Author ~ TJ Klune
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 28th October 2016
Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance, Science Fiction
In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good Commie is a dead Commie.
The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
Wow! What can I say? I wasn’t expecting that! I totally loved this book. I was gripped from the first to the last. From the stunning front cover, to the author’s notes at the end. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t know how I was going to write this review, considering TJ didn’t want any spoilers revealed and he purposely didn’t share any snippets or excerpts prior to the release of this book, like he usually does to entice his readers. He wanted us to read it spoiler free, go into it blind, so to speak. Once you read it you can totally see why.
It is a very complex book and it deals with many intellectual constructs that have a tendency to warp your brain a bit as you try to make sense of it all. It also deals with basic humanity, morality, ethics, love and so much more. I went to bed dreaming of this book, the characters and just how this story was going to unfurl. Trying desperately to decipher just what it was that I was missing. I second guessed my entire way through and was hugely impressed with where this story went and ultimately with the ending. It was the most satisfying outcome I could have hoped for. I was rooting for that ending so hard!
The characters he has written are a diverse bunch and I fell in love with most of them. It is, at its heart, a romance and the two main protagonists are super sweet together and will make your heart stutter a little with their everyday interactions. They will make you hark back to a life slightly easier, simpler and a bit more romantic. There are also some morally corrupt characters that are equally awful and somewhat downright dangerous.
The writing shows a much more mature style from TJ Klune, I think, demonstrating that he has written so much more this year than in previous years, when writing wasn’t his full time career. It is much more in the style of Into This River I Drown than any of his more light hearted books, showing what a diverse author he actually is.
This story is a bit like the murmuration in the title, it flows and changes and swirls around, so you don’t really know what’s happening. At times I felt my stomach churn at the turn of events. I felt at times that I was trying to make some sense of the order, some sense of the chaos. Always needing to know why this was happening, what is the full picture? You need to keep reading right to the end for everything to become apparent and for the full extent of events to order in your mind. Then you’re left with the shock and awe and the WOW factor. I just kept repeating,” Wow, I was not expecting that!” I love a book that keeps you turning those pages, keeps your interest right until the end and this book certainly does that. TJ has excelled himself with this outstanding offering.
Meet TJ Klune
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.
And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)
TJ can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.