Exploring questions of guilt and responsibility, the second book in Thomas M. Disch's Supernatural Minnesota series, The M.D., is a satisfying mix of dark humor, biting social commentary, and terrifying horror. Given the power to heal or to harm by the Roman god Mercury through a magical staff, the caduceus, young Billy Michaels embarks on a lifelong journey of inflicting good and evil on those who cross his path. Wielding the caduceus, Billy, and later the grown-up, greedy physician William, can only cure in proportion to the amount of suffering he inflicts. From paralyzing his brother and mutilating schoolmates to wreaking a nationwide plague and running for-profit concentration camps for the sick, Michaels's powers spin quickly out of control.
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Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) was a best-selling and prolific American science fiction writer and poet. He won several awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book in 1999.
John Clute, author of the novel Appleseed, has won several Hugo Awards for his work.
Endowed with the power to heal or destroy by the Roman god Mercury, Minnesota grade schooler Billy Michaels embarks on a strange lifelong journey. Spanning the early 1970s through 1999, this well-written horror novel takes Billy from childhood innocence and casual cruelty to adult greed and calculated evil. Mercury's gift to Billy is his staff, the caduceus--longtime symbol of the medical profession. Both the child Billy and later the physician William wield this serpentine instrument as one might a sorcerer's wand. A multitude of major and supporting characters, a good many subplots, plus much dark and wicked humor all contribute to the tale's success. By the author of the children's fantasy The Brave Little Toaster and several science fiction works, this lengthy adult entertainment is well suited for summer weekend reading. BOMC alternate.
- James B. Heme sath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M039458662X
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