Posts tagged Mystery
“Well, today, . . .” Taylor felt himself trembling, his mind spinning. I shouldn’t tell them—It’s too late—I can’t not tell them now. So he continued, “this very day, I signed papers that gave me a . . .” He paused momentarily for dramatic effect. “Da, da, da, da . . . a full scholarship to Carolina!”
It was clear from the blurb that Finding Pluck would be unlike any book I’ve previously picked up, and the premise intrigued me. I’ve read many stories, and will doubtless read many more, where a young man feels forced to hide his homosexuality. This is the first novel I’ve come across, however, which turns this concept on its head, featuring a straight hero who becomes embroiled in the pretence of being gay. The author combines this with witchcraft, a restless ghost and the interweaving of past and present to create something wholly unique.
It is 1995 in North Carolina and Taylor Hanes is struggling to escape his small-minded dying textile town. He finds his ticket out by being awarded a full-ride gay and lesbian equality scholarship to a state university. Problem is, he isn’t gay. He lied on the application. Abruptly, he is shocked to be faced with hometown intolerance, but worse yet, he awakens the wrath of the long dead scholarship’s benefactor.
Horror and adolescence go hand in hand for many reasons, which explains why teens tend to thrive on horror films and books more than any other demographic.
“CHECK IT out.”
McKinley said it with great gusto and handed JJ a folded piece of paper from his back pocket. JJ unfolded it.
I’ve always been drawn to stories that tackle the darker aspects of life, and this one was no exception. ‘Every Inferno’ follows a teenage boy on his journey as he falls in love for the first time, navigates the minefield posed by family and school, and picks up the trail of a decade-old crime. Intent on untangling the truth behind his parents’ death, Jacob Jasper Jones ends up learning a great deal more about himself than he ever anticipated.
Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.
I LOVE this theater. Sure, it’s not in such a hot neighborhood. You have to fight off the junkies and whores just to get in the door, but it has history. The guy who built it was hot for an ancient movie called The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, I guess it was a new movie when this baby was built. Anyway, the star of that movie was Charles Laughton, hence the name of the theater: the Laughton.
I’ve had a love of the stage for as long as I can remember, as well as a fascination with the supernatural. It’s little wonder then that the Gothic atmosphere running through this novel struck a chord with me. The Laughton, the eerie movie palace where much of the story takes place, immediately sets the tone with its shadowy corners and the gargoyles that seem to follow you with their eyes. It’s clear that Russell j. Sanders has a real affinity with the theater, his passion both for its magic and its inner workings evident in his every word.
Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.