Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Hortlak, by Kelly Link
The Hortlak is an exercise in surrealism. One might want to say Kerouac or Hunter S. Thompson, but not really. This is Dali all the way. Familiar things, mainly a convenience store, take on a strange shape and retreat from reality. The rot is provided by the Ausible Chasm, a place where trash goes and zombies come out. The zombies themselves are not in any way typical, except for being described as dead. They are placeholders for more surrealism. There is a girl, and ghosts of dogs, and bees. The Turkish sentences are good too, Turkish reads in a very surreal way. I like Dali, so this was interesting to read, even if it didn't go anywhere in particular. It's a nice seasoning for SF. I give it 3 stars, and would recommend it if you think you might like to let your mind wander a bit.