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Resurrection Man (Resurrection Man #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  383 Ratings  ·  18 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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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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff, 20th-century, 1990s
Resurrection Man has one of the most disorienting beginnings that I've ever encountered. I came to the book with pretty much no frame of reference - I bought it because I loved the title and cover art, from the cover one can ascertain that it has something to do with "angels," that's it - and in Chapter 1, Stewart jumps into a scene wherein his as-yet mysterious hero Dante and his shadowy brother Jet (both sinister but in different ways) have discovered Dante's body and are performing an amateur ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
L.K. Evans
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Glen Engel-Cox
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked 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.
Brian Schrock
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keep reading.

When I first started to read this book, I struggled to adapt to Stewart's writing style. I adjusted as I read further and I began to really enjoy the story that Stewart superimposed on this subtle fantasy backdrop.

If you've arrived at this review because you wanted to know if you should continue reading---I believe you should.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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).
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Kristi Thompson
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hebrew, own
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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Exceedingly weird. And that says a lot coming from me.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a very strange book. I'm not sure I completely understood it.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: intelligent-sf-f
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.
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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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