Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

I was on page 2 when I tweeted this: If I had balls, I'd say that this author really grabs you by the balls but since I don't, I'll just say he writes well.
I was talking about Andrew Davidson and The Gargoyle. Those first few pages really grabbed you; with both hands....really big hands.
For a while I couldn't put it down but I did because Mockingjay came out. I mostly blame Mockingjay for knocking me off course but The Gargoyle became a little too long.
So, this guy was a porn star, drug user and all around not-so-very-nice guy. He gets into a HORRIBLE car accident and it's chilling the way he describes the crash...absolutely chilling.

He's burned beyond recognition but somehow still survives. He literally loses everything but then he meets Marianne in the hospital and he's drawn to this mysterious woman.
She knows him but not in this incarnation, she says.

Figuring out who Marianne is, who the narrator takes an awful long time and for a while I stopped caring.
Inside the story are more stories and for a long while I wondered what the hell those stories had to do with the book but finally it all came together.
I mean...FINALLY.

Don't get me wrong, I'd recommend The Gargoyle to most people. It's very unusual and beautifully written. Davidson weaves a romantic yet tragic tale and obviously did a lot of research. Believe it or not, this is his debut novel.
I'll be looking for more from this author.

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