Apollo thinks she's out of her mind with lack of sleep and overwhelming responsibility, but is she really? If so, who keeps sending her pictures of their baby on her cell phone?
Then again, 4. Then again, the pictures keep "disappearing" from her phone after she sees them, so maybe she's out of her mind after all?
You'll have to read The Changeling to find out! Victor LaValle is able to weave together myths and legends, make them believable, for the most part , and then sets them down in the middle of New York City. It turns out the Big Apple does have some mystery and wilderness left in it, and Victor treats it all like his own personal playground.
I felt like the city was a character in this story-with all of its history, hopes, dreams and death-the layers are all there. By the time the end of the story came around, I wished I could reach out and hug it-it had seen so much. One other thing about the writing that I wanted to mention was the author's ability to reach over and squeeze the life out of the reader's heart.
Apollo's grief was so palpable at times, that I had to set aside the book because my chest hurt-my heart hurt. I generally consider my horror loving heart to be quite cold, but The Changeling proved me wrong. I'm sure at this point, just over halfway through that this book will be on my "BEST OF" list at the end of the year.
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If you find yourself looking for a satisfying story that combines myth and legend with the grit of real life in the modern world, I say pick up this book and let yourself fall under Victor LaValle's spell. You won't regret it! Highly recommended!
This is it. View all 6 comments. Dec 23, Beverly rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. A modern fairy tale, but not the sweet kind, more of the sort the Brothers Grimm told, a fairy tale with all the gruesome bits left in. Apollo Kagwa is not your typical New Yorker; he's a self-made bookseller, with a love for and and a good nose for sniffing out rare books. His father abandoning him as a baby has made him determined to be a good father, so when he meets a wonderful, strong woman, Emma, an adventurous, strong-willed librarian and falls in love and they have a baby, h Spectacular!
His father abandoning him as a baby has made him determined to be a good father, so when he meets a wonderful, strong woman, Emma, an adventurous, strong-willed librarian and falls in love and they have a baby, he believes all his fantasies have come true. His nightmare is only beginning. This is a well-told story by a master at his craft. I can't wait to read more by Victor LaValle. View all 12 comments. Feb 23, Fran rated it liked it. Apollo Kagwa has abandonment issues. His mother Lillian, Ugandan by birth, has raised him alone since age four, when father Brian West vanished.
For years, Apollo has had recurring dreams of a man knocking on the door and pushing his way into the apartment. He envisions being carried through a fog and wakes up screaming. Lillian is forced to leave Apollo alone for hours in order to keep the family afloat. Apollo, a self contained, bookish child is a voracious reader.
Childhood entrepreneurial exp Apollo Kagwa has abandonment issues. Childhood entrepreneurial experiences selling magazines has led Apollo to a career as a book man. He learns to value books, attending estate sales in search of rare and valuable books. The importance of turning a profit cannot be understated since Apollo's wife, librarian Emma, is due to give birth to their first child.
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After son Brian's birth, the family's financial and emotional health changes. Emma experiences severe postpartum depression. But wait Apollo and Patrice are asked to bring the book to a location of William's choosing. This is when Scottish glamour, an old kind of magic, weaves its way into the midst. Illusions and altered reality make a baby no longer a baby. This clouded reality comes replete with internet predators watching the principals every move and documenting these moves for nefarious purposes.
It is additionally a cautionary tale about the dangers of posting family photos and personal information technologically. Thank you Mr. LaValle for the suggestion of vigilance as a safeguard. View all 7 comments. Oct 14, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , shelf , fantasy.
This is my second Victor LaValle and after the Ballad of Black Tom having washed through me and left me wanting so much more, I was very, very happy to be reading this. It has a very different feel in one way, but in another, it's exactly like coming home. Being in the story you always want to be in. What do I mean? The devil is in the details.
It's very homey, feeling like delightful snapshots of family and home, full of the sweet and the bitter and the genuinely odd stuff that always comes alon This is my second Victor LaValle and after the Ballad of Black Tom having washed through me and left me wanting so much more, I was very, very happy to be reading this. It's very homey, feeling like delightful snapshots of family and home, full of the sweet and the bitter and the genuinely odd stuff that always comes along with life, and this feeling never lets up even after the really funky stuff starts messing with the MC.
I felt warm and wrapped snugly in the story in a way that I rarely do, or at least, not this deeply. Maybe it's because of the new parenthood threads or maybe it's because of the geeky book-nerd outlook or maybe it's because the deepest thread in the novel happens to be one of the darkest myths handed down through the ages, but anyway that I looked at it, I was invested. From high hopes to deep stress to tragedy, horror, and a long, wrought quest full of very emotional reveals, this novel manages to put us through the ringer.
I loved all of these characters.
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And I mean love, love. I'm still thinking of them in the same way that I keep thinking of Black Tom.
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It's the realization, amazing ability that all these characters come right to life and stay with us. View all 4 comments.
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I think this book went over my head. I cannot be quite sure but I do think so. I had the overwhelming feeling of just missing something here — and I cannot quite put my finger on what that was. Bear that in mind while I try to figure out my thoughts while writing. In this book we follow Apollo and his wife both before they meet and after they have had their son. For about a third of the book, there is some menace lurking but mostly the story is whimsical and quite lovely, until suddenly it shifts I think this book went over my head.