An ultra-unreliable narrator with a fetish for drugs must identify the killer, locate the girl, and identify himself, all while writing his first novel. The searches plunge this combat veteran into a netherworld of bizarre citizens, revolution, assassins, and superstitions.
A cleverly diverting narrative that remixes folklore, pop culture, multiculturalism, gender roles, history, sci-fi, noir aesthetics, and urban decay. This misadventure with literary ambitions challenges notions of society and self. At once a freshly voiced, compellingly enigmatic, utterly poignant, and darkly comic novel.
Can you unriddle Them Rabbit Foot Blues?
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“A Puzzling Look Into the Human Condition”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Aran Joseph Canes
Them Rabbit Foot Blues is, without question, the work of a brilliant mind. Although bearing the marks of a debut author, this book is built with such craftsmanship that, like certain classic works of literature, it is difficult to grasp its full meaning in one read.
For example, it’s somewhat difficult to say what the book is ultimately about. Ostensibly a murder mystery, with abounding narratives and meta-narratives the reader might be excused if, at the end of the book, they are somewhat confused as to its full meaning.
Personally, I think the author is ultimately aiming at what it means to be human. The book’s use of robot narrators, other bits of science fiction and Jungian psychology all seem to be efforts at delineating an account of human nature. It is, in this reader’s understanding, ultimately an odyssey by the protagonist in which he comes to a deeper understanding of himself.
That said, the book somewhat resembles a difficult themed crossword. The interested reader might read and reread different sections to solve the different puzzles the author has left the reader to figure out.
If anything, the book suffers from the fact that it is not marketed by a major publisher. The puzzles in such popular fiction as the Da Vinci Code pale in comparison to what Spurlock has created in Them Rabbit Foot Blues. But without the elaborate packaging of a major publisher few readers will probably take the trouble to sort out all the craftsmanship of the author.
The one critique I have is that the author, while obviously well versed in contemporary science, tends to depend upon other authors for his idea of the future and his characters. His future government differs little from Orwell’s Big Brother and the characters are obviously influenced from pulp fiction mysteries.
Even so, for a debut author to write a novel with so much craftsmanship and with so much sincerity to get at the heart of what it means to be human is impressive. In the novel the within story narrator is something of a failed writer. One can only hope that this part of the novel is not autobiographical and that Jason Spurlock will continue to write fiction with as much interest as his debut novel.
About the Author
Jason M. Spurlock has written several short stories, a number of essays that outweighs his brain, and not enough book reports. He studied at Towson and Johns Hopkins University because he loves Maryland; it’s where he learned to read. Jason loves his country too. Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan is where he learned how to fight.Them Rabbit Foot Blues is his first novel. A former teacher of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English and History, he is sure this is the year the Cowboys take the Super Bowl.