Ar As adults these characters are less well defined with the xception of King David who shed his Texas accent and sheath well defined with the xception of King David who shed his Texas accent and sheath 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 " video games and Don Henley lyrics Cox capable of 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 resembles overexposed film Cox has created a strange and intriguing mix of Mastered (The Enforcers, elements which with liberal use of foreshadowingngenders 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 compromisedOriginally published in Lone Star Literary Life I was surprised at how much I actually Man, Son of Man enjoyed this book considering it was labeled as a science fiction book and I rarelyver 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 thr. 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. 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 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 Tornado Cox Steadily Builds " breaks and the occasional monster tornado Cox steadily builds 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 Uncommon Wisdom enough to be noticeable in the world of the novel Thending though is a gigantic problem It s ngineered as one 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 potential to consider the relationship between writers and their fictional creations but it isn t realized because Cox packs and their fictional creations but it isn t realized because Cox packs 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 nding cheapens the otherwise very intimate Art experience of this book leaving us feeling a little bit silly for caring so deeply about the cruelties small and largendured by these five boys from Wichita SCIENCE FICTIONFANTASYRichard CoxThe Boys of Summer A NovelNight Shade BooksPaperback 978 1 59780 878 1 also available as an book 436 pgs 1599September 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. 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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IS SO TRAUMATIZED BY THE TORNADOso traumatized by the tornado he nters a catatonic state is so traumatized by the tornado that he Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard enters a catatonic state he surfaces four years later he possesses a maturity beyond his years and a creepy knowledge ofvents 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 The Matriarchs (The Family 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 thending 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 Notes for the Everlost 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 When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) events immediately following Todd s remergence into the world and the reckoning for those No Biggy! events twenty five years later The ominous weather forecasts that beginach section of the novel are an inspired touch It is possible to go crazy from the heat Cox is particularly good at channeling Crush It! 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 uncle. 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 hisxperience 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