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The Changeling

por Victor LaValle (Author, Narrator)

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"The wildly imaginative story of one man's thrilling odyssey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after having seemingly committed an unforgivable act of violence, from the award-winning author of The Devil in Silver and Big Machine"-- "Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act--beyond any parent's comprehension--and vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Thus begins Apollo's odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he'd imagined. His quest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma's whereabouts. Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest in Queens where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever. This dizzying tale is ultimately a story about family and the unfathomable secrets of the people we love"--… (mais)
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    Mexican Gothic por Silvia Moreno-Garcia (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Both involve some horror and creepiness, but I like The Changeling more than I liked Mexican Gothic.
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    The Ballad of Black Tom por Victor LaValle (sturlington)
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So I’ve put off writing this review in hopes of being able to better convey my opinion of this book. Alas! It seems I will continue to have mixed feelings about it. I apologize in advance if this review is muddied and unclear.

The story was…different. I find myself conflicted with different emotions. There were some events that occurred in the middle of the story that had me completely turned off for a little bit. I wont spoil it for those who might be interested in reading this book, but I will warn that it is not for the faint of heart; it is a fairy tale of Grimm Brothers caliber. There are some horror elements and a cautionary tail to be heard for the modern day parent..

From the title alone you should be able to extrapolate that the story is folklore based. This turned out to be an interesting element to the story as it is set in modern day New York City. Though, for me, I think this may have been the root of the discord; magical folklore story too close to “the real world”…does that make sense? Had it been set in a location and time completely different I think I wouldn’t have had as much an issue with determining my opinion of the story.

I didn’t realize it while I was reading it, but upon reflection, I was subconsciously debating on DNFing the book after the halfway mark. Now, that’s not to say it wasn’t good or enjoyable in it’s own right…It was just different. A kind of different I might not have been wholly prepared for when I first started the book. I am glad that I finished the book though; the ending and the story telling redeemed the faults that came before.

The plot was good and reasonably thought out, in my humble opinion. *shrug* I liked all the trails of the story that were explored and woven together. This is ultimately what probably saved my opinion on this book. It’s got multiple layers from both past, present, reality, and fairy tale which make for in interesting tale. The writing was decent; it didn’t blow me away but it wasn’t hard to read through it. The main character was decently developed (there’s room for improvement though) but I feel like the secondary characters were less defined which resulted in a lack of attachment to them on my part.

Full review: https://wanderinglectiophile.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/review-the-changeling-by-v... ( )
  RochelleJones | Apr 5, 2024 |
Listened on audio.

@20% still very much realistic fiction. a man and woman fall in love and have a son. the man disappears when the boy is 4 but not much is said about that. the boy falls in love and has a boy. We learn all about the birth, his job selling books, her pumping breast milk... *yawn*

@66% quit
I started looking at reviews because I can't believe stuff is being glossed over and things are moving at such a glacial pace. And yeah, I'm done. Boo!

Looks like there is a TV series also but reviews are similiar... ( )
  Corinne2020 | Dec 7, 2023 |
Having grown up on Disney movies and fairytales, I was intrigued when I discovered there was such a subgenre as dark fairytales. With that being said, this book was what I expected, and at the same time, it wasn't. If you know what a changeling is, you'll know generally what this book is about.

I loved the tale of fatherhood. Being from NYC myself, and having lived here for over 20 years, and having worked in almost every borough, I also loved LaValle's depiction of NYC. It made me feel like I didn't know my own city, and there are some places mentioned that I never knew of, such as North Brother Island.

The first half of the book, based in reality, was extremely well done, and the characters drew me in, wanting to get to know them more. The second half started to get a little strange (this coming from a lover and writer of fantasy) and the fantasy half of the novel seemed to move very quickly.

While it has trolls and witches, family secrets, and an element of fantasy, it also has a very relevant message, a cautionary tale against oversharing on social media (we all know someone who does that), and speaking of the ease in which someone can get into your most personal spaces and aspects of your life via the internet. I did wish for a little more time spent on the witches and trolls, as they seemed like they had some interesting lore behind them.

Four stars because there were several slow parts that I had to force myself to get through, and lots of long, descriptive scenes. Was also a little confused about the relationship of the MMC to his best friend...at times, they didn't seem like friends at all.

Written in third person and while there is no graphic sex, there are a lot of F-bombs thrown around, and there's a decent amount of violence. Overall, well written and well told, and I'll be looking for LaValle's other works. ( )
  galian84 | Dec 1, 2023 |
This is one of only a few books that I had originally given a lower rating of 4 stars but then after sitting with it for a while decided it was actually a 5 star read for me. I think about this book often since reading it and the scenes still sit vividly in my head. The writing was just excellent. ( )
  rianainthestacks | Nov 5, 2023 |
One of my favorite type of horror books. There's just something off and unsettling, but you can't quite say what it is. I liked that it was unclear for most of the book whether there was something supernatural going on or if certain characters were just crazy. Excellently written and I loved travelling all over NYC with Apollo. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jun 29, 2023 |
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"The wildly imaginative story of one man's thrilling odyssey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after having seemingly committed an unforgivable act of violence, from the award-winning author of The Devil in Silver and Big Machine"-- "Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act--beyond any parent's comprehension--and vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Thus begins Apollo's odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he'd imagined. His quest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma's whereabouts. Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest in Queens where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever. This dizzying tale is ultimately a story about family and the unfathomable secrets of the people we love"--

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