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"I defy anybody out there to find a more original and audacious debut novel this year....It is very rewarding to read a debut novel like The Raw Shark Texts, and the sense that you get of not only better things to come, but the satisfaction of getting in on the ground floor of what is sure to be an amazing literary career." Gerry Donaghy, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to see a Dr. Randle immediately, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of acute memory loss that is a symptom of his severe dissociative disorder. Eric's been in Dr. Randle's care for two years — since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while the two vacationed in the Greek islands.

But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric begins to examine letters and papers left in the house by "the first Eric Sanderson," a staggeringly different explanation for what is happening to Eric emerges, and he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and escape the remorseless predatory forces that threatens to devour him.

The Raw Shark Texts is a kaleidoscopic novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love. It will dazzle you, it will move you, and will leave an indelible imprint like nothing you have read in a long time.

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"Hall's debut, the darling of last year's London Book Fair, is a cerebral page-turner that pits corporeal man against metaphysical sharks that devour memory and essence, not flesh and blood. When Eric Sanderson wakes from a lengthy unconsciousness, he has no memory. A letter from 'The First Eric Sanderson' directs him to psychologist Dr. Randle, who tells Eric he is afflicted with a 'dissociative condition.' Eric learns about his former life — specifically a glorious romance with girlfriend Clio Aames, who drowned three years earlier — and is soon on the run from the Ludovician, a 'species of purely conceptual fish' that 'feeds on human memories and the intrinsic sense of self.' Once he hooks up with Scout, a young woman on the run from her own metaphysical predator, the two trek through a subterranean labyrinth made of telephone directories (masses of words offer protection, as do Dictaphone recordings), decode encrypted communications and encounter a series of strange characters on the way to the big-bang showdown with the beast. 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. 125,000 first printing; $150,000 promo. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The star of Steven Hall's rousingly inventive 'The Raw Shark Texts' is its villain — always a good sign in a thriller. Raymond Chandler famously said, 'When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.' Hall one-ups Chandler by sending in a shark. But not just any shark, a conceptual shark called a Ludovician, which swims in a current of words and ideas and feeds on memory and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"If Paul Auster and Haruki Murakami collaborated on Moby-Dick crossed with The Wizard of Oz, they might produce something like Hall's deliriously ambitious debut, which mixes profound themes with playful plot twists." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"The bastard love child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code. Very entertaining." Mark Haddon

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"Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent — The Raw Shark Texts is all these and more: a cult waiting to happen, a blockbuster begging to be made. Steven Hall is a truly fantastic storyteller. Investigate, now!" Toby Litt

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"An absurdly confident and intriguing debut....Move over Damien Hurst." Esquire

Review:

"The most original reading experience of the year....A novel that genuinely isn't like anything you have ever read before." Independent

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"Clever, exciting, funny...and, finally, moving." Sunday Times

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"Paced like a thriller, the book thinks like a French theorist and reads like a deluge. The end result is a fun, quirky, very British love story." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The Raw Shark Texts is so much more than a clever, playful book, though it is both those things." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.

Synopsis:

Eric Sanderson wakes up one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to call a Dr. Randle, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of memory loss and that for the last two years—since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while vacationing in Greece—hes been suffering from an acute disassociative disorder. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric Sanderson begins to examine letters and papers left behind by “the first Eric Sanderson” and the staggering tale they seem to contain, he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to devour him. Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.

About the Author

Steven Hall was born in 1975. After completing a fine arts degree, he became one of the founding members of Manchester's Wet Nana and has produced a number of plays, music videos, conceptual art pieces and short stories. He lives in Hull.

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Cedate, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Cedate)
A truly unique reading experience. My favorite read of the last decade....
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Shoshana, December 31, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
A fun novel for those who like science fiction, and probably not at all for those who don't. This is Being John Malkovich meets Memento meets John Varley's "Press Enter." It's enjoyable, pastiche-y, and literally brings ideas to life. I like the conceptual shark very much, and the reminder that both meaning and entropy arise from interactions of complex information systems. In some ways, it bucks the idea of death as nothingness or decay; instead, death is having one's meaning join larger constituents. Narratively and in its symbolism, there are some similarities to Connie Willis's Passage.

I was bothered by sloppiness in the narrative that was not accounted for by the story's structure. What is the point of the cat? What happened to the other cat? Was it a Schrödinger's Cat joke that didn't quite work? Is the protagonist his own second incarnation, or were there more? In what ways is Scout who he thinks she is? While not critical to the plot, these lacunae were annoying.
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i8pixistix, February 19, 2009 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
What a wild ride! The author asks the reader to suspend an unbelievable amount of disbelief but I was willing! An excellent use of words and symbols to paint an incredibly picture. Very well done.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781841959115
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Hall, Steven
Author:
Hall, Cally Mark Ed. J.K. Ed. Mark Ed. J
Publisher:
Canongate U.S.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Amnesia
Subject:
Dissociative disorders
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070410
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations throughout
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hall's debut, the darling of last year's London Book Fair, is a cerebral page-turner that pits corporeal man against metaphysical sharks that devour memory and essence, not flesh and blood. When Eric Sanderson wakes from a lengthy unconsciousness, he has no memory. A letter from 'The First Eric Sanderson' directs him to psychologist Dr. Randle, who tells Eric he is afflicted with a 'dissociative condition.' Eric learns about his former life — specifically a glorious romance with girlfriend Clio Aames, who drowned three years earlier — and is soon on the run from the Ludovician, a 'species of purely conceptual fish' that 'feeds on human memories and the intrinsic sense of self.' Once he hooks up with Scout, a young woman on the run from her own metaphysical predator, the two trek through a subterranean labyrinth made of telephone directories (masses of words offer protection, as do Dictaphone recordings), decode encrypted communications and encounter a series of strange characters on the way to the big-bang showdown with the beast. 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. 125,000 first printing; $150,000 promo. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "I defy anybody out there to find a more original and audacious debut novel this year....It is very rewarding to read a debut novel like The Raw Shark Texts, and the sense that you get of not only better things to come, but the satisfaction of getting in on the ground floor of what is sure to be an amazing literary career." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "If Paul Auster and Haruki Murakami collaborated on Moby-Dick crossