|The Worms Of Heaven||
Three flying saucers
The Worms of Heaven is the third book in Misha Burnett‘s “Book of Lost Doors” series. I’ve previously reviewed the first two books, Catskinner’s Book and Cannibal Hearts. The stories focus on James, a young man who shares his head with Catskinner, who I tend to think of as a demon. Catskinner is actually something else which is a bit difficult to define, and his type are incorrectly assumed to be demons, aliens, angels, or whatever by normal humans.
This third book is more of the same. I don’t mean that in a negative way; if you liked the first two books you’ll probably like this one as well, but if you didn’t like them, you shouldn’t read The Worms of Heaven expecting a radical change in style.
The tension begins fairly early with a kidnapping. James’ response to the kidnappers is hilarious; he tells them they should just kill themselves, because it would be their best possible outcome. A series of additional attacks follow, which James is forced to take more seriously.
Some new paranormal elements appear, including a creepy villainess and a woman with something pre-programmed in her brain. There is also a passing reference which I found incredibly eerie: the suggestion that Earth’s moon once had an atmosphere and was full of life, until some unspecified paranormal disaster took place. Was there also a hint that Earth could suffer the same fate?
I didn’t get to see the “lost city” which was hinted at in the second book, but I’ve seen an excerpt of the fourth book in the series, Gingerbread Wolves, where the setting does appear.