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In all these little meta moments nods to the fact that these characters were potentially aware of the fact that they xisted in a novel I feel like he thought this was cute and maybe if it was used sparingly it would ve been a nice little inside joke between the characters and the reader Instead it s just a slap in the face I know I m reading a novel and I know this because the characters and the story never fully took me in All this to say that two stars might be a generous handout for this book SCIENCE FICTIONFANTASYRichard CoxThe Boys of Summer A NovelNight Shade BooksPaperback 978 1 59780 878 1 also available as

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ebook 436 pgs 1599September 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 nters a catatonic state When he surfaces four years later he possesses a maturity beyond his years and a creepy knowledge of vents that have not happened yet Twenty five years later history begins to repeat itself and the boys now men must face the conseuences of their actions and account for how they ve spent their lives The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox is difficult to ualify It is speculative fiction science fiction historical fiction and fantasy incorporating political conomic 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 nding And maybe the beginning Cox s plot feels labyrinthine but this is deceptive It s really uite 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 Buried executes the rare feat ofnhancing the main plot It meshes seamlessly The story moves back and forth in time from the afternoon of the tornado to vents immediately following Todd s re mergence into the world and the reckoning for those vents twenty five years later The ominous weather forecasts that begin ach section of the novel are an inspired touch It is possible to go crazy from the heat Cox is particularly good at channeling arly 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 of King David who shed his accent and sheath of Middle American fat and his antiuated 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 Dungeons Dragons Atari video games and Don Henley lyrics Cox is capable arresting imagery During the 1979 tornado the sky looked like it had fallen to the arth The bleached white hot sky of the Wichita Falls summer resem. T in a way he can’t uite grasp For Todd it's a struggle to separate fact from fiction as he battles lingering hallucinations from his long sleepThe new friends Todd makes in 1983 are fascinated with his xperience 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 You re gonna have this suspicion about the way this thing is gonna nd and you ll think to yourself No no way is he gonna go thereSPOILER He goes there 30 StarsBoys of Summer will likely appeal to fans of IT by Stephen King as it had a similar plot and narrative structure This book was incredibly atmospheric with the weather playing a major role in the story Slow paced and character focused the story was well written yet not particularly ngrossing This book had cool ideas but ultimately half way through the characters and plot started feeling consumed and overwrought by the same ideas leading to a disconnect with the book in general That might have been the intention but it led to the book not leaving so much of an impression on me overall The Boys of Summer is a suspenseful page turner to be certain The concept of the novel is strong and the characters struggles are deeply compelling It s a very Southern Gothic landscape riddled with fire booze psychotic breaks and the occasional monster tornado Cox steadily builds our sense of concern for the characters who feel and act very real at first While reading I became obsessed over the mystery surrounding the disturbing secret that shifted reality albeit just slightly nough to be noticeable in the world of the The nding though is a gigantic problem It s ngineered as noticeable in the world the novel The A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, ending though is a gigantic problem It sngineered as of those big reveal mind blowing revelations but it feels like a rip off to the invested reader The tragedy of this misstep to me is that I feel Cox might ve created a really showstopping piece of metafiction had he just shown us his hand from the get go This is a text with a lot of metafiction had he just shown us his hand from the get go This is a text with a lot potential to consider the relationship between writers and their fictional creations but it isn t realized because Cox packs away the big secret until the last few pages although I saw it coming far before that thanks to a wealth of heavy handed foreshadowing Instead the The Shadow Reader ending cheapens the otherwise very intimatexperience of this book leaving us feeling a little bit silly for caring so deeply about the cruelties small and large Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies endured by these five boys from Wichita This one washit and miss 25 Stars Some of the sections were so good Injoyed most of the characters and the idea of the story was great I ven appreciated how much the author seemed influenced by Stephen King But then so many other things were justuggghhhhh The constant references to The Boys of Summer lyrics The wink wink comments the characters made about being in a book Even the way it nded with that ACTUALLY being the case The Power