Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Reanimators Paperback – September 3, 2013
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Top customer reviews
Mr. Rawlik's work will greatly appeal to readers and authors like me who enjoy a good pastiche and the idea of a shared universe where characters and concepts from different stories composed both by the same author, or different authors, co-exist on the same timeline. Added into the mix are characters and incidents from the medium of cinema, thus making it clear this shared universe is not limited to events, characters, and concepts from a single story-telling medium. Some may resent this approach, feeling that it's overkill and that different mediums are for some reason inherently incompatible with each other, but others - myself included - see this as adding to the diversity and unpredictability regarding what events and characters may have an influence - either direct or indirect - onthe featured characters and events in this novel. This gives the impression of a rich and varied tapestry to the backstory of the sandbox that we're seeing these characters play in.
Some reviewers have reported feeling that the inclusion of so many crossovers come off as "forced," and I respect their opinions and concerns, but I personally believe that Mr. Rawlik found a logical and able fit for every crossover or pastiche he introduced into the narrative. Whether it comes off as "forced" or not is a matter for the individual reader to decide, but IMHO, these connections *worked.* If a character exists in a shared universe with many other strange and extraordinary characters, then one would expect their collective actions - even when totally separate from each other - to create a "ripple effect" that causes each of them to have some degree of influence or effect on what many of the others do. In other words, you can't have a reality shared by the Frankenstein and West clans without each building on each others' works to inform their own.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Herbert West is not the main protagonist of this book. That featured role instead belongs to a peer in the medical field, whose personal life was inadvertently destroyed by West's insidious machinations. This caused the grief-stricken young doctor to do everything in his power to duplicate - and even surpass - West's vile work for the purpose of seeking revenge. Unsurprisingly, things spiral out of control, as mad ventures that can start out as simple plans tend to grow increasingly more complex as time passes and more factors enter the situation.
I highly recommend Mr. Rawlik's work to all fans of Lovecraft, fans of the Wold Newton concept, and fans of good and unsettling horror fiction in general. I eagerly await his next novel.