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(Starred Review) SomethingAwful.com editor Parsons (My Tank Is Fight!) whips up an awe-inspiring, helter-skelter journey through mind-blowing SF, western dime novel, noir mystery, and near-future dystopian horror that somehow manages to become a cohesive, thought-provoking whole. Gideon Long is a brutal and brutalized man who is in the process of getting himself shot in 1874 when he stumbles onto a pool that will create a copy of him every time he dies. Warren Groves, husband of Long’s lover Annie, becomes Long’s unwilling partner in resurrection, and the two have an uneasy history down the years. In the 1950s, Warren meets a woman who looks just like Annie, and events begin spinning out of control as the mysterious pool turns out to have its own agenda. There’s no way a novel with this many moving parts should hold together, but it does, and even readers initially daunted by the jumble will soon be glad to go wherever Parsons takes them. (Apr.)
"Parsons's debut is a tour-de-force, a justifiably showy demonstration of the author's chameleon-like ability to write in several genres all at once, and it emerges as one of the scariest and bleakest tales I can remember." - Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother
I suppose the best advice I could give one looking into picking up this book, is the less you know the better.
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Multiple genres and a surreal plot that drags you along willingly (even when it appears that things are not going all that well). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Iain
Excellent book with a wide reaching plot that goes from Western, to Noir, to Dystopian. I liked how the characters changed and mutated as the decades progressed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mojo Threepwood
Great horror. Although a bit of a confusing start, it builds into a great narrative.Published 5 months ago by Ram
Decent otherworldly horror but get to it and stick to it. What happened to the giant that emerged from the stacks? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neal Ramos
Starts out a pretty standard adventure novel... and then starts to fall off the cliff of irreality. I'd say worth reading for fans of Phillip K. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matthew P.
A little uneven at times which as a debut novel is not unsurprising. But it has fascinating and unique ideas and does not go in the directions you expect it to.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow...Zack Parsons' first novel is a strange beast. Starting off a little slow, the novel hits an impressive and exciting stride about midway through. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bleggs
Great premise to the book but about halfway through it took an odd turn that seemed to change the tone of the book entirely. Definitely worth a read though.Published 19 months ago by kiiadi