# 10 is 'This Brilliant Darkness' (Red Tash). This was the first book I read of Reds, & it knocked me for a loop. Gorgeous plot, wonderful writing which took, & takes, me to a place within this world that I had never imagined. A dark tale told from several viewpoints, of a dark creature & the dark places it takes people.
Quote #1: "She thought of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, & she wondered what "crazy" might mean to God. She snaked her arms through the air, & laughed." (page 130, paragraph 1)
So much crazy sht going on in this tale, but is it really?
Quote #2: "In the woods, on the brick-lined paths between Third Street & the office, the monster--Greachin was his name--had found Richard. Tristan felt it.
He took his position, white silvery wings folded behind him, in a shady alcove of the round room. She would be here soon. The time was upon them." (paragraph 2,3; page 196)
As indeed it was. Such plain words, such simple turns, used to such great effect. The entire book unfolded in my mind as I read, thanks to Reds' skill as a storyteller.
1 Visual: "Large black wings. A wisp of oily feathers & a beak as hard & smooth as steel. A powerful chest, muscled like a man's, & leathery wings that would support such a body in flight. Over eight feet tall.
The woman shivered in her sleep." (paragraph 10-1, pages 45-6)
It doesn't take an over-abundance of adjectives to provide a vivid picture. *So* nice to read a writer who understands this. This is a book to swallowed whole, in one setting, & then stroked, sweetly, one chapter at a time. Impatiently, it seems I must wait for the second installment.