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Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism (The Book of the Juke Series 1) Kindle Edition
Where the novel really succeeds above all else is the almost palpable and oppressive atmosphere that lingers over every page; saturating each and every word with its clinging and unrelenting gloominess. The reader quickly becomes swallowed up in this haunting cloud of constant impending doom, which allows Nickle, when the time is right and the reader is truly on edge with the tale, to suddenly delve deep into his twisted imagination, bringing forth monumental visions that haunt, terrify and chill to the bone.
Gratuitous and explicit images of the horror on hand is never overly thrust into the face of the reader, but instead is allowed to become exposed during gut-wrenching snippets of terrifying action, then laid low to smolder in the readers mind until the next exposure to the true horror of the novel is unleashed.
With that said, one particular scene does hail further into the horrific and downright disturbing than the majority of the book purposefully participates in. Here instead, Nickle wreaks havoc with the reader s senses, as he carves out a grotesque and painstakingly descriptive scene detailing the appalling labor and birth of one of the demon-like creatures unto the ravaged form of a young girl.
Eutopia is an elaborate novel, pulling together intricate interwoven subplots, with a dark and eerie mystery constantly behind it all. Mark Morris s forceful but swift visions of the grotesque, mixed with elements of early Clive Barker dark fiction, with the final all-encompassing visionary of Lovecraft knitted in for good measure.
The novel is as chaotic as it is inspired. The levels and layers that form the crux of the plot are ingenious in their creation. The delivery is gripping, enthralling and utterly engaging from the outset to the near-epic finale. Nickle never once backs away from taking on the darker route. Instead he embraces the numerous twists and turns that see the storyline fall deeper and deeper into an abyss of abominable corruption.
David Nickle has reincarnated Lovecraft and spun a new direction for the terror that is to follow. This is certainly not the last we will have heard from this talented new face in horror. --Chris Hall (DLS Reviews) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
David Nickle is the author of numerous short stories and several novels, including Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, Rasputin's Bastards, and The 'Geisters. He lives in Toronto, where he works as a journalist, covering Toronto City Hall for Metroland Media Toronto.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08CZH1SD8
- Publisher : Open Road Media; Reissue edition (4 August 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 10747 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,216,276 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I like weird books, and I like something to come up with an original concept, and this novel definitely does both of those in spades. The story here concerns the idea of a landowner using his land to create the perfect Eutopia, filled only with people who they deem to be the top 5 percent of population. The story of this Eutopia is told through two different POV's. One from a newcomer to the compound, and the other, the compounds only black resident, and doctor.
The issue of race is brought up pretty frequently throughout the novel, and with the ku klux klan within the compound, the n word is used pretty frequently so that may put off some readers. I wouldn't say it is in a sensationalist way though, just the author trying to represent the time the book takes place, which oh yeah, is 1911.
The monsters in this book are slightly strange, they seem to be described as weird faerie/nymph things which supernatural powers that can lead to anyone coming into contact with them to worship them as gods. It's a different story to what I've read before and even has a few creepy moments before they are fully revealed. If the idea of a scalpel being used to cut open a hymen is too much for you. Don't read this book. Seriously.
Despite liking it, the reason I'm giving this only three stars is that it was a little hard to get through sometimes. I found myself not really wanting to pick it up all that often, and there was a point in the middle where it just seemed to be prolonging the inevitable conclusion a little too much. Overall though, if you like weird books that make you pull a wtf? face, I would give this a go. I guarantee you probably haven't read anything like it before