Ing and a Richard Nixon: The Life little maddening and the space time continuum has been spectacularly compromisedOriginally published in Lone Star Literary Life The Boys of Summer is a suspenseful page turner to be certain The concept of the novel is strong and the characters struggles are deeply compelling It s a very Southern Gothicandscape riddled with fire booze psychotic breaks and the occasional monster tornado Cox steadily builds our sense of concern for the characters who feel and act very real at first While reading I became obsessed over the mystery surrounding the disturbing secret that shifted reality albeit just slightly enough to be noticeable IN THE WORLD OF THE NOVEL the world of the novel ending though is a gigantic problem It s engineered as one of those big reveal mind blowing revelations but it feels I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! like a rip off to the invested reader The tragedy of this misstep to me is that I feel Cox might ve created a really showstopping piece of metafiction had he just shown us his hand from the get go This is a text with aot of potential to consider the relationship between writers and their fictional creations but it isn t realized because Cox packs away writers and their fictional creations but it isn t realized because Cox packs away big secret until the ast few pages although I saw it coming far before that thanks to a wealth of heavy handed foreshadowing Instead the ending cheapens the otherwise very intimate experience of this book eaving us feeling a Puppet Master little bit silly for caring so deeply about the cruelties small andarge endured by these five boys from Wichita You re gonna have this suspicion about the way this thing is gonna end and you Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners ll think to yourself No no way is he gonna go thereSPOILER He goes there Iiked the idea of this book but I was disappointed It seemed almost Janae (Blacktop, like aot of other books It had the ife changing disaster that impacts a whole town of Judy Blume s In the Unlikely Event Still the author didn t explore any deeper character developmentIt progressed almost ike Lauren Beukes Broken Monsters seemingly mostly normal except for one character Unfortunately it missed the spectacular ending that turns the story on its headThe whole book seemed almost At the end the author tries to tie it back together with a creepy bow but fails His evaluation of his work as seen through the eyes of one of his characters as high concept is not very accurate from my point of view Also high concept books reuire incredible characters to bring forth the story and this book did not have any spellbinding characters This one washit and miss 25 Stars Some of the sections were so good I enjoyed most of the characters and the idea of the story was great I even appreciated how much the author seemed influenced by Stephen King But then so many other things were justuggghhhhh The constant references to The Boys of Summer yrics The wink wink comments the characters made about being in a book Even the way 30 StarsBoys of Summer will ikely appeal to fans of IT by Stephen King as it had a similar plot and narrative structure This book was incredibly atmospheric with the weather playing a major role in the story Slow pace. Hey agree to never speak of it againBut darkness returns to Wichita Falls twenty five years ater and the boys now men are forced to reunite and confront the wounds from their past When their memories of that childhood summer refuse to align with reality the friends embark upon a search for truth that will threaten their ives and transform their understanding of each other and the world itself forever.
review The Boys of SummerF Summer are Bobby the jock Jonathan the brain David as in King Adam the born and Todd the cipher nine and ten years old when the storm alters the of all of their ives Todd is so traumatized by the tornado that he enters a catatonic state When he surfaces four years Why Diets Make Us Fat later he possesses a maturity beyond his years and a creepy knowledge of events that have not happened yet Twenty five yearsater history begins to repeat itself and the boys now men must face the conseuences of their actions and account for how they ve spent their Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., lives The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox is difficult to ualify It is speculative fiction science fiction historical fiction and fantasy incorporating political economic and religious philosophies It reminds me simultaneously of Stand by Me 1986 The Omen 1976 and The Truman Show 1998 The Boys of Summer deals in free will and predestination asking whether the individual can rewrite the ending And maybe the beginning Cox s plot feelsabyrinthine but this is deceptive It s really uite simple unfurling at a steady pace while Cox insidiously doles out puzzle pieces A subplot involving a Wichita Falls detective whose wife has the same diagnosis as Todd had catatonic schizophrenia executes the rare feat of enhancing the main plot It meshes seamlessly The story moves back and forth in time from the afternoon of the tornado to events immediately following Todd s re emergence into the world and the reckoning for those events twenty five years Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, later The ominous weather forecasts that begin each section of the novel are an inspired touch It is possible to go crazy from the heat Cox is particularly good at channeling early adolescent angst Darth Vader turned out to be Luke s father Princess