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"The stories [in Knife Fight and Other Struggles] are sui generis in presentation, veering from the discombobulating nightmare that is "Basements" to the squid-laden eco-satire "Wylde's Kingdom" to the sci-fi love of "Loves Means Forever." When it comes to this book, only two things are certain; the stories never travel where you expect, and David Nickle is a monumental talent."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Believe the hype: David Nickle is very good."
--The Globe and Mail
"David Nickle is my favorite kind of writer. His stories are dark, wildly imaginative, and deeply compassionate--even when they're laced with righteous anger. He's at the top of his game in this new book of short stories, and that's about as good as it gets."
--Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters
"David Nickle is Canada's answer to Stephen King. His writing charms even as it slices like a blade between the ribs: sharp, subtle, and never less than devastating."
--Helen Marshall, author of Hair Side, Flesh Side and Gifts for the One Who Comes After
"Rasputin's Bastards is a testament to the fact Nickle can write anything."
--The Winnipeg Review
"Eutopia is the kind of book I'd recommend to literary snobs who badmouth the horror genre while completely ignoring the multitudes of splendid books on the shelves. Nickle comes from a different cut of cloth than a lot of current horror authors. He's created a unique world that's a far cry from any of the current trends in horror fiction. In fact, his style seems generations removed from all the apocalyptic zombie and vampire novels on the market. Thankfully, he understands that the most important ingredients are strong characters, originality, and a compelling story. That his novel is also dark, frightening, and beautifully written is just icing on the cake."
--Chris Hallock, All Things Horror
"Few writers do psychosexual horror as well as Toronto's David Nickle, and with The 'Geisters he's back with another tale of voluptuous terror and the supernatural."
--The Toronto Star
"David Nickle writes 'em damned weird and damned good and damned dark. He is bourbon-rough, poetic and vivid. Don't miss this one."
--Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother
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.
- File Size : 5447 KB
- Print Length : 270 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Open Road Media (24 November 2020)
- Language: : English
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1771481439
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B08HRM6T2K
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
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The book seemed to be very topical: basically, a group of men find girls who manifest poltergeist activity. They imprison the girls/women (mostly through marriage) in order to have sex with the poltergeists. The POV character is a young woman, just married (albeit unknowingly) to a member of this club. She has had a poltergeist most of her life, and has developed various coping mechanisms to keep it imprisoned.
I did like the main character, but felt I could have liked her more. She's an architect with a D&D background - something not often seen, and that was very refreshing. However, she seemed to fall into the helpless "oh woe is me!" category - she just seemed to let things happen to her, rather than being proactive.
My big thing: I did not understand how the men were having sex with the poltergeists, in particular because most of the sex seemed to be unwilling. Poltergeists are discarnate entities who can cause a lot of damage (and in some cases did - there are fires, etc., when the sex is occurring). WTF? As this is a main component of the book, I wanted to know how these entities were being compelled, and I never felt I was given an explanation.
I don't feel I can discuss this book too much without giving it away, and it is a different enough take I think there are people who would enjoy reading it. The author did a very good job of combining both past and present in a way that clarified many events. However, I thought the ending was very abrupt.
This is a decent book. I have a feeling, though, that if the author had given it another revision it would have been a wonderful book.