The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Jeff VanderMeer • May 14th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm • Book Reviews

NYTBR just published my review of Palmer’s first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion. A really good first novel. Basically, even though I had some quibbles that got cut for space considerations–the middle is too static–my feeling is that Palmer could write just about anything he likes. He’s got the full-on chops and the flexibility and depth. Very exciting.

I also have to say I really appreciated the NYTBR editor’s edit on this review. My original got a little too caught up in Palmer’s own convoluted structure/syntax, which is fine for his book but not for a review. It was nice to see all of that flensed so effortlessly.

7 Responses to “The Dream of Perpetual Motion”

  1. Weirdside says:

    That’s great news. It’s always good to know that there is a new author on the scene who has ability and not just cool ideas. Plus, the cover for this book is amazing!

  2. jeff vandermeer says:

    hey–will be interested to see what you think of it.

  3. Sam says:

    I’m trying to avoid reading reviews of this before both (1) editing a review of it I’m expecting and (2) reading it myself but it’s awful, awful hard not to click and read.

  4. Mike says:

    I just finished it a couple of days ago. I thought it was fantastic. Not being an expert in the steampunk genre, I thought it was very inventive, had a strong voice, and the language is incredible compelling. A virtuoso performance.

  5. NY Times Gets an F&SF Reviewer who Actually Likes the Genre « Genreville says:

    [...] not just the idea that, if I read the book, I’ll be sure to find it.  Jeff’s announcement of the review being published indicates that there was some editorial trimming.  Perhaps that part got [...]

  6. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Um, if you’re coming here from Genreville…this isn’t my first review for the NYTBR.

  7. Delbert Vichidvongsa says:

    This can be by far the greatest submit I’ve identified on this topic, thank you for making my day.

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