The Resurrectionist (Quinsigamond #5)
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As some of you already know, I have been a twenty-year fan and student now of the related 20th-century art movements Dadaism and Surrealism, ever since first getting exposed to them as an undergraduate in the '80s, and in fact is the closest I arguably come to being legitimately "scholarly" on any top...more
Some might argue the style is surreal and the reader has to suspend belief. Dream sequences and comic book realities are fine tools to use in storytelling, but they must be hung on something if they are to be bought by the reader.
Characters are built up only to never be heard from again, a bit of foreshadowing is cast only to be left adrift in the...more
Not badly told (and I got used to the reader on the audio CD fairly quickly -- he handled a lot of voices well), but for what purpose? I've read The Magus, the Shining, and, more recently, The Keep, and they covered similar ground (the nature of consciousness and reality, gothic and/or classical horror, Dads running around yelling "Danny!") but with a bit more payoff. Early on I asked another reader if there was...more
The Resurrectionist is a very different book, though, from Word Made Flesh, despite being set in (or rather near) the same old New World city of Quinsigamond that figures s...more
Interwoven into Sweeny's journey is the comic book story of Limbo, the journey of a troupe of "freaks" in search of a place in the world.
This book is strangely fascinating in a Kafkaesque way, and although I found it plodding at times, I was prodded into finishing it. The em...more
Maybe I just don't do well with stories that don't make much sense. The Limbo story was fair...more
Although it has its strengths, The Resurrectionist is not for everyone. The novel slips imperfectly between grim reality and dark fantasy, and for some critics, the intense drama, imaginative scenery, and significant themes did not overcome frustrating structural difficulties. O'Connell has embedded a touching father-son story within the work; however, to reach this dramatic core, the reader must be patient and willing to overlook the novel's difficult framework. Still, critics praised many of t...more
This book was more like riding a water slide when you're supposedly too old and the parents you pass on the way up think they smell beer on...more
One problem I did have ear...more
My complaint with the book is the meandering way in which the story lopes along, remaining interesting, but not really drawing me in. The characters are, for the most part, well drawn, but still lack the depth to make me feel for them.
All in all this book feels like a good first draft...more
If you like weird comic book worlds, psy...more
This was a haphazard shamble of crazed doctors, surreal dreams and brain-fluid-addicted biker gangs. Basically just the offspring of a really bad acid trip and a six-year-old's worst hospital nightmares.
I do have to admit that the ch...more
I'm sorry that I forget who recommended this book to me, but, whoever did...Thank You!!
Now this is where I'm supposed to say: "This book is a combination of [Author A} & [Author B:]" but I won't.
This book is about forgiveness of yourself, comas, a comic written by the The Love Child of Warren Ellis & Alan Moore (Oh shit! I just mentioned an Author A & an Author B! Fuckin' sue me.).
I found myself waking up an hour or two before my alarm went off so I could read one more...more
There is a special kind of frustration reserved for those who have suffered through this book to the bitter end. To my comrades, I salute you! To those cont...more
But I also found the story really weak I feel there was a lot more could have been done with the characters. It is classed as a Gothic novel I was expecting something much more darker......
And also the last part of the book was very weak and there was not enough depth in the part if story,and I felt cheated.
But again John O'Connell writes wonderfully but the strength in the characters and story need th...more
In The Resurrectionist, we meet Sweeney - our main character, if I were to pick ONE and label him as such. I see him as the wheel around which this novel turns. Sweeney's son Danny has been in a coma for over a year, and they have just relocated to The Clinic - where Dr. Peck has successfully aroused 2 comatose patients.
O'Connell withholds information from us - the reader - information we desire to know. Which, quite frankly, kept me glued to this book. There are subtle and shroude...more