Harry Bloch is a struggling writer who pumps out pulpy serial novels—from vampire books to detective stories—under various pseudonyms. But his life begins to imitate his fiction when he agrees to ghostwrite the memoir of Darian Clay, New York City’s infamous Photo Killer. Soon, three young women turn up dead,...more
"Why do we read? In the beginning, as children, why do we love the books we love? For most, I think, it's travel, a flight into adventures, into a dream that feels like our own. But for a fe...more
That's the first sentence that David Gordon wanted to write in the Serialist. However, it followed a bunch of other sentences.
The Serialist is a fun read. Harry Bloch is a hack ghost writer. He writes cheap novels about vampires. Years ago he wrote the 'Slut Whisperer' column in R...more
The story is fairly thin, but this feels conscious, a necessity of a novel, but not the focus. But for all the time spent on exposition and character, there is a distance that remains between the characters and the reader. We learn a lot, but we don't really dig that deep.
Some of this has to do with the fact that the main character (and quite possibly David...more
Other reviews here have outlined the plot pretty well, so I will only say that this book has some interesting twists and the author does a commendable job keeping the story fresh,...more
New York writer Harry Bloch makes his living penning genre fiction--vampire stories, urban crime novels, and pornography--all written under different names, never his own. When a convicted serial killer asks him to write his biography, Harry decides it could be just the thing to boost his career, after being convinced by his te...more
I laughed while reading this story (and the stories within the story...more
Gordon writes in a style consistent with his character, turning out an interesting, sometimes fast-paced novel. Bloch, as the main character, seems real and likable. Other characters sometimes seem like they are...more
The book not only entertained me for a few hours, it also made me think about Life and Death and Art. No small...more
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