Thursday, 17 November 2016

SCI-FI HORROR/COMEDY REVIEW: Hunters and Collectors - M Suddain

Release Date: 07/07/16
Publisher:  Jonathan Cape


John Tamberlain is The Tomahawk, the universe’s most feared food critic – though he himself prefers the term ‘forensic gastronomer’. He’s on a quest, in search of the much-storied Hotel Grand Skies, a secretive and exclusive haven where the rich and famous retreat to bask in perfect seclusion. A place where the waiters know their fish knife from their butter knife, their carotid from their subclavian artery, and are trained to enforce the house rules with brutal efficiency.

Blurring the lines between detective story, horror and sci-fi, Hunters & Collectors is a mesmeric trip into the singular imagination of M. Suddain – a freewheeling talent whose poise, invention and sensational sentences have already earned him comparisons to Vonnegut, Pynchon and Douglas Adams.


Let me start out by saying this, this is a book that really defies description or classification as its just so off the charts that once you think you've gotten a handle on whats happening a curve ball hits you from out of nowhere taking you on a different path. OK, so its not going to be a book for everyone and to be honest I had a hell of a time getting into it and getting to understand how the character dynamics would work within. But once you get past that its a journey unlike any other.

It is definitely quirky, is character driven with three stunning leads (and whilst its technically one principle player if you read the title you'll understand why I class three people as leads) and generates a Sci-Fi Horror Journey into something that the only title out there that might be brought in is Adam's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It truly is that unique.

Back this up with solid dialogue that works wonderfully well, good use of prose and a writing style that will either have you loving or hating it and all round its a book that I'd suggest reading for the experience. All round definitely unique and for me, that alone is worth taking the time to read. Magic.

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