Saturday, December 13, 2008


There's this scene in the book where the kid goes to kill the mutant "dragon" (who turns out to be less and more of a monster than he suspects), and he ends up tearing and clawing his way into the guts of this creature that won't die, clawing and swimming up through its guts and tearing out its hearts while the creature tears into its own body even as the flesh tries to knit back together, trying to claw the kid out of its own flesh.

And at the end of this scene, I found myself a little stunned at breathless and was like, "Wow."

I still think Bloodtide will turn out to be the better book, but man, I love these books. I need to read more Burgess.

Took a long time for him to come onto my radar, mainly because he's marketed as a "young adult" writer.


Whatever sells the books, I guess.

Highly recommended if you love some post-apocalyptic shenanigans. Mutants and nuclear fallout and fantastical fantasy tropes with SFish rationalizations and kingdoms and family feuds and in-your-face prose oh my!

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Niall said...

Utterly tangential, but seeing that cover photo made me aware that Junk was retitled as Smack in the US; I'd never thought about it before, but I guess it would have to be (and even better, had it been first published in the US as Smack it would have had to be changed to Junk for the UK; as opposed to e.g. Wit's End/The Case of the Imaginary Detective, where you could in principle use either title in either market). Heh.

Kameron Hurley said...

True story. Junk has a totally diff't connotation out here...

Man, now I need to buy all of his books.

Liz said...

Wow, I totally need to read that!