Congratulations to Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory (see review posted 9/8/08) and The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell (see review posted 3/26/08) for making the short list of the Shirley Jackson Awards, given for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” My kind of books! See the full list of nominees on the Shirley Jackson Awards blog.
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The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell is not a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat; it’s a book that opens the throttle full bore and slams you back into your chair, if not the wall behind it. It is an utterly bizarre wild ride, not unlike what Sweeney, the father of a comatose boy, is dragged into by Buzz Cote, the leader of a biker gang. What could possibly link a boy in a coma, a biker gang, and a comic book about circus freaks together? Nothing short of Limbo. The Resurrectionist is a wildly imaginative, gut-wrenching book about the metaphysical nature of identity. Part Michael Chabon, part Elmore Leonard, and all Jack O’Connell, this book will change the way you look at chicken boys forever.
I’ve finished reading the two books that weren’t on my list and just when I was about to start The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov along came another welcome deviation, courtesy of my intrepid Book Travelers West rep Phoebe Gaston! She sent me an advance copy of The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell, which comes out next month from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Algonquin puts out such a nice selection I was inclined to buy everything in their catalog; it’s no wonder Phoebe is so enthusiastic about her line of work!