The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
SFReader.com has posted my review for Robert Silverberg's masterful scifi / horror novel The Book of Skulls. [Click here to read the review]
Robert Silverberg is a writer who I have known--routinely passed on the bookstore shelves--for many years, but a writer I had never read until I was fortunate enough to get the assignment to review The Book of Skulls for SFReader.
The Book of Skulls was originally published in 1972--you can feel the turmoil of the Sixties and Seventies mixing itself into the story and the characters the way a setting--a time--should make itself known in a story. It is another character really--perhaps the hero, or more likely the villain--who pushes and shapes and molds the flesh characters into what and who they are: We are the time and culture we live.
It is a story of youth, angst and the terrible consequences we must pay for our beliefs, dreams, actions, and maybe just because we are alive, breathing, and dying all at the same time. Read the review, then read the book, because The Book of Skulls is one of the best novels I have read this year.