Praise for French edition
"Le Fil Des Kilomètres reframes the urgency to act in a context of the end of the world and reveals the simplicity of the human psyche, that by distancing conventions and the established order, we must inevitably go to the essentials."
“Brilliant and well-mastered writing.”
“My excitement grew as the kilometres passed ...”
—Littérature du Québec
“A quest for origins that combines fabulation and reality.”
“A taut story of mental and civil collapse.” –Globe & Mail
“An original story that incorporates contemporary concerns … unexpectedly topical … Running on Fumes is a Canadian legend processed as Canadian mythology.” —Prairie Fire
“Running on Fumes is a taut tale, a classic road trip that kicks off with just a man and his car (and a bad-tempered cat for company). … Guay-Poliquin’s work is one that pulls you along, the short sections and terse language reflecting both the simplicity and the tension of the journey, and Jacob Homel does an excellent job of bringing this across into English … The novel can be dark at times as the writer hints at what lies ahead, and as the kilometres mount, the mood intensifies. … The cover of the translation, depicting the Minotaur of Greek legend, is apt since the writer frequently draws on the legend as a source for his story. … Running on Fumes is an entertaining novel, with more questions than answers … It is an intriguing story of the way our ghosts can always catch us up, no matter how fast we drive in the opposite direction.” —Québec Reads
“Running on Fumes is a taut tale, a classic road trip that kicks off with just a man and his car… Jacob Homel does an excellent job of bringing this across into English —Québec Reads
“Simultaneously gritty and poetic, Running on Fumes appeals to our deep-seated fascination with apocalypse, disaster, and the collapse of civilization. … A road trip as an opportunity to examine one’s own life isn’t new; neither is the retelling of the Minotaur myth. By mixing these two and adding a helping of mysterious disaster, Guay-Poliquin offers us a fresh and interesting take on all three themes.”
—Speculative Fiction in Translation (blog)
"Guay-Poliquin has somehow managed to turn descriptions of a long black highway through the prairies and a snow-filled landscape seen through a cabin window into an engrossing world where nothing monumental needs to happen in order to keep his readers – at least this one – hooked."
—Patty Osborne, Geist magazine
“[A] great road story.”
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