I confess that I occasionally read the front page stories of somethingawful.com, where Zack “Geist Editor” Parsons is a regular contributor. I usually read his pieces, which include things like “William Gibson Correctly Predicts the Internet of 2013” and “The Overly Optimistic Futurist’s Guide to Dating in the Post-Singularity“. They’re wonderfully weird, and usually very good pastiches of other writing styles. So, when I came across Liminal States in the bookstore, I was understandably excited to pick it up. Fortunately, it mostly lived up to my expectations.
For those of you who may be interested in the book, beware, there are spoilers ahead. To make my recommendation notes short: While the story draws off a taproot of science fiction and horror, its three acts are presented as different genres: western, detective, and thriller. My only real problem with it is that parts of the book are slow reading (especially towards the end of the second act). Otherwise, the prose is technically excellent and occasionally beautiful. A solid story, read it if you’ve got the time for a 400-odd page novel.