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review 2015-03-25 08:26
A Density Of Souls
A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice

My last encounter with Christopher Rice, The Vines, disappointed me quite a lot. So although I was curious, I wasn't really looking forward to reading A Density of Souls. However, I'm glad I did read it. This was a completely different (and a lot better) book!

 

My review is of the new re-published edition, so I can't say anything about the older version.

 

I expected a horror, but the book is far more a mystery, I don't recall any supernatural parts. Four teens, with some complicated relationships between them, New Orleans. The story was a bit slow at first, but when I got the feeling it was really starting it was a very fast read.

 

Some parts were a bit weird. I mean I'm no Freud but... And there was this completely rushed, completely unnecessary hurricane near the end of the book. I still don't know what that was doing there. The prose is sometimes a bit over the top but overall, quite a nice read and definitely a lot better than The Vines.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-01-06 13:04
A Density of Souls
A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice

by Christopher Rice

 

This story was originally released in 2000, but has been reissued for 2015.

 

The story is about a group of young friends in New Orleans and starts out with them riding their bicycles to one of the above ground graveyards that the city is known for and getting caught out in a nasty storm. There are some poignant insights on facing fear, as well as a sensual moment between two of the boys, which will be significant to the story later on.

 

The writing is very good and very descriptive of New Orleans. There are some dramatic moments, but it largely concerns issues of adolescence; losing virginity, discovering sexuality and a boy's experience of navigating through high school in a southern state, knowing he's gay.

 

It sometimes jumps at the beginning from one group of people to another too suddenly. Just as you're getting to know a character, you're dealing with someone else. There are issues of bullying in school and dealing with death so that much of it is really depressing.

Overall the book is primarily about relationships between people. While I couldn't identify with high school age people, having been out of school for more than ten years, the writing was very literate and showed a talent for description in particular.

Oddly, the author says in the afterword that he was dissatisfied with the prose, which I thought was its biggest strength.

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text 2014-11-27 18:12
TBR Thursday #16
Rebellion - Stephanie Diaz
Suffer - E.E. Borton
A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice
From the Cradle - Louise Voss, Mark Edwards
The Beginning - Jonas Winner
Until the Debt Is Paid - Alexander Hartung,Steve Anderson
A Christmas Horror Story - Sebastian Gregory

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

It would almost seem it's already Christmas with all these new books I got from Netgalley last week. They all look very promising so I'm really looking forward to reading them. Only problem is of course, that this isn't a very effective way to lower the TBR as was my plan. Not too much chance that that will happen next week either, as a big book sale comes to my home town this weekend, and I'll probably go and take a look there...

 

TBR pile currently stands at 215. (+9)

(Netgalley ARCs at 69 (+5))

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text 2014-11-21 12:32
A second chance
A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice

Ok, so I figured I would never bother with another Christopher Rice book. Then Netgalley sent me an invitation for several mystery books, which is not my usual preferred genre but I looked anyway. This one sounded like it could be rich with description of a place that I've been to only once and found enchanting.

 

So, since it's a reissue of a book originally released in 2000, I went to Look Inside on Amazon to see if it was written in present tense like the other one of his I read. Nope, it's in past tense. A little skimming and it looks like more what I would expect from this writer, considering his background.

 

It also has child characters, which would often put me off but there are exceptions. After all, one of the best werewolf books I've ever read starts with child characters.

 

I requested it. Fingers crossed, let's hope it's a good read.

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text 2014-09-03 03:57
September Book a Day #2: School Setting
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Carson Ellis,Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey - Diana Sudyka,Trenton Lee Stewart
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
A Density of Souls - Christopher Rice

This is the new school year.  

 

School life is a popular topic in YA books. 

 

I like Harry Potter books on a different type of schools.

 

Benedict Society is similar to this.

 

Ugly is a bit like this, but not so much.

 

I am Number 4 is also about school life. 

 

Kind of cute when you think about it. 

 

 

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