The Dream of Perpetual Motion

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.


  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Jeff VanderMeer says

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