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by Shane Jones
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The Fault in Our Blogs
The Fault in Our Blogs rated it 5 years ago
This one was on sale at my favorite bookstore, and after reading the blurb I decided to pick up the cute little volume and have a go. The story is about a town perpetually stuck in February, who is also a character in the book. The surreal mood of the book confused me a little bit because I wasn't s...
I'll think of a damn title later
I'll think of a damn title later rated it 6 years ago
I am biased. I love a fascinating story with daring storytelling methods that allow the reader to interpret it any way s/he sees fit. While reading Light Boxes, I saw it as a personal allegory for mental illness, but I tend to insert my own struggles into good fiction, so that is my fault. It's not ...
Bloody Shambles
Bloody Shambles rated it 6 years ago
I can't resist a surrealist fairytale. And it doesn't get any more surreal than the death of flight, brought on by an endless personified winter who lives in the clouds with a girl who smells of honey and smoke, torturing the folk of a small town while kidnapping its children. Obviously this can onl...
Parrish Lantern's Casebook
Parrish Lantern's Casebook rated it 6 years ago
Thaddeus Lowe, lives with his wife, Selah, and their daughter, Bianca, in a small town that appears to be unnamed. For some reason an individual called February has decreed that it should remain winter for all time, so for the last three hundred days this demiurge has imposed a perpetual February u...
madbkwm rated it 7 years ago
The epigraph to this book is a quote by Joseph Wood Krutch and reads: "The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February." As a resident of Wisconsin reading this in the middle of February, I chuckled to myself in a knowing way as I cracked this book op...
Book Candy
Book Candy rated it 8 years ago
This book was not my cup of tea. I'm all for a little fantasy and allegory but this book is one giant dream-like story FILLED to the brim with symbolism and metaphor. Maybe I just didn't fully understand what the Author was trying to say but I'm not quite sure if I want to. I couldn't even follow th...
proustitute rated it 8 years ago
Poetic, prescient, almost mythic in its simplicity. Unlike any book I've ever read: Jones is a genius for mood, allegory, poetic prose, and dissident voices.
tymelgren rated it 8 years ago
Wanted to be a winter version of Watermelon Sugar, but never quite got there. The priests should have been snow leopards; February was too many people.
Lillie Loves to Read
Lillie Loves to Read rated it 9 years ago
This was one of the strangest books I have ever read. Not even sure how to describe the plot other than Winter is character that has decided to stay, never allowing the other seasons to come. The people are perpetually stuck in February. They try for a long time to find a way out of the season. Ther...
futurista rated it 9 years ago
I usually like strange and different novels, but this one just didn't do it for me. The entire novel feels like it is the dictation of a long dream or that it is written under the influence of a hallucinogen. For content, I would have given it 1 star except that I can see that the author is being or...
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