PositiveThe Guardian\"The Incendiaries is a book of careful feints – the emphases in the story never fall where you expect, but Kwon is always in total control. She writes with aphoristic concision and a disciplined sense of what to leave out ... The Incendiaries is a startlingly assured book by an important new writer.\
RaveThe GuardianJohn Darnielle’s second novel, Universal Harvester, very much fits the contemporary puzzle-box aesthetic. In other respects, it is strikingly and enchantingly out of time ... Darnielle has subtle fun teasing out the reader’s assumptions as to what kind of novel Universal Harvester might turn out to be. The opening chapters’ autumnal mood of studiedly low-key smalltown ennui and bereavement suggest one kind of story. The 'cursed movie' trope portends a turn towards the horror or gothic mystery genre. But Darnielle’s narrative cuts an oblique channel through all these expectations ... In the end, and for all its narrative leaps and disquieting gestures toward genre, the novel makes most sense as a piece of regional portraiture, an eerie but lovingly detailed delineation of a landscape that, like all landscapes, is part external reality and part memory ... Though set less than a quarter of a century ago, at its uncanniest and most affecting, Universal Harvester feels like a document from a civilisation that vanished aeons ago.