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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
*grouch* *grouch* *grouch* Either it's the holiday season or my hormones are out of wack. 
23rd-Dec-2005 02:46 pm
Rose
'Cause I can't tell you how much the cover of this novel has been suiting my mood, today. I've been hiding out in my room most of the day because I know if I don't, I'm going to bite off someone's head.

Maybe if I just keep my nose in a book, all the seasonal strife will just go away and leave me unscathed. Yeah. Right. :P

Scott, D. Travers. One of These Things Is Not Like the Other. San Francisco: Suspect Thoughts Press, 2005.
Summary: Four uncannily identical brothers learn, in the wake of their eccentric father's suicide, that one of them is actually the son of a reformed hippie and her squeeze. As their deceased father intended, trying to discover the truth of matters drives them apart even further apart than their separate lives had already taken them, and one after another each brother dies. Until one is left...and you're not even sure WHO it is that survived the carnage.
Comments: So, who survived? Though it seems to be Hollywood, I think it's actually Alaska. Of course, that puts a most sinister cast on what happened; Holly, the openly homosexual brother, is murdered by Allie, the closeted homosexual brother, who then assumes his persona and acquires Holly's sheriff boyfriend. Creepy. Especially considering that, as boys, they were sleeping together. Not to mention that we never do find out for certain, either, who the "other" is. Maybe Dallas? Whether the lone survivor is or not, he starts changing shape to match his mother's fair hair and features. Why? Dunno. But that sure makes him a film noir femme fatale if there ever was one. You know that the father had magical powers that he used to make the boys all look like him, even the one he "adopted," but you never really learn HOW he did it or what the extent of his powers are. All of the brothers are also a bit empathic; they can sense each others' emotional state. Another point of ambiguity is when or even in what universe this story is taking place in the first place. Though it is clearly the United States, there are strange bits of technology that do not belong in what otherwise seems to be a contemporary setting. Such as airships. When's the last time you took a ride from Oregon to Alaska on a commercial airship!? Oh, and then have email dictation and 8 tracks--two more things that, as far as I know (and maybe I'm just so out of the loop that I don't...or I'm going crazy) these things are not everyday appliances. Anyway, a most intriguing, intelligent treatment of a suspense/thriller novel; I'm definitely going to read Scott's first novelistic endeavor, now.
Notes: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition available
Rating: 7/10 - An entertaining, atmospheric read that accomplishes exactly what it set out to do with a few bonuses along the way.
Comments 
23rd-Dec-2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
The author, D. Travers Scott, has written me before in Tribe.net. He has a thing for short guys :-)

I picked up this novel, but have yet to read it. Now, it will be bumped up on my reading list.
23rd-Dec-2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know how well you know him or anything, but pardon me if I say that, even from his bio, he sounds REALLY WEIRD! ("Born again Southern Baptist," "neopagan teen psychic," "pursuing a Ph.D in political communication"...!)
24th-Dec-2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Political communication? They offer doctorates in how to lie??
24th-Dec-2005 12:43 am (UTC)
*snickers* Now that you mention it, that is indeed what it sounds like a euphemism for! Wonder what the guy's political leanings are...from the other descriptors, you just can't tell!
24th-Dec-2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing*
24th-Dec-2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know what else it could be! ^__^
24th-Dec-2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
I had a moment's worth of being puzzled before I read your comment and laughed^^
23rd-Dec-2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
That looks really interesting. I don't think I'd heard of it before.
24th-Dec-2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
I know that type of movies/genre of writing. Some people really like it, but I've never developed a taste for it. I guess the "who and why" question is interesting but it just seems like a cheap thrill somehow^^ As soon as I read they were 4 brother who looked alike, I knew they were going to kill each other.
24th-Dec-2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of suspense/thrillers or mysteries in general, but this book was VERY well-written--moreso than most books of the genre that I have read--as well as dosed with a decent amount of extra creativity that wasn't strictly necessary. And, of course I admire good writing, regardless of subject. ^_^
1st-Jan-2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Review archived.
7th-Dec-2013 06:46 am (UTC) - Just found this
Thanks for the good words about my book! My political leanings are pretty lefty btw..
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