A Song for Quiet Book Review

Book: A Song for Quiet

Release date: August 29, 2017
 Pages: 100
Publisher: Tor.com
Source: Sent from Publisher

Summary: Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can’t escape, and music that won’t let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble — visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

The mad ravings chase Deacon to his next gig. His saxophone doesn’t call up his audience from their seats, it calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. As Deacon flees, chased by horrors and cultists, he stumbles upon a runaway girl, who is trying to escape her father, and the destiny he has waiting for her. Like Deacon, she carries something deep inside her, something twisted and dangerous. Together, they seek to leave Arkham, only to find the Thousand Young lurking in the woods.

The song in Deacon’s head is growing stronger, and soon he won’t be able to ignore it any more.

 My Thoughts: This book was awfully confusing. I wish I understood what was going on and all the symbolism that was taking place, but I just couldn’t. I was trying to find the message and the deeper meaning, but I couldn’t even figure out what was happening on the surface. The plot was a little bit all over the place for me andfor such a short book, it took me a lot of effort to get through it all. The ending was probably the most confusing because I’m unsure as to what the conflict was in the first place and why things unfolded and ended the way they did. One of the characters was especially confusing because through the first half I had assumed he was the bad guy, but the end it didn’t appear this way. Overall, I wish I had enjoyed it more. Maybe dark fantasy isn’t my favorite genre in terms of comprehending the symbols and such. I gave this book a 2 out of 5 on Goodreads.
Writing: 5/10
Characters: 7/10
Plot: 5/10
Ending: 4/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall: 29/50
Cover: 7/10

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