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Daniel O'Thunder

April 2011

"I haven't a enjoyed a novel so much since Benioff's City of Thieves."

John Valliant, author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, Apr 1, 2011
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Daniel O'Thunder

March 2011

"The battle between the great Hammer of Heaven and the evil stalking him climaxes in a fight that will leave readers breathless. This robust historical novel by an award-winning Canadian screenwriter will captivate fans of Sarah Waters and Charles Dickens."

Library Journal, Mar 4, 2011
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Daniel O'Thunder

March 2011

"In this delicious jumble of a novel, Weir has created an epic hero … Drenched in filthy Thames waters and coiffed in muttonchops, Weir's outlandish tale is a top-shelf page-turner."

Publishers Weekly, Mar 2, 2011
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Daniel O'Thunder

December 2010

"Precious few novels published from BC make a dent. An exception is Ian Weir's first novel Daniel O'Thunder, thus far nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Canadian Authors Association's Award and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award."

BC Bookworld, Dec 10, 2010
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Daniel O'Thunder

March 2010

“'Dickensian' is an adjective too often misused in describing books set in Victorian England. It is, however, the perfect word for this superb novel, nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. Weir, an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, takes us right to the centre of London in 1815 with as brilliantly constructed a band of reprobates as Dickens ever saw. Marvellous from the first paragraph."

Globe and Mail, Mar 5, 2010
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Daniel O'Thunder

December 2009

“Weir’s plot steps smartly, and the language crackles with the immediacy of shifting first-person voices… There are murders, rapes, hangings, prizefights, a city-wide riot, and lots of thrilling escapes. “Bangs and whizzes—startling effects—characters who shriek and stab and get on with it,” is how one character, a theater director, explains how to grab an audience; it’s a lesson Weir has already learned. He also has more than a few plot twists up his sleeve. By the time the novel reaches its dramatic conclusion… the story has landed in a place somewhere between dementia and the supernatural. All of which makes for an historical novel that is a lot more fun and thrilling than what we have come to expect.”

Quill & Quire, Dec 1, 2009
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Daniel O'Thunder

November 2009

“If one unreliable narrator is enough to skew a book toward the fantastical, imagine the twists generated by four! In his first novel, veteran screenwriter Ian Weir calls on a quartet of witnesses to deliver the story of godly pug Daniel O’Thunder, proud son of Cork turned evangelical sermonizer, and it’s a sign of his sure command that all are engaging, even when spinning bald-faced lies or subtle prevarications…This is wonderful stuff.”

Georgia Straight, Nov 26, 2009
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