Friday, June 15, 2012

Music of the Gods by Richard Shiver

Four Stars
"I'm still trying to figure this one out, which is a good thing"

Music of the Gods is a quick read (roughly ten pages), but there's a lot going on in this story. With their marriage on the rocks, Donald and Susan are headed to a Bed and Breakfast for the weekend in hopes of salvaging what's left of it. Unfortunately, the two bicker continuously during the drive, and - as the story opens - we find them lost on a country road. Distracted by this, Donald loses control of the car as a truck comes at them from the opposite direction, ultimately landing them in the ditch. Since it's only a mile to the next town, the two of them set out on foot to get help. This is where things get interesting. Is Donald dreaming about what transpires next, or is there some higher force at work? I love stories like this where the ending is open to interpretation. Music of the Gods is definitely a thought-provoking read.

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