The Grand Hotel

Scott Kenemore. Skyhorse/Talos, $15.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-940456-08-9
Inspired by the Sanskrit classic The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie, this stagey fantasy novel unfolds as a series of first-person narratives told by residents of the creepy Grand Hotel to visitors on a tour being lead by “Vic,” the hotel’s enigmatic front desk clerk. Most involve a brush with the fantastic—a doctor travels back to medieval times to treat the sick with modern medicine, a police officer sees his partner’s ghost spirited away by the specters of a haunted apartment building—that sometimes verges on the ludicrous, such as when a television chef cooks in the world’s most haunted places. Kennemore (Zombie, Indiana) presents these stories as parables that Vic tells an unnamed tourist, but their shaggy-dog character makes their lessons feel forced. A final tale reveals Vic’s identity and the underlying purpose of his tour, but the “whole” that it suggests is barely equal to the sum of this novel’s parts. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/25/2014
Release date: 10/01/2014
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