[[ Free Reading ]] Dismember Author Daniel Pyle – Kairafanan.co

A page turner for sure Kinda gory in some parts, but I liked the suspense Wasn t really happy with the ending though, never saw what happened coming Okay I loved how this book was written, I loved the characters, and before finishing I had read so many reviews that talked about hating the ending and I was so confident I wouldn t be one of them I just knew I d think, oh they just don t understand good writing But here I am just finished it, and even before I finished it, with about 9 pages left, I just knew I m going to actually hate this ending if it ends how I fear it will and it did and yep, I hated it, I m with you all I want an alternate ending, Mr Pyle You and I live in the same town, if I see you at Walmart I m gonna give you a stern talkin to. First off, I want to say that I love the ending to this book, and the reason is because of Daniel Pyle s ability to make the reader sympathize with the character Dave During the course of reading the book, I went back and forth on a roller coaster ride of sympathy between the victims of Dave and the former victim Dave The strongly developed characters allowed me to feel like this until by the end of the book, I didn t know who I was cheering for And the ending although I ve seen some readers disapprove or feel let down , I loved it A very well written and suspenseful novel by Pyle.NOTE ADDED 1 7 2012 Another aspect of Daniel Pyle s writing style I like is his use of creative similes and metaphors, which are unique to the particular point of view of the character we are seeing the events through For example, when the station wagon hits the moose in the beginning, it crumples like the pages of an old, wet comic book from the point of view of six year old Davy. Rating 5 out of 5Last year, the offer was put out to me to review books for Shock Totem Magazine Of course I gladly accepted, and immediately went out looking for material.I didn t have to look far I d reviewed Down the Drain, the fantastic novelette by Daniel Pyle, here in the Journal, and, knowing that he had a full length novel out, I took a chance and requested a copy of Dismember from the author.I am so glad I did.Dismember is a special book, an oddity in the most wondrous of ways It s odd because it bucks the trend of horror without losing its niche in the genre, for horror isn t always about slime drenched creatures or bathtub monsters leaping out and torturing the innocent No, when horror is done properly it deals with the important issues, those that keep us commonfolk firmly entrenched in our lives, everything from family to death to the loss of personal freedom When this happens, as it does in Dismember, the terrors on the page grab hold of you and cause your heart to skip, not because something might jump out of the darkness, but because it lets you know just how thin the thread separating life and death really is.Dismember is a brisk, almost meditative story of purity corrupted The tale takes us on the twenty three year journey of Dave Abbott, the only survivor of a terrible car accident that occurred while traveling with his family in the Colorado Mountains when he was seven years old.Davy has lived a life of seclusion and fear since that day, trapped in a rickety old house by a twisted mountain man who is only called Mr Boots Very few details of Davy s captivity are explained in the book, but you get the impression that Mr Boots performed certain illicit acts on little Davy that society would most certainly not condone I appreciated the lack of exposition in this regard, because I haven t the desire or stomach to read the particulars of child abuse, be that abuse of a sexual nature which the text suggests or not In fact, these circumstances are handled with style, using cursory hints dispersed through the story in flashbacks, which stick with you simply because of what we are not shown, for what our minds create to fill in the blanks is almost always disturbing than overdone exposition.The story picks up with Davy on his thirtieth birthday It seems all those years in captivity haven t done wonders for poor Davy s sanity, because he s hatched a plan to reassemble his dead family through any means necessary Once this re gathering begins, Pyle tells his story through five points of view an eleven year old boy named Zach, Mike and Libby Pullman, a divorced couple trying to retain a sense of the familiar after the dissolution of their marriage, Trevor, the Pullman s son, and Davy, himself.Of all the different emotional threads in this novel, I found the interplay between the Pullmans to be the most fascinating At last we re given a divorced couple who show each other respect instead of filling the air between them with venom and petty discord Sure, you can tell right off the bat why their marriage failed, but to them raising Trevor, their son, the correct way is paramount Neither would ever even think of using their child s adoration as a manipulative tool against the other, which is refreshing and unusual in a usually clich riddled genre.Despite this aspect of the plot, the driving theme of the entire book is the death and disfigurement of innocence In a brilliant sliver of storytelling, the author contrasts Davy s childhood terrors with the stresses he inflicts on Zach and Trevor after he abducts them This phase of the novel reinforces Davy as a sympathetic scoundrel On many occasions I found myself openly rooting for him to realize that what he was doing was wrong, because I