Monday, August 13, 2012

Peace Hop Blitz

As support for a friend, and because I think Peace is a great message we should talk about more often, I decided to take part on this Peace Hop Blitz. It was organized by the great author MCV Egan who wrote The Bridge of Deaths, a historical fiction based on a family story that happened in 1939, at the brink of World War II, that had big repercussions for many generations until present day.  It is a family's search for the truth, to uncover the secrets hidden under a horrific plane crash that cost the life of a man, and change the destiny of a clan.
Buy the Bridges of Death
So, about Peace... Well, Peace is much more that the opposite state of War. Most people think that because they don't live in a war-ridden country they don't have to worry about themes like this. They take peace for granted. Sadly, they couldn't be more wrong. Peace is much more that an international affair where two countries that can't seem to agree on something decide to go at it full force and with total disregard for their people. Peace is a state of mind, is a way of living. The girl on the shadiest part of town where gangs threaten her daily live can't feel the warm soft feeling we get when walking to the store or back home from school. The woman whose husband gets a kick out of basing her head in doesn't feel safe at home. They live in fear. Many, so many people's lives are far from peaceful.

We all can help in many ways; volunteering at the shelter or at a Big Brother program, donating time or money to other groups that bring help and orientation to difficult areas in our towns, advocating for healthy and positive activities for those who don't have the means, but most of all we can help by being conscious of these problems and by educating our kids with eyes and hearts open to see those in need and lend a hand. The future of our countries, and inherently of the world, will be in the hands of our kids, we can't afford to raise intolerance, idleness, or blindness. Let's bring peace to our neighborhoods one step at a time.

For more Peace talk click on these fabulous blogs and for the Giveaway follow the Rafflecopter and complete the steps. Great things await you!

A Piece of Peace
Amelia Curzon
Anne Chaconas, Writer 
Author Bette A. Stevens
Book mews and tattle tails
Book Purses
B o o k s 4 T o m o r r o w
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Combermere Abbey 
Devoted Mommy of 3
Diary of a Writer in Progress
Get Lenin by Robert Craven
Graciela Zozaya
Halley EliseHeaven's Garden Productions
Hope With Change
Joseph D. Smith
Lift You Up
Mallory Heart Reviews
margaret west
Nomi's Paranormal Palace
Opus 'N' Pen
Paulette Mahurin
Pavarti K Tyler at Fighting Monkey Press
R. Russell Bittner
Rise of the Vampire
Russell Bittner 
Simple Clockwork by Nancy Cudis
Tela's Notes
Tela Wallen Fiction
The Author Zackary Richards
The Bridge of Deaths
The Journey
The Persecutio of Mildred Dunlap
The story of a girl...
Think in ink
Wendy's Bookcase

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Most people interested in the Horror/Sci-fi genre have read at least one piece of Ray Bradbury. I'm ashamed to say I had not. Though I knew of his iconic stories, this was my first approximation at Bradbury's rich body of work which has claimed fame for awesome short stories and not so awesome novels.

Something Wicked This Way Comes was conceived as a script for a movie--based on the experiences of a young Bradbury--that didn't happen. It was after the movie deal fizzled that the famed author decided to revise the manuscript and turned it into a dark novel. The characters became malevolent and the iconic carnival was born.

The book tells the story of two boys, friends and neighbors, who are growing, maturing at different paces, yearning for different things, yet so happy to have one another. Then a carnival arrives in town, conspicuously too late in the year and too close to Halloween. Immediately you know somethings is not right, the carnival characters are just too dark, the maze of mirrors threatens to drown its visitors, the calliope sings without a touch, and the carrousel rides only after the last of the visitors has gone home.

From the first line the reader is stricken by Bradbury's rich vocabulary full of images and metaphors. He masterfully evokes images in our heads that range from a truly nostalgic ache for youth, to the horrific wonders this carnival from hell can offer you in exchange for your soul. The first few chapters are enthralling because of the beauty of his words and how much the prose feels like poetry; however, as chapters go by, the almost baroque narrative makes it hard to enjoy the time in front of the book.

On the other hand, the story is so compelling, it pushes the reader to never stop, to keep through to the end. The seemingly impossible odds against the boys must turn in their favor, don't they? I was so invested in the characters, I just had to know. Bradbury's characters jump out of the pages. I found the father, Mr. Halloway, particularly endearing. His nostalgia for his lost youth, his sadness for what he feels as a barrier between him and his son, his ultimate fortitude to confront the evil threatening the boys and his own fears. Mr. Halloway is truly a complex character that outshines the rest of the cast.

The other side of the dime, Mr. Dark, is a very simple man. He's evil, twisted, and cruel. He's older than sin and wants the soul of the boys, and everyone else's who gets in his way. And it's probably because of his simplicity that Mr. Dark is a very disturbing villain, too powerful for those poor boys. The dichotomy between the two older characters plays very well, making the reader tremble with fear as the boys must confront each of Mr. Dark's emissaries.

When reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, one is baring witness to one of the contemporary horror classics and there's no denying why it won such a status. Whether heavy narrative that reminds of Magic Realism is your thing or not, it is impossible not to admire a piece so beautifully written.

My advise for the reader would be to take on this book only if you have time. Pick it for a relaxing bath, or whenever you can give it a few hours to appreciate it. This is not a story to be read in one evening. You need to take the time for the complex vocabulary to sink in, to let its true meaning, its many morals and reflexions to touch your skin, trickle to your subconscious, and take residence in your heart.