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Half-Resurrection Blues: A Bone Street Rumba Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2015
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“A damn good read. All the best dark urban fantasies are about matters of life and death. Half-Resurrection Blues takes that to the limit. A hard-core, hard-driving fantasy, following the adventures of a most singular man who is both dead and alive and tasked with solving the problems of the dead and the living and everything in between. Except, of course, nothing is ever that simple. Daniel José Older takes aim at a whole bunch of familiar targets, and hits them hard in new and interesting ways.”—New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green
“Older’s spectral noir is as real as fresh blood and as hard as its New York streets. A Lou Reed song sung with a knife to your throat.”—New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey
“Half-Resurrection Blues is so many things at once: a mystery, a suspense, a supernatural thriller. The world Older builds is familiar and alien, and it's so vividly imagined and rendered that the reader believes the contradictions, embraces them, loves this world of ghosts, demons, magic workers, and half-alive men and women. This is a fantastic beginning to what will surely be a fantastic series.”— National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward
“Daniel Jose-Older is here to save your soul. But he might just terrorize it first. Half-Resurrection Blues is the first novel of a fabulous talent, one who mixes the spectral and the intellectual with skill. This book is smart and gripping, funny and insightful. It kicks in the door waving the literary .44. Be warned, this man is not playing.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver
“In Half-Resurrection Blues, Older has created Noir for the Now: equal parts bracing, poignant, compassionate, and eerie. A swinging blues indeed.”—Nalo Hopkinson, Nebula Award–winning author of Sister Mine
About the Author
Daniel José Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and composer. He facilitates workshops on storytelling, music, and antioppression organizing at public schools, religious houses, and universities. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and his short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons.
Top customer reviews
The strongest points include interesting world building, good characterizations and excellent use of populations who actually seem to fit in their urban environment.
Among the weak points are a rather muddled presentation of the structure of the supernatural world, the author presents political infighting, but gives the reader no sense of why it's happening. We are also never given much of a reason to care about the characters, or their problems.
It reads like a first book. Let us hope that the author continues and finds his real voice.
Half Resurrection Blues is a wild and beautiful ride. I strongly recommend the audio accompaniment. Older's narration make the words vibe with authentic street sense and a vibrant, jazzy rhythm. It accurately captures the pulse, distinctive voices and rich colors of the landscape and it's inhabitants. High wire tension is intermingled with moments laced with tenderness, humor and vulnerablity. It's a valentine to NYC, a place that crackles with restless energy, daily heros and villains, where millions filling crowded spaces rub shoulders with the kindhearted and the heartless. Older did serious heavy lifting with his strange and seductive imagination. I easily surrendered and dared to mingle with Mr. Delacruz and his intriguing world of sorcerers and soul catchers. Trust me, they'll hang around long after you finish the book.
It's a wrap! I will definitely stay on the trail of Carlos Delacruz and look forward to the next installment of the Bone Street Rumba series. For the full effect, I would recommend you also read Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older. This initial, infectious collection of short stories, will introduce you to the central character, badass soul catcher, Carlos Delacruz.
Ok, off you go...rumba to the bookstore at Amazon and get this party started.
Daniel uses a very clear, creative means of description and manages to drop bits of cultural knowledge in hilarious and entertaining ways. If you're someone who "reads in pictures" like I do, your imagination will function at full capacity reading this book (and the others). I had such vivid responses to the book that I live tweeted my reading (under #amjreadsHRB)! I know that may sound strange to some folks but for me, it's a major indicator that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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