The Woman Who Married a Cloud – Jonathan Carroll

A large and dense collection of Jonathan Carroll’s short stories. If you’ve ever complained about rising book prices, this book (like (Jack McDevitt’s Cryptic) is a value for money response. At over 400 pages of short stories, this is a lot of Jonathan Carroll. If you’re a fan of Carroll’s unembellished prose and slightly off kilter happenings, there’s a lot here for you. If you’re only an occasional visitor to Carroll’s realities, this may not…

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From the Teeth of Angels – Jonathan Carroll

Answered Prayers #6 A retired actress and a terminally former tv star encounter death – in person. A while back, I saw a 5 disc set of Pete Seeger singing traditional American folk songs. I bought it – Pete Seeger, familiar folk songs, how could I go wrong? I’ve seldom made a mistake about quite so much music at once. (“Oh Susannah” is fun, but 139 banjo folk songs is just too many). I feel…

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After Silence – Jonathan Carroll

Answered Prayers #5 A successful cartoonist meets a charming, intriguing woman and her son. He finds a dark secret from her past, and faces hard choices in how to react. The first half of the book is good. Carroll makes a point that he wanted to start the book with a jolt, but was ultimately argued out of it. He also points out that this is one of only two realistic books he’s written –…

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The Marriage of Sticks – Jonathan Carroll

Crane’s View #2 Miranda Romanac learns that an old flame has died, but begins to see him on the streets. When she gets involved with another man, the range of strange events increases to the point of danger. Carroll mixes mundane reality with a couple of very interesting supernatural premises. The first half of the book is largely realistic, though Miranda begins to experience visions and visitations as she falls in love with a married…

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Kissing the Beehive – Jonathan Carroll

Crane’s View #1 Struggling to overcome writer’s block, Sam Bayer revisits his hometown, and is inspired to write about a murder he discovered as a child. A mysterious woman and some old friends help him to dig into a widening mystery. I’m closing in on the conclusion that maybe I don’t like Jonathan Carroll after all. It’s a shame, because I now own a lot of his books. I bought a fair number of them…

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A Child Across the Sky – Jonathan Carroll

Answered Prayers #3 A celebrated director is called to wrap up a friend and fellow director’s final project, a horror film. When I read Voice of Our Shadow, I was disappointed to find it not as good as I remembered. Still, I reminded myself, it was only his second book. I looked forward to the other Carroll books I bought in a batch. A Child Across the Sky was one of the many new ones.…

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