“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Monday, May 7, 2007

The Embiggened O # 9,407: Hell, Even Critical Mick Has Us On His Nightstand!

You know this independent publishing blummery is getting somewhere when Critical Mick has your humble offering on the top of his nightstand reading pile (right, squint hard). Huzzah! But lo! - what's this? A review in the Irish Indo courtesy of Myles McWeeney that says something like "an out-and-out original, with crackling dialogue and sharp wit". Lummee! But stay - there's more! Yep, the current Village magazine weighs in with a full-page review that dares to suggest that The Big O is "a very funny thriller, packed tight with cracking moments and sizzling dialogue"*. Criminy! Where will it all end, people? Eh?

*In the interests of transparency, accountability, yadda-yadda-blah, we should really point out that Declan Burke writes movie reviews for Village magazine. But he's definitely not Edward O'Hare. And he hasn't paid for Edward O'Hare to have a new fitted kitchen in, oh, it must be weeks now.

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