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Half-Resurrection Blues: A Bone Street Rumba Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2015
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“Older’s spectral noir is as real as fresh blood and as hard as its New York streets. A Lou Reed song sung with a knife to your throat.”—New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey
“Half-Resurrection Blues is so many things at once: a mystery, a suspense, a supernatural thriller. The world Older builds is familiar and alien, and it's so vividly imagined and rendered that the reader believes the contradictions, embraces them, loves this world of ghosts, demons, magic workers, and half-alive men and women. This is a fantastic beginning to what will surely be a fantastic series.”— National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward
“Daniel Jose-Older is here to save your soul. But he might just terrorize it first. Half-Resurrection Blues is the first novel of a fabulous talent, one who mixes the spectral and the intellectual with skill. This book is smart and gripping, funny and insightful. It kicks in the door waving the literary .44. Be warned, this man is not playing.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver
“In Half-Resurrection Blues, Older has created Noir for the Now: equal parts bracing, poignant, compassionate, and eerie. A swinging blues indeed.”—Nalo Hopkinson, Nebula Award–winning author of Sister Mine
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If you know Daniel José Older’s work, then you know how he writes. I imagine he writes like he plays music, with a lyrical quality that is nearly impossible to tear yourself away from. Carlos is the narrator, and he wears his pain on his sleeve, his loneliness always palpable. After all, as far as he knows, he’s the only of his kind. And yet, he’s not afraid to fight the good fight, and his sarcasm is as sharp as a freshly stropped razor, as is his sense of humor. I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that Carlos does find clues about his past, and meets a woman that may have the key to his future. First though, he’s got to take care of a pretty nasty imp infestation that seems to be directly associated with Sarco. Those imps are nasty business, and the first time we meet one is, well, you’ll see. I’ve never quite read anything like it. The imagery is so twisted. So very, very twisted.Read more ›
I was already excited to read this story, having watched the unfolding of its debut on my Twitter timeline. I had only read two short stories by the author, as well as some of his incredible true stories from his time as an EMT in NYC, so I knew I liked his writing style already. For those of you who have read similarly small amount of output by Older, you may be acquainted with his more lyrical style, which is downright hypnotic. Half-Resurrection Blues isn't written in precisely that style, but a more noir version of it, by which I mean it invokes its vivid imagery using simpler language. I didn't find this disappointing, but rather more in keeping with the style of book this is, sort of neo-noir.
New York is a city that's often called "overwritten" in that so many writers live there that they set their stories in it and after all, what more can you know about the same city? I find that those stories are so often about, by and for a certain type of writer who is simply not going to see the city in the same way that a writer like Older sees it, namely, the "flavor" usually dashed lightly into those same ol' stories is actually the main dish in this book, and around here we call it sabór. With no italics*.
This is a hell of a speculative fiction/dark fantasy story, and it certainly serves up everything you need for a book in the genre, surpassing most very easily for two simple reasons. The first is that Older KILLS it at dialogue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good as old school Walter Mosley; poetic, atmospheric, well paced. Familiar yet new and interesting and riveting. Looking forward to the next one.Published 8 days ago by M. Larsen
4 1/2 Stars.
Half-Resurrection Blues has been sitting on my shelf for over a year. I remember buying it in the early months of its release but never got around to it. Read more
The author did his own audio reading and I can't imagine anyone else doing it. His cadence rolled like street poetry and gave a gritty, street feel that I doubt another narrator... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. D. Atherly
I tried the audio as well and it was really bad to listen to.Published 2 months ago by Joseph Lantis
Terrific brujeria-themed urban fantasy, with a fresh twist on the afterlife-as-shitty-bureaucracy theme.Published 2 months ago by Chris Hickey
Before I start to talk about this audiobook, a bit of context here, I love old movies and film noir rooted material. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Jacks Writes
I have taken to reading 'fun' books before bed and I cannot recommend Daniel's work enough. Midnight Taxi Tango: A Bone Street Rumba Novel is the next in the series and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda Michelle Jones
Disclaimer: I am generally predisposed to not like urban fantasy, especially of the "secret alternate world that the mundanes don't know anything about" but this got good... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justus Pendleton