Vaughn R. Demont’s Lightning Rod is an amazing book–inventive in its magic, gritty in its urban setting, winning and funny in its very likable hero. The book recalls the great television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer in all the best ways, a mixture of adventure, comedy, and deep emotion. And something more. Like Buffy’s Joss Whedon, Demont has created that rarest of literary creatures, a perfect metaphor. For Whedon it was high school as Hell, for Demont it’s the best evocation of the effects of abuse I’ve ever read. I can’t reveal how the book does this without giving away some jaw-dropping spoilers, but it’s something that stays with you long after you’ve read it.
I’m still trying to comprehend being compared to Joss Whedon, one of my trinity of favorite writers. Today is just awesome. 🙂