April 2013 Book Club Selection: Liminal States by Zack Parsons

Mortally wounded, Gideon Long stumbles upon a mysterious pool of water that grants him the power of immortality. Gideon’s would be murderer, Warren Groves, involuntarily becomes his partner in resurrection – partaking in a journey that will cross more than a century of American history and alter it along the way.

Gideon is shot by Sheriff Warren Groves during a botched train robbery, and so the cruel and selfish Gideon Long wanders in the desert in search of one final drink of water. What Gideon finds is salvation in the form of an otherworldly pool beneath the sun baked earth that grants him immortality. What begins as a bloody feud in the proud tradition of a Western pulp evolves into hard boiled detective noir as the decades pass and culminates in a near future dystopian thriller. The story unfolds in the narratives of three souls, bound together by the mysterious pool, as they warp the very fabric of reality.

Liminal States is the debut novel of Zack Parsons.

Parsons links this all together with a clever multimedia experience that you can participate in by venturing to the Liminal States website here.

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  • Phyllis

    We had a wonderful discussion about a complext and fascinating book. There's more to explore about the backstory online so I'm looking forward to doing that.

    2 · April 27, 2013

    • Michelle W.

      I'm sorry I missed it, what is next months book?

      April 27, 2013

  • Luke

    I liked the book.

    April 26, 2013

    • Luke

      huh...didn't think that would show up like that.

      April 26, 2013

  • Sara

    Great meeting everyone tonight. For me the book started slow and took me a while to get invested in. Once I was hooked though, I had to know what was going to happen next! I think one of my biggest issues with the book was trying to get invested in the characters. It felt like just when I would start to care about someone they would disappear and I was forced to start a whole new relationship with a new character. (Even if he/she was a duplicate) All in all though, I liked it. It was different and it was able to create great yet gruesome images in my mind. This is why I joined this club, to try out books I might not have found on my own. :) Looking forward to next time.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Luke

    It was nice to meet you all! I really enjoyed the book. It was a tad bit on the gruesome side, but if gruesome can be done tastefully, I think Parsons managed to get close to that mark. I'm curious why people didn't like it. I know it is pretty hard to follow at times, and definitely jumps genre lines in a way that caused me some problems. Anything else?

    April 25, 2013

    • Michelle W.

      For starters, not only did I not like or sympathize with any of the characters, I sincerely disliked them. I have more thoughts, but I have to drive now.. More tomorrow.. Sorry to have missed the meet up!

      April 25, 2013

  • Michelle W.

    I am NOT happy!! I have a last minute client meeting that is important, so I cant make it. I was really looking forward to hearing what everyone had to say about this book.... Maybe we can continue the conversation on here??
    Cuz.... I really did not like this book! I want to know what everyone else thought!!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Sara

    Wow! What a crazy thought-provoking book. Looking forward to my first book group, excited to hear what everyone else thought of it.

    April 21, 2013

  • Phyllis

    I'm loving this book too! Glad we're reading it. Looking forward to greeting new members and welcoming back regulars! Remember, bring your suggestions for a May book to the group since we decide by consensus on the spot. Then we head into the round robin sharing segment "What are you reading, what are you watching?"

    April 21, 2013

  • Rose Cooke W.

    Yay, hope to see you both soon, Lynda!
    Luke - we're a pretty mellow bunch, not much to know. Please feel free to show even if you don't finish the read.

    April 19, 2013

    • Luke

      I should at least be close by the meet. See you then.

      April 20, 2013

  • Brian W.

    Galaxy Unknown series next please

    April 19, 2013

  • Lynda S.

    We finally got moved but are still finishing the remodel on our old house so we can rent it...hopefully we will finish in time to read s book for May. This month's book looks fun!

    April 18, 2013

  • Diana C.

    First meeting for me too! Looking forward to it.

    April 13, 2013

  • Luke

    Sounds interesting. First meet with this group. Anything I should know?

    April 5, 2013

  • Anita

    I can't make this one. I'm going to read the book though. It sounds interesting. ;)

    March 29, 2013

  • Sky O.

    This is my birthday too! Yay :D

    1 · March 28, 2013

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