To read David Nickle is to be reminded what the best storytellers can do, and to glory in unbridled imagination released on the page. David’s achievements in Rasputin’s Bastards are innumerable. He reminds me of no one so much than maestro Dan Simmons, another writer unconstrained by the limits of genre. When it comes to narrative, David dances where others plod, and dares where others play it safe. This is all to say, David Nickle takes no prisoners, and leaves a magnificent bruise as a reminder of the encounter.
–Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey
Part Bioshock, part X-Files, part Sopranos — and 100%, uncut Nickle – Rasputin’s Bastards is a glorious, sprawling, chaotic delight. I wish I’d written it; in fact, I may yet steal the domesticated giant squid.
–Peter Watts, author of Blindsight
Rasputin’s Bastards is a book with such a vast canvas and sweep, handled with such command and care by Nickle, that it is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what amazing things can be done with dark historical fantasy.
–Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything
[A] worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King.
–Alex Good, The National Post
David Nickle [is] one of the most talented writers to emerge from Canada in the last 10 years.
–Monster Chris, Killer Works
This fantasy novel about cold war psychic spies and their controllers is written in the tradition of the great Russian novels….There are many brilliant moments in this genuinely inventive book.