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Archive for April 25th, 2011

God is a slick god. Temple knows. She knows because of all the crackerjack miracles still to be seen on this ruined globe.

If Cormac McCarthy had decided to follow The Road with a foray into the zombie apocalypse, it might look something like The Reapers Are The Angels, the astonishing and beautiful PKD Award nominee by Alden Bell, aka  Joshua Gaylord.  This comparison is actually a little unfair to Reapers, because although Bell tips his hat to a variety of sources (Flannery O’Connor and George A. Romero come to mind), the book stands entirely on its own. 

A lot has been said about this book already.  All I’m going to add is that Reapers took my expectations of a subgenre that I’ve grown a bit weary of and turned them completely upside down.  “Beauty amidst the rubble” doesn’t even begin to cover it.  This is the best book I’ve read in a long time and Temple is a character I will not soon forget.

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