The Resurrectionist

The Resurrectionist Jack O'Connell
  • Title: The Resurrectionist
  • Author: Jack O'Connell
  • ISBN: 9781565126787
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Resurrectionist Jack O'Connell The Resurrectionist The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears Part classic noir thriller part fabulist fable it is the story of Sweeney and his comatose son Danny Hoping for a
    The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears Part classic noir thriller, part fabulist fable, it is the story of Sweeney and his comatose son, Danny Hoping for a miracle, Sweeney has brought Danny to the fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have resurrected patients who were similarly lost in the void but the real cureThe Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears Part classic noir thriller, part fabulist fable, it is the story of Sweeney and his comatose son, Danny Hoping for a miracle, Sweeney has brought Danny to the fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have resurrected patients who were similarly lost in the void but the real cure for his son s condition may lie in Limbo, a comic book world beloved by Danny before he slipped into a coma O Connell has crafted a spellbinding novel about stories and what they can do for and to those who create them and those who consume them About the nature of consciousness and the power of the unknown And, ultimately, about forgiveness and the depth of our need to extend it and receive it.
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    1. Part classic noir thriller, part mind bending fantasy, The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears It is the story of Sweeney, a druggist by trade, and his son, Danny, the victim of an accident that has left him in a persistent coma Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the fortress like Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have resurrected two patients who were lost in the void, hoping for a miracle What Sweeney comes to realize, though, is that the real cure to his sons condition may lie in Limbo, a fantasy comic book world into which his son had been drawn at the time of his accident Plunged into the intrigue that envelops the clinic, Sweeneys search for answers leads to sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying rabbit holes of darkness and mystery McConnell has crafted a mesmerizing novel about stories and what they can do for and to those who create them and those who consume them About the nature of consciousness and the power of the unknown About psychotic bikers, mad neurologists, and wandering circus freaks About loss and grief and rage And, ultimately, about forgiveness and the depth of our need to extend it and receive it.


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    1. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally As some of you already know, I have been a twenty year fan and student now of the related 20th century art movements Dadaism and Surrealism, ever since first getting exposed to them as an undergraduate in the 80s, and in fact is the closest I arguably come to being legitimately scholarly on any topic, in terms [...]

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    2. well, i am not really sure what the hell this was about I think it was a very strange story, it involves a lot of suspension of disbelief, there are a lot of characters that seem important that never flesh out, there s a few hairy instances that turn into nothing I don t think i got it I would have given it a two star review but there was enough good writing and creativity in it to merit a three star review, but i will not be recommending this book to anyone ever

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    3. This book reminded me of a Stephen King novel, not because it was scary, but because the ending was SO weak Just like King, this guy wrote an absorbing novel with interesting characters, an intriguing mystery, but a super crap ending It seemed like he just didn t know how to end it, which really sucked, because I couldn t put it down for the most part There were other problems that seemed to crop up around page 225 now that I think about it the use of the serum by the stereotypical bikers and wh [...]

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    4. I can describe this story succinctly a shambles If there was an plotline, it might have benefitted the reader if the author had actually provided it.Some might argue the style is surreal and the reader has to suspend belief Dream sequences and comic book realities are fine tools to use in storytelling, but they must be hung on something if they are to be bought by the reader.Characters are built up only to never be heard from again, a bit of foreshadowing is cast only to be left adrift in the vo [...]

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    5. Every parent s worst nightmare Literally, figuratively, and everything in between Not badly told and I got used to the reader on the audio CD fairly quickly he handled a lot of voices well , but for what purpose I ve read The Magus, the Shining, and, recently, The Keep, and they covered similar ground the nature of consciousness and reality, gothic and or classical horror, Dads running around yelling Danny but with a bit payoff Early on I asked another reader if there was going to be a payoff [...]

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    6. Rated R for language Strange story I couldn t get past the fact that a 6 year old was allowed to read a comic book that had such strange characters and language.

