'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. :PScott, 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 availableRating
- An entertaining, atmospheric read that accomplishes exactly what it set out to do with a few bonuses along the way.