From another thread, I was motivated to read outside my usual genre which would be Romance. So I cheated, I picked a former love and that would be Horror. But really, I've been wanting to read Shadowland again. I just could not remember the title but it has nagged at me for years, that story that I left me with a haunting feeling when I got to end. Motivated to figure it out and see if it affects me the same way as I did when I was a teenager, I spent over an hour in total on and off googling all random combinations of words "Two boys, a magician uncle and a girl with burning feet." Frustrated, I think I finally hit jackpot when I typed something along the lines of "Magician's apprentices" and the name Peter Straub came up which rang a bell. It all clicked that I would have read a horror. Although, I remembered it as a haunting love story and can only assume that it was those elements that appealed to me. And the burning feet? Turns out its a mermaid who accepted human form and forever walks on nails and razor blades. Missed or forgot that! According to wikipedia (because I am exceedingly lazy): The story concerns two young boys, Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale, who spend a summer with Del's uncle Coleman Collins, who is one of the foremost magicians in the world. As time passes, however, Tom begins to suspect that what Collins is teaching is not a series of harmless tricks, but is in fact real sorcery. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised that the novel has been picked up by David S. Goyer to be adapted for an NBC Event TV Series. At least it was as of 24 Oct 2014, you can never be certain if these things actually go anywhere. Still, I thought, it must have been good to be worthy for consideration at least. I really have zero memories of what this story was about. I've just started and I'm finding every page has me pausing to think and reflect and wonder what the point is Peter Straub trying to make. It's driving me a little crazy (in a good way) to be honest. From the negative reviews there are criticisms of his writing technique and how this book leads you nowhere, that nothing truly horrible happens or that in the end, you're left with more questions than you started. I also caught another criticism how this writer is analyzing while he is writing, which has me even more twisted. Does that mean I am analyzing when he is analyzing and that at the end, there really is no answers? Arghh!!! He uses the idea of fairytales in this story which I love, and I feel like I'm being lead down this dark and wonky little path into a place where things will happen but nothing will be what I think it is. Because of this, I wouldn't mind company going down this path or at least someone who has read the book and can give me their thoughts.