Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mr. Shivers -- Robert Jackson Bennett

A group of companions wanders across a blighted land in search of mysterious, perhaps not entirely human, man known as Mr. Shivers. You think you've heard this one before? Maybe not, considering that the blighted land is the U. S. of A. in the 1930s, blighted by the Dust Bowl years and the Depression, a setting vividly rendered in this book. Each of the companions has a good reason for finding Mr. Shivers, and in the end the reasons are all the same: revenge.

As they make their way across the country, they encounter bizarre and terrible things, the more bizarre the farther they travel, and the companions begin to lose something of their own humanity until at the end . . . . Nope, not going to tell you. Wouldn't be prudent. Anyway, I think most of you will have a pretty good idea well before you get to that part. And that's the weakness in the book. I knew well before the end where it was going. Getting there, however, was worth the trip. There's some heavy-duty violence, but the setting and the characters and the quality of the writing are all topnotch.


Donna said...

Sounds interesting. I'm going to check it out.

Anonymous said...

Me too, Donna, especially since I don't have enough reading material. Sounds good.