Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Warning: Discussions of imprisonment and sexual assault on a child as pertains to the story.

Title: Silent Child
Author: Sarah A. Denzil
Date Added: March 13, 2017
Date Started: May 26, 2017
Date Finished: June 9, 2017
Reading Duration: 14 days
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Crime Drama

Pages: 416
Publication Date: January 22, 2017
Publisher: Self
Media: eBook/Kindle

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.

His body was never recovered. 

Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…… until Aiden returns. 

Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken. 

As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?It’s Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.

This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.


Silent Child tells the story of a parent’s more fervent prayer answered after their worst nightmare, but with complications.  While Emma Price’s son Aiden is returned to her after ten years, he is far different from the energetic, little boy whose red jacket was fished out of the flood swollen river.  Stricken with psychological mutism, his body tells the tale of imprisonment and sexual assault that he can’t bear to utter.

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The State of the Reader: 9/7/16

<–The State of the Reader: 8/31/16          The State of the Reader: 9/14/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 4
Change from Last Week:
0

Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown

Mystical Qabalah, TheMedium: Paperback
Progress: 90%

I am so close to finally completing this book.  I’m at the Editorial Update section, which is the very last one before the appendix.  I’m glad I kept on reading after the book proper as it’s been very symbolic and informative especially when it comes to how the Tree connects to the tarot.  I believe I’ll have this completed before my update next week.  I’m not sure if or how I’ll review this, but I’m sure I’ll have something to say about it.  I mean it did take me ten years to finish it.

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 10%

I finished the first half of the first book or branch.  The language remains just as mellifluous and engaging.  I need to look into and possibly add more of Miss Walton’s works to my TBR list.

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Date Started: August 24, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 39%

I only put this book down when I have to.  Something majorly interesting just happened.  It’s on my day planner to read today.  Even though I’m only at 39% complete, I could see myself finishing this before the week is out, especially since I’m on vacation.

Title: Sigil
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: August 23, 2016

Medium: Kindle
Progress: 70%

Well the titular sigil has shown up, and I’m a little bit concerned.  Not about it per se, but about what’s going to be done with it.  I’ve really liked this novel so far.  There are many characters that are all quite eclectic and idiosyncratic, but this new element has the unfortunate potential of being a bit trite, and since I loved this author’s other work Spectrum so much for its originality, I’m hoping he’s not going that route.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 3

They’re all FFVII; they’re all Aeriseph (or have that pairing in them), and I found them all today.  Familial Ties came about due to a interchange with someone on Fanfiction.net about my story Borrowed Lives.  She left me a lovely review about it, and I replied and said she’d probably like Northern Lights.  Well it turns out she’d already read that on Archive of Our Own, and I already knew her there under another name.  So that was a nice conversation.  I started following her on both sites, and I added not only her fore mentioned story but two others she had on her favorites list on FF.net.


Books Added to Goodreads To Read List This Week: 3

Title: Anne of Green Gables
Series Title: Anne of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Date Added: September 2, 2016

One of my friends from high school consistently posts about this story.  It’s not my usual fare, but I’m willing to step outside of my fantasy box and give such a classic a try.

Titles: The Hero, The Sword, and The Dragons
Series Title: Chronicles of Dragon
Author: Craig Halloran
Date Added: September 2, 2016

This is a story about a man destined to be a dragon.  That’s so bad ass that I had to add this to my list.  It’s written for younger readers, which is even better.  Give the millennials hope, because there’s very little to find in this world.

Title: Chasing Embers
Series Title: Ben Garston
Author: James Bennett
Date Added: September 5, 2016

This story shares something in common with another add this week, and had such a glowing review from By Hook or By Book that I had to add it.


Books Purchased This Week: 0


Books Added to Goodreads To Reread List This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 8/31/16          The State of the Reader: 9/14/16–>

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Stranger Things – Not Really a Review

This is less a review and more of what I hope will become an open discussion.  I had absolutely no idea that going into Stranger Things, I’d come out with so many other narratives on my mind, but it was not only chock full of 80s aesthetic without being the least bit campy, but it also reminded me of many other stores of not just that decade but others prior and since.

Stranger Things Cover

While this is not a review, it will still spoil the entirety of the first season, as I’ll be discussing all aspects of the show in regards to other stories, and the discussion will spoil those narratives as well.

All of the doors are about to be opened Dustin, don’t worry!  Also, I love Gaten Matarazzo.

***Spoilers for Stranger Things and every single narrative in bold.***


Stand by Me – We’ll get this one and The Goonies out of the way since Stranger Things was heralded as being reminiscent of the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Body and that classic 80s treasure hunt/coming of age tale, though ST was quite a bit darker and more horrifying than them both.  Also, oddly enough, in looking up the Wikipedia links for both movies, I discovered they both take place in small towns in Oregon.

