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Book Title: On The Banks Of Lethe|
The author of the book: James L. Grant
Edition: Stonegarden.Net Publishing
Date of issue: November 1st 2006
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.43 MB
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ISBN 13: 9781600760518
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Reader ratings: 3.8
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When he was a teenager, Charles experienced something terrifying and wonderful. Years later, he's forgotten it... until he gets a call from a woman he can't remember who says she loves him and she's on her way to him. "On the Banks of Lethe" by James L Grant, is a quiet sort of horror novel that has an interesting story at its heart... if you can get to it.
I had high hopes for this, being a fan of Mr Grant's online comics and horror and general. While it was far from a poor read, I didn't find it to be the breakthrough terrifying and emotional tale that other reviewers did. The idea behind it is clever, but I felt a bit like I was reading Stephen King's "It" by way of Goth Town. They're far from identical, but they share some of the same ideas, and while Lethe is a more intimate story, it's not nearly as well written or engaging as I might have hoped for. Mr Grant crafts a clever, different story from your typical horror novel, but a lot of it is too vague or mystical to be really frightening or awe-inspiring. He also has a tendency to reuse phrases a lot ("lips like soft pillows", "like chewing on tinfoil") which, while hardly the end of the world, can be a bit jarring when you start noticing them popping up over and over.
How much you'll enjoy this story probably depends mostly on how much you like/empathize with the main characters, and unfortunately I didn't connect with either of them. Both the male and female lead come across as a bit too fantasied, a bit too clearly idealistic (IE, "This is what I think the coolest people would be like"), and, in several cases, eye-rollingly glib and smug.
Read it and you'll probably enjoy the time you spend with it, but On the Banks of Lethe is a bit too full of self-indulgent puffery for my tastes.
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Read information about the authorJames L. Grant was born in the 1970s, in Oklahoma, during a tornado, to a Japanese father and American mother. Two weeks later, his parents realized they were living in Oklahoma, and moved back to California, where he spent the vast majority of his youth in a tiny town called Big Bear. He sometimes spent the summer at his uncle's ranch in Apple Valley, where he learned to shoot, rope and ride horseback, and that cows are terrible creatures.
A lifelong doodler from the age of 3, Grant began selling his comics in the early 1990s, to zines and small presses. He also sold several short stories to small presses. In a time before the internet, this really didn't amount to much.
In 1995, he shunned the desert wastelands of California for the lush, green hills of Fort Worth. A girl was involved. They didn't last, but his love of DFW did, and remains to this day.
Once the webbernets happened, Grant became one of the first wave of web cartoonists, listed on Bigpanda and everything, when the internet was still a new and wild thing. FLEM! Comics became an overnight hit, but made him virtually no money for the first 5 years of his online cartooning experience.
In 2003, he met Mel Hynes, quit doing comics, and sold his first novel, Pedestrian Wolves. During this time period he also sold a slew of short stories to such venues as Gothic.net, Bloodlust UK, and various other magazines that no longer exist, since the magazine universe is a fickle and tumultuous bitch.
After a brief hiatus from comics, Grant and Hynes began the (now fairly famous) webcomic Two Lumps, which endures to this day.
In the past 20 years, Grant has sold countless short fiction, a handful of novels, and enjoyed his life in Dallas, Texas. He currently resides there with Hynes, his wife since 2006, his daughter Trinity, and two whiny cats. He enjoys firearms, good music, good food, hunting, fishing, camping, and going to regional burn festivals. His likeness has appeared in many other webcomics, usually due to true (but funny) stories of his horrible shenanigans. He and his wife have attended many comics conventions as guests and exhibitors, including Aggiecon, Project A-Kon, Animefest, and Comic Con San Diego.
If you've heard a horrible story about Grant, it's got a 50% likelihood of being true.
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