for this month of October, go for it.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia. [Goodreads]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Victor LaValle is the author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. [goodreads]
You can see more on his website.
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