First up, came Paul Goat Allen's shout-out over at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. He writes in part,
"Rasputin's Bastards is an utterly unique novel; I’ve never read anything quite like it before. It’s a mind-blowing blend of science fiction, political thriller, and understated horror."
My hometown paper, The Toronto Star, chimed in with this review by Alex Good, in the Sunday paper. It's a short review (he also reviews John Scalzi's Redshirts, and the VanderMeers' Weird anthology) and he writes this about Rasputin's Bastards:
"Rasputin's Bastards is Toronto author David Nickle's most complex and ambitious work yet, and it's a challenge to keep up with the sprawling plot and large cast of characters. At least one reader will confess to getting lost a couple of times along the way. But it's hard not to warm to an SF thriller that has the fate of the world ultimately hinging on what happens in a remote fishing village in Labrador."
And on Sunday night, a google alert interrupted a particularly intense episode of Breaking Bad on Netflix to show me this in-depth review in The Winnipeg Review, by Winnipeg author and bookseller Chadwich Ginther.
Ginther concludes (spoiler alert):
"While recognizably “genre,” whatever that may mean to the reader (and their prejudices about the same), Rasputin’s Bastards is not of a genre. Instead it’s an ambitious melange of them all. Nickle’s horror is the theft of body and will; the revelation that one’s father is “A cold, soul-dead killer.” His science fiction feels like 50’s pulps, his fantasy a dark-lensed fairy tale with literary heft. Rasputin’s Bastards is a testament to the fact Nickle can write anything."
So yes -- happy Simcoe Day! The only thing missing is a run (which I should probably go do now)...