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Killer psychedelic sludge doom, goes from spacey psychedelic interludes to heavy post-metal. Under appreciated band who you should pay more attention to: Bandcamp Album of the Day Sep 7, Infant Island by Infant Island. Screamo with a sense of urgency that calls on big shoegazey guitar melodies to channel its chaos. The Dusk In Us by Converge. On their ninth studio album, the legendary Converge are as brutal and brilliant as ever, writing complex songs that bristle with tension.
Strangled Light by Less Art. Five veterans bashing out their own new version of post-hardcore; world-weary perspective, fresh, urgent, crackling with feeling. Ghost Medicine by Systems. And with his best friends by his side, Troy, Tom, and Gabe set out for an unforgettable journey they never intended to take. We get to see the soft side of Troy and his feelings for Luz, and how two boys make all the difference to and old woman. One person can make such a huge impact on so many different things.
In Ghost Medicine, we see this in so many ways. My heart wrapped around so many lovely characters, only to be broken by the sad and most memorable storyline. I found characters I couldn't tolerate well, only to see myself flipping and seeing a new side, only to fall in love yet again with another hero. And although there is a hero lying inside of Ghost Medicine, there is far more damage done. Damage I never expected. Ghost Medicine was an intense, incredible read, the kind of book I didn't want to finish because I didn't feel like exiting the world Andrew Smith created. The narrator, Troy Stotts, has recently lost his mother.
The novel takes place over the course of a summer which Troy and his close circle of friends -- Tom, Gabe and his sister Luz -- will never forget. I don't want to give anything away, but I'll say this: There is a scene involving a snake bite that will make you feel as if you've just been bitten yourself. A mountain lion attack had me sweating in public. If you enjoy the outdoors, and adventure, you'll love this book.
But it's more than that, too. The writing is clearly influenced by Hemingway, and I mean that in the best sense. Many authors attempt to channel Hemingway, often with poor results.
Smith doesn't attempt to parrot, but has clearly been influenced, as is clear from his crisp, clear prose. If you don't fall in love with Troy and Luz while reading this book, there may be something wrong with your heart. You'll be glad you did. I haven't purchased this book on Kindle but I read it in paperback and IT. I highly recommend this book. I was highly intrigued and it gets your heart pumping.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith. Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith ,. Matt Mahurin Cover Artist. Ghost Medicine really liked it 4. The summer before Troy Stotts turns seventeen, his mother dies.
Troy and his father barely speak, communicating instead by writing notes on a legal pad by the phone. Troy spends most of his time with his closest friends: But before the summer is over, their paths will cross in dangerous and fateful ways with people who will change their lives: Troy and his friends want to disappear.
Instead, they will become what they least expect —brothers, lovers, heroes, and ghosts. Hardcover , pages.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ghost Medicine , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 22, Kelly rated it really liked it Recommends it for: YA literature fans of all ages. We wrote for our high school newspaper together, and we were the best kind of best friends.
We lost contact for a time, but once the friendship was renewed, I asked him, "Where is the novel? It is a tender and serious work of fiction, as I'd secretly supposed. To begin to understand the story of year old Troy Stotts before you've read the novel, picture a Gary Paulsen character on horseback. Then add a new kind of solitude -- the kind that reflects a coming of age urgency, a yearning of intensity -- with room for love and friendship, but just barely. After Troy's mother dies, he and his father a teacher like Smith himself , slip away from each other.
Grieving her death and the earlier death of Troy's brother, they find communication too painful to endure. Short scratches on a legal pad hold the essentials in place, but the gulf between them is vast and growing. Troy turns, instead to the wilds of his rural California home, his faithful horse, and two cowboy friends, Gabe and Tom. A little further removed is Gabe's sister, Luz -- a girl Troy says he's loved for as long as he can remember.
But don't expect stereotypical displays of testosterone. Troy and his friends don't have all the answers -- not when they hunt for a dangerous mountain lion, not when they try to protect a herd of wild horses, not even when they come up against the town sheriff's delinquent son, Chase Rutledge, time and time again. What they do have are the true and deeply felt emotions of authentic and diverse young men, and all the complications that go with them. Doubtless other friends will surface as Smith moves forward in his new and promising literary career.
Aug 15, Bethany rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ghost Medicine is one of those books that you finish, are left speechless, and then have to put the book away quietly and just sit there in silence, reflecting deeply on how impacting the story is. It's one of those books that I find so impacting, that I forget to write a review on it for the longest time, a book that when I glance at it, my heart grows heavy, the memories of the book come rushing b "the angel is sleeping in the woods.
It's one of those books that I find so impacting, that I forget to write a review on it for the longest time, a book that when I glance at it, my heart grows heavy, the memories of the book come rushing back. So finally, I found the book again on the library shelves one day, and had a strong urge to reread the novel again, to devour every word, to truly almost live in the lives of Troy Stotts, Tom Buller, and Gabriel Benavidez. And I'm glad I did. This story gets better and better and better every time I read it. I never knew that one could feel such ache for a single story.
I can carry it around for months and it will still give me the same feelings that I felt the first time reading it. This book is pure love for me. Hands down, this is my favorite book. My heart constantly aches for Ghost Medicine. I can barely think about the book without my eyes clouding up with tears. This book was impacting, so impacting. It's so deep and rich with life lessons and enchanting tales. I can't even explain my feelings for this book, it's so deep. Ghost Medicine is a soft rural story about a young man named Troy Stotts who lives up in the mountains with his solemn quiet father and his loyal horse Reno.
You could call Troy a cowboy, from his thoroughbred horse, to his black Stetson hat, to the beautiful land he calls his home. But he's quite a peculiar one; he completely refuses to wear cowboy boots, barely wears belts, and looks skinnier and scrawnier than any boy you've ever seen his age —though he's anything but scrawny.
