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Rasputin's Bastards Kindle Edition
"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.
- ASIN : B08HRJVR7P
- Publisher : Open Road Media (24 November 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 5070 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 485 pages
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In Rasputin's Bastards David Nickle gives us a Soviet cold war psychic program, giant squid, Russian folklore, a secret submarine base, sensory deprivation tanks, brainwashing programs and so much more. The mysteries of the plot pull you along. It's not really spoiling anything to say that almost no one in the book is who they think they are (this is strongly implied fairly early in the proceedings). The book follows an assortment of characters as they unravel their true identities (and abilities) while confronting a world-devouring entity.
I have to say that at the end of the book I had more questions than answers, which is kind of frustrating. I'm not sure if this is because I just wasn't reading carefully enough to put all the pieces of the puzzle together or if the ending is just sequel bait. Or maybe it's all supposed to be ambiguous. I wish the author had made the rules of the psychic abilities that are the core of the plot more explicit. I think that would have cleared up a lot of confusion on my part.
Regardless, the journey is enjoyable even if the destination is less than satisfying. If you're looking for something different and well-written I recommend it.
My issue is only with the actual delivery. The story is told in 1-2 page snippets dealing with various characters. Sometimes it takes most of that to orient you to what you missed while reading a previous snippet, other times you are trying frantically to remember who these people are. Nickle helps a bit with that in the form of a list of dramatis personae. Unfortunately their 'descriptions' are usually a single word that didn't help.
By the time I reached the end of the book people were starting to be more easily remembered. But it was right around that time that things started to flag. The way the story wraps up makes perfect sense given the background, but it just isn't memorable. It all happens too fast and too abruptly. I think it is the method of breaking the story into such short snippets that resulted in this.
However, it was an entertaining read, all in all. I do not regret my purchase.