Quill & Quire

May 9, 2016

by Robert J. Wiersema

We have seen the sort of world depicted in Claudia Casper's new novel before: a near-future dystopia, wracked in the wake of a global war and an environmental cataclysm, with governments driven to extreme measures to protect the lives of their citizens. The great strength of Casper's work, though, is that it doesn't focus on the larger scale, allowing the political and ecological landscape to form a backdrop for the deeply immersive, character-based storytelling we have come to expect from the Vancouver writer. 

Metaphor and the Sacred

April 14, 2016

Discussed: 

My answer to a question at the Vancouver Writer's Festival Incite reading with Yann Martel at the Vancouver Public Library a couple of weeks ago. "For me the natural world is where I go to find the sacred, and that feeling that something is sacred is important in my life. I think that a religious sensibility is hard-wired into us, I don't think we have a choice, even if we're atheists, there is a part of our consciousness that transcends our day to day reality.

Publisher's Weekly

March 25, 2016

It's 2047, and a third world war and climate change have left billions dead. A new global government has created a set of emergency laws to facilitate humanity's survival. Allen "Mercy" Quincy enforces new environmental standards. But Allen isn't without his demons, not the least of which is the unknown location of his two sons. He suffers from PTSD and journals as a process of "mnemectomy"—attempting to degrade unwanted memories by placing them outside of himself.

The Vancouver Sun

March 25, 2016

Claudia Casper’s third novel, The Mercy Journals, addresses a timely issue: how to live in a degraded world. The first point is that many people don’t. We learn right at the beginning that the journals are found on Vancouver Island in 2072, along with the remains of a human being and a cougar. Allen Quincy, whose nickname is Mercy, writes his two journals in 2047, after a great die-off and the restructuring of the political system in OneWorld.

Publisher's Weekly Review - The Mercy Journals

March 25, 2016

Another very good early review. I like the way the reviewer described the book (except the last 3 words, but who's to say?)

Money quote: "Part cautionary tale, part survival narrative...Casper employs clear, concise prose that moves at a steady clip, and the exploration, through one man's account, of what it means to outlive one's purpose is tightly constructed."

http://publishersweekly.com/pw/reviews/single/978-1-55152-633-1

 

New Novel Coming Out

February 10, 2016

I am excited to announce the upcoming publication (April, 2016 in Canada, May 2016 in the US) of my new novel, The Mercy Journals, published by Arsenal Pulp Press. I spent eight years, five or six days a week, working to make this novel a lean, mean, fighting machine. It's a novel for right now, a time I believe is a pivotal watershed in human history and human evolution. Here's a link to the publisher's catalogue page: http://www.arsenalpulp.com/bookinfo.php?index=438 . And did I mention how much I LOVE the cover?