The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom

Victor LaValle

160 pages first pub 2016 (editions)

fiction fantasy historical horror dark mysterious tense fast-paced
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Description

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic...

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Community Reviews Summary of 6,602 reviews

Moods

dark 96%
mysterious 75%
tense 56%
emotional 21%
challenging 19%
sad 19%
adventurous 17%
reflective 10%

Pace

fast 64%
medium 32%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 51% | Character: 25% | Plot: 22%

Strong character development?

Yes: 52% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 14% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 54% | No: 29% | Yes: 13% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 15% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.87

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