Off The Shelf: "The Music of Razors"

By Marcus Pan

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The Music of RazorsCameron Rogers once printed a small piece of The Music of Razors three years ago in Legends #86. At the time it was titled Artefacts From the Cathedral. Years later in 2001, Cameron releases his novel, The Music of Razors, via Penguin Books Australia= and I was very pleased to see what I believe is the latter, edited version of Artefacts From the Cathedral as a chapter in his new novel.

Besides that, I found The Music of Razors very well done. Walking a fine line between reality and fantasy, The Music of Razors delves into a neverwhere place between sleep and wakefulness. Natural influences can be drawn to Neverwhere and Alice in Wonderland, but infusing the novel with more of a storybook style. It also recalls other works such as Where the Wild Things Are, a favorite children's classic of mine, and even flairs of Jumanji as well for the modern fan.

In the novel, we follow the movements of the "Third Option." An obscure, cult-like collection of followers who attain tools of biblical proportions. Searching for "prime souls," Henry, aka "The Doctor," wishes to find in them someone to take over his position so that he can retire in peace. This while being sought after by the angel-created Felix, Henry settles on the soul of Wally. However young Wally, tricked into sending his protecting monster away so that Henry may claim him in a sort of Dreamscapeish world, is able to merge with his monster. Now dedicated to being the protector of his sister's life, Wally must seek ways to sidetrack Henry as he tries to lay claim to the growing Hope.

If this sounds confusing, then it should be. The world of The Music of Razors is as baffling as it is fantastic. With such discoveries as where socks go when they are misplaced and the tunnel of missing items, it has a lovable atmosphere with just enough darkness to make it dangerous. While one would like to see the whole milieu in a greater scientific light, as pieces float by in Neverending Story fashion you grasp only enough to keep the story strung through with strands as wispy as a spider's web.

Cameron Rogers is working on his next novel, Fateless. I do hope this could be a sequel to The Music of Razors as it ended quite abruptly, but if it's something new I'll enjoy it just the same.

Contact Information:

"The Music of Razors" by Cameron Rogers
Penguin Books Australia
Copyright © 2001 by Cameron Rogers
ISBN: 0 14 028078 2

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