Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only. Revenge.
Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter. No one knows him, but everyone knows his name: Mr. Shive ...more
This tale of death in the Dustbowl was an odd animal to pin down. The pursuit of a mysterious man in gray echoed the beginning of The Gunslinger. Much like the first volume in the epic Dark Tower series, Mr. Shivers is a novel of obsession and relentlessne ...more
But that's about where the comparison would end. Steinbeck is a master at making me care about his characters almost immediately. Of Mice and Men barely tops 100 pages, but in tha ...more
...John Steinbeck had written a version of The Gunslinger, set in one of his Great Depression era settings?
The Scarred Man in Gray fled across the Midwestern Plains...
...and the Vengeful Hobo followed...
Maybe not quite like that. But this was a very enjoyable (and dark) read.....
After his daughter is murdered, Michael Connelly sets out to find the scarred man, aka gray man, aka Mr Shivers, to seek his revenge. Along the way he joins forces with an unlikely band of hobos who are also out to kill Mr Shivers. Most of the book is following their journey towards finding t ...more
What started out as an intriguing search for a killer set against the historical background of the Great Depression suddenly detoured into fantasy and the paranormal and left me disappointed.
I don’t want to come down too harsh on the novel. I genuinely liked the first half—the realistic half. And, even later, there were some lyrical passages of good writing. Most fantasy novels leave me cold. This held my interes ...more
The plotline follows the character of Connelly as he sets out to find the man who killed his daughter. He falls in with a group of several men who are also searching for the same man. All the ...more
Bennett does a great job setting up the Depression era setting of hobo encampments, drought, and deserted towns. Connolly, his main character, rides in on the side of a cattle car. He is pursuing the badly scarred killer of his young daughter back in Memphis. Any description of the man with his facial scars prompts stories of Mr. Shivers from Connolly's fellow drifters. He ...more
This novel follows Connelly, a ruffian hobo, as he pursues Mr Shivers the murderer who killed his daughter. The book is set in depression age America, and very much feels like the TV series Carnivale, so if you're a fan then this book is a must read.
The initial setting of Mr Shivers is very powerful, we can almost feel the grime and desperation of the characters and the mystery of Mr Shivers is absolutely wicked.
There are a couple of shortfalls, t ...more
The bleak and desperate setting was another of Mr Shiver's many striking facets. I loved the way the sickness and wildness of the land was linked to the grey man's tainted presence.
The book's beginn ...more
Marcus Connelly is just like every other vagrant moving from one side of a dying country to the other. He walks or uses the train--stowing away whenever he can. However, most are looking for a better place to live, somewhere to work and find food to sat ...more
Bennett is a strong prose stylist, favoring th ...more
As the gray man continues his journey deeper and deeper into the deadlands that use to ...more
I know, my reviews rock lately, right?
Which is why it's so interesting to me that Mr. Shivers is such a purposefully humorless book. "Man whose child was murdered hunts the serial killer" isn't a premise that lends itself to comedy, whi ...more
Follow Connelly as he chases his daughter's killer across country during the time of the Great Depression. Along the way he meets up with others who also chase this man...a man they call Mister Shivers. Who exactly are they chasing? WHAT exactly are they chasing? And, what is he doing to the very souls of ...more
People who come to Mr. Shivers because they enjoyed Robert Jackson Bennett's later books will probably be in for a bit of a let down. Not because it's a bad book, because it's really, really good, and not even because his other books are better. It's just that relative to the books that followed, which are all sweeping high-concept fantasies, knotty conspiracy thrillers or both, Mr. Shivers is smaller, tighter and to my mind, much nastier both in tone and content. Might be a bit jarring for som...more
“The young ones smiled through their hunger and dreamed only of biting the horizon, of the great iron machines eating up earth beneath their wheels, and of freedom.”
There’s a Steinbeck-esque feel between these pages, to the Great Depression backdrop to the broken down automobiles to the darkness creeping in on the edges. Problem is, I hate Steinbeck.
Robert Jackson Bennett is a name that, like the gradual descent into madness most of our characters experience, has been slowly inching his way to t ...more
Unfortunately, this book tries to become much, much more and its reach exceeds its grasp. The less-than-clever reader (that's me) can suss out the ending halfway through, and that's not a good sign when you can't blame experience with previous entries in the genre("Oh, I bet this is going to end just like the last three killer hobo books I read.").
I had high hopes.
My hopes faded and fell.
To it's hard hard death.
I will admit. At about 75% of the book I flipped to the back few pages and read the ending. I didn't miss out on anything. If you catch my drift. Blahhh in my book.
|Flights of Fantasy: February 2014 - Horror: Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett||37||35||Mar 04, 2014 12:16PM|
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“You take out a part of you,” Roosevelt murmured. “Take it out and blow on it and toss it to the winds like dust, and you say, 'Find all the missing parts of me. Go out among the world and find the missing parts of me.' But instead of getting back what you lost you just lose more. Wishing is bad. Wish long enough and there won't be any of you left.”
He was so small. A little man scrambling across the wilderness, trying to make the cosmos pay attention and make sense. In that midnight belly of the jail, dawn was a memory and the sun was no more than a dream, and hope tasted more of a curse to him than a blessing.”