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Tannat
Tannat rated it 5 years ago
As usual with short stories, only a few were interesting. Quite a few here were dull, frankly. I only read it for John Park's Nightward, really (it landed squarely in the interesting bucket btw). Heat Death (Patrick Johanneson), Flight of Passage (Jon Martin Watts), and One Nation Under Gods (Jer...
Slightly Off Center Books
Slightly Off Center Books rated it 6 years ago
I feel like I should have, in theory, really liked this book. It had elements that I usually love -absurdness, and hint of surreal, playfulness with language, and zombies. Somehow though these elements didn't really come together very well. I enjoyed the second half more than the first, but it wa...
sj
sj rated it 7 years ago
4.5? Maybe? I'd have rounded up, but how can you give a book five stars that its author admits to having wished he'd never written?Whathefuckever, it was brilliant.It was beautiful and gory and disturbing and violent and put this song in my head in places. It was definitely the best new-to-me thi...
Bloody Shambles
Bloody Shambles rated it 8 years ago
I love that Burgess can show you the inside of a broken brain in a believable, instinctively understandable way. Of course this meant I spent half the book wondering if the act of understanding the book equated with being a sociopath myself. So that was.... creepy.But while Cashtown has the intellig...
katarinaliest
katarinaliest rated it 8 years ago
I am lost for words in the face of such an extreme piece of literature. Burgess novel retells the story of massmurderer Bob Clark, the only inhabitant of Cashtown Corners, from the killers perspective. It's what makes this novel so compelling, aside from its true background, the reader can dive into...
Bloody Shambles
Bloody Shambles rated it 8 years ago
I cannot even BEGIN to describe this book.... but I'll try. Ever wondered what would happen if Lemony Snickett met Clive Barker and they took acid together inside Salvador Dali's brain? Me either, but I suspect the result would be something similar to this short novel. It's dark, surreal and humorou...
Bloody Shambles
Bloody Shambles rated it 8 years ago
I wish I had the words to tell you how wonderful this book really is. It's a book full of lyrical prose, beautiful and terrible imagery, important and wondrous ideas, humour and hardcore horror. Centred around the idea of a zombie virus transmitted by language, the book touches on eye-opening concep...
Another fine mess
Another fine mess rated it 8 years ago
A wee bit frustrating, but full of stray delights. An earlier Burgess novel was adapted for a winning, oddball spin on zombie narratives--and "Pontypool" illustrated the author's talent for voice. The film had a DJ with an ear for opinions and diction about 30 degrees' slant from expected, and the...
javajunco
javajunco rated it 9 years ago
What if mediocre writers were made to pay for their sins against the characters they write? This is literally grotesque, and probably included every image from every nightmare the author has ever had. When I read the description on the back of the book, I thought it sounded somewhat similar to a cou...
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