Even a quick perusal will tell you that JedediaH Berry’s debut novel The Manual of Detection is a kind of genre fiction. But the more deeply you dig into the book. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry. Michael Moorcock traces the roots of an atmospheric steampunk tale. Michael Moorcock. Review: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah BerryBerry’s debut detective novel is indeed imaginative, fantastical, sometimes inexplicable.
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So, against my better judgment, I squeezed through it. I hope the author writes more novels so smart people have something to read.
Watchers, Detectives, Clerks, Under-Clerks. I knew I had to read it, and suspected it was something special. Then there’s the dream detecting.
The supporting characters have all the quirks and interest in the story, but they feel a bit flat, too. Penguin Books; Reprint edition January 26, Language: Then again, maybe this is how detective stories behave in the post-modern era.
What identified cyberpunk was a sophisticated interest in current events, a guess that the Pacific Rim might soon become the centre of world politics, a keen curiosity about the possibilities of post-PC international culture and a love of noir detective fiction. I think I liked the idea far more than the detectuon.
There’s a voice so close I can’t understand why I can’t see her. Open Preview See a Problem? All of a sudden I went to Booksmith on Haight Street to get my dad a birthday gift. Jed ended up coming to Zeitgeist with a bunch of us after that, and he and Jesse discovered they had mutual friends in Northampton.
Have read 3 times, and I’ve only done that with maybe 2 other books.
Even the cover here sends that signal. Ot Monty Python like Kafka? There are brooding skyscrapers. But as the plot thickens, so does the fantasy.
This was my first experience with an audio book and what a wonderful surprise! Showing of 67 reviews. I couldn’t put it down. Certainly Berry is fascinated by processes that feed on themselves.
Mustard in the kitchen with a gun A decoder ring from a Cracker Jack box Elephant dreams A ticking alarm clock And a healthy shot of rain With a flick of the wrist, Thursday shakes, then pours your drink over cubes of red leaves before adding a garnish of phonograph record speared on a freshly-sharpened pencil.
The author’s name sounded familiar, but I saw that it was his first novel, so I kind jededjah shrugged and forgot about it.
Then there are interludes that border on Latin American magical realism or even the theologically-charged writing of G.
I listened to this from the library, but due to some error, a couple pages were missing from my copy and I didn’t want to go on without reading them; so, first, I turned to Google books and Amazon, but neither had all the missing pages; so I wrote my friend Chris an email, telling him that he might have to call me up and read me the missing pages; then I rode my bike to the not-so-local Borders and read the missing pages there. He fears that some bureaucratic mistake has resulted in his elevation to a role for which he feels unqualified and unprepared.
During the filming of this movie, the director and screenwriters were so confused about the story line, they finally sent a telegram to author Raymond Chandler asking him to clarify one aspect of the plot. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Jedediah Berry uses the stock images of the detective novel to create a Kafkaesque fable. And then it gets so serious at the end.
And when your main character is dull, well, it takes an outstanding writer to “lift” the story “up” from the doldrums. Jun 13, Larry Bassett rated it liked it Shelves: This may be partially intentional. But when Unwin finds himself suddenly promoted to the rank of detective, he reluctantly decides to solve just the one case that will return his life to the status quo: Don’t fail to notice the shadow of someone from Minority Report lurking in the deepest shadow.
And then, at last, it stops raining and, with the novel’s final brilliant revelation, the sun comes out.
Apr 16, Sesana rated it it was ok Shelves: The musings of the protagonists often mimic this yin-and-yang quality.