Spore by Tamara Jones
When people start returning from the dead, they not only bring their own questions, but for Sean and Mare, they stir up memories that Sean can’t avoid.
Publisher’s Description: The dead are coming back.
Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey’s backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead. One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave. Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring—and worsening—nightmares. Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean’s front door.
As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear. When mutilated children match Sean’s nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Percy Procrastinator says…
We met Tamara Jones at the North Iowa Book Bash in Clear Lake, IA (hosted by BF Bookies). She spoke on a panel about worldbuilding. She came across as an introvert with a rich, and sometimes sick, imagination — exactly the kind of folk we like! So I decided to check out her novel, Spore.
Things I didn’t like: The biggest thing I didn’t like about the book is that it needed better editing. It is written in third person limited and sometimes switches views between paragraphs. That was quite jarring for me, causing me to lose momentum in the story as I had to go back and figure out when the views changed. Even an extra line break between paragraphs would have helped with this issue and made transitions much easier. As a minor point, I would have liked an epilogue as well for some of the things that were in the background.
Things I Liked: This was a well written, good book! It has a good mystery and some good science fiction. I liked Mare and Sean as characters and could certainly identify with some of the problems they had as well as the struggle to do what is right. There are several good plot lines running through the book and I enjoyed them all.
The twists—and there were plenty of them—were well handled and while shocking, completely believable. There was never a reveal that came out of the blue. Given a moment’s pause to think about what happened, I realized every reveal had been carefully planned and was supported by the story.
I appreciated that the author was specific about things that won’t change quickly, such as street names, highways, and some places. Then vague about the things that would change, such as the attorney general’s name, or governor’s name. I think even though the story established a specific date for the story, that this serves the story better than if those things had been named.
This was an enjoyable read that pulled me into it within the first few pages and I read it all in one sitting. I haven’t done that in a while and it felt great!
If you like this book…
I would compare Spore, in general, to horror novels by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Clive Barker.