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From Publishers Weekly
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“Dark, disturbing, and filled with moments of real charm and magic, The Music of Razors is the best first novel I’ve seen this year.”
“Cameron Rogers writes like a magician.”
–K. J. Bishop, author of The Etched City
“Superior fantasy. Fast-paced and seductive, it digs deep for effect and delivers.”
–Sean Williams, author of The Resurrection Man
“Packed with surreal images that haunt you long after you’ve put down the book.”
–Storm Constantine, author of the Wraeththu trilogy
More About the Author
He currently works at Remedy Entertainment, Finland (Max Payne, Alan Wake) as one of the writers on the forthcoming 'Quantum Break' for Xbox One.
He is working on a number of other projects as well as polishing his next novel.
He maintains a website at www.camrogers.net.
He is represented by the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, New York.
Top Customer Reviews
First Publishers Weekly claim that it is an anachronism that 1840s Boston had gas-lighting. They're wrong:
"In 1820 Paris took up the problem of using gas for her public street lighting. As soon as the two leading cities of the old world, London and Paris, had discovered this method of lighting their publicc ways and bridges, we find that the City of Boston, in the new world, through some of its public-spirited citizens, carefully began the study of the subject. Boston was one of the pioneers in using gas in America... in 1822 the Boston Gas Light Company was formed."
Richards, J.L. Richards. (1908) 'The Boston Consolidated Gas Company: Its Relation to the Public, Its Employees and Investors' in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 31, Control of Municipal Public Service Corporations, pp. 59-65.
It is accurate to discuss gas lighting in Boston in 1840.
Now, let's discuss bacteria. Bacteria was discovered around 1700 by Antony van Leeuwenhoek. Since then it was known that little animals were visible under microscope and that it was likely that they had something to do with human health. It is reasonable that doctors of the 19th century discussed bacteria, regardless of exactly how much information they knew at the time.
So, The Publishers Weekly have got THEIR facts wrong. They have also decided that the only way to write a wondrous, fantastical Neil Gaiman-style plot is be Neil Gaiman. Thank goodness Rogers does not read like Gaiman.
I am awe-struck by this new writer's energy and unique voice. Read this book, it will change the way you think and open you to ideas you barely knew you were capable of. I eagerly await his next novel.
In the case of "Music of Razors", the reason the monster under the bed is so fiercely ugly is to protect the child--and there is a place that's not Heaven or Hell--and far worse than anyone ever thought.
Rogers' writing is like good chocolate: strong, bitter, and dark. Especially fascinating is the counterpoint between the child Walter, stuck in his body and forced to combine with a former foe to save his sister, and Dorian, wanting to wield the power of immortality.
I deducted half a star from the book's review because I did get lost more than once in time and place and had to re-read to pick up the thread. Overall, this is a very good dark mystery that will leave you haunted and wondering for days.
"Music of Razors" by Cameron Rogers is the BEST novel ever written in the "Dark Urban Fantasy" genre. Deep, dark, literary, and profound. An obscure gem. Read it and weep.
The Music of Razors has two primary strengths: a delicate plot, and exceptional visuals. At first, the plot seems complex--too complex, certainly, for the book's length. But as it grows, it combines three stories, three timelines, into one coherent narrative. Rogers does this with skill, such as the independent introduction of each plotline naturally introduces all of the characters, making them both human and complete, and the combination of the plot lines is logical, uniting the storylines and simplifying the storytelling to manageable complexity without ever over-simplifying it. The plot shows careful planning and real artistry, and Rogers excels at both. The second strength are the images, and these are exceptional: exceptionally haunting, exceptionally pervasive, exceptionally conceived.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the prologue:
"While riding his bike that afternoon, Walter had turned a corner very fast, and almost slid beneath the wheels of a passing milk truck. Read more
Read this with 13-year-old. It's pretty dark and so he loveed it. About halfway in I could take it or leave it.
Those are hours of my life I'll never get back. Read more
I love this book so deeply it's painful, and that very well have been the purpose of the author. Pain and beauty mixed together in such poignant amounts, and perfectly so. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by TheRedWriter
I finished The Music of Razors. I'm not good at reviews, so I'll just say I really enjoyed it. It was a real page turner I couldn't put down. Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Connor
I have read this twice now and still enjoyed it both times. It is a very interesting read, and I definitely look forward to the possibility of it being made into a movie (similar... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by M. Stone
As a fan of Neil Gaiman and the Brothers Quay this book certainly resonated for me. I was entranced by its mythic qualities and sense of dark urban magic. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by bunnitos
This book was free for the Kindle when I got it, so I'm glad, after reading it that I didn't actually pay for it. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Jwb52z
The Music of Razors starts off like an old oak with dense foliage hardly letting in any light. As you read, the darkness of winter comes and the leaves begin to fall away. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Jenny Zukerman
This book is intricate, complex and beautiful! I wonder why this author only wrote one book? such talent and imagination.Published on October 16, 2009 by Miranda NYC