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Since cutting my teeth on Robert Dunn fiction with The Red Highway I've been looking for another opportunity to jump back into his world. Enter Motorman, and not a moment too soon. Motorman is a great read and a great time, a pulp feature enjoyed in a back seat at dark drive in. Robert weaves a menagerie of vibes and themes between the pages, breathing life into a fresh story that has a timeless feel. Like meeting an old best friend for the first time. Imagine Frankenstein meets The Road Warrior meets Weird Science meets American Graffiti meets Reanimator. It's a blast, a hoot, & a holler.
Johnny is a solid main character living amongst a cast wildly interesting and memorable characters. He's a simple man with a complex skill set. Has can speak machine. His arc is tragic and heartwarming, there and back again, fitting perfectly in this world peppered with classic cars, classic tunes, and classic modifications.
I dug the vibe throughout, like I should have a pack of smokes rolled up in my sleeve while reading. Some fuzzy dice hanging from my bookmark. The landscape presented by Mr. Dunn is vivid, theatrical, tangible. Scenes came alive for me, making the connection process well oiled... Ahem. Motorman, a quick read, felt like Robert had just as much fun writing as I was having reading. It's a great wavelength for a reader to tap into, not so much reading, but being told a story.
It's a cast of characters, and a world, that I hope we get to visit again sometime.
Motorman is a high octane, alcohol fueled funny car tearing down a haunted highway! Gripping like burning rubber screeching down tarmac and striking like the ghostly images of lost compares reflected in chrome rims...
Highly recommended. Check it out.
Overall score: 4.5/ 5
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher/ publicist on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.
This is one of those occasions where I get a chance at reviewing a new book coming out after connecting with the author on Facebook and Twitter and discovering he is one of the good guys. Robert E Dunn and I connected a few months ago and I have to say it has been a pleasure getting to know him. We did the cover reveal for Motorman a couple of months back, and what a cover it is.
This of course brings in the normal disclaimer that just because we connect on social media, this does not gain any favours from me when it comes to reviewing.
This is my first experience of reading Mr Dunn. This is what I thought.
Johnny Burris is a mechanic. A very good one by all accounts. After his latest job goes wrong due to a murder in which he was involved, he is on the run.
He ends up hiding out in a small town where no one knows him. He manages to get a job as a mechanic again. He tries to keep himself to himself but cannot help but be charmed by two sisters. Their daddy is a strange type of doctor that notices Johnny’s good hands and wants him to take over his work when he is gone. Work not on cars, but creating monsters from severely injured humans.
Johnny has a choice to make. Put his hands to good use or start running again.
This is a story that I cannot give you too much detail on it for fear of spoiling it for you. In terms of our characters, Johnny is the main man. He seems to be a decent sort of a fella. Not too smart but not the dumbest around and he certainly has a flare for working with his hands. He has found himself in his current situation more by bad luck than anything else. He really just wants to disappear and work on cars. The two women he is torn between, Emma and Bella are sisters. Not your normal sisters though. They are dedicated to the work of their daddy, a weird doctor with even weirder methods of looking after his patients.
The plot is really in two parts. You have Johnny on the run and trying to make a life where no one knows him then you have the surreal world he has entered where the doctor and the sisters live a secret life involving keeping people alive at all costs.
Surreal is the main word that stuck in my mind both while reading this one and for a few hours after I had finished it. Robert Dunn has created a strange town with even stranger inhabitants living an even stranger again life. Trying to describe the atmosphere that this book exudes is not easy. It’s sort of like Frankenstein meets Westworld.
There are a few elements within the story that still have me wondering what they were about. There is a constant reference to a blue light and blue gunge but you never really find out where this has come from or who introduced it. I don’t know if there are plans to expand on this novella any but a bit more of an explanation about that would be good.
The one thing that really blew my mind was the idea behind the doctor’s creations. What Mr Dunn has done in this part of the book is create something that is both mesmerising but horrific at the same time. Again I cannot give you details for fear of spoiling the book for you but when you read it you will totally understand. As I mentioned before it is like a modern day Frankenstein utilising todays modern technology and the images this presents to you are fascinating and creepy as hell. The final couple of chapters of this story are exceptional for having you on the edge of your seat with your jaw hanging open wondering just what the hell is going on.
This is a fairly quick read being a novella. I would love to see it expanded on and either further novellas using the same main story line or a full novel. I think the idea behind the story has a lot of mileage left in it and could make a wonderfully gruesome story. Robert Dunn certainly has the imagination and the writing skills to pull it off.
To summarise: a story that is hard to pin down to a specific genre. A bit of sci-fi with a bit of horror with a bit of stuff that is impossible to categorise. A quick read that has some of the best imaginative writing I have read for a while. Puts a new perspective on how much people love their cars!
★★★★ enjoyable first read of Mr Dunn
★★★★ scary weird.
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