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The wraparound story in this multi-layered tale is about Sweeney, a pharmacist by trade, and his young son, Danny, the victim of an accident that has left him in a coma. Sweeney moves Danny to a hospital specializing in comatose patients, the Peck Clinic. The Doctors Peck, father and daughter, claim to have "resurrected" two patients from the void of deep coma. Prior to Danny's accident, he and Sweeney had been reading a fantasy series of comic books called Limbo, and it is around these stories that things get really interesting. There are circus freaks, weird stunts, an apparent "resurrection" or two, a long odyssey in search of a lost father--any number of plot lines and characters overlapping between what is real in Sweeney's life, and what might be a dream or drugged reality, and what is storybook fiction.
Alongside all the strange and convoluted events of the novel there is a compelling meditation on the power of story, the meaning of madness and sanity and the very nature of consciousness. This is more than fantasy; it is a masterful and wholly imaginative invention based on the sad reality of a father and son trying to find one another again. --Valerie Ryan
I find myself confused about what the author intended to convey. There are a lot of interesting notions here, but if you're looking for a story about realistic characters, this is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim and Judy Leth
The other reviews do a good job of describing the book. I'll just add my reaction. I almost returned it to the library without finishing it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elsee88
The writing style was not for me. Don't get me wrong, I love this genre, but this novel was very hard to follow.Published 8 months ago by Sarah E.
The end was unusual and you're left not quite sure how to feel or think. The most valuable and well done portion had to do with the Comic characters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Natasha
If you like straightforward, linear story-telling, you aren't going to like this book. That being said, I just loved it - right until the end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Terry Wheeler
I had no idea what to expect when I started this book. Not quite my typical genre. That having been said, I was captivated pretty fast. This story is just plain weird. Read morePublished 13 months ago by OldHippyDude
A boy in a coma, a sinister comic book, bikers addicted to a drug made from brain fluid, a doctor who can only relate to his pet reptile... It makes a coherent but unhappy story. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Monster Alice
The parts that I could grasp were well written, but the storyline as a whole was hard to follow. The ending was a let down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Annie
Well, maybe not completely unexpected. This book is well written and the story line intriguing but I don't enjoy erotica and we have shared family kindle content so I quit reading... Read morePublished 17 months ago by V. Burnett