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May 30, 2013, 10:13 pm

Looks like it's been confirmed. Three novels in a ten year span? Looks like someone's becoming the next James Patterson ;)

May 31, 2013, 9:02 am

Released, I believe, in September. I put in my pre-order so I don't need to bite my nails off anymore.

Jun 16, 2013, 3:58 pm

Just finished Against the Day, but now I'll have to tackle these "little" Pynchon novels like Inherent Vice Any idea how long Bleeding Edge will be?

Free associative prediction as it relates to the rest of Pynchoniana: Bleeding Edge --> edge --> sword, spear, etc. --> sword point looks like the letter "V". Can't wait to read how Michiko Kakutani trash it.

Jun 16, 2013, 7:29 pm

I believe the reports are that BE will be over 500 pages. Maybe 578 is what I read?

Jun 17, 2013, 7:18 pm

Penguin's website puts its at 496 pages.

...I hope it's better than Inherent Vice.

Sep 15, 2013, 9:14 am

Here's a review from the New York Journal of Books:

... and two novels in ten years? Who does Pynchon think he is, James Patterson or William Vollmann or something?

Mar 2, 2014, 7:53 pm

Anyone else read it yet? I thought it was good. Far from his best work, but it was entertaining and not an embarrassment.

Jun 21, 2014, 6:20 pm

I liked it. I thought it was a pretty decent 9/11 thriller/conspiracy novel that holds its own. Unlike Against the Day, which is encyclopedic and every-genre, Bleeding Edge is relatively short, relatively linear in plotting, and pretty straightforward in terms of genre. It's like a nice bookend to Crying of Lot 49, since that was a contemporary conspiracy thriller. I'd recommend both "Lot 49" and Bleeding Edge to Pynchon newbies. Then again, I read Gravity's Rainbow first. Not "his best," but not much is, although it is a great addition to the "Literature of 9/11" and I'm sure Pynchon's book has more laughs than DeLillo's Falling Man