Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Dave Zeltserman's THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD in Locus Magazine

Locus, the leading news and review magazine of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, offers a preview of The Caretaker of Lorne Field, by Dave Zeltserman: "For anyone who has ever joked as they left for work in the morning that they were heading out to save the world – or who knows somebody so fanatical about their job that it seemed as though they thought that – Dave Zeltserman has written a very darkly funny dark fantasy. The black comedy of errors that ensues invites comparison to stories by Kafka, David Prill, James Hynes, William Browning Spencer, and other authors who have mused on the dark side of daily breadwinning. . . . Though Zeltserman’s approach is clearly tongue-in-cheek, he deftly balances the competing interests of the characters to keep the truth of the narrative events ambiguous. A few deaths at conveniently inopportune moments and several coincidental fades to black only add to the dramatic tension of the narrative. Stories of this kind are hard to pull off and often collapse under the weight of their outrageous premises long before they end. It’s to Zeltserman’s credit that his novel holds together up to and through the final paragraph, and that it compels the reader to stay with it for that long. - Stefan Dziemianowicz

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