This takes place the summer after Troy's mother dies. He had already lost one family member, his brother when they were younger. Troy sets out on his horse to a lone cabin in the mountains, where he will try to stay as long as he can, to get away from everything. And he copes well, surviving off of the fish he catches in the pond, Reno to keep him company, and two books to keep him occupied. It isn't until later that he persuaded that he must come back home.
And that is the beginning of the summer of ghost medicine, the summer that parts of everyone are lost, parts that grow up, the summer of friends, heroes, enemies, and blood. Friends Troy spends most of his summer with his two best friends, Tom and Gabe. Tommy Buller is one hell of a guy. He's a tough, sly and mischievous, coyote-grinning, tobacco-spitting, stubborn and loyal friend. I've never heard of anyone like him.
And Gabey, who is the rancher's son, brother of Luz, who Troy might be utterly in love with, and who is mainly a quiet and timid, adventurous and helpful friend. The three of them are unstoppable, and the adventures they go on are remarkable. They sometimes spend their nights laughing and telling stories while sitting outside at their bonfires. Heroes It's amazing at how the three of these boys help each other and others, how many lives they try to save.
Their generosity and determination never fails to amaze me. They are constantly helping out, whether it's for each other, or for others, and though they may get in trouble, it's for a good reason. They are all three heroes, in my head at least. Enemies Chase Rutledge and Jack Crutchfield are just arrogant ignorant jerks all around.
They're always causing trouble, but there's nothing Troy and his friends can really do about it, considering Chase is the sheriff's son. I honestly just wanted Troy or Tom or Gabe to just shoot Chase in the head. The first time I'd read this —and, okay I'll admit, the second time too I'd recommend this book to patient readers, ones that enjoy soft rural stories like this. I've heard many people say they just can't get into the book, but I was completely hooked on page 1, so I guess it really depends on the reader and what you're interested in.
Ghost Medicine has got to be my favorite book by Andrew Smith. They are all so good, but this one calls to me the most, I think. So please read Ghost Medicine. Experience the summer of horses and rattlesnakes, and mountain lions and guns, of rain and the rider number seven, of secret kisses and of straight lips, of the giddy bonfires and the silent orchard of the ghosts, of beer, whiskey, and tobacco, of laughing and crying, of grieving and of accepting, of growing, of blood, sweat, and tears.
Experience the summer of the angels sleeping in the woods, with the three boys grieving, blood painted on their faces like they're in a tribe, one with a line of blood straight down his forehead, one with two lines of blood down each eyelid to the cheek, one with a slash of blood across one cheek. Experience the summer of ghost medicine. I know you will believe that such a place, and such people, and such events could not be in this world, and that's okay with me because I don't need anyone to come looking for anything around here.
There's too much stuff that I haven't found yet. It's just, after a while, those ghosts just don't seem as scary. But they never really go away. The cats, I mean. How they move so quiet? So people can look right at you, but not see you if you don't want them to. It makes the other ghosts leave you alone. It's everything you could ever want. And as we walked though the woods, wet past our knees, Tommy waves his hands in the air, smiling and acting like he was trying to feel where his invisible friends had gone.
Oct 25, Danielle rated it did not like it Shelves: I had a hard time getting into this book; in the beginning it was very difficult to tell what was happening and when. The past and present seemed to be represented at the same time. It is also one of those books that is a tragedy and the author lets you know right away what is going to happen. I usually don't like books like that. But I decided to give it a chance anyway because he is a local author.
I was horribly disappointed. Here is another book that has only one female character who causes I had a hard time getting into this book; in the beginning it was very difficult to tell what was happening and when. Here is another book that has only one female character who causes the sad and useless tragedy to happen in the first place. It is not the stupidity of the boys, their selfishness, drinking, or stoic silence that causes the problem, oh no.
Of course it is the woman and her body that cause all the sadness and death. And worse it is not because of anything that she has done other than think that she is as good as a man but what the men around her do to "protect" her. And the author didn't let us know that that was the way it was to be until the very end, thanks. I would recommend not wasting your time. Jun 11, Shaun Hutchinson rated it it was amazing. I've read three of Andrew Smith's books now. I think this might be my favorite. It's just a quiet story about three boys who go up a mountain and never return. Saying any more than that would be a disservice.
Eu sou suspeito pra falar, porque adoro o Andrew Smith e leria qualquer coisa que ele escrevesse. E amei cada pedacinho de aprendizado que tive com ela. Quero ser igual a ele quando crescer! Jul 10, Brenda rated it really liked it.
In addition to writing, he teaches high school advanced placement classes and coaches rugby. Ghost Medicine really liked it 4. I can carry it around for months and it will still give me the same feelings that I felt the first time reading it. Purchasable with gift card. The good guy characters are interesting except the girl, who is just there to adore the main character. Short scratches on a legal pad hold the essentials in place, but the gulf between them is vast and growing.
Troy Stotts loves to ride his horse up into the mountains to get away from his worries We first meet Troy right after the death of his mother and quickly learn that for Stotts, nothing can heal like a nice long ride and a couple of days camping out by the river. We also learn about his three best friends: Tom who shows no fear and is always up for a reason to be away from his drunken father; Gabe who is shy and timid; and Luz who is tough and beautiful and the exa Troy Stotts loves to ride his horse up into the mountains to get away from his worries Tom who shows no fear and is always up for a reason to be away from his drunken father; Gabe who is shy and timid; and Luz who is tough and beautiful and the exact opposite of her brother Gabe.
They all just want to practice what Troy says is Ghost Medicine where the past and the present just stands still for the whole summer.