Tag: Surrealistic

Nick Cave – And the Ass Saw the Angel | Review

Title: And the Ass Saw the Angel

Author: Nick Cave

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 280

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Nick Cave - And the Ass Saw the Angel

Nick Cave – And the Ass Saw the Angel

 

I’ve had this book on my shelves for six months or so now, but I’d heard it can be difficult and so I’d been putting it off for some reason. Then a friend told me it was her favourite book and as I happened to have it sitting on my shelves, I picked it up. And it was awesome.

If I had to describe the genre, I’d call it a sort of post-apocalyptic surrealistic western with a little literary fiction thrown in. It reminded me of everything from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but it also had a kind of voice of its own that really helped to draw me into the story.

That’s a good thing, because the narrative is often difficult to follow and the dialect of the characters can be a challenge to decipher. For me, I just let it all wash over me and then sort of sat back and enjoyed the different snapshots of Cave’s unusual world as they came. I think with books like this, that’s the only way to read them, although I also think this is the kind of book that you could re-read and re-read and find something new every time.

As for my rating, it was a pretty solid 4/5 throughout until right at the very end, and specifically the epilogue. It was the perfect way for the book to finish and I also didn’t call it, so it hit me like a punch in the gut.

 

Nick Cave

Nick Cave

 

Click here to buy And the Ass Saw the Angel.

 


Eddie Bowley – Scumm | Review

Title: Scumm

Author: Eddie Bowley

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 161

Rating: 8/10

 

Eddie Bowley - Scumm

Eddie Bowley – Scumm

 

You probably haven’t heard of Eddie Bowley (yet), but it won’t be long until you do. He’s the creator of Edd Egg, a popular animation show on YouTube, and the person behind the Essex Lion’s Twitter account.

Scumm is Eddie’s first novel, written during NaNoWriMo 2011, a surrealistic tale of murder and detection set in an alternate reality based upon computer games. It’d have to be, with characters like Officer [text-missing] and Nam, the code-addicted hobo.

Considering it took Bowley just 28 days to write it and two more to edit it together and design the artwork, Scumm is quite frankly phenomenal. A big well done to Bowley, then.

As for the title? I can’t help wondering whether it’s a subtle nod to both the characters and to the virtual machine software designed to play old computer games. Perhaps only Bowley himself can answer that.

 

Eddie Bowley

Eddie Bowley

 

Click here to buy Scumm.

 


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