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    7. So disappointed I think I understand where the author was going with the storyline but failed miserably.

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    8. Wow, I wish I could sit down and write a review as good as Jason Pettus s Interestingly, I had a slightly different experience I skimmed most of the book and really only focused on the last three chapters which is, as far as I can tell, the only part where anything interesting happened.After foraging into the first comic book section of the novel, I abandoned these altogether and decided to read just the main plot Although I love a good Wonder Woman as much as the next girl, I lacked the patienc [...]

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    9. A jagged joyride to the limit of compassion, and a chilling intimation of the realities hiding in our subconscious minds, the incredibly readable Jack O Connell does it again By it I mean seemingly effortlessly dashing off another poetical noir masterpiece set in his Quinsigamond universe, a place uncomfortably close to our daily reality, yet somehow sung in a clearer, and still darker melotony, and in the end leaving his audience aching for You may pick up anything he has written with the conf [...]

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    10. I don t generally abandon books though Pride and Prejudice and Zombies escaped by a hair , but I was compelled to make an exception here The prose, when it occasionally manages to rise above hackneyed, is awkward and contrived the characters are two dimensional and, from what my wife told me, the plot quickly dissolves into a mess of incohesive improbabilities I wanted to like it because the Limbo story within a story reminded me of the wonderful Geek Love and the cover of Carter Beats the Devil [...]

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    11. Although it has its strengths, The Resurrectionist is not for everyone The novel slips imperfectly between grim reality and dark fantasy, and for some critics, the intense drama, imaginative scenery, and significant themes did not overcome frustrating structural difficulties O Connell has embedded a touching father son story within the work however, to reach this dramatic core, the reader must be patient and willing to overlook the novel s difficult framework Still, critics praised many of the b [...]

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    12. I read an interview with James Ellroy where he admitted that he doesn t actually read most of the books that carry his blurbs That s probably the case here because this holy mess ain t worthy of Ellroy s praise If O Connell had hooked up with a comic book artist and done the Limbo chapters as little shortform comics within the novel, rather than just describing what happens in the comics with regular prose, then he might ve had something As it is, the book is ambitious and fitfully compelling, b [...]

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    13. Holy Crap I m sorry that I forget who recommended this book to me, but, whoever didThank You Now this is where I m supposed to say This book is a combination of Author A Author B but I won t This book is about forgiveness of yourself, comas, a comic written by the The Love Child of Warren Ellis Alan Moore Oh shit I just mentioned an Author A an Author B Fuckin sue me I found myself waking up an hour or two before my alarm went off so I could read one chapter.Now read it and tell me your story.

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    14. Part classic noir thriller, part mind bending fantasy, The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears The back of the book description is pretty deceptive There s nothing noir about this, nor is it mind bending It s odd, pretty engaging in the beginning, and the side story from the comic about the freaks is pretty dang cool Unfortunately, none of these cool facets lead anywhere, characters and secondary plots just drop away into nothing and it turns into an A [...]

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    15. The imagination that went into this book is staggering I very much enjoyed the exploration of consciousness unconsciousness, the blurring of the real and the fantastic, and the examination of abominations That said, some of the novel s foreshadowing was too transparent if I pick up on it, it s incredibly evident , and the violence, especially near the end, turned my stomach All in all, though, I m glad that I read the book, and I ll be looking for by O Connell.

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    16. Another book that I checked out on reviews award news with the hope that it will be one of the rare ones of its kind that will appeal to me and it wasn t, just nothing in there to excite meSo try it, since I guess if you like the noir psychological thriller with a touch of the fantastic which as mentioned I rarely do it may be for you for me it did not transcend its genre so not of real interest

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    17. I hated this book I do admit the author has a spectacular imagination but that s all I admit Why two characters with the same name What happened to the circus resurrectionist What happened in the end I guess I am too concrete in my thinking This just made me feel bad throughout How do you enjoy a book full of bad luck and terrible acts from the hands of other people Yuck I have never read Jack O Connell before and I am so disappointed in this effort.

