The Domino Men

Jeff VanderMeer • January 25th, 2009 @ 6:40 am • Book Reviews

My review of The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes just went up at The Washington Post Book World. I really wanted to like this book more but the unevenness of tone and passivity of the narrator ultimately deep-sixed it for me (despite liking the opening and the title characters).

I thought Barnes’ first novel was great fun and felt really bad about having to write this review. I look forward to reading more by Barnes and plan to seek out whatever his third novel turns out to be, although I won’t be reviewing it unless I like it.

Finally, I’ll just note that if you don’t read the second half of the novel it becomes glaringly obvious in your review–I don’t believe reviewers for a couple of trade publications actually read the whole thing.

3 Responses to “The Domino Men”

  1. Felix Gilman says:

    well, if it makes you feel better, the review didn’t put me off buying it

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Yeah, that does. It’s definitely worth engaging. It is a really, for me, jarring mix of things–and I love a good gumbo.

  3. Paul says:

    I didn’t read The Somnambulist before getting this from Amazon Vine. I just finished it (and need to write a review). I found it a bit too jarring. Funny enough, one thought I had when reading this was “Vandemeer has done this sort of thing better”

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