A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitln R. Kiernans Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original.Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agencys world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable.Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something stranger still is happening to the world itself, chaos unleashed, rational explanation slipped loose from the moorings of the known. Two rival agencies stare across the Void at one another. Two sisters, the deadly, sickened products of experiments going back decades, desperately evade their hunters.An invisible war rages at the fringes of our world, with unimaginable consequences and Lovecraftian horrors that ripple centuries into the future....
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Black Helicopters Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take on the world. Now to read Agents of Dreamland and hope for sequels.
Review coming to Booklist and the blog soon
This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words “noir” and “dystopian” are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dilation?) is used in a delightfully effective manner to cast the shadowy agencies attempting to run or ruin things. Awesome read!
I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal optimist in me.
Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recognizable sight and sound and smells and that masterfully grants a sense of how any great or near great city is never the same, never as good as they last time it was visited. Time moves on and cities somehow diminish and ...more