Like its predecessor in this series, The Burning Soul, this effort lacks the original shadowy supernatural atmosphere that has characterized Charlie Parker and his astounding world. I have been a avid reader from the start but a bit of the air has been left out of late. Parker and both his allies and enemies are now a tad too familiar. This familiarity has greatly reduced suspense and eeriness. In short, Connolly is a victim of his own success as it is tough to maintain the intrigue and freshness. I remain committed to future works but hope that they will be more nuanced to regain the mysteries of Maine (and more Fulci brothers please).
I am not exactly sure why this story and book interested me. I am not usually drawn to soap operas or reality TV or gossipy topics. In short, I am not a fan of the type of programming that The Today Show, Good Morning America, or This Morning feed the masses. It actually amazes me that millions tune into a big network show that replays YouTube videos of waterskiing squirrels and covers the Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox cases ad nauseum.
These morning shows are equal parts content, personality, and entertainment. And there is a universal tension at all times between the three. That must explain the layers of management that exists at NBC to oversee The Today Show. Granted, these… Read more
This is a split personality review. The Fall receives four stars because the assembled work is curiously eclectic and because of the relatively low price. In terms of overall story quality it is frankly a three star effort. What I mean to say is, about a third of the stories are truly engaging and entertaining. Most of the better tales are at the front end including "Trust" that delivers a nice twist and "Hairline Cracks" that enters the mind of a sentient zombie. One of the finest was "Solar Flare" as it had an innocent, coming-of-age quality in a world rapidly losing any semblance of innocence. "The Last Day of Fall" and "Crumbs" both explored being female in a post-apocalyptic world… Read more