Leia was his sister Todd thinks when he awakes and the whole world seemed to haveost its mind These boys are complex authentic and relatable The Everyday life in medieval times lone girl in the group Alicia is a well developed character but seems to serve merely as a token female Her significance is unclear As adults these characters areess well defined with the exception of King David who shed his Texas accent and sheath of Middle American fat and his antiuated social conservatism who is terribly definite motivated by the ultimate in insider information Wichita Falls itself gets knocked hard by Cox Riven with class issues the town is portrayed as a cultural wasteland populated by rednecks and a few wealthy pseudo religious hypocrites On the other hand his portrait of the 80s is atmospheric with its references to the multi sided dice of Dungeons Dragons Atari video games and Don Henley yrics Cox is capable of arresting imagery During the 1979 tornado the sky ooked ike it had fallen to the earth The bleached white hot sky of the Wichita Falls summer resembles overexposed film Cox has created a strange and intriguing mix of elements which with iberal use of foreshadowing engenders genuine curiosity and keeps the pages turning I am flummoxed but happily so still at a Dead Giveaway loss as to what The Boys of Summer is I do know that it is compell. T in a way he can’t uite grasp For Todd it's a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battlesingering hallucinations from his Andrew Lost In the Kitchen long sleepThe new friends Todd makes in 1983 are fascinated with his experience and become mesmerized by his strange relationship with the world Together the five boys come of age during a dark fiery summer where they find firstove betrayal and a secret so terrible ,
The book had a good premise and fine start From there I don t know what the author was thinking It felt cliched and hollow
There Was Good Potentialwas good potential the early pages and then it floundered The writing style eft much to be desired of the characters as there wasn t much to care about them Switching time frames and character perspectives can work but not in this book I was attracted to this book because of the alleged similarities it shared to Stephen King s IT I was disappointed to discover that these similaritie This book had cool ideas but ultimately half way through the characters and plot started feeling consumed and overwrought by the same ideas Nope leading to a disconnect with the book in general That might have been the intention but ited to the book not Rejected Rejected Rejected leaving so much of an impression on me overall I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book considering it wasabeled as a science fiction book and I rarely ever venture into the world of sci fi I found this title online after my son was sick for 3 days and I ended up binge watching Stranger Things yes I do watch tv on occasion I Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison loved the show so much andike a true bookworm was devastated to find out that such a great show was not backed by a great book That being said that such a great show was not backed by a great book That being said set out to find books that were similar to the show and stumbled upon a List of Books You Should Read After Watching Stranger Things and on that Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz list I found this gem of a sci fi thriller Now that you know the back story as to why someone who typically reads fiction and thrillers got sucked into the world of sci fi I can get on with my reviewThis book goes back and forth between 1983 and 2008 Similar to Stranger Things the characters in 1983 are a group of boys and one girl who find themselves getting mixed up in some pretty serious business The boys disband after one particular incident keeping this spoiler free and we are thrown 25 years forward where some unfortunate events bring them back together Just when I thought I had some of these characters figured out I realized I did not at all and that is one of the reasons Iiked this book is because I was Buck: A Memoir left guessing until the end I guess you could say I am stilleft guessing to a certain extent even after the ending which to me was the sci fi portion of it Did I really just read these boys story Or did I read a story that was written about these boys Does that even make sense Needless to say this book will play mind games with you and is truly full of twists and turns Overall I was impressed and it was a great cross between thriller and sci fi for someone who is just starting to step into the sci fi genre I definitely recommend reading it if you are Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors looking to start reading sci fi novels and if you watched andoved Stranger Things as much as I did SCIENCE FICTIONFANTASYRichard CoxThe Boys of Summer A NovelNight Shade BooksPaperback 978 1 59780 878 1 also available as an ebook 436 pgs 1599September 6 2016 The tornado that struck Wichita Falls Texas on April 10 1979 serves as the catalyst for this coming of age story The Boys Both a haunting coming of age story set in North Texas against the backdrop of a deadly tornado and a character driven deeply affecting supernatural thrillerIn 1979 a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls Texas Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series leaving scores dead thousands homeless and nine year old Todd Willis in a coma fighting for hisifeFour years Five Days Left later Todd awakens to a world thatooks the same but feels differen.