A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show’s smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes – and the stuff of nightmare.
I really wanted to like this book but I really struggled with it. They writing style didn’t quite gel with me, it is a short book but every word seems laden with meaning and I think I am too used to reading quickly to enjoy a book that requires you to go so slowly!
To me this was a book of two halves, as soon as Mr Halloway became a vocal character I was fascinated by him, his words were so beautiful that I felt the need to read them repeatedly just to make sure they sunk in.
This is my favourite:
“Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience.”
In conclusion, this is a slow read, don’t read in a rush, give it your full attention and there are some wonderful things in it.