Re: RARA-AVIS: Suggestions?

Date: 23 Aug 2004

Doug answered Neddal's request for suggestions:

"There's not much out there like O'Connell -- except more O'Connell. All of his books are good and worth seeking out."

I wholeheartedly agree with the endorsement of all of O'Connell's books, can't wait for the next. However, I am here to tell you there is at least one book in a similar style, Adam Lloyd Baker's New York Graphic, about a would-be tabloid photographer, a wannabe contemporary Weegee. While reading it, I kept thinking how O'Connell was starting to influence other authors, and how brave it was of another author to set himself up to be compared to O'Connell. It's not nearly as good as O'Connell's books (but what is?), is occasionally a bit self-consciously odd (and I'd bet Baker's a Brit writing about a NY more constructed from the movie NY than the real city), but it's a promising first novel in a similar vein. It may be an only novel; it came out in 1998 and I'm not aware of a follow-up.

I'm not sure why, but I always think of Jim Sallis when I try to think of other authors like O'Connell. There are no particulars in common, not plotting, style or characters, but they both have very interesting worldviews.

"I don't like it much myself, but there's Marc Behm's EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. There was a movie a couple of years back, a tie-in paperback shouldn't be too hard to find."

I do like that book quite a lot. I don't think the movie was around long enough to get a tie-in reprint of the book, though. Speaking of which, is that movie really as bad as I've heard?

"Derek Raymond's Factory series is excellent. (I still need to track down a copy of I WAS DORA SUAREZ)."

Yes, the Factory series really is something.


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