It’s the Stars Will Be Our Lamps-Alan Walsh

ISWL-AWIn a scattered story narrated by a Puca (a mythical being capable of shape-shifting, invisibility, seeing the future, and being in multiple places at the same time – reminds me a bit of Q), the mystery of a local murder carries Conall Donoghue on a long trek across the countryside and back again.

I say scattered because the Puca wants to tell us about each character it feels is relevant to the story, including the ghost of a man who wrecked his own car in a drunken rush across town. Each of the characters is connected to Conall in some way, whether he knows them personally or not. An intricate tapestry of relationships is woven with each chapter.

At times, these relationships feel cumbersome and confusing, but eventually the purpose is revealed. However, being bogged down in the looping, uneven weave causes the book to drag at times, which forced me to abandon it for several days at a time until I regained my fortitude to carry on.

3 Stars – Worth reading, but be sure to allow adequate time for re-reading to capture some of the nuances of the story.




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