Under the Whispering Door was a peaceful ride into the great beyond. It is filled with some fantastic surprises and great twists on Western mythologies. This is a story that captivated my attention and made me feel Zen, maybe even at one with the universe.
What happens to us when we die? Where do we go? Who do we get to spend eternity with? These are the questions that Klune uses to look at what is really important in life. After all, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
When I finally dug into Under the Whispering Door (it had been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time), I was introduced to Wallace Price, and I thought, someone get me a two by four so that I could knock some common sense and humanity into this poor excuse for a human being. Well, apparently, Klune could do what I wanted, but without the violence (who knew that could work). The way that Hugo interacted with Wallace was the best part of the story; their interactions had a calming effect on me as I read.
It was the characters who drove the story, the events were few and far between – this was a story of interactions, and how these interactions can change someone. Could you imagine a place where people sit around and really listen to each other and not just wait to fire off their rebuttal?
What I appreciated most was Klune’s piecing together of this story. Some twists to what’s part of our mythology: reaper, ferryman, redemption, etc. He expertly pulls from many places, and pulls it all together into a complete, entrancing story.