Of A Choice each chapter was full of promise that then would trail off I sped through it uickly and wasntertained but I m not sure I would read another by this author I was attracted to this book because of the alleged similarities it shared to Stephen King s IT I was disappointed to discover that these similarities only xisted in the premise Otherwise this is a far inferior novel The first part April 10 1979 and the last part July 4 1983 were interesting Perhaps if there was of a focus on the lives of Todd and his friends as children author Richard Cox might have a compelling novel Unfortunately the intervening pages deal with a very artificial story one that I feel as if I have read hundreds of times before All the characters are about as contrived as can be and the action unfolds in a predictable uninteresting fashion Even the sentences feel as though they were constructed by an author bot putting words together in the most arbitrary and bland way to get the point across And the author is so smug about his writing Ugh He has put. 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 thrillerIn 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 lifeFour years later Todd awakens to a world that looks the same but feels differen. ,

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Bles overexposed film Cox has created a strange and intriguing mix of lements which with liberal use of foreshadowing ngenders genuine curiosity and keeps the pages turning I am flummoxed of lements which with liberal use of foreshadowing The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right engenders genuine curiosity and keeps the pages turning I am flummoxed 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 compromisedOriginally published in Lone Star Literary Life I liked the idea of this book but I was disappointed It seemed almost like a lot of other books It had the life changing disaster that impacts a whole town of Judy Blume s In the Unlikely Event Still the author didn txplore any deeper character developmentIt progressed almost like Lauren Beukes Broken Monsters seemingly mostly normal Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling except for one character Unfortunately it missed the spectacularnding that turns the story on its headThe whole book seemed almost At the Monsieur Pain end the author tries to tie it back together with a creepy bow but fails Hisvaluation of his work as seen through the yes of one of his characters as high concept is not very accurate from my point of view Also high concept books reuire incredible characters to bring forth the story and this book did not have any spellbinding characters The book had a good premise and fine start From there I don t know what the author was thinking It felt cliched and hollow There was good potential in the arly pages and then it floundered The writing style left much to be desired of the characters as there wasn t much to care about them Switching time frames and character perspectives can work but not in this book I was surprised at how much I actually njoyed this book considering it was labeled as a science fiction book and I rarely ver venture into the world of sci fi I found this title online after my son was sick for 3 days and I nded up binge watching Stranger Things yes I do watch tv on occasion I loved the show so much and like a true bookworm was devastated to find out that such a great show was not backed by a great book That being said I set out to find books that were similar to the show and stumbled upon a List of Books You Should Read After Watching Stranger Things and on that list I found this gem of a sci fi thriller Now that you know the back story as to why someone who typically reads fiction and thrillers got sucked into the world of sci fi I can get on with my reviewThis book and thrillers got sucked into the world of sci fi I can get on with my reviewThis book back and forth between 1983 and 2008 Similar to Stranger Things the characters in 1983 are a group of boys and one girl who find themselves getting mixed up in some pretty serious business The boys disband after one particular incident keeping this spoiler free and we are thrown 25 years forward where some unfortunate vents bring them back together Just when I thought I had some of these characters figured out I realized I did not at all and that is one of the reasons I liked this book is because I was left guessing until the Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. end I guess you could say I am still left guessing to a certainxtent ven after the nding which to me was the sci fi portion of it Did I really just read these boys story Or did I read a story that
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written about these boys that ven make sense Needless to say this book will play mind games with you and is truly full of twists and turns Overall I was impressed and it was a great cross between thriller and sci fi for someone who is just starting to step into the sci fi genre I definitely recommend reading it if you are looking to start reading sci fi novels and if you watched and loved Stranger Things as much as I di. Hey agree to never speak of it againBut 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 mbark upon a search for truth that will threaten their lives and transform their understanding of ach other and the world itself forever. The Boys of Summer
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