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Never fails to impress. Brash, macabre and irreverent. . . .
-Vancouver Sun (Vancouver Sun)
...Venous Hum rises above the crowd for the potency of the trauma and the sheer mania of the horror.
-Globe and Mail (Globe & Mail)
Mayr sutures the plot veolicty of a genre book together with literary language and politics, creating a Frankenstein's monster of a novel, one with more elegance and brains than you'd expect.
-Toronto Star (Toronto Star)
Mayr is half-German, half-Afro-Caribbean, a lesbian, all-Canadian, and a brilliant author.
-The Chronicle Herald (Chronicle Herald)
...Suzette Mayr's latest novel weaves an outrageously comical yet surreal tale of broken hearts, burning hearts, and hearts for dinner.
-Quill & Quire (Quill & Quire)
...Venous Hum never fails to impress. Brash, macabre and irreverent, it's the kind of story you want to hear from a later day Scherazade: So intoxicating you crave more.
-Vancouver Sun (Vancouver Sun)
But Venous Hum is far from hackneyed genre fiction- these are characters I would have happily stayed with for another 1000 pages, the dialogue sparkles like Salinger....
-THIS Magazine (THIS Magazine)
And if you're tired of the same old, same old, and looking for a novel that takes on vegetarianism, race and gender issues and the dreaded high school reunion with a bit of supernatural tossed in, then Venous Hum by Suzette Mayr is definitely the book-of-the-month for you. Mayr's contempoary referneces are acute, her characters lifelike and their personal dramas fiercely comical.
-Calgary Herald (Calgary Herald)
... a funny, insightful, sexy, intelligent horror novel with memorable characters that never takes itself too seriously. And it's written by an Albertan. Now that's spooky.
-VUE Weekly (VUE Weekly)
Suzette Mayr's third novel, Venous Hum (Arsenal Press) ratchets up the already nailbiting drama of a high-school reunion with racial and sexual tensions, extramatrial affairs, and cannibalistic, undead vegetarians.
-Canadian Press (Canadian Press)
In Venous Hum, Alberta author Suzette Mayr tuns the horror of high school reunions into genuine comic horror. Mayr is a very funny satirist...
-Capital Xtra (Capital Xtra!)
Venous Hum, an almost unpronouncable title by Suzette Mayr, is an exciting experience from beginning to end. One of the funniest, most entertaining works of fiction on the 2004 list, this is a bold and often outrageous work about girls going wild.
-University of Toronto Quarterly (University of Toronto Quarterly)
You might want to grab your blankie...Venous Hum, Suzette Mayrs new novel, is an unconventional horror story.
Sure, the reader encounters bloodsucking third grade teachers, zombies and undead vegetarians, all of which are scary. But the true horror the reader faces is one that hits much closer to home. Anyone watching the news these days knows that our crumbling health care system is the site of horrors more frightening than vampires or zombies.
Venous Hum takes place in a not so distant future where same sex marriage has been legalized (even in Alberta!). But it is far from Utopia. Hospitals are closing to make way for shoppingmalls. The poor kids get the life sucked right out of them by sinister grade school teachers. And laid-off nurses are collecting pop cans to make ends meet.
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