^ as per usual, clicking the link will take you directly to Stahler’s website.
Doppelganger’s – for those of you who don’t know – are creatures that assume the shape of a person and take over their lives. More modernly the term has stretched to simply mean a “lookalike” but that was not the original intention of the word. In Stahler’s novel Doppelganger’s are monsters, they kill the person, assume their life, and then move on days, weeks, years later (it varies). Doppelganger’s are ever changing and they don’t care that they are murderers, they are hardwired for it. But this Doppelganger – the narrator of the tale – he doesn’t want to murder, he wants to be more human. When he finds himself in the role of Chris Parker, he finds himself struggling to maintain Chris’ life and figure out the secrets of humanity. Narrated by Doppelganger the novel is a beautiful commentary on the humanity and what it means to be human.
A bit of back story on how I came to read this novel. I bought it some months ago because it sounded intriguing (and with my love of the supernatural how could I pass up a book about a supernatural beast?)
So I started reading it about a month ago – it’s not a particularly long book 250ish pages – I got about a chapter in but I was in one of those reading slumps, you know when you just aren’t in the mood to read and everything you read is kind of lackadaisical? I think this slump was in conjunction with my writers block or my S.A.D. regardless I ended up just watching all 3 seasons of “The Walking Dead” instead and Stahler’s book remained by my side but untouched.
Flash-forward to yesterday and me saying to myself “Jeepers, you haven’t read in forever. Why don’t you read today.” So I picked it back up and I finished it. In under a day. It was a really good book. It had a great narrator, the morality questions it raised were so true to the struggles of humanity. The fact that there were villains in the book who weren’t “monsters”. Just, I wish I was articulate enough to praise this book correctly.
It’s not a book for everyone, some people might think I’m puffing it up too much, but those morality questions are something I really enjoy. Also the Macbeth parallels just tickled my inner Shakespeare.
Overall, very enthusiastic about this novel and it was the perfect novel to get me back into the reading mood!