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Bookshelf Bombshells Interview

Bookshelf Bombshells Interview

Author Contributions, Dawn Nikithser, Interview published May 23, 2012

Interview with Ryan Boudinot (As emailed to Dawn Nikithser). Excerpt below:

America didn’t used to look like this, Chiho thought from behind the windshield. There used to be people in all these houses…

Ryan Boudinot’s novel Blueprints of the Afterlife is very, very weird. It’s also very, very good, bringing to mind Vonnegut, Gaiman, Stephenson, and Ellison, and perhaps a pinch of Miéville. The book is New Weird, classic Dystopia, and straightforward Science Fiction – not by turns, mind you, but all at once. It’s not an easy read, by any means. But it’s definitely a worthwhile one.

Boudinot was kind enough to answer a few questions for Bookshelf Bombshells. Read on, and then check out both Blueprints of the Afterlife and the very cool website that goes with it.

Bookshelf Bombshells: Did you have any particular influences when you were writing Blueprints?

Ryan Boudinot: Other art — books, music, films — informs not just what I write but everything else in my life. As for Blueprints?, there were certain books I kept thinking about as inspiration — Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Samuel Beckett’s Molloy, the works of David Foster Wallace and Thomas Pynchon. And I kept watching Alejandro Jodorowsky’s great film The Holy Mountain as inspiration.

BB: Why a dishwasher [as a protagonist]? full interview here.