I’m currently reading ‘The Thirty-Five Time & Untimely Deaths of Cumberland Country” by my long-time friend / collaborator / co-conspiritor Mason Ball, and am excited to report that it is terrifying… and terrifyingly good!
If you didn’t support him during the crowdfunding process on Unbound, you should go find yourself a copy in one of those bookstores of yore… or here, or Amazon. The writing is rich, keenly observed, textured, sombre, and playful – people die… a lot of people die, but somehow there is a current of humour (dark humour, dark as to appear black no doubt) running through it all.
One of the first questions that i had reading, was when Mason had spent enough time in Maine (where the tale is told) to develop a sense of the place… and it turns out it wasn’t just me:
Confession time: I have never been to Maine, where the book is set. Had I the funds I most definitely would have done but as it stood I had to make do with research, both online and in print; oh, and Google Earth and Google Street View were invaluable!
You can read the rest of the interview on Book Trails.
I’ll post a review when i’m done… but you should get a copy regardless.
Edit: Mason’s notes on buying the book: