The Sand Men

My latest review in LARB is on Christopher Fowler's new novel The Sand Men. Verdict:

"Ballard devotees and scholars may be let down by The Sand Men, which, while powerfully written and not altogether derivative, is a conventional narrative tailored for a mainstream readership. For me, the novel could have been significantly enhanced by a use of inner spatial tactics and aesthetics or at least a more innovative exploration of the protagonist’s psychological vicissitudes. Such an approach, however, would likely veer Fowler away from the safe house of his target audience."

Read the entire review here.