You know in movies (or in real life if you’re a romantic…) when you’re in love and you want to sing a silly tune all day… (maybe from a musical that featured Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney or maybe The Beatles’ “Good Day Sunshine”)…yeah, corny love like that. Well, I’m in love with a book. I’m not one to fall in love with books that often, but man, I am seriously smitten. It’s how I feel about chocolate, especially expensive good chocolate. With fine chocolates (Joseph Schmidt in San Francisco comes to mind*) you can’t (and wouldn’t want to) just pop it into your mouth and barely chew then gulp it down (of course my husband does this). You want to savor it one little bite at a time. Of course, the thrift mizer in me can’t help but to scream, “You want to enjoy that square inch of $2 that you just popped in your mouth. Have it last for goodness sakes!” Or maybe I’m a bon vivant? I’ll let you decide.
I’ll get to the point…The Gargoyle by first-timer Andrew Davidson is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time (sorry C&B, but it’s true for me!). While, I’d love to devour this book, I simply want to a savor it a few chapters at a time. It’s so delicious and a touch decadent. I like what The Providence Journal wrote, “Reads like the mad spawn of Anne Rice and Stephen King.” It has the gothic love story and the brutal honesty and wit of terrifying events. There are absolutely points in the beginning of the book where I read it with one eye open, but I kept reading and don’t want to stop. And I must give my sincere kudos to Andrew’s excellent writing (the kind of writing where I want to underline the sentence and repeat it over and over again because it sounds so good or there’s just enough interesting words that I want to look them up in the dictionary because I’m a word nerd). And yes, I’d like to be on a first name basis with the writer. People that have that kind of dark sense of humor and still are with hope and peace are my kind of people.
So read it if you like to fall fast in love with a dark tale. I’ll be devouring the rest of it today at the beach. It is Sanity Friday, you know (the boys go to day care on Fridays! Whoohoo!). I think I’ll even pack a square of chocolate (however, it will be Hershey’s) to really kick off this Labor Day weekend. Cheers!
P.S. Dear Random House, I really prefer the above cover to the one with the woman. (reader note above book link) The woman on the cover, while sexy, wouldn’t attract me to read the book if I stumbled up on it at the library or used book store. The cover with the woman looks like all the books in the 60% off section of big box book stores. Go with the singed gothic look. Thank you.