The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell ©2008, Highbridge.
A very good story, several stories, really, about a man with a child in an irreversible coma, a biker gang, an evil doctor, and a circus freaks in a comic book adventure. These diverse tales run side by side and are thoroughly weird and engaging by themselves. Then they gradually draw together into a single tale of individual redemption. It’s just plain good. Read it!
Or listen to it, as I did, on audio. The iPod I bought to listen to audiobooks was bound for my recycling bin after a run of many weak audiobooks. The Resurrectionist gave me hope for the spoken book and saved my iPod for now. I didn’t want the book to end, and that’s as high of praise as any author could want.
The Resurrectionist is staying prominently on my bookshelf, and I will look for other O’Connell stories to join it.
The aforementioned weak audiobooks in my recycling bin:
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier © 2011, Sceptre
Plenty of lilting prose and nice turns of phrase which we are used to with Frazier. Just not much of a story behind it, at least not one I could ever figure out.
Brides of the Impaler by Edward Lee © 2008, Leisure
Started out promising, but ultimately chose schlock and gore over a good story.
Adam’s Secret by Guillermo Ferrara © 2012, Amazon Crossing
Imaginative, certainly, but turned into a sales pitch.
Watching the Ghosts by Kate Ellis © 2013, Crème de la Crime
Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches © 2012, Little Brown
Self-indulgent author story. Never liked him or any of the other characters.
Come to think of it, I’m a self-indulgent author. . .