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The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

The Raw Shark Texts (edition 2007)

by Steven Hall

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Title:The Raw Shark Texts
Authors:Steven Hall
Info:Canongate Books Ltd (2007), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 430 pages
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A total wreck of a book. Completely unbelievable characters, total lack of subtlety, and "the surprise" ending, which is basically the ending that is in the manual of surprise endings. And that love story, what's that about? ugh, I got really annoyed with this book. I really don't understand what people loved about it. ( )
  Tombleweed | May 2, 2015 |
The last quarter of this book is a scintillating shark hunt "Jaws" style (if you remember the book or the movie). The big white shark, the harpoons, the barrels and the shark cage it's all the same and very entertaining but the twist is this is not a real shark. It's something even worse.

Welcome to the world of Eric Sanderson, who has dissociative amnesia. He wakes up one day with all his memory wiped off he has to learn everything about himself from the start. While investigating into his condition he discovers that every interaction a person has with other people or his surroundings creates a thought stream and over the years these streams have formed into channels where single cell organisms had appeared first and later complex fishes. Eric's mind has been invaded by such a shark which feeds on his memories. Eric sets off in search of a permanent solution and finds many surprises on the way.

An entertaining, intelligent book. A four star book. ( )
  mausergem | Jan 15, 2015 |
Hmm. This is one of those books that some readers will love, but others will find quite pretentious. I'm in the middle. This book was a good read, but not great. At times, I felt it was over done and other times, it felt perfect - I especially loved the word pictures - it was very well done, and sucked up a lot paper - I don't think I would have finished the book if it was any longer. The cat in the story is a nice touch. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jan 4, 2015 |
i havent enjoyed anything so much since i read Hardboiled Wonderland (murakami).

i love the rhythm this guy writes with, and the intimacy he's able to bring through between the main guy and his girlfriend - he nails their relationship, their dialogue. i highlighted sections and reread them every now and then just to enjoy it all over again. Plot is good fun, enjoyed the ending and his ability to pull through a pretty abstract concept ;) ( )
  calvin_xa | Jan 4, 2015 |
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The Raw Shark Texts manages to reach the loftiest goal of speculative fiction: making its outlandish situations illuminate real human emotion. When the second Sanderson begins to share his previous incarnation's affecting grief over his lost love Clio, the concept of a memory-eating shark takes on additional layers of significance.

Comparisons with The Matrix, Fight Club and Memento have been thrown around, and it's telling that all these action-thrillers were on the big screen. The prose is often self-important and less brilliant than the situations it describes, and many of the story elements dogmatically adhere to Hollywood conventions. But Hall borrows a number of effective techniques from film. A metaphysical book such as this easily could have become dense and inaccessible, but Hall's unrelenting focus on visual storytelling keeps it lucid.

The book fully succeeds in exploring the tenuous hold we have on our sense of self, which is, after all, only "a concept wrapped in skin and chemicals."
added by sduff222 | editUSA Today, Eliot Schrefer (Apr 24, 2007)
The rest of Hall's ambitiously conceived but irritatingly self-serious novel concerns Sanderson's "Jaws"-like quest to put an end to the shark before it eats him, punctuated by a stock romantic plot and pictorial games that include a flip-book shark attack. Oddly, given all the textual high jinks, Hall's weakness for ending chapters on cliffhangers suggests that his book may actually wish it were a film.
added by sduff222 | editThe New Yorker (Apr 9, 2007)
Quirky even for metafiction--the novel includes abstract diagrams and flipbooks--Hall's debut can be confusing. But when he hits his stride, particularly during a climactic manversus-shark chase on the high seas, Texts is exhilarating. B+
added by sduff222 | editEntertainment Weekly, Karen Leigh (Apr 6, 2007)
Though Hall's prose is flabby and the plethora of text-based sight gags don't always work (a 50-page flipbook of a swimming shark, for instance), the end result is a fast-moving cyberpunk mashup of Jaws, Memento and sappy romance that's destined for the big screen.
added by sduff222 | editPublishers Weekly (Jan 15, 2007)
First things first, stay calm." So reads a cryptic letter early in The Raw Shark Texts, but it's difficult not to get worked up by Steven Hall's dizzying debut novel. Already the object of a bidding war among filmmakers, the book grabs readers with a series of set-ups reminiscent of everything from Jaws to Memento.
added by sduff222 | editKirkus Reviews (Jan 15, 2007)
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Er is een niet zo sterke, steeds flauwer wordende
herinnering blijven bestaan aan Herbert Ashe,
ingenieur bij de zuidelijke spoorwegen, in hotel
Adrogue, tussen de expansieve kamperfoeliestruiken en
in de bedriegelijke diepte van de spiegels.

Jorge Luis Borges
For Stanley Hall
A gentleman and a scholar
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I was unconscious. I'd stopped breathing.
"Since I've left home on this journey, I've thought a lot about this–how a big part of any life is about the hows and the whys of setting up machinery. It's building systems, devices, motors. Winding up the clockwork of direct debits, configuring newspaper deliveries and anniversaries and photographs and credit card repayments and anecdotes. Starting their engines, setting them in motion and sending them chugging off into the future to do their thing at regular or irregular intervals. When a person leaves or dies or ends, they leave an afterimage; their outline in the devices they've set up around them. The image fades to the winding down of springs, the slow running out of fuel as the machines of a life lived in certain ways in certain places and from certain angles are shut down or seize up or blink off one by one. It takes time. Sometimes, you come across the dusty lights or electrical hum of someone else's machine, maybe a long time after you ever expected to, still running, lonely in the dark. Still doing its thing for the person who started it up long, long after they've gone."
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"Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house he doesn't recognize, unable to remember anything in his life. All he has left are his diary entries recalling Clio, a perfect love who died under mysterious circumstances, and a house that may contain the secrets to Eric's prior life. But there may be more to this story, or it may be a different story altogether. With the help of allies found on the fringes of society, Eric embarks on an edge-of-your-seat journey to uncover the truth about himself and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to consume him. Moving with the pace of a superb thriller, The Raw Shark Texts has sparked the imaginations of readers around the world and is one of the most talked-about novels in years."--from cover, p. [4]… (more)

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Canongate Books

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