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The Silver Hearted

3.02 of 5 stars 3.02  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Silver Hearted is our Heart of Darkness. It is just as ominous, as violent, as exotic, as darkly colonial. But it is a lot better written than Conrad’s book. Whereas Conrad is always resorting to ‘the unspeakable,’ McConnell tells us everything in glowing detail and in fresh, eloquent language. Sexy, demonic, elusive, The Silver Hearted is a perfect work of art.”—Edmu...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Alyson Books (first published 2010)
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David Fox
Lead in the Gut

I rarely start a book & fail to finish it. However, after 50 or 60 pages through McConnell's novel I could take it no longer & had to put it back on the book shelf. Perhaps it was the style. It could have been the boorish narrator. Then again, maybe it was the fact that all of the countries were referred to by initials. Or, who knows, it could have been me. Regardless, borrrrrrrrring ......
Vestal McIntyre
A small masterpiece of paranoia and desire. The Silver Hearted reminds me of Kafka's The Trial in that, months after reading it, scenes from it still come to me at odd moments, like flashes of a bizarre dream.
The Master
Dull, dire, but thankfully short. A bunch of stock characters in a nondescript setting doing things that make little sense. By the end, I didn't care what happened to any of them, which sums up this dud.
I just got through the first chapter of this. A one-word description: godawful.

But other people seem to like it a lot so maybe I wasn't in the right mood. Or, you know, it's just godawful.
I really did not care for this novel all that much. I believe that it comes down to that it just was not the novel I thought it was going to be. I found it difficult to get into from the beginning. I kept asking myself, “What?!” Perhaps the author’s style of writing was something of a turn off for me. It felt like I was trying too hard to stay or keep up with David McConnell. Finally, some small relief came at chapter four. However, by the end of the fast read novel, I felt that I should re-read...more
2.5 stars, partly for the infuriatingly ambiguous ending. There's enough of those in real life, I don't want them in fiction! And this is probably not the author's doing, but a blurb on the back cover quotes a reviewer as saying this book is "much better" than "Heart of Darkness". No. No, it's not.
I have to admit, I'm not sure what to make of this book. The ingredients included: boxes of silver, pirate ships, sailors, war, "artful" prose, and action. The ingredients did not include: a single woman character, or a single main character that was straight. I didn't have a problem with all of the gay men in the book but the lack of a single female character put a strain on my credibility. The book was dreamlike, which I liked, but there were certain phrases that were used over and over that s...more
Nick Duretta
Brilliant, masterful prose, but is it a satisfying novel? My first reaction is that it's the gay "Heart of Darkness." The protagonist is trying to maneuver a big supply of silver through an unnamed third-world country in the middle of a revolution. Yet the saga, ripe with drama and suspense, never really captured me. Part of the problem is that there's little, if no, back story about what brought the protagonist to this sad state of affairs. So I didn't really care about him, although I could in...more
Patrick Ryan
Brilliant. Unique. Sexy. Mysterious. I could go on...
Roclaf Alter -Ego
Should be 2,5 stars but for me didn't live up to the hype on the back cover.

This book read to me as if it was a section of a longer novel - probably the middle section as the story starts in the "middle" of a situation and ends without a satisfying ending.

A different type of read (at least for me) that was satisfying in part, but left me feeling the story was incomplete and thus not fully satisfying.
K.M. Soehnlein
An adventure tale, a journal of dissolution, an unrequited love story. David McConnell's narrator travels down a river in an unnamed, exotic country with a cargo of silver coins. He lusts after the boy who helps him move his stash, and gets involved with some shady operatives whose motives are not always clear. This reminded me of Paul Bowles or William Burroughs. A writer to marvel at.
I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't get past the second chapter. I felt the author tried too hard to write a "literary" story but I didn't enjoy the author's writing style and couldn't understand what was supposed to be going on in the story. How sad is that? But if I can't connect with the main character, I'm not going to enjoy the book.
Tom Ratliff
This is one of those set in the future in who knows where novels without a definite plot...but it held my attention! It is written very well. There are gay inferences and a little activity but mostly just an odd little story that I recommend!
Jo Ann Hall
I am unsure about this book. Its dreamy sense of the truth and a possibly unreliable narrator keep this from being a fable. I do like the way McConnell writes (I'm reminded of Theroux) and I'll seek him out again.
I met the author and therefore, I really wanted to read it but I couln`t get past the first two chapters for the language was so straining.
Skye Winspur
A highly imaginative work with thriller and horror elements. Oh, and just about every character is a gay man.
Vague in the best sort of way. The complete lack of any female characters whatsoever was odd.
Short, annoyingly mysterious. Pseudo-Victorian approach to sex - but still couldn't put it down.
Bob Smith
A beautifully written suspenseful novel.
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David McConnell has been writing and thinking about the written word his entire life. Self-taught, he created his own curriculum of ancient literature. His fictionalized memoir, The Firebrat, came out in 2003 and was nominated for a Violet Quill Award.
He is now working on a true crime non-fiction project entitled GAY PANIC: True Stories of Straight Men Who Kill Gay Men. He is also continuing a tw...more
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