Picked this up from Terry at our meetup on Sunday 6/1/08. I was originally just looking for a Horror book to replace in the Horror VBB, so I didn't have to add to my Owed TBR, but the description on this looks so good, I simply must read it first. It shouldn't linger in Mt TBR very long however; at only 148 pages and good size type, it should be a fairly quick read that I can insert into my reading queue at any point and get read rather quickly. :)
Thanks Terry! And it was great meeting you in person finally!! x0x0x0x0x0x0x
One dark night, Dr. Noah Close, a plastic surgeon, opens the door to find a beautiful woman aflame on his doorstep. She is without name or voice or past. Noah puts out the fire, nurses her to health, and makes her his wife. He calls her Pandora, and for a while, they live together contentedly.
A year later Noah wakes in the middle of the night to find Pandora beside him in bed covered with blood. He goes to call for an ambulance, but when he returns, she has vanished. Her inexplicable disappearance catapults Noah out of his clinical, ordered existence into a life on the run and a stop-at-nothing search for answers.
Pandora's uncertain past leaves Noah with little to go on. He begins his unorthodox investigation by honing the art of breaking and entering and then enlists the help of Venus—a private investigator with mystical visions and a strange habit of changing sexes. The pursuit takes the pair to the lush depravity of Las Vegas, where they meet Lazarus, a sculptor obsessed with the human form, who curiously mirrors the features and expressions of others on his own face.
Seductive and chilling, Pandora's Box is an imaginative take on the myth of Pandora and the concept of beauty. Alice Thompson's fast-paced, wonderfully surreal novel documents a world turned ominously macabre through the eyes of a man obsessed with learning the truth.
Looked at from a literal sense, Pandora's Box seems like some kind of wild mushroom trip. However, when perceived from the allegorical sense from which it was intended, we see the myth of Pandora molded into a chilling and spooky tale, quite appropriate for the season too. ;)
One dark and stormy night—LOL don't you just love it when stories start that way?—Dr. Noah Close opens his door to find a beautiful woman standing within a circle of fire on his doorstop. As he discovers, though surrounded by fire, her skin is actually quite cool to the touch. She is without voice or any discernible history, but Noah takes her in, nurses her back to health, and performs the necessary surgery to regraft her skin, for even much of her facial structure was lost to the fire. He names her Pandora and she becomes his wife. Though mute, they communicate through actions alone, and Noah finally believes he has found true happiness and bliss.
But a year later things start to fall apart. Strange, mysterious letters begin to arrive in the mail for Pandora, each saying the same thing, a single sentence: Do not be afraid of what you want. So begins the downward spiral....
One night, several weeks after the letters stop—just as mysteriously as they'd started—Noah wakes to find Pandora's bloody corpse lying next to him in bed, her breasts cut off, blood running over and between her legs and all over the sheets. Noah leaps from bed to call for emergency services but upon returning to his bedroom with the police, he finds the corpse gone!
So begins Noah's search for answers. Leaving his ordered existence behind, he begins his life on the run, abducting a strangely odd private investigator with a penchant for mystic visions to aid him in his search. Pandora's uncertain past doesn't leave much to go on, beyond the odd murmurings of the psychic Venus, but their trip leads them from the city to the lush depravity of the desert and Las Vegas, where they meet an even stranger man named Lazarus: a sculptor who is able to mirror the features and expressions of others on his own face. And Noah is certain that Lazurus holds the key to Pandora's mysterious disappearance.
Though fairly short, this haunting story will will stay with you long after you've put it down. But I do recommend taking the time to understand the deeper meaning behind it. Yeah, it's pretty freaky at face value, but even more so when you relate the whole thing to the mythical Pandora of legend. :)
This is now reserved for redhot-brat, who took it from the Horror VBB.
Released 9 yrs ago (11/18/2008 UTC) at Delavan, Minnesota USA
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Mailing to redhot-brat, who pulled it from the Horror VBB in round 10 (Sept 08). Mailed 11/18/08 via Media Mail.