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Book Review: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

One-sentence summary:
People return a couple of videotapes to the store where Jeremy works, complaining of strange intercuts in the video.


Universal Harvester tends to put readers into two camps:

  1. This book doesn’t make much sense and is full of red herrings.
  2. This book is brilliant and you’re too much of a Luddite to get it.

I fear I may be with the first camp.

But that’s not to say Universal Harvester isn’t enjoyable. I was quite taken with the first two-thirds of the book.

If anything, it could have gone darker. Videos with strange intercuts? Great! Let’s make them really freaking creepy intercuts.

If there’s a weird cult and a strange daughter living in the aftermath, why not take it further?

Ultimately, the story

But again, the book isn’t bad! John Darnielle has a way with words. I listened to the audiobook version, and he has a way with music as well. Atmospheric novels aren’t really for me, but this author still is.

Think of Universal Harvester as an interesting journey with no destination.