Mega Dose
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

The Gone-Away World

by

The Gone-Away World Cover

ISBN13: 9780307268860
ISBN10: 0307268861
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $8.95!

 

Staff Pick

This literary debut features the pre- and post-apocalyptic, plenty of kung fu, anti-corporate subplots, and its fair share of mimes. It's an epic that stuns and delights with its absurdities and profundities. Part cautionary tale of apocalyptic war (featuring a new type of bomb that makes things literally "go away") and part buddy adventure, The Gone-Away World is for anyone who enjoys a good romp. It has a tendency to wander a bit, and the author is not afraid to use his words, but it never fails to amuse. Also, ninjas are involved.
Recommended by Adam S., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

About the "neon fuzz": a note on the book jacket from designer Jason Booher...

"When you read Harkaway's novel, a gigantic sense of weirdness and cool and doom surround the characters. To capture all that plus the absurd humor that pervades this amazing book, the jacket obviously had to be something special. So the otherworldliness that perhaps only neon fuzz can bring hopes to evoke these feelings and add to the strength of and interplay between the words in the title and author's name."

A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humor with a stunning futuristic vision to give us an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship and the apocalypse.

There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters and nightmares the Go Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.

Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it — and save humanity yet again. But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo's life, and that of his best friend, than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World.

Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey, geek nirvana and ultracool epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of — among other things — pirates, war, mimes, greed and ninjas. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes — however unlikely they may seem.

Review:

"This unclassifiable debut from the son of legendary thriller author John le Carr is simultaneously a cautionary tale about the absurdity of war; a sardonic science fiction romp through Armageddon; a conspiracy-fueled mystery replete with ninjas, mimes and cannibal dogs; and a horrifying glimpse of a Lovecraftian near-future. 'Go Away' bombs have erased entire sections of reality from the face of the Earth. A nameless soldier and his heroic best friend witness firsthand the unimaginable aftermath outside the Livable Zone, finding that the world has 'unraveled' and is home to an assortment of nightmarish mutations. With the fate of humankind in the balance, the pair become involved in an unlikely and potentially catastrophic love triangle. Readers who prefer linear, conventional plotlines may find Harkaway overly verbose and frustratingly tangential, but those intrigued by works that blur genre boundaries will find this wildly original hybrid a challenging and entertaining entry in the post-apocalyptic canon. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A brilliant, stunning novel, The Gone-Away World is smart and funny and capacious of heart; the writing is fluid, the storytelling utterly fearless. It's the best book I've read in quite some time." Scott Smith, author of The Ruins

Review:

"Nick Harkaway is hot stuff. You'll need asbestos gloves for this one." Len Deighton, author of The IPCRESS File

Review:

"The Gone-Away World grows richer, smarter, and more entertaining with every page. In the weeks after I finished reading it, my mind kept roaming free of other books and dreaming about this one instead." Kevin Brockmeier, author of The View from the Seventh Layer

Review:

"A big new book by a big new writer. Harkaway describes The Gone-Away World in words that whiz and ping like bullets ricocheting off the walls of the reader's mind. He's the real thing." Russell Hoban, author of Riddley Walker

Review:

"[A] fast-paced and intelligent work from a writer one needs to watch out for." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"The Gone-Away World is well spiced with side attractions — ninjas, mimes, monster trucks and crawling oil rigs, warrior geese and an outlaw circus — and riffs on Tupperware, martial arts, Middle Eastern village markets and a host of other topics I didn't know were interesting until I read this book." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"[A] multifaceted ride, a mixture of Apocalypse Now and Fight Club." Library Journal

Review:

"Funny, digressive, dark, and possibly optimistic, Harkaways debut displays ingredients of Catch-22, Dr. Strangelove, and The Road Warrior with maybe a pinch of Pynchon and a sprinkling of Vonnegut." Booklist

