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Katie Moore Reviews Reckoning, by Rusty Barnes
after you crack open Reckoning, a novel by the incomparable Rusty
Barnes, you will happen upon the Dedication. He mentions the people who
wrote with him on his private discussion board, where he finished the
initial draft of this powerful book. I was lucky enough to be among
those writers, reading as Rusty brought these characters and this story
to life, one impatiently anticipated installment at a time. So, I
already had an idea of what to expect when I began to read Reckoning as
a real book with a lovely cover and that intoxicating new book smell. I
was never, not for one single page, disappointed.
This is not a
graphic book, not full of gratuitous stimulation, not flashy. Reckoning
begins with a feeling of timelessness, partially owed to the
Appalachian setting. It takes a bit longer for the dirty bad world to
make the trek up mountains and down valleys, but this book proves that
real life evil can and does reach everywhere.
characters in Rusty's stellar novel are teenagers Richard and Katie,
two kids facing way more than they should have to while relying on
nothing more magical than luck and quick wit to see them through.
Though they meet in the first pages of the book, their chemistry is
palpable and exciting. What are they up against? Lyle, a truly bad man,
and the mystery of what's happening in his shed. It's bad and they know
it, but how bad isn't something they see coming and neither will you.
Of course they don't seek adult help in time to prevent some really
terrible things from happening, but thus is the way of the fictional
kid. It wasn't always easy to read on while these two truly likeable
characters got in more and more trouble while trying to pull themselves
out of it and somehow make things right. Not easy, but intensely and
I often found myself being legitimately
concerned for Richard and Katie, especially because Lyle is a really
scary villain. He is the kind of bad that mothers warn their kids
about, the kind of bad man who doesn't hesitate to hurt a child for his
own varied and twisted purposes.
Even the secondary characters
in Reckoning are given life in a way that makes each of them feel real,
complex, and essential to the story of a community that might have an
idea that it's in trouble, but has no clue how much. Some of Rusty's
characters are present for no more than a few pages, yet each of them
has taken up residence in my mind.
As you approach the end of
the book you will want to put it down, because you'll be genuinely
worried about the fate of Richard and Katie. Maybe you'll feel like you
just can't take it if something else happens to them...
give up. If Richard and Katie can keep going until the end, so can you.
So should you, otherwise some part of you will always be wondering what
happened. Rusty gives us a hell of an ending, and it's worth it.
course, satisfied though I was by the end of the book, I can't help but
want to keep following these two as they continue facing adulthood and
the real worl as bravely and recklessly as real kids do.
is a book I can recommend, without hesitation, to anyone old enough to
handle themes of crime, sex, porn, drugs, and violence. You'll be glad
you read it.
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R.L. Young Reviews What Went Down, new album from the Foals.
listening to 'What Went Down' by the Foals I must say that I loved the
driving guitar and these mad sort of jam band grooves are pulsating
from the speakers. I think that the song 'Mountain at my Gates' speaks
to me the most of the album, I've tried to wear out that track but I
can't. These soulfully crooning vocals that reach right in and grabs
you. There seems to be a pace to the songs that made me feel like I was
going through a breakup, and I mean that in the best way possible. The
experimental nature of some of the songs speaks of the willingness of
the bands to try new things and branch out in different ways. The
feelings evoked by the lyrics in some of these songs is phenomenal,
lyrically it's one hell of a ride groove wise. The way they blend
everything together so well is sort of magical. I recommend this to
anyone who desires good grooves with a bite.
The beat is fire,great energy,feel good jamsand driving beats.
R.L. Young, Sometimes I Listen To Music
I want a .45 with 'Mountain at my Gates' and 'What Went Down'.
Yannis Philippakis stated:
recorded version is the first one we ever played. I re-recorded the
vocals but the rest of it is raw. It’s one of those moments you can
have if you’re lucky in the studio where things seem to materialize
fully-formed. We wanted it to feel like the moment when a predatory
animal goes in for the kill: there’s a savagery to it.
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