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4.69  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A Room in Dodge City follows a nameless drifter into an American heart of darkness. In this nightmarish version of the historic Dodge City, mythic beasts crawl out of the woodwork; bizarre rituals are enacted; and death is never the end. Equal parts humor and horror-show, David Leo Rice’s novel combines the mundaneness of modern life—motels, strip malls, temp jobs—with som ...more
Paperback, First, 198 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Alternating Current Press (first published February 7th 2016)
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Sol
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Room in Dodge City is one of the most unique novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Like many great works of inventive fiction, it’s hard to describe or summarize. The closest I can think of is: a comic nightmare you might have after a midnight snack of cold pizza garnished with a few tabs of acid. David Leo Rice has crafted a novel that expertly evokes the rhythm of dreams in its explorations of death, identity, and ambition. Just like in dreams, in Dodge City the most insane developme ...more
Kristen
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel-in-vignettes follows a drifter through a fragmented, lonely world where a drifter encounters often monstrous characters as he wanders through a surreal world. The novel was a pleasure to read; it's an unusual and delightful mix of wit and horror and existential gloom. The loneliness of the narrator feels extremely modern and relatable despite the grotesque, urban-horror, Ryu-Murakami-esque inventiveness of what's literally happening to him; he's utterly disconnected from the world, ex ...more
Lorenzo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Follow the drifter through the door of A Room in Dodge City and plunge down into the widening gyre - into a gnawing Odyssey through 21st-century America's glories of nightmare and hallucination. Unlike Odysseus, Rice's characters roam restlessly, compulsively a world lost to the possibility and even the very memory of return, crumpling in the grip of urban mazes in a barrenness of vision-blasted wildernesses; a world where to exist is to fade in and out of the surreal - to drift. The book conjur ...more
Leah Angstman
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a bizarre, head-scratching, Lynchian maze of what-the-eff meets social commentary, American Horror Show, a town created by Tom Waits, and a Samuel Beckett-style circular nightmare of waiting and watching that you can never get out of. The prose is spot-on, and your head will do backflips at every vignette. Highly recommended for lovers of the absurd, bizarre, surreal, and fantastical, with elements of political and social metaphor.
Pamela Ryder
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
David Leo Rice works a dark magic here in Dodge, his talismans being perceptions of such detail and force that they seem to materialize from a background as dark as the pit. Unnerving and beautiful, hell itself could never be as captivating as the shabby hotel herein, where the whimpering on the other side of a door beckons, and you cannot help but lean into it, your ear to the board, and finally, to lift the latch and turn the knob.
Kurt Baumeister
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surreal, wacky, and hilarious. Absurd dystopianism heavily on display. Great, inventive work.
Alex Friedfeld
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This bizarre, mesmerizing book unmoors the reader from the get-go and takes them on a journey into the surreal that rewards with each vignette. I finished A Room in Dodge City a few weeks ago and I still find myself thinking back on scenes that stuck with me because of their humor, absurdity, or horror – and often a combination of all three. A highly entertaining read that I can’t recommend enough.
Asa_Campion
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Room in Dodge City
This is one of five books that I’ll read every year so that I don’t lose myself to the pasteurization of Everyday American Reality.

Or maybe so I *will* lose myself, but to Rice’s spooky-freaky-funny edge-of-reality vignettes. I’ve now read it three times: each time I’ve finished it, I’m left with a full mind-album. Ahead of me are days of coming down from the trip.

Rice pushes situations and characters beyond where a more timid, less competent writer would stop. The story nev
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Rick Claypool
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: absurd, weird
Straight-up deadpan literary bizarro, something like Hemingway reporting from a Hieronymous Bosch version of dustier parts of Middle America. Rice knows how to write the weird and how to write it succinctly -- and succinct and weird are two of my favorite flavors of writing. Highly recommend.
Pearse Anderson
I have five long pages of notes on this topic, most on this work of Rice's I finished a few minutes ago. Hopefully I will be sitting down to talk to him about it in the coming weeks. But, for now:

This book would not have gotten five stars (9/10 on my spreadsheet) if it was not self-aware. Knowing nothing about art, I would say this is a piece of Dada art, and I tend to hate that movement. It can be especially frustrating since I am living in a Dada apartment my grandparents decorated. Alas: I ca
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Andrei
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dodge City accomplishes familiarity without recognition. It operates on archetypes and essences and cuts right to intimate thoughts the reader has likely never quite articulated.
Steve 'Rat'
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not totally sure how I feel about this one. It flows well, no problem acknowledging the phonetic beauty and imagery of it. But it's also the kind of book where you can drift off while reading, have no idea where you faded out, just keep reading at whatever page you're looking down at and not feel like you've missed anything. Just a long series of Burroughs-y dreamscapes. Which is fine. I picked it up after reading a short story Rice had in Catapult about a euthanasia rollercoaster. That's worth ...more
Richard Rice
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dodge City is hilarious and terrifying. And there is no way out!
Michael
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-novels
Shocking, funny and erudite, "A Room in Dodge City" is a surrealist mirror that reflects our 21st century existence. If Kafka was alive and living in America, the prose born of his cunning might read like the prose of David Rice. I loved it.
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Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These vignettes are ticks that'll fill up with your blood as you read. Wild, grotesque, hilarious, cinematic, creepily psychological, scatological, pornofied, & bizarro. I'd have read this straight through if not for life.
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