Book Review: “The Ballad of Black Tom” by Victor LaValle

black-tomPleased to say this one lives up to the hype. There’s little not to enjoy in this dark tale, from its characters to the haunting prose to the delicate tie-in with Lovecraftian horror. LaValle captivatingly captures the tone and setting of Brooklyn, allowing the backdrop to become a character in and of itself. Some unexpected and defining moments turn this from good to great, with monsters — real, imagined, and those which reside within us all — that will continue to roam the dark corners of your mind long after you’ve finished the final page.

This is quite simply a powerful read. Highly recommended.

“The more I read, the more I listened, the more sure I became that a great and secret show had been playing throughout my life, throughout all our lives, but the mass of us were too ignorant, or too frightened, to raise our eyes and watch. Because to watch would be to understand the play isn’t being staged for us. To learn we simply do not matter to the players at all.”

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