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- Print Length: 281 pages
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- Publication Date: December 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MPNBNS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The only complaints I have is that the main antagonist is replaced by another with no foreshadowing that I can recall. It was a WTF moment, and as a reader I like some warning of major changes like that (or I think the author is just jerking me around). the other complaint is the ending is not terribly satisfying. There is irony there, but I think explicitly stating the irony would be more effective.
I don't review many books, and I don't give many fives, so go download this book!
tonight they cling to the skin of the world
tomorrow they will fall beneath the shadow of great black wings"
Catskinner's Book is a solemn, moody story with a pretty fantastic titular character. There are a lot of questions left unanswered and, like some of the three star reviews, I think that the end was almost a letdown from the fantastic eeriness the author builds throughout the story.
We meet James, who works in a hardware store that's actually a front for a mysterious businessman named Victor. James, or more specifically, Catskinner, kills for Victor when needed. It's not until his employer is removed from the game that James starts discovering exactly who is occupying headspace with him. Sure, he knows Catskinner is amoral, alien, and without remorse, but he doesn't know exactly what Catskinner is, that there are others like him, and that some of them view Catskinner as a threat.
The book was very well written. I love the style. It reminds me of the Sandman Slim novels by Richard Kadrey, so if you like those, you'll like this one. I absolutely enjoy moral ambiguity and intriguing monsters and this story delivers.
I plan on picking up the next titles in the series.
In an interview the author was quoted as saying that he considers his work to be “New Wave Science Fiction”, that he draws inspiration from writers like Phillip Dick, Samuel Delany, William Burroughs, George Alec Effinger, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and that he mixes a lot of other genres into his work -- fantasy, horror, mystery, psychological thriller. That makes for a rather specialized audience, but if you're in the right frame of mind, you may find Catskinner's Book to be an extraordinary first novel.
My early version of this book does contain typos and minor errors that a good editor might have caught (and perhaps are now fixed in the updated version available now), but my recommendation is not to let a few little details get in the way of what might be a thrilling ride for you. And if you do enjoy Catskinner's Book, there are three more novels just waiting for you in Mr Burnett's artfully crafted series "The Book of Lost Doors".
The primary characters are well-developed, and the dialogue between the very human James and the very alien Catskinner is both interesting and often amusing. There is a dry wit throughout, and I laughed out loud at several points along the way.
I love the way that Mr. Burnett touches upon the nature of angels/demons/spirits/ghosts, and essentially does not differentiate among them. Those characters in-the-know know that these beings are all alien and dangerous, and I find this attitude among his characters immensely appealing.
I would compare Mr. Burnett's characters and style to one of my other favorites, Nancy Collins, particularly in terms of how both authors handle what we would think of as "supernatural". These are not *safe* creatures. That idea keeps me riveted to the stories, and looking forward to more.
Indeed, I am greatly looking forward to The Book of Lost Doors, volume 5!