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Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: Peculiar County

Peculiar County Peculiar County by Stuart R. West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: PECULIAR COUNTY by Stuart R. West

I've never lived in Kansas, don't think I've ever been there. But then, I don't think too many people have encountered Stuart West' s Kansas either. As Stephen King mutated Maine, so Mr. West has transformed Kansas into a "meta-Kansas," a condition of "Otherness" above and beyond the Kansas normally experienced by residents and tourists.

Perhaps the quintessence of "meta-Kansas" exists in Peculiar County, where nothing operates according to the laws of physics (except possibly gravity) and where being dead certainly doesn't mean you don't have a part to play, something to say, and an axe to grind. Just ask Dibby, age 15. She lives a quiet country life as the town's undertaker' s daughter. Well, it was a quiet life--till young Los Angeles (James) moves to town (and hates it) and the ghost of a tormented, tortured, young boy cries out to Dibby...for relief, for understanding, for revelation, for vengeance? He's not resting in peace and neither is she.

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