Monday, November 14, 2011

BOOK OF DAYS by Steve Rasnic Tem

Fear can make a man do strange things, have odd dreams and recollections. . . especially when that fear has led him to abandon his children.  Yet Cal has not forgotten them, nor does he want to shirk his responsibilities.  Rather, he attempts to understand himself and the monumental task of parenthood in an age when trucks roar through school crossings and pedophiles lurk online, seeking prey.  BOOK OF DAYS by Steve Rasnic Tem has elements of horror, fantasy, and even romance to it, but it's really a poetic homage to childhood itself, when we conjured entire worlds out of sticks in mud, and the future held limitless promise.  Cal, returning to his own childhood memories, chronicles his own personal calendar, making spontaneous, visceral connections between past events in aid of present understanding.  People, particularly dead writers, inform his awareness of his fear.  You will not be shocked by any of it.  Rather, you will nod acknowledgment of the empires in the clouds which were once your own, and are now your child's gift.  Prepare for an unusual experience that is also, in a magical way, familiar.  Narrator Nathan Lowell is ideal to voice the character, as he possesses the right sense of timing and tone, knowing just when the sentences need to flow together like a poem.  CrossRoad Press

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