By Andrew Leon
Genre: Dark fantasy, Young Adult
Year published: 2013
Date read: 11/29/13
Recommended by: Andrew Leon, in conversation
Summary: Tiberius has always thought of himself as a normal 10-year-old boy. Maybe he's a little smarter than everyone else, but that's still normal. He's scared of shadows, but everyone's scared of something, right? His mother's completely paranoid and called the cops the one time, just one time, he went over to a friend's house after school, but, still, he's normal even if his mother is not. At least, that's what he thinks until the day his mother finally decides to tell him about his father, and she tells him things that convince him that one of them is crazy, and he's pretty sure it's not him. That is until the Man with No Eyes shows up and his father falls out of the sky.
This is the first collection in a series to tell the story of Tiberius. This was a really good beginning. My favorite thing so far is the relationship that he has with the police officer. He really looks out for Tib and Tib feels safe around him. I also like the tunnel - it immediately draws you in, but also reminds you of fears that you once had when you were younger. I am totally looking forward to reading Collection 2. :)
As a bonus, there is a short story by Bryan Pedas called Like An Axe Through Bone. This is an amazingly good short story. I was totally impressed and look forward to reading more by Bryan.