Big Machine

Big Machine

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Scraping out an existence as a New York bus porter, recovering addict and suicide cult survivor Ricky Rice is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators who share his experience of having heard disembodied voices that may have a divine source.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385527989
Branch Call Number: FIC LAVALLE, VICTOR
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 25 cm.


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Sep 12, 2018

Victor LaValle has a knack for starting off a story in a "normal" way and gradually take it into the fantastic. It is never a linear thing, this happens and then that happens, there is a back-and-forth in time and place, characters appearing then disappearing and then reappearing later. It is convoluted yet makes total sense.

What I didn't understand is why towards the end he changed parts of Oakland to be a place called Garland. The streets are Oakland streets, near where I grew up, making them extra familiar. The best was that one of the locations was Port View Park, an old favorite of mine from the 1970s, and the site of many picnics. A peculiar nostalgia happens when you know a location that is used in fiction.

Jan 07, 2011

Strange, singular, and suspenseful as all get-out, "Big Machine" redefines the idea of a literary pageturner.


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SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"Don't look for dignity in public bathrooms."


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