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Desert Chimera (Stone Quest Book 1) (English Edition) Kindle版
Torrential rains flood; rivers of mud flow. Luke is forsaken. But deep within the cacophony of the storm, Luke hears a voice calling. Following the call, Luke stumbles out of the wilderness and into Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Café.
Gathered here also seeking shelter from the storm are an array of fellow travelers. However, upon a clap of thunder and a burst of lightning, the café door swings open and Armand Jacobi, the charismatic black magician Luke had seen as the vision in the desert in the desert and the man from whom he had run now stands before him in the flesh.
Among the travelers whom Armand eventually takes hostage in his struggle with Luke is Consuelo Arroyo, a woman whose life Armand threatens, a woman with whom Luke is falling in love, something he'd never thought would be possible for him.
As Luke’s battle with Armand heightens, Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past. The battle that rages will culminate in either Luke’s final destruction or his ultimate redemption.
- ASIN : B00B8XE36U
- 出版社 : Violet Hills Productions (2013/1/30)
- 発売日 : 2013/1/30
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 417 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 138ページ
The novel unfolds, however, like a stage play – which is perhaps not surprising, given that Podgorski is an award-winning playwright – with all of the action taking place in one space, except during flashbacks. This gives a kind of claustrophobic restriction to the drama, which left me constantly wanting more development, somewhere away from the desert café where everything occurs.
Podgorski flirts with such development – adding layers of significance to the café scenario and the interaction of the two major characters, Luke and Armand, through Luke’s flashbacks. Yet, for me, as page after page unfolded, real, dimensional drama did not cohere. Somehow, the narrative remained distanced, abstracted throughout. Perhaps this was purposeful, in order to create a chimerical tale fitting to the novella’s title. I found that it was a case of vocabulary creating distance, rather than closeness, of clouding relationships between characters rather than giving them substance. Certainly, someone is killed (I think) in the story, which should be significant. And there are ghosts in one series of flashbacks about raising dead spirits, which did actually engage me with imagery that truly struck the mind. Ultimately, however, I felt as though Podgorski was seeing this narrative through the eyes of a playwright, expecting actors to realize everything more fully on stage.
Podgorski brings potentially powerful elements together in this story: paranormal events, a nefarious Fagin-like character in Armand, a native medicine-man/teacher, the protagonist Luke, gifted with powers to heal and to harm. And yet, she seems to skate over the top of all these things, as though they are seen through ice, acted out beyond our reach. As a result, to the last line, the novel was a chimera to me. True to its title, perhaps, but too ephemeral and abstracted for me as a reader. I gave it three stars, nevertheless, because I can see the care that Podgorski put into the writing.
Spells. Characters that will intrigue you, modern day mages Luke and Eppie, and a character that you will love to hate, the indescribably creepy Armand, populate this disturbing read which shimmers. This story is like its primarily desert setting, wild, primitive, magical and full of mystery and danger. The imagery makes for powerful visuals and the prose is quite cinematic--it it easy to envision this work as a feature film or the first part of a made-for-TV mini-series. This story is likely to stimulate your own dreams, visions and awareness of the magical and mystical that often coincide with the more mundane elements of life. If you love spiritual adventures where dark forces battle light, stories in primitive wild settings where the landscapes are effectually their own character, and the scent of "cherry wood and sage oil with the essence of pine" ('Desert Chimera,' Chapter 3), then you will love this book. Yes, the prose doesn't flow like water, but rather, like the wilderness, is a wild and natural craggy piece of writing meant to be and effectively a journey and experience. Think #Deepdesires #Rapture #Visions Happy reading~*