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The Boys of Summer: A Novel de Richard Cox
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The Boys of Summer: A Novel (edição: 2016)

de Richard Cox (Autor)

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"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 thriller. In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life. Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the same but feels different in a way he can't quite grasp. For Todd, it's a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battles lingering hallucinations from his long sleep. The 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 first love, betrayal, and a secret so terrible they agree to never speak of it again. But darkness returns to Wichita Falls twenty-five years later, 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 lives, and transform their understanding of each other-and the world itself-forever. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"--… (mais)
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Título:The Boys of Summer: A Novel
Autores:Richard Cox (Autor)
Informação:Night Shade (2016), 436 pages
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This book is catalogued as science fiction/fantasy, but it is far more like many of Stephen Kings books. A group of 3 teenage boys live in Wichita Falls, when a tornado hits. They survive but members of their families don't. Also a kid survives the storm but is in a partial coma for 4 years, when he wakes up he later becomes friends with the other 3 teenagers. The participate in an act of vandalism that forever changes their lives, and finally are forced to confront what they did, or else.
This was an interesting plot, and a well told story. Again if you like King's books, particularly, IT, and his Dark Tower books, you will probably like this. ( )
  zmagic69 | Dec 19, 2016 |
SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY
Richard Cox
The Boys of Summer: A Novel
Night Shade Books
Paperback, 978-1-59780-878-1 (also available as an ebook), 436 pgs., $15.99
September 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 of Summer are Bobby (the jock), Jonathan (the brain), David (as in King), Adam (the born-again), and Todd (the cipher), nine and ten years old when the storm alters the trajectories of all of their lives. Todd is so traumatized by the tornado that he enters a catatonic state. When he surfaces four years later, he possesses a maturity beyond his years, and a creepy knowledge of events that have not happened yet. Twenty-five years later history begins to repeat itself, and the boys, now men, must face the consequences of their actions and account for how they’ve spent their lives.

The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox is difficult to qualify. 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 feels labyrinthine, but this is deceptive. It’s really quite 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 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 have lost its mind.” These boys are complex, authentic, and relatable. The 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 are less well-defined, with the exception of King David (who “shed his Texas accent and sheath of Middle American fat and his antiquated 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 lyrics. Cox is capable of arresting imagery. During the 1979 tornado, the sky “looked like 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 liberal use of foreshadowing, engenders genuine curiosity and keeps the pages turning. I am flummoxed, but happily so, still at a loss as to what The Boys of Summer is. I do know that it is compelling and a little maddening, and the space-time continuum has been spectacularly compromised.

Originally published in Lone Star Literary Life. ( )
  TexasBookLover | Sep 12, 2016 |
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"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 thriller. In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life. Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the same but feels different in a way he can't quite grasp. For Todd, it's a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battles lingering hallucinations from his long sleep. The 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 first love, betrayal, and a secret so terrible they agree to never speak of it again. But darkness returns to Wichita Falls twenty-five years later, 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 lives, and transform their understanding of each other-and the world itself-forever. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"--

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