Interstate Dreams

Interstate Dreams

by Neal Barrett Jr.

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Dreamer came back to Austin, Texas from a bad banana war with a souvenir slug in his head. No big deal, just a minor side effect: Now, every safe, every lock, every fancy alarm takes a nap when he's around.

Dreamer's not tempted. He's straight arrow and doesn't need the dough. He's happy selling guppies, hanging out at Mama Lucy's Vishnu and esus
Barbecue. And, when the days are long and the AC's blowing cool, spending lazy afternoons with his breathtaking, irritating, mean-mouthed over and big-time attorney, Eileen.

Still, a secret like Dreamer's doesn't stay secret long. A lot of people want to know what his talent's all about. People like Detective very
Asher, who makes wrongdoers move up to New York. Abu-el-Yusuf, who wants to buy Fort Worth. Zillionaire Gus Brauweiler, who owns nearly everything there is, and Houston mobster Mako Binder, who steals all the rest.

Only Neal Barrett, Jr., author of The Hereafter Gang, heralded as "One of the Great American novels," could stir up this special mix of
outrageous mayhem and unadulterated black-hearted fun you'll find in Interstate Dreams.


"Barrett, in short, is a treasure...He writes with a vibrant economy that in no way cheats the reader, but delivers a tremendous picture
of the scene, or a character's state of mind. He's like Cormac McCarthy, only good." -Mark Finn (The Revolution Review)

"Interstate Dreams has an oddly disorienting effect...It veers from gut-busting wisecracks to gut-wrenching mayhem without warning--a
combination that has become Barrett's trademark. It's a calling card that has earned him critical praise..." -Mike Shea (The Austin Chronicle)

"It's either genius or some form of insanity...Neal has the ability to take small things and look at them in such a unique and odd way, a way that you've never seen before. He has the ability to look around corners imaginatively. He's one of the most creative writers I've ever ead." -Joe R. Lansdale (Author of The Magic Wagon)

"Barrett is funny, Texas-funny, funny like Larry McMurtry,deadpan, tall-tale, side-of-the-mouth, scatty, fleeting. And he knows all the moves of modern sf, though he does not go down all the trails he might. And he loves sex. And he writes with a vertiginous, onrushing, superbly controlled, stromping intensity. And he is utterly ruthless in his understanding that the world we are now entering is downward from America." -John Clute

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014707404
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 06/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 780 KB

About the Author

NEAL BARRETT, JR is an American treasure, a prolific author with a keen eye to character and the ability to make the improbable obvious. He has written over fifty novels and numerous short stories that span the field from mystery/suspense, fantasy, science fiction and historical novels, to "off-the-wall" mainstream fiction. Reviewers have defined his work as "stories that defy any category or convention..."

His “author’s best” collection, “Perpetuity Blues,” was a finalist for the 2001 World Fantasy Award.

His two fantasy novels featuring “Finn, the Lizard Master” have been published by Bantam---“The Prophecy Machine,” in 2000, and “The Treachery of Kings” in 2001. These novels were based on “The Lizard Shoppe,” which appeared in Dragon Magazine, and won the “best fiction of the year” award from The West Coast Publishers.

In addition to his appearance in numerous magazines, his work may be seen in collections such as The Best From Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nebula Awards, OMNI: Best Science Fiction, Asimov's Robots, Dark at Heart, The Year's Best Science Fiction (Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Tenth and Eleventh Annual Collections), etc.

His novelette, "Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus" was a finalist for both the SFWA NEBULA Award, and the Hugo Award, for best novelette of the year, and his story “Cush” was a Hugo nominee.

His short story, "Stairs," received a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

Barrett has a habit of crossing genre lines with his fiction. "Sallie C.," from The Best of the West, and "Winter on the Belle Fourche," from The New Frontier, were both chosen for Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction.

His novel, "Through Darkest America," received acclaim from readers and critics alike. Reviewer Edward Bryant called it "A book of astonishing power...simply one of the best..."

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