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Resurrection Man (Resurrection Man #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  307 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Resurrection Man is the story of an angel raised among mortals, reluctant to use his powers but ultimately compelled to fulfill his fate. It is an ambitious story that confirms Sean Stewart's growing reputation as "a new voice as distinctive as any in SF" (Robert Charles Wilson).
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Ace (first published 1995)
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Zachary Jernigan
OBJECTIVE RATING (my best stab at looking at the book's merits, regardless of whether or not I enjoyed it all that much): 5

PERSONAL RATING (how much the book "worked" for me personally): 5

Very possibly my favorite book, Resurrection Man is a stunning achievement of speculation as well as a beautiful meditation on family and masculinity. Stewart would go on to write several more increasingly efficient and polished novels, but this is his masterpiece.

Creepy as hell, oftentimes obscure and always e
Resurrection Man begins stunningly, when Dante, his sister Sarah, and his adopted brother Jet discover Dante's dead body; naturally enough, Dante takes this as a sign that he's about to die and starts to investigate. The setting is an alternate America, where magic started to return to the modern world during WWII, when golems appeared in concentration camps; Stewart builds his picture of the world piece by piece, taking it steadily further and further away from our own world and creating a cree ...more
So I finally got around to writing a review of this book which I unabashedly love. I hope everyone – I mean EVERYONE – reads it. This is not an easy book to read, not one for skimming, certainly not light reading. But this book is worth every bit of effort you put into it and more besides. It is a book likely to reveal something new each time you read it.

Dante Ratkay is an angel who largely ignored his magical abilities until confronted with his own dead body. Not an illusion, not a phantom, but
This is one of my very favorite novels. I've read it 5 or 6 times, and every time through find something new and more resonant. Like nearly all Stewart's novels, Resurrection Man mixes fantasy with reality. However, this one contains his most human - and most heartbreaking - characters. Jet is my personal favorite here. Especially his transformation and reflections at the end of the novel.
Glen Engel-Cox
Dec 04, 2014 Glen Engel-Cox rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Glen by: Don Webb
It was Don Webb who first pointed me in Stewart's direction, but it took me quite a while before I finally picked up a novel of his. This of course was due to no active avoidance, but simply because I have way too many books to read as it is. Still, if I never got any recommendations, I would miss out on some amazing books, of which Resurrection Man is one of them.

I like fantasy based in the real world--something magical hidden under the surface. When young, I remember being fascinated by magici
L.K. Evans
I liked this book. I must say, the beginning dragged for me a bit. It took me until about 60% in until I’d moved to the edge of my couch and shooed away anything/one who interrupted me. It was a short read but was crammed full of a lot of imagery and very poetic prose that had my heart aching. Towards the end, it even managed to form a lump in my throat. Let me give you two examples of some of Stewart’s beautiful thoughts, though there are so many I’d like to provide but I fear I’d give away the ...more
Nathan Burgoine
This was a book from Mr. Dude, which I shot through in a quick couple of days to and fro from work. It's interesting - a contemporarily set magical realism world, our world, to be exact, where magic has quietly been returning since around World War II.

By contemporary times, that magic is flexing its muscles. There are people with natural abilities - who are dubbed angels - and there are people who try to master its forces more externally - who are dubbed wizards. This tale focuses on an angel.

This book had much to recommend it by way of interesting futuristic technologies set amidst a serial-murder mystery plot. However, the good ideas in this novel were not balanced with realistic characters, and the relationship between the protagonists was improbable. At least it was long (over 500 pages).
This was a very strange book. I'm not sure I completely understood it.
I love all of Sean Stewart's stuff. And he's hard to find. I rarely see him in bookstores, just occasionally seeing a novel here or there. But he's always worth it.

Resurrection Man reads like one of his earlier novels. It is still awesome, but maybe lacks a little of the polish that shows up in his later books. Some things are left, deliberately or not, a little obscured and confusing. But it wrapped up well.
Kristi Thompson
A world awash in a rising tide of magic. Hard not to like. But I wish he'd spent more time with the evil twin, the character I really liked. Damien was a bit of a wash-out. I really liked the world-portrayal, the strangeness of it all, but there wasn't enough of it to carry the book on its own.
This was hard for an arachnophobe to read. I put it down and picked it back up several times, but I'm glad I persevered. As always, Stewart does a matchless job of following intricate and often tortured relationships on the path of life and death.
This book was OK. I found it really confusing at first. I didn't know what was going on. Things got a little better, but it was still just an OK read. Too bad. I thought it had a lot of potential.
I recently re-read this one after something like 12 years, and it's still thought provoking, and awsome - in the old sense - I love the moments where the Stewart doesn't look away.
Jul 11, 2008 Guy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I've read this book more than a couple of times over the years.

A nixe mixture of occult, mystery and emotional drama.
Scott Kleinpeter
Weird and difficult to drop. I did not find the stand-up very funny, but perhaps that was an aspect of that character's tragedy.
Exceedingly weird. And that says a lot coming from me.
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Sean Stewart (born June 2, 1965) is a U.S.-Canadian science fiction and fantasy author.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Sean Stewart moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968. After stints in Houston, Texas, Vancouver, British Columbia, Irvine, California and Monterey, California,
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