Electric Literature is one of the most prestigious and amazing sites around, so I was incredibly honored at this amazing review of Bald New World by author Kyle Muntz. The comparisons to Murakami, Neal Stephenson, and Iain M. Banks (who is one of my favorite writers) blows my mind. Thank you so much to Electric Literature and also editor Michael Seidlinger for this humbling review.
One of the most interesting narrators in recent fiction, Nick is a survivor of abuse from a low-income family, overcoming psychological damage that ultimately ruined his marriage; a veteran of “The African wars”; and distinguished cricket fighter. Bald New World is an ambitious book despite being fairly short, but it’s also one that might have been potentially alienating. Especially with how strange things get at times, having such a strong narrator holds the book together. Nick is intensely human and relatable, and ultimately his character might be the strongest element of the book.