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Preview — The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell
The Resurrectionist (Quinsigamond #5)
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 back of the book description is pretty deceptive. There's nothing noir about this, nor is it mind-bending. It's odd, pretty engaging in the beginning, and the side story from the comic about the freaks is pretty dang cool.
Unfortunately, none of these cool facets lead anywhere, characters and secondary plots just drop away into nothing and it turns into ...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
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
So try it, since I guess if you like the noir psychological thriller with a touch of the fantastic - which as mentioned I rarely do - it may be for you; for me it did not transcend its genre so not of real interest
I suppose this book proves it's possible for a story to be so odd that it fails as fantasy, while being so fundamentally this-worldly that it also fails as fantasy.
Just move along; nothing to see here.
On the face of it, good story; young boy in a coma, trapped in limbo - a strange world that's related to a comic book he used to be fond of reading. Cue stressed out father who happens to be a pharmacist who gets a job in the research institute where the doctors say they can bring the boy out of the coma. Add in a really weird biker gang and sections of the limbo comic story - and you get this reader really confused.
The 'limbo' world was the most attractive pa ...more
Not hard to follow, not exactly, but more and more dreamlike in the very real meaning of the word. The logic to the narrative was increasingly like the logic of your dreams...it makes sense, kind of, but in ways that de ...more
I enjoyed the intertwining worlds of Danny and his father Sweeney and those of the freaks of Limbo. How each new chapter revealed a little more about each parallel world and steadily brought you closer to the dramatic conclusion.
I can't give it a 5 simply because i felt a number of characters weren't explored to the full extent that I would have wished: Alice Peck and Buzz to name b ...more
Really it's a pretty amazing book. A pharmacist and his comatose son move to a new town with a supposedly top notch facility for coma patients. The town is more than a bit peculiar and unwelcoming. The pharmacist takes a job at the clinic where his son resides to keep a close careful watch over him, and always reads to him his favorite comic ...more
Maybe I just don't do well with stories that don't make much sense. The Limbo story was fair ...more
One problem I did have ear ...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