Returning to the fantasy genre that made him a coast-to-coast best-selling phenomenon, Tad Williams has written a new stand-alone contemporary novel set in Northern California-and also in the strange parallel world that coexists in the farthest reaches of the imagination.
Theo Vilmos is a thirty-year-old lead singer in a not terribly successful rock band. Once, he had enormous, almost magical, charisma both onstage and off-but now, life has taken its toll on Theo. Hitting an all-time low, he seeks refuge in a isolated cabin in the woods-and reads an odd memoir written by a dead relative who believed he had visited the magical world of Faerie. And before Theo can disregard the account as the writings of a madman, he, too, is drawn to a place beyond his wildest dreams…a place filled with be, and has always been, his destiny.
This book should be called “Depression in 5 easy steps.”
It starts with our hero. 30 y/o Theo who sings in a garage band with high school students.
It progresses to his girlfriend having a horrible bloody miscarriage while he’s out playing around with said teenagers.
Moving on from there, his girlfriend dumps him and kicks him out (agreed) and then 30 y/o Theo moves in with mom.
Depressed yet? No? Don’t worry, I have more.
Turns out Mom has cancer…and she dies after a few months.
So Theo then sells mom’s house…to a couple who get brutally murdered inside that same house within the month.
Guess what page we’re on? 88.Yeah, there’s no way I want to read more of this. But Carol has a wonderful review of what else depressing and asshole-ly actions Theo gets up to here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/161167442