E.T. There’s a picture of all of the kids on their bikes with Eleven in a hoodie with the hood up.  I can’t find it right now, but I recall the scene from one of the latter episodes.  If I knew exactly where it was (and I wasn’t being lazy), I’d screenshot it from my Netflix app, though…maybe it’s better I don’t since I don’t want to get in trouble.  Anyway, that was a definite visual reference to E.T., but just the idea of government officials hunting down a special entity set in the 80s, and the children the entity befriended trying to keep them safe has E.T. all over it.  Now El’s not an alien…or so it might seem, but the Demogorgon certainly is.  We’ll talk more about aliens and special children’s connections to them in a later entry.

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Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas #1)

This is one of the many articles/review that I have reblogged from Caffeine Crew, the collaborative geek blog I write for.  I am in the process of truly posting these here on my personal blog.  While they will be edited for any prior missed errors, I will not be really updating them beyond that so some information could potentially be outdated, erroneous, or defunct.
Note: Also I swear I do more than book reviews.  These are just quick and easy to catch up and post, because they’ve already been drafted.  I feel like that’s all I’ve been putting out there lately, and while I’ve loved books my entire life and enjoy reviewing them, that’s not all this blog is about.  There should be an essay up before the end of this week.  Maybe I just needed to say this for myself, as I feel remiss.

I made a foray into the writing of Dean Koontz many, many years ago when I was still a teenager with Watchers. It was (as I remember it) a fantastic read, but as it has been a while, I believe it’s time for me to peruse it again. If Odd Thomas is any proof, I believe I will enjoy Watchers as much if not more than I did before.

The titular character is Odd in name and odd in abilities. A twenty year old, short order fry cook with the gift or the curse to see the dead. He lives in the small California desert town of Pico Mundo, which translates into “peak of the world.” I initially thought that our hero’s name was Thomas and Odd was an apt description of him. He very quickly dispels this belief in the first few chapters. The name bestowed upon him is Odd, and despite his mundane occupation and humble domicile, our poor MC’s life has been anything but. This story seems a mere snippet of what Odd has endured since birth, but his latest adventure may destroy everything he holds near and dear.

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The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

This post will be split into two parts, a review and an analysis.  The review part will be spoiler free where the analysis will give major plot points of the story away in examination.  In this way people who just wish to read a review of the novel can do so without being spoiled.  Please also not that this is the ONLY warning I will put in for spoilers so be advised for them in the “Analysis” section.

Title: The Light of the Fireflies
Author:
Paul Pen
Translator: Simon Bruni
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Horror

Light of the Fireflies, ThePages: 338
Publication Date: 
May, 9 2013
Media Type: Kindle


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“For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.

He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re shut away.

A few days ago, some fireflies arrived in the basement. His grandma said, There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make its own light. That light makes the boy want to escape, to know the outside world. Problem is, all the doors are locked. And he doesn’t know how to get out.…”

Whenever I read or watch something that was translated into English, I try to remember to take that into account.  Language is not only a difference in words; it is a difference in thought and culture.  This book was not organized in the same way as one written in English generally would be.  In the middle (and you can see this from the table of contents so it’s not a spoiler) the reason for the family’s interment is revealed.  This threw me off a bit.  Since I now know these reasons, it removed a lot of the surprise from the rest of the novel so I spent that hoping for the proper judgment to come.

Upon completion I couldn’t figure out what bothered me about this tale.  It was haunting and compelling with words well woven to pull you in, but the end leaves much to be desired.  There is a dissatisfaction in the finale that soured the story for me.  There are also passages of odd description that I’m chalking up to the translation, but my real condemnation is in what the story condones.  It attempts to force the reader to sympathize with the wrong people, causing a disconnect.  This, too, may be due to language/cultural differences, but there are universal standards of decency that I feel Fireflies missed.

It is still spellbinding and well worth the read, which should be quick at only 338 pages, but it is a disturbing tale of lies, manipulation, cover ups, and incest, nor is the ending satisfactory for what the author presents.

Rating: 3 stars

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Crimson Peak

*******Major spoilers will be marked.  There are some mild ones in analysis********

I’ll be honest up front; me and my fellow fangirl Amanda (who writes for Nerd-Base) really only saw this because our fictional husband (one of our many, not all the same) Tom Hiddleston was in it.  You may remember him from a little film called Avengers where he played the sexiest God of Mischief ever, Loki.

Seriously, who could forget this?

We planned this six months in advance and went yesterday.  Neither of us had any idea what the movie was even about.  We just knew it was Tom looking sexy and dark doing dark, sexy things.  I knew it was directed by Guillermo del Toro who has also done such fantastic films as Hellboy I and II, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim, which I don’t detest as much as some.  While I generally like movies with more depth, PR gave you exactly what you’d expect from a story about robots fighting giant monsters, and it had Idris Elba who’s fantastic.  Going back to the flick at hand, I knew regardless of anything else, the cinematography would be amazing, because del Toro does nothing involved with that by halves.

Del Toro’s skill with color scheme and vibrancy is unrivaled

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