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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345493192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345493194
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Australian author Rogers's inventive but disappointing debut, Walter, a four-year-old boy with sudden intimations of mortality, makes the mistake of banishing from his closet a monster who was actually his protector. This leaves him prey to the depredations of Henry, a former rogue medical student now aged over 150, whom we first meet in an unconvincing Boston of 1840, rife with such anachronisms as [...] doctors aware of bacteria. Henry is part of a circle of decadents who have conjured up a demon (the conjuring scene makes for one of the novel's especially vivid moments) but bungled their demonic deal. In a parallel world, Walter merges with the spirit of his protective monster, determined to protect his younger sister, Hope—Henry's next target. Rogers aims for a Neil Gaiman–style plot about evil versus spirituality, but lacks Gaiman's grace or charm. (May)
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Review

“A nightmarishly imaginative debut from a writer of real assurance and vision . . . Cameron Rogers is going to go places.”
–Neil Gaiman

“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.”
–Locus

“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

Cam Rogers is a novelist, travel journalist and photographer. He is the author of The Music of Razors (Ballantine Books, as Cameron Rogers) and Nicholas and the Chronoporter (Penguin Australia, as Rowley Monkfish).

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.

Customer Reviews

This book is intricate, complex and beautiful!
Miranda NYC
It seemed to be about a very big struggle between angels and god and humans, but then it focused on a really small scale where nothing was resolved at the end.
Shane Tiernan
"Music of Razors" by Cameron Rogers is the BEST novel ever written in the "Dark Urban Fantasy" genre.
Tyr Shadowblade (TM)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kate Devitt on May 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Not that it is particularly relevant for a fictional book to get historical detail perfect, but let's correct the Publishers Weekly's falsehoods before reviewing the beauty, uniqueness and brilliance of Rogers' writing.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
The best writing convinces you that what you have believed is totally wrong. Writers like Rogers take your neatly ordered world and reshuffle the deck til you're not sure of the values or reality.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) VINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
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Sadly, this GREAT piece of literature has not gotten the recognition it rightfully deserves. A lot of reviewers have compared "Music of Razors" by Cameron Rogers to the works of Neil Gaiman . . . there are, indeed, similarities in tone and style, but frankly this is better than anything Gaiman has ever written (and I really like Gaiman's novels). How can I spew such blasphemy? Well, try as I might, I could never fully immerse myself in Gaiman's books -- they read like modern day fairy tales and his protagonists are mildly annoying and only somewhat sympathetic. When something dreadful happens to one of them, I find it difficult to care. Conversely, I actually lost myself in "Music of Razors" . . . absolutely brilliant characterization and an amazing story. I genuinely felt for these characters -- even the "constructs" -- and actually wept over several scenes (that is a first for me -- only two other books, "Straydog" and "Blood Meridian" have brought me to tears: and only for one scene in each). The fate of the Closet Monster and the White Tiger are heartrending and profoundly moving.

"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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Jankowski on October 29, 2007
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A finely and convincingly crafted debut novel from Cameron Rogers, the world of The Music of Razors is alternately disturbing, dark, beautiful and familiar. It spans several centuries, and tells the story of Walter, a normal suburban kid, who at 4 made a choice that would affect him and his unborn sister and family, and involve him with Henry, a 150 year old man who made a demonic deal and lost, and now needs Walter or Hope, Walter's younger sister to extricate himself from the mess that he created. A great read, I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever believed in the closet monster.
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A student of medicine meets a group of "exceptional" youths, intent on contacting a certain spirit through their seances; a doctor, running from the law, meets a mutilated man and a friend from his youth; a young boy, consumed by his own childhood monster, becomes his sister's monster to save her from a shadowed man that wants her to take his place, living an eternal life and wielding magical tools made from the bones of an angel. In this debut novel, Rogers unites these three stories into one narrative that traces tools of extraordinary power down to a young boy and girl from our own era as they discover and create their identities. Delicately plotted, heavily atmospheric is a way that is both magical and haunting, this is a readable, richly conceived story. Music of Razors is not without its faults--the mythos is arbitrary, and the ending is rushed and lacks the art of the rest of the book--but on the whole this is a promising debut novel and I recommend it, if with some caveats.

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.
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