Friday, September 08, 2006


And finally, today, I finished reading Preston-Child's tale of small-town Kansas serial murder STILL LIFE WITH CROWS. Again, the authors treat us to recurring character Special Agent Pendergast as he investigates a series of twisted murders in the bowels of the cornfields of Medicine Creek, Kansas. The murders are MOST gruesome in this book, and after coming off THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES I am wondering if my favorite authors will ever return to their rollicking adventures as put forth by THUNDERHEAD and RIPTIDE. The Midwest characters in SLWC are a little too cliched for me, especially since I am from the midwest myself. But even with the book's flaws, Preston-Child once again know how to tell one hell of a story. And I'm sure that if I ever lived in Illinois again, I don't know if I would ever want to be stuck out in the cornfields again. If not for anything else, Preston-Child know how to paint the environment that their characters find themselves in. All of the senses get detailed with explicitness. SLWC doesn't achieve the same chills as their previous effort, THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, but that's probably a GOOD thing for my heart, because I don't think I could have taken anything more intense than what COC presented. Both books are excellent reads.....Tomorrow I will start reading Preston-Childs' BRIMSTONE- which already promises to be yet ANOTHER trip down Goosebump Lane.


Blogger Craig said...

I've read The Relic, Reliquary, and a couple others. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

If you like Preston and Childs, you might like Scott Smith's The Ruins. It's pretty riveting and intense.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Morgen said...

I'm enjoying reading your reviews of the Preston/Childs books. Still Life With Crows was one I couldn't read alone in the house -- way creepy. And I live near too many cornfields!
Once you start Brimstone, and go on with the Agent Pendergast novels, they get better & better - culminating with Book Of The Dead -- my favorite, a fitting end (maybe) to this series.
But their all time favorite of mine is Riptide. It is a stand-alone book (not in any of their series) and it is a freakin' rip-roaring good yarn.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Sean Storm said...

Agreed. Preston/Child have hooked me with their recurring characters and inside items (such as Corrie Seanson reading BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT in STILL LIFE WITH CROWS). I think I am still leaning toward THUNDERHEAD as my favorite (the flash flood set piece amazed me). I am half-way through BRIMSTONE and just started the pick-up in Italy. I have their other books just waiting for me in my library.

8:38 AM  
Blogger juliepadooly said...

If the psych-crime theme is one you appreciate, then I will suggest "The Minds of Billy Milligan" by Daniel Keyes. It is one of those true-story ones, but awesomely written. (FYI)

9:40 PM  

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