About the Author

Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. He lives in London with his wife.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 4 comments:

yanceylebeef, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by yanceylebeef)
Ninjas,Mimes, Old Martial Arts Masters, and completely unclassifiable. this book is one of the few I finished and then turned immediately to the first page to start it again!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
freezin4books, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by freezin4books)
A book both surprising and endlessly entertaining. Nick Harkaway's prose is skillful and descriptive, but constantly tongue-in-cheek.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Jane Ballard, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Jane Ballard)
I'm nominating this book as the best of the decade, not just because I won a Daily Dose prize for my comments in February 2009, but for the strength it gave me when I needed it so badly. My longtime boyfriend died two months after I wrote this review, and while I knew it was coming - he'd been terminally ill for a couple of years -- reaching back for the ultimate lesson of this book, "the unmistakable stamp of love in its many and varied forms," helped me survive a very difficult time. I know Nick Harkaway didn't write this book with me in mind, but the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Freebooting Company -- not to mention the mimes and ninjas -- sustained me through some very dark days and helped me emerge from my own personal fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. Thank you, Gonzo, and thank you, Nick, for restoring my Livable Zone.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(3 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 4 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268860
Author:
Harkaway, Nick
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080902
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.52x6.56x1.60 in. 1.70 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Edenborn
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  3. Anathem
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  4. Vurt Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  6. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Oprah's...
    Sale Hardcover $6.98

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Gone-Away World Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.95 In Stock
Product details 512 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307268860 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This literary debut features the pre- and post-apocalyptic, plenty of kung fu, anti-corporate subplots, and its fair share of mimes. It's an epic that stuns and delights with its absurdities and profundities. Part cautionary tale of apocalyptic war (featuring a new type of bomb that makes things literally "go away") and part buddy adventure, The Gone-Away World is for anyone who enjoys a good romp. It has a tendency to wander a bit, and the author is not afraid to use his words, but it never fails to amuse. Also, ninjas are involved.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This unclassifiable debut from the son of legendary thriller author John le Carr is simultaneously a cautionary tale about the absurdity of war; a sardonic science fiction romp through Armageddon; a conspiracy-fueled mystery replete with ninjas, mimes and cannibal dogs; and a horrifying glimpse of a Lovecraftian near-future. 'Go Away' bombs have erased entire sections of reality from the face of the Earth. A nameless soldier and his heroic best friend witness firsthand the unimaginable aftermath outside the Livable Zone, finding that the world has 'unraveled' and is home to an assortment of nightmarish mutations. With the fate of humankind in the balance, the pair become involved in an unlikely and potentially catastrophic love triangle. Readers who prefer linear, conventional plotlines may find Harkaway overly verbose and frustratingly tangential, but those intrigued by works that blur genre boundaries will find this wildly original hybrid a challenging and entertaining entry in the post-apocalyptic canon. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A brilliant, stunning novel, The Gone-Away World is smart and funny and capacious of heart; the writing is fluid, the storytelling utterly fearless. It's the best book I've read in quite some time."
"Review" by , "Nick Harkaway is hot stuff. You'll need asbestos gloves for this one."
"Review" by , "The Gone-Away World grows richer, smarter, and more entertaining with every page. In the weeks after I finished reading it, my mind kept roaming free of other books and dreaming about this one instead."
"Review" by , "A big new book by a big new writer. Harkaway describes The Gone-Away World in words that whiz and ping like bullets ricocheting off the walls of the reader's mind. He's the real thing."
"Review" by , "[A] fast-paced and intelligent work from a writer one needs to watch out for."
"Review" by , "The Gone-Away World is well spiced with side attractions — ninjas, mimes, monster trucks and crawling oil rigs, warrior geese and an outlaw circus — and riffs on Tupperware, martial arts, Middle Eastern village markets and a host of other topics I didn't know were interesting until I read this book."
"Review" by , "[A] multifaceted ride, a mixture of Apocalypse Now and Fight Club."
"Review" by , "Funny, digressive, dark, and possibly optimistic, Harkaways debut displays ingredients of Catch-22, Dr. Strangelove, and The Road Warrior with maybe a pinch of Pynchon and a sprinkling of Vonnegut."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.