Book Review: The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves


My book review of The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves and China Miaville. This book is worth exploring for its artistic merit and the opportunity to see a different side of Keanu Reeves, but it may not be for everyone.

Title: The Book of Elsewhere

By: Keanu Reeves and China Mieville

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 352

Release Date: July 23rd, 2024

Publisher: Del Rey

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

The legendary Keanu Reeves and inimitable writer China Miéville team up on this genre-bending epic of ancient powers, modern war, and an outcast who cannot die.

A mind-blowing epic from Keanu Reeves and China Miéville, unlike anything these two genre-bending pioneers have created before, inspired by the world of the BRZRKR comic books

She said, We needed a tool. So I asked the gods.

There have always been whispers. Legends. The warrior who cannot be killed. Who’s seen a thousand civilizations rise and fall. He has had many names: Unute, Child of Lightning, Death himself. These days, he’s known simply as “B.”

And he wants to be able to die.

In the present day, a U.S. black-ops group has promised him they can help with that. And all he needs to do is help them in return. But when an all-too-mortal soldier comes back to life, the impossible event ultimately points toward a force even more mysterious than B himself. One at least as strong. And one with a plan all its own.

In a collaboration that combines Miéville’s singular style and creativity with Reeves’s haunting and soul-stirring narrative, these two inimitable artists have created something utterly unique, sure to delight existing fans and to create scores of new ones.


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The Book of Elsewhere by Keanu Reeves is an intriguing addition to the literary world, blending elements of poetry, philosophy, and surrealism. The book explores themes of existence, identity, and the passage of time, reflecting Reeves' own introspective and contemplative nature.

What Works: Reeves' prose is often poetic, with a lyrical quality that draws readers into a dreamlike state. His musings on life and the human condition are thought-provoking, offering glimpses into the mind of an actor known for his depth and introspection. The book is beautifully designed, with compelling illustrations that complement the text and enhance the reading experience. Fans of Reeves will appreciate the intimate look into his thoughts and creative process.

What Falls Short: However, the book sometimes feels disjointed and abstract, making it difficult to follow. The lack of a clear narrative structure can leave readers feeling lost, as if they are wandering through a maze without a map. Some passages are overly cryptic, requiring multiple readings to grasp their full meaning, which might not appeal to those seeking a more straightforward storytelling approach.

Conclusion: Overall, The Book of Elsewhere is a mixed bag. It showcases Keanu Reeves' unique voice and creative vision, but its abstract nature and lack of coherence might not resonate with everyone. It's a book that will likely be appreciated by those who enjoy experimental literature and are willing to delve into its enigmatic depths. For others, it may be an interesting, albeit challenging, read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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