realized that his state of mind wasn t his fault This is a guy who grew up segregated from society, under the watchful eye of a cruel guardian His only education was through pain, and his only joyful memories are those that he experienced before he was seven years old, leaving a stunted and incomplete person Even with the amount and degree of brutality he enacts on people, he demonstrates a massive capacity for love and thoughtfulness that actually makes his cruelty seem all the brutal, for this is a man with psychological arrested development, and it isn t his fault.The differing points of view in this book were beautifully executed The shift between the children and adults were convincing and real to life the kids were kids, and the adults were sufficiently imperfect The blood and gore is there, and it is vicious, but it doesn t overwhelm, instead pulling you even further into the story and making your gut clench as you experience these frights alongside the characters And the ending is a thing of beauty, as well I was stunned by what happens, not necessarily because it s laughable or frightening, but because it s haunting in its unexpectedness and simplicity I won t go into details, but let s just say Daniel Pyle is a very brave man to end this book the way he did, for I m sure there are some out there who won t appreciate it.This reviewer, however, thought it was brilliant.To finish things off, I ll say that Dismember is an unbelievably good book It reads quickly, as I constantly wanted to flip the page just to see what happens next It s a story about life that centers on the mundane and how much we might overlook those simple pleasures given the freedom we ve been blessed with It s a tale of the fractured soul and how much we rely on, and mimic, the family that sprouted us But most of all it s simply one hell of a ride, one that I am so glad I took And for that, this reviewer must give Daniel Pyle some well deserved congratulations on receiving only the fourth perfect score I ve ever handed out.Plot 10Characters 10Voice 10Execution 10Personal Enjoyment 10Overall 50 50 5 5 Reviewer s note A version of this review appears in Shock Totem 3 INCREDIBLE Up there with Bentley Little Gritty, raw, powerful I loved this book I see some people didn t like the ending Probably because it was too real, which is why I personally thought it was perfect EDIT So I was going through my book list, weeding through some of them and I needed to add something, the I think about this book the stars I want to give this book Just needed to add that. When I first discovered this I saw the blurb about Richard Laymon and I was interested It s got a Laymon feel but it doesn t have the violence or the sex but the vibe of Laymon is in the way the story is told Dismember isn t a violent book by any means but what it lacks in violence it s made up for in the story You almost want to root for Davy because he s a villian yet one who is actually a victim himself Twenty three years later we find that Davy is looking to rebuild the family he lost and that s where the book shines knowing Davy s back story you feel for bad for him but on the other hand you don t want him fulfill his quest It s a quest that happens on Davy s birthday and you can almost feel the madness and longing for the family that he lost Mr Boots essentially kidnapped Davy and ruined any chance he had for a normal life what happens to Mr Boots and the transformation that Davy undergoes as the book draws to ita conclusion propels this book forward and makes it impossible to put down The ending isn t what I expected at all but in a book like this you don t expect all the pieces to fit snuggly together and it s a bit shocking and I can t help but wonder if there s a sequel planned All in all Dismember is a solid read that I highly recommend fans of horror and Laymon will find a lot to love about this book. This is becoming one of those books that keep you up all night because of the need to know what happens next Very engaging and suspenseful. Fast read and a good amount of suspense to keep the reader interested and on the edge of the seat Ending leaves you wanting to know. I first encountered Pyle s writing in an anthology and his short form proved good enough to try the long one Dismember didn t disappoint Brutal kidnapping thriller with enough gore to appeal to seasoned horror fans and enough scares to make the parents watch their children intensely than ever And yet Pyle smartly managed to come up with just the right amount of character development, sympathetic protagonists and awesomely nonannoying kids, to elevate the story from average Enough so to make the reader outraged at the ending Dismember is pretty much every parent s and kid s for that matter worst nightmare Pyle isn t as good as Ketchum, the writing is somewhat Laymonesque, though isn t as sex rape happy and has smarter mature and personable characters So maybe somewhere in between there Great pacing, the book sped by Quite impressive for a first novel Recommended. The Summer He Turned Seven, Dave Abbott Survived A Gruesome Mountainside Car Accident That Left The Rest Of His Family Savaged And Dead Now, After Living Twenty Three Years With The Twisted Backwoodsman Who Pulled Him From The Wreckage, Dave Is Carrying Out A Plan To Replace Each Of His Lost Loved Ones With Members Of Nearby, Unsuspecting Families He Has Prepared, He S Stalked, And Now His Chance Has Come To Get His Family Safely Out Of The Mountains Once And For All Whether They Like It Or Not