First Lines: The Damnation Game

Three weeks after finishing Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game I still do not know what to make of it. While it started out interesting enough with a thief searching the ruins of Warsaw for a mysterious, unbeatable card-player. Then, fast-forward, it is several decades later, and a reclusive millionaire hires a boxer turned small-time criminal as bodyguard. So far, so good.

But before I figured out that the millionaire and the thief were the same person, and what happened when he and the card-player first met, the story got plenty weird. There was a lot of super-natural stuff and gore, and I could not make much sense of it. In the end, it all came together and, sure, there were some nifty scenes … but by and large, I was longing for a story with a head and a tail and clear path to get there. I am not always like that, but this time, it just was not happening for me.

Book read
Clive Barker — The Damnation Game
First line
The air was electric the day the thief crossed the city, certain that night, after so many weeks of frustration, he would finally find the card-player.