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The Buzzing by Jim Knipfel
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May 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: edgy-fiction, literary-fiction, mystery, popular-culture, read-in-2003, reviewed-for-booklist, thriller
Recommended for: fans of Lost and Warren Ellis.

In a psychedelic ode to paranoia, New York style, Knipfel has the reader follow "kook beat" journalist Roscoe Barragon as he researches the story that will earn either a Pulitzer Prize or a rubber room at Bellevue. Noirish characters Barragon and his friends, NY morgue pathologist Emily and trash SF filmmaker Eel, become caught up in Barragon's pursuit of a conspiracy involving whales, earthquakes, Japanese fishing boats, nuclear submarines under the control of vacationing golfers, a lost mythical sea colony akin to Atlantis, and Godzilla. If it seems like a challenge to bring this conglomerate of subjects together, Knipfel meets it head on and ties up all the loose ends at te end of his first novel. The story takes a while to build as the author carefully lays out all the unusual puzzle pieces for Barragon and the reader to discover. Once the pieces start falling together te plot moves quickly to the end, taking the reader on as harrowing a ride as the roller coaster at Coney Island. Fans of "Lost" may get a big kick out of this novel that brought warped mythologies and scratch-yr-head theories together before the desert island whacky spa became a household name.

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