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“If you think this sounds like Thomas Pynchon or John Calvin Batchelor territory, you would be correct. Slattery's approach walks a tightrope between absurdism and a kind of accentuated Byzantine realism.” ―The Believer on Liberation
“Liberation is a magical, riveting poetic story of a post-economic America…. Slattery's prose style is complex, poetic, visionary and reeling, a cross between Kerouac and Bradbury, salted with Steinbeck…. It's a heady stew, a road novel shot through with mysticism and a love of freedom that soars over the pages. This is a book to fall in love with.” ―Cory Doctorow
“Liberation combined the serious and the satirical in creating an unforgettable image of a future America beset by the collapse of the dollar and the specter of a new form of slavery.” ―Omnivoracious, naming Liberation Amazon.com's #1 SF&F book of 2008
“For Fans Of: the surreal odyssey of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man; Plan 9 from Outer Space.… For all its colorful characters and gonzo thrills, Slattery's debut is first and foremost a moving portrait of Wendell's griefs. A-” ―Entertainment Weekly on Spaceman Blues
“Slattery's debut is a kaleidoscopic celebration of the immigrant experience.… Pynchon crossed with Steinbeck, painted by Dalí: impossible to summarize, swinging from the surreal to the hyper-real, a brilliantly handled, tumultuous yarn.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Spaceman Blues
“Early reviews of Spaceman Blues threw around the names of Pynchon, Doctorow, and Dick as stylistic touchstones. But Slattery should really be considered alongside NYC homeboys like Lethem and Shteyngart, the former for his loving tweaks of vintage pulp, the latter for his sharp immigrant comedy.” ―The Village Voice
Brian Francis Slattery was born and raised in upstate New York. He is an editor for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the New Haven Review. He is the author of Spaceman Blues and Liberation, and is also a musician. He lives near New Haven, CT.
I lived in central Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River, for quite a few years. Brian Francis Slattery captures the underlying nature of that region perfectly in... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nathan Rawling
Mexico native Alfonso Cuarón directed the cinematic adaptation of PD James's Children of Men. I couldn't understand what I loved about this movie. I watched it again. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Samuel Sanders
Slattery is a good writer and has a focus on the history of the characters giving them depth and providing a degree of realism to a sci-fi post-apocalyptic novel. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Vincent the Collector
A fine, literary story, quite mainstream. Beautifully written, but alas somewhat depressing. A fine example of good literary writing. Recommended.Published on August 9, 2013 by James C. Glass
Climate change has become very real. There are no seasons. Water rises. Disease and a civil war follow. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Jeffrey Swystun
This is a wonderful book worthy of its receiving the 2013 Philip K. Dick award. The author gives you countless characters lifetimes in a few paragraphs in a casual prose that is... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Kenneth Meade
Beautifully written, couldn't put it down, anti-war/environmentalist, post apocalyptic, Phillip K Dick Award winner. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Michael A Collins
I really like the newer post collapse sub genre of post apocalyptic fiction. Also liked World Made By Hand and the Pest House.Published on April 24, 2013 by John Kinsella
Excellent selection, great prices and free shipping. Was able to fine a number of interesting books. All arrived as promised and in good condition. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by tuylekv