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American Elsewhere Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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"American Elsewhere conjures up echoes of the best works of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. ... American Elsewhere manages to surprise, terrify and move the reader."--Los Angeles Times
"This wonderful offering is perfect for fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman."--Library Journal
"Highly impressive."--Kirkus Reviews
"Bennett's novel may remind readers of the early works of Stephen King, presenting a small town where nothing is what it seems.... Bennett's work also evokes a mood similar to that of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, where every darkness may swallow a person only to spit them out into a place akin to Wonderland."--RT Book Reviews
"Bennett gives the idealized image of the American dream a pan-dimensional twist with this alien invasion tale, part Bradbury and part L'Engle with a dash of Edward Scissorhands... Readers will be captivated from start to finish."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on American Elsewhere
"The novel starts out curious and odd but quickly becomes terrifying and haunting, as the author reveals more about the people of Wink, who just may be the most curious and intimidating collection of folks you're likely to meet outside the pages of Stephen King.... A beautifully written, claustrophobic, and deeply memorable horror novel."--Booklist
"Mad and humorous, gory and poignant, American Elsewhere is a sort of mid-20th-century retelling of the embodiment of Lovecraftian Elder Gods by way of Alamogordo's legendary atomic tests. It's not to be missed.--Seattle Times
"So American Elsewhere is basically so good that I want to camp outside @robertjbennett's house until he tells me his secret."--Adam Christopher
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A good story, obviously, one that keeps nagging you to go back and read some more.
A nice presentation as in nice cover pic, and pages that are warm as in creamy white.
The words on the page nicely spaced, unlike those horrific books where the words are
small and the lines are crammed on the page.
And a writing style that sits comfortable on the pages, and straps you in for a nice
Well....you've found that book right here.
OK I've seen reviews pointing out little discrepancies, loose ends untied,but do not
let these minor irritants put you off.
This is a bold tale that sends little Mona Bright, ex cop, headlong into the town of WINK,
a town of ultra weirdness, a place resonating The Stepford Wives, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers,
and serious things that go a mighty bump in the night.
Yes, perhaps there are too many characters, and being such a massive book at 662 pages,
many odd characters flit in and out. But don't let that put you off.
The atmosphere of impending (ultra serious) doom is always on the tip of the next page.
This is one book I reckon Stephen King would have been proud of.
The author certainly should be.
The main character, Mona, inherits a house in a town called Wink which lies in the middle of nowhere, and doesn't appear on any maps. When she reaches the town things seem odd, the people seem strange and there is a mountain with an abandoned laboratory located nearby... Mona wants to investigate the town to learn more about her long deceased mother, who she learns once lived here. The story follows her as she uncovers the mysterious of Wink. To say anymore would honestly spoil things.
Though it starts rather slowly it draws you in and then soon gains pace, sharing it's secrets quite generously. This seems to be a trend of RJB, which I like. Instead of piling secrets upon secrets then revealing everything in the last few chapters in a huge rush, you get answers throughout. It feels rewarding.
I won't recount the plot but will say that Bennett creates a world full of mystery, secrets and wonder. And most impressive of all is that when the answers to those mysteries start to be revealed the book loses no momentum. The author provides answers to all of the big questions raised and I was left totally satisfied by the conclusion, which is pretty rare, as I'm usually not short of quibbles!
Bennett's writes in a clear and straight-forward manner but many of his ideas sparkle with an intelligence. Whilst Lovecraft is clearly an influence on this book, there is also something really fresh about American Elsewhere.
One of my favourite novels of recent years.
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