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Return to Book Page. Paths to Divinity by Joseph DiCristofano. An archaeologist gone mad describes the unearthed secrets that drove him to insanity. The tables turn on a 'tender-hearted' serial killer who truly loves his victims. A mortally wounded German soldier contemplates the futility of war and love lost in the company of a tennis-obsessed Grim Reaper. A slain Spartan king is awakened by The Furies and finds his vengeance. A litt An archaeologist gone mad describes the unearthed secrets that drove him to insanity. A little girl stumbles upon a mythical garden and finds within herself the world's salvation.
Paths to Divinity offers tales grotesque and wonderful from the mind of author Joseph DiCristofano. Open this tome, and savor a journey filled with horror, magic, fear, and hope. Escape the trappings of normalcy and embrace your imagination Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about Paths to Divinity , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Jun 18, David Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary , short-stories , indie-stuff. Paths to Divinity is not a helter-skelter collection of short stories rather popular these days , but rather a reviving of a hibernating medium. Some stories require such diverse voice and point of view as to strain against the classic story arc of the novel.
Yet they are still stories deserving to be told and which we yearn to hear. Thus enters Paths to Divinity, a story of nothing less than the veil between worlds. With each of the shorts in this collection Dicristofano toys with a different h Paths to Divinity is not a helter-skelter collection of short stories rather popular these days , but rather a reviving of a hibernating medium.
With each of the shorts in this collection Dicristofano toys with a different human perception of ultimate reality. With startling vividness Dicristofano delves into one world view after another, leading the reader down disturbingly provocative and terrifying bunny trails only to yank her from the threshold at the moment of transition and toss her back into the darkness yet again.
Fresh and cunning, Paths to Divinity leaves nary a stone unturned.
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A few of my favorites involved a tennis playing Grim Reaper, an evolving relationship between the Angel Uriel and the original serpent, and a terrifying twist of the demonic. Amidst a sea of vampires and perky, pre-teen-on-angel romance, Paths to Divinity offers a hardy meal of venison and mead for the mind. Each course of the feast provides a new complexity of flavor begging the reader to either thrill or shiver under the implications. What does this life hold? What of the next?
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What of the in-between? And how will I respond when the moment finds me? Horrible and beautiful at the same time, Paths to Divinity's means and methods matches its contents perfectly. My only contention with the work is that more than once it kept me up at night. View 1 comment.
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Sep 20, Sarah-Jayne Briggs rated it liked it. This review may contain spoilers. Short story collections tend to garner a mixture of different emotions when I read them. I did like that there was a variety of different genres, even if all of the stories seemed to have a recurring theme of death throughout. The very first story might have actually put me off reading the collection in its entirety, if I hadn't picked up this book as part of a challenge. I did find the style of the first story to be quite a unique one, as it made use of the sec This review may contain spoilers.
I did find the style of the first story to be quite a unique one, as it made use of the second person POV, as if the main character was addressing the reader. However, most of the first story seemed to gloss over a lot of the character development and although there were hints that something horrible had happened, I didn't really get to know even the narrator well enough to truly care about what the story led up to. The second story was actually very disturbing to read, but it crossed very quickly from a glimpse into a serial killer's mind to a supernatural, almost black comedy situation.
And, again, there wasn't any emotional connection for me, the reader. The emotional connection, for me, really hit when it came to the story about the twins. I felt a lot of sympathy for the two of them and I could completely understand why things came to a head and such a drastic action ended up being taken. The story about the soldier was one I found easy to engage with as well.
I liked his interactions with Death and even though the subject matter was a really dark one, there were some nice moments of humour that did well to lower some of the tension. Probably my favourite story in the collection was the one about the garden. In comparison to the rest of the stories, that one seemed to be more developed and although there were long periods of time glossed over, there were some very sweet moments in it. Also, of course, I enjoyed reading the Spartan king who was brought back for vengeance by the Furies. While it was just a revenge storyline, it still kept me interested.
I don't think I'd read this book again, but I wouldn't mind reading more books by this author in the future. Apr 26, Cynthia rated it it was amazing Shelves: ebooks , books-i-own. This is a second read. It was several years ago I was first introduced to this book and its author. I returned to this one as it is one of my favorites. I simply love the way this book is written. It has a dark narrative a lot like the works of Poe. Paths to Divinity certainly is a dark read with points of defined horror. The short stories are scripted artfully and with great detail.
This book is horrific but impossible to stop reading.
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