Strange Toys Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1989
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This novel was the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award in 1987. It takes the reader on parallel tours into the world of the supernatural and into the life of a young woman struggling to make peace with the known and unknown. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The entire family set up is strange and this makes a wonderfully intriguing read.
Into the depths of New Orleans, the family travel and the story turns dark and deep whilst the search for Dawn continues.
Throught the eyes of the main character and narrator - Dawn's younger sister - the story travels through years of mystery and growth. Is the story truly dark? That is for the reader to decide.
If you are looking for a straight-forward story with the usual plot from start to finish, this is definitely not the book for you. If however, you are looking for something that holds its own in genre and style, you should grab whatever copy of strange toys you can.
The book is now out of print and unfortunately, Patricia Geary has returned to teaching, so even if the only copy you can find is missing a cover, I would suggest you buy it. There is little hope of a reprint.
There's rather a lot I didn't really get and I'm left wondering if it was just me, am I a bit thick, missing Big Flashing Pointy-Hands of metaphor and reference. Was there a point to the poodles, the dead kitten, to the talismanic poodle-toys - or was it just a pile of red herrings all along?
I thought I was reading an enjoyable fantasy but the third part threw me for a loop, so wildly different in style and carrying nothing that even resembled a continuation of the previous plot, I can't help but feel I'm missing something terribly profound.
Or maybe I am just a bit thick.
I enjoyed the writing hugely, loved part one, liked part two, you should read it for that at least - in fact, please do read it, then maybe you can tell me what it was really all about.