By Adam Roberts | November 7, 2012
A couple of links. Theresa Derwin from the esteemed BSFG reviewed Jack Glass for the society newsletters. An excerpt:
Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of golden age SF, Jack Glass is another superlative performance from Roberts. Whatever games he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain. Imbued with humour, clever tricks and a language that sparkles, Jack Glass is a masterpiece of storytelling; rather than being the traditional whodunit, it is a ‘how and when’ he did it. There is currently an argument within genre fiction such as SF, Horror and Fantasy, that it is not ‘literary’. Well, I encourage any reviewers or readers of the genre to find otherwise, especially with this extraordinary novel and with Roberts work in general. Roberts is an SF powerhouse, and a force to be reckoned with in the genre.
My first impulse was to describe Adam Roberts' I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas as a "charming concoction." Except that the book has multiple graphic incidents of various people having their faces chewed off by zombies, which I suspect most readers would not find charming. Impaled, blasted, and bludgeoned zombies are probably also low on most charm meters. And yet...despite the zombocalyptic goings-on, this novel's essentially lighthearted approach to its blood-and-guts (OK, brain-and-guts) subject matter is, well, charming.
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