Friday, November 6, 2009

*Starred* Booklist review for Alan DeNiro's TOTAL OBLIVION, MORE OR LESS

This is an amazing - and thoughtful - review:
TOTAL OBLIVION, MORE OR LESS by Alan DeNiro:

For 16-year-old Macy, the whole world has gone crazy, quite literally. Barbarians from antiquity have invaded America, while bizarre plagues and impossibly shifting landscapes ravage her Minnesota homeland. Together with her parents, sister, brother, and a possibly evil dog, Macy sets out down the Mississippi on an adventure that takes her into the smoldering ruins of St. Louis, aboard a wooden submarine that’s bigger on the inside than outside, and finally into the stone-skyscraper capital of Nueva Roma. All the while she dodges oil-men turned slavers, plague-instigating wasps, an albino bounty hunter, and, perhaps most dangerous of all, her scheming younger brother. DeNiro (who flaunted a knack for offhand SF oddness in Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, 2006) makes sure never to do anything as dull as explaining what the heck is going on—we simply accept that the world has become a surreal, historical landscape come to life and move on. He drops in so many tantalizingly inspired touches—the new (old?) empire considers Post-it notes a precious natural resource—that leaving his inside-out America at the end is almost painful. There aren’t many writers who take weirdness as seriously as DeNiro does, and fewer still who can extract so much grounded emotion, gut-dropping humor, and rousing adventure from it. A dizzying display of often brilliant, always strange, and definitely unique storytelling. — Ian Chipman
Seriously, if you haven't preordered this book yet, well...why the hell not?

6 comments:

crossoverwriter said...

Congrats, Alan, you can't bottle the kind of imagination you've got. Precious commodity, indeed. Can't wait to read it.
Catherine

Lisa Iriarte said...

Congrats Alan!

I know how excited Colleen was about this, because I happened to be sitting next to her at the Backspace conference when she first heard.

Great job both of you!

Alan DeNiro said...

Thanks you two!

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Pageturners said...

Thanks for calling people's attention to this - it sounds like a brilliant book.

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Oh my goodness... it sounds like another instance where crazy means fabulous. Excellent.