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    18. I ve got to mull this one over some Very weird premise of a father trying to connect to his comatose son through the fantasy world of his favorite comic I wanted to love it, and I did enjoy the noir fantasy mash up aspects, but there were places were it didn t seem as fully realized a concept as it could have been Still, pretty cool.

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    19. I am a big fan of Jack O Connell, and I usually love his books I liked this one, but didn t love it, probably because its emotional center is a father son relationship That said, I still think O Connell has one of the best twisted imaginations out there right now.

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    20. It started out good and weird and I m a sucker for circus freaks About 3 4 of the way through it got really trippy, and I was like Circus freaks rule Bikers rule And then the last page transformed every ounce of weirdness into saccharine treacle.

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    21. The Resurrectionist sounds interesting than it really is.I suppose this book proves it s possible for a story to be so odd that it fails as fantasy, while being so fundamentally this worldly that it also fails as fantasy.Just move along nothing to see here.

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    22. it was ok nothing too special an interesting way to tell a story though a mix of fanatsy comic book fiction and real life.

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    23. This book came to me used, along with a bundle of promotional material dating from the book s original release, tucked inside the dust jacket I d already read and admired O Connell s Word Made Flesh, and read this one earlier in a library edition, so I made haste to snatch this copy up from the table where it was languishing.The Resurrectionist is a very different book, though, from Word Made Flesh, despite being set in or rather near the same old New World city of Quinsigamond that figures so p [...]

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    24. When I think back on my experience reading The Resurrectionist, what holds strongest in my memory are the labyrinth settings and the dynamic movement between them Something special happened with the construction of place in the novel Jack O Connell made middle spaces, unknowable spaces, dark places, and lost places the true gothic foundation of the narrative and moved his characters in and out of these places with a deft, thoughtful and fearless hand Whether these places were the humble, inadequ [...]

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    25. reviewers copyIn The Resurrectionist, we meet Sweeney our main character, if I were to pick ONE and label him as such I see him as the wheel around which this novel turns Sweeney s son Danny has been in a coma for over a year, and they have just relocated to The Clinic where Dr Peck has successfully aroused 2 comatose patients.O Connell withholds information from us the reader information we desire to know Which, quite frankly, kept me glued to this book There are subtle and shrouded comments ma [...]

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    26. Ultimately this book has been engineered to be a good, quick read and little there is no there there I found it gripping and yet a great disappointment So many plot elements are left unresolved, story threads abandoned and characters undeveloped including the fate of the title character return return The story of Sweeney, a pushed to the edge pharmacist and his comatose son Danny and their journey to The Peck Clinic for better care and the possibility of an awakening is woven in with the comic [...]

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    27. Ultimately this book has been engineered to be a good, quick read and little there is no there there I found it gripping and yet a great disappointment So many plot elements are left unresolved, story threads abandoned and characters undeveloped including the fate of the title character return return The story of Sweeney, a pushed to the edge pharmacist and his comatose son Danny and their journey to The Peck Clinic for better care and the possibility of an awakening is woven in with the comic [...]

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    28. The Resurrectionist oscillates unexpectedly, keeping its reader off balance Among the stories told are those of Sweeney, a pharmacist whose son is in a long term coma, a group of freaks at the center of a wildly popular comic book empire, a doctor bent on performing bleeding edge experiments on the patients in his care, and a psychotic group of bikers who re half Hell s Angels, half support group O Connell writes in a crisp voice, with great pacing and descriptions Especially evocative are the s [...]

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    29. A very strange book The author writes beautifully if not a little confusingly The story moves back and forth between the real world of Sweeny the pharmacist hoping for a miracle to bring his comatose son back, and the world of Limbo Limbo is a comic within the story, and though many people seem to think that part of the book was sort of lame, I actually liked that story better than the real world one Maybe I just don t do well with stories that don t make much sense The Limbo story was fairly li [...]

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