Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

PW review

As I blithely forgot to mention INK just got a starred PW review apparently:

This stimulating and bruising sequel to Scottish author Duncan's neo-Joycean Vellum (2006) projects the endless battle between good and evil onto a kaleidoscopic multitude of parallel alternative realities. Duncan's debut introduced bionanotech-enhanced humans, who clashed with ordinary humans in a 2017 apocalypse. The Carter family of Glasgow guarded the God-commissioned titular Book, but now the scribe and angel Metatron has hidden the Book somewhere in the infinite folds of a realm called the Vellum and is preparing to die. Meanwhile, a host of eerie characters, including foul-mouthed Jack "Flash" Carter, Puck-figure Thomas Messenger and Jack's shrink, Guy Renard Carter, search for the Book. Full of riffs on myths from throughout human history as well as allusions to Euripides'Bacchae, this enormous, stinging, poignant hymn engenders a terrible beauty all its own.

Yes, I'm thinking, "...stimulating and bruising... this enormous, stinging, poignant hymn engenders a terrible beauty all its own." Now that's a fucking good quote!


Blogger Jason Erik Lundberg said...


7:17 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Ass kicking review. I'm going to spread this around, if'n youu don't mind.

8:55 pm  
Blogger Chris said...

Not much to add other than a thoroughly English 'smashing'!

12:40 am  
Blogger Pfilip said...

Sweet... I am counting the days until its release, my friend.

7:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Al! Keep some distance between the floor and your head in the New Year! Good writing in 07.

jeff ford

12:16 am  
Anonymous Darin Bradley said...


3:33 am  
Anonymous saffron1982 said...

On a totally different subject, you threw a fantastic new year party. My hangover salutes you!

8:31 pm  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Cheers, all!

3:31 am  

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