I’m a little embarrassed by this. Joseph Williams, author of the novels BUNYAN UNDEAD, PARIN, and the Blues Traveler-inspired (and authorized) short story collection JUSTIFY THE THRILL, has written one of the most flattering reviews of LOSING TOUCH that I’ve ever read:
Have you ever read a book so good you were compelled to grab the nearest person, slap him or her across the face like Cary Grant knocking sense into a hysterical dame (the social norms in old movies didn’t age well at all, did they?), and demand they stop whatever they’re doing to read it so you can bask in their inevitable euphoria?
No? Well, I’m doing that to you right now. Don’t mind me. I’ll just be watching from over here, mouthing my favorite passages as you read and occasionally looking over your shoulder to tell you when you’re getting to the good parts.
Fine. If you’re getting creeped out, I guess I don’t have to do that (my slapping arms aren’t long enough to reach you, anyway), but I hope you’ll at least consider the following earnest appeal:
Buy LOSING TOUCH by Christian A. Larsen. Read it. Squeal with delight. Then buy it again and give it to someone else to enjoy. You’ll be glad that you did, as will starving Chris Larsens across the Midwest.
I’m not prone to hyperbole and I’m aware that overhyping a book can be just as damaging as condemning it, but I can’t help myself in this case. LOSING TOUCH struck a chord with me. It was hilarious, sincere, suspenseful, well-written, and profound. As a writer, it made me jealous. I wasn’t prepared for it at all, which is probably why I’m so excited about it. In more ways than one, the book took me completely by surprise…
Read the rest of the review here, but be forewarned: it’s one of the most in-depth reviews I’ve read in a while, too. And then read some Joseph Williams fiction, too. Four novels and four short story collections, including TIMBERS OF FENNARIO, a short story collection inspired by the Grateful Dead. And yes, the Dead signed off on it, so you know it’s gotta be good!