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Firefly Rain, by Richard Dansky Book Review | SFReader.com
Firefly Rain, by Richard Dansky Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Pocket Books Published: 2008 Review Posted: 7/2/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Firefly Rain, by Richard Dansky
Book Review by Paul Weiss
Have you read this book?
Not your average haunted house!
Jacob Logan is drawing a deep mental breath and trying to use a change
of pace to gather his thoughts and restore some peace, calm and order to
his life. Five years after his mother died and with a business venture
in Boston having just failed, Logan returns to small town Mayfield,
North Carolina to take up residence in his childhood home. But a series
of inexplicable events overtake him and it's clear that nobody is happy
about Logan's return to a town and a lifestyle that he had summarily
abandoned many years earlier.
Ultimately Logan comes to the conclusion
that his departed parents have not fully departed and, from within the
house, are trying to communicate with him. He just isn't understanding
the message but he knows that he'd better figure it out before someone
Haunted houses and paranormal communication with the dearly (or even not
so dearly) departed are old hat for horror novels. So when an author
goes down the road of choosing this particular sub-genre for a horror
novel, the writing, the atmosphere, the characters, the dialogue and the
resulting shiver factor had better be up to the task of building a
readable story from such prosaic foundations.
Although I'm not generally an avid reader of this type of novel, I have
to admit that FIREFLY RAIN succeeded in making me turn the pages of a
brief but quite enjoyable gothic style novel in which the house and
nature itself are major players.
Author Richard Dansky creates a creepy
setting in which the very fireflies in the fields choose to abhor the
presence of death. The air in Mayfield is thick with the flickering
lights of the summer firefly population but they steadfastly refuse to
cross the border onto the Logan property. And, even when Logan
experiments by carrying them onto the property in the confines of a jar,
the fireflies die! I mean ... really ... how surprising, unique and
truly innovative is that?
I'm still not a salivating convert to the horror genre but I certainly
wouldn't pass up the opportunity to read another novel by Richard
Dansky. I think it's also safe to safe that aficionados of this style
of novel would be more than pleased with Dansky's efforts.
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