The Newt is Mute But Speaks Volumes: WaPo Resurrectionist Review

Jeff VanderMeer • June 27th, 2008 @ 5:22 pm • Book Reviews

…Aaaaand just when I think I’m done, they pull me back in. The Washington Post Book World just posted my review of Jack O’Connell’s The Resurrectionist, a book that despite my reservations I recommend highly and am adding to the rec list on the right (click through to order).

Excerpt: You would think that a conversation between a mad scientist and his prized newt might not stand out in a novel dominated by sociopathic bikers, a father’s unbearable guilt and a sad quest by a group of sideshow freaks. You would be wrong. In the strange crucible of reality and imagination that is The Resurrectionist, by Jack O’Connell, their one-sided exchange exemplifies the author’s sheer chutzpah: from its meticulous attention to detail to the parallels between Dr. Peck, founder of a coma clinic, and his blue-spotted newt, Rene.

2 Responses to “The Newt is Mute But Speaks Volumes: WaPo Resurrectionist Review”

  1. GB Steve says:

    I’m glad there’s a new Jack O’Connell out. I rather enjoyed his Quinsigamond series. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Andrew Cooper says:

    /hits head with frying pan

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