Some years ago I wrote a book about a boy named Geryon who was red and had wings and fell in love with Herakles. Recently I began to wonder what happened to them in later life. Red Doc> continues their adventures in a very different style and with changed names.
To live past the end of your myth is a perilous thing.
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You'd be justified in thinking, on finishing Red Doc>, that it is Carson who has got the jump here. To engage so fluidly, so originally and compellingly, with a story first told more than 3,000 years ago, is astonishing: her ambition is one thing; the fact that it is so completely achieved is, frankly, something else.Read Full Review of Red Doc> | See more reviews from Guardian
...“I’m really trying to make people’s minds move, you know, which is not something they’re naturally inclined to do...it’s really important to get somehow into the mind and make it move somewhere it has never moved before.” Red Doc does indeed take the reader in unexpected directions: it’s odd, unpredictable and utterly enthralling.Read Full Review of Red Doc> | See more reviews from Toronto Star
The intertext is décor, pure name-dropping, never engaged with at any real depth, its sole function to bootstrap prestige to writing which never has to earn it for itself.Read Full Review of Red Doc> | See more reviews from National Post arts
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