- File Size: 5690 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Cutting Block Books; 1 edition (November 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0170TZGZ2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blue Eel Kindle Edition
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Favorite part: all the characters have a shopworn, hangdog quality to them to makes them instantly recognizable. We've got a grieving father stuck in a dead end job, a disfigured and dishonored film director with a yen for diner food, and a snarky under-appreciated intern just to name a few. This really anchors the story amid the more hallucinogenic elements.
The book's description gives a good general plot summary and there's not much that I can add without going into spoiler territory. However I will say that the book is an emotional rollercoaster ride, and the quieter scenes serve to make the moments of brutality that much more intense. While reading I was reminded of books such as Gary Braunbeck's The Indifference of Heaven (aka In Silent Graves), as well as cult horror films like Brain Damage. Put those in a blender with a dash of David Cronenberg and you have the closest parallels to Blue Eel that I could think of. The result is one of my favorite books this year, and by the end I was simultaneously cheering and in need of a hug, It's a powerful novel that I think will find a good home amongst fans of the more human side of horror.
I started this novel with the thought "Okay, where is this going to take me?" as I had been asked to review, and was not familiar with either the title or author. Oh my, I was in for quite the surprise! I had scarcely finished a couple of pages, when I knew Lorne Dixon is now one of my must-read authors; and even though I can't rapidly flip pages on a Kindle as I could in a print book, still the story seemed to fly at the speed of light, while I thought, "More! More! More! " "Where is the author going with this? What next?" and "What An imagination!!"
BLUE EEL defies genre classification. By turns and yet simultaneously, the novel is mystery, crime fiction, paranormal, contemporary sci-fi, otherworldly [just read the descriptions of the desert and its enclave], thriller, revenge plot, grief study, marital collapse (past and present, different marriages), police procedural, parental love (and grief), literary, poetic imagery... BLUE EEL is an enclosed universe of its own, neither joyful nor beautiful, but in Lorne Dixon's talent, it is a universe vivid, powerfully impacting, emotionally devastating, and beautiful in its conception. I must return to BLUE EEL again and again. I am a changed person for its reading, a better one I hope, and the horizon of my imagination, psychological understanding, and emotional range has been vastly expanded by BLUE EEL.
I borrowed via Kindle Unlimited, and the author provided a print edition, for review purpose only, at no remuneration.