Review: The Man who Rained – Ali Shaw

Genre: Fiction/Fable
Pages: 304
Published: January 2012
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Source: For review

When Elsa’s father is killed in a tornado, all she wants is to escape — from New York, her job, her boyfriend — to somewhere new, anonymous, set apart. For some years she has been haunted by a sight once seen from an aeroplane: a tiny, isolated settlement called Thunderstown. 

Thunderstown has received many a pilgrim, and young Elsa becomes its latest — drawn to this weather-ravaged backwater, this place rendered otherworldly by the superstitions of its denizens. In Thunderstown, they say, the weather can come to life and when Elsa meets Finn Munro, an outcast living in the mountains above the town, she wonders whether she has witnessed just that. 

For Finn has an incredible secret: he has a thunderstorm inside of him. Not everyone in town wants happiness for Elsa and Finn. As events turn against them, can they weather the tempest – can they survive at all? 

The Man Who Rained is a work of lyrical, mercurial magic and imagination, a modern-day fable about the elements of love.

My thoughts:
I read this first book, The Girl with glass feet and was smitten. He made me believe it all could be real. That in some parts of the world there was still magic that was not truly magic, it was just life. It’s not like paranormal books where you just read it but do not believe. Here, here it is different. Perhaps men can rain, and perhaps rain can come to life.
His prose is lyrical and it sucks you in, it holds on to you and it also made me feel scared. This is a town filled with superstitious people who kill that of rain and thunder. While on the mountain there lives a strange man called Finn, who is our man who rained. I feared for him.
The story is about Elsa who comes to Thundertown to start a new life. She is nice and curious and meets Finn. Who is mysterious and sweet. He shows her a world that seems to exist only in these mountains. It’s a book filled with magical realism and feelings of longing, love but also hate of the unknown. And here it truly shows. That which you do not know you fear and think is dangerous. Only some give it a chance and find that we are all alike in the end.
The book is great, the writing, the story, the people in it and the world he creates. It’s a place were sunbeams come to life.
It’s a book I recommend because it is so real and still so magical. I can’t wait for his next book and see what he comes up with then. It was simply enchanting, heartbreaking and lovely.

36 thoughts on “Review: The Man who Rained – Ali Shaw

  1. Linda says:

    I have The Girl With The Glass Feet at home but have not picked it up. This isn't a series right? I love the cover of this one. Great review. Wish I was reading it right now!

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    ChrisI really should try his books!CaroleIt feels real, not like fantasy, or pnr or anything like thatKristiI hope you can find one of them cos they are truly lovely.LindaNo series, so it's just to jump in and read it

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    FeliciaThat is what I love about the book, it is just real and like yes that happens, who knows :)AmusedIt was so lovely, a must readMissieI just had this impending sense of doom since one of the townies is a real meanieDanaI have sure never come across a book like this one before :)StephYes, if you liked that one then you will like this one :DElysiumOh…:/ Well it is not for everyone

  4. Simcha says:

    I was kind of disappointed by The Girl with the Glass Feet and the way the author handled that fantasy elements but I did enjoy the writing and I think I might enjoy this book if I go in with the right expectations.

  5. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    I also loved the Girl with Glass Feet. You know I hated that ending though I loved the book. ;)Oh I hope it doesn't have the same ending. I crave my HEA! Oh even if it doesn't… I'll probably have to pick up this one as well!

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    SimchaIt's like the first book so if you go in with those expectations then you hould be ok.Melissaomg, the ending! Can you understand why I was freaked out while reading this book! 😉 I will not tell you, but read, it is worth it.And as for the Girl ending, it was the only possible wayNaidaThanks, I hope you try it :)melissaSuch a good and different bookAna*gasps* I did? You're welcome, lol

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    RyanThen I am truly glad that I introduced you to it :DJennyIt just seems so and I love that feeling, I want drops of true magic around NinaThen I am glad I made you hear about itCarolNo? Well then perhaps this one is for you 🙂

  8. Teddyree says:

    I'll have to try The Girl With The Glass Feet, these sound delightful. Magic and reality that combination reminds me a bit of Sarah Addison Allen's novels

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    AnnaIt is very lovely and simple 😀 Sometimes I just adore such covers. And yes try his books!StaciRead them both ;)TeddyAnd I have to try her novels 🙂 Though here the magic is kind of more than just little there and here ;)AurianYay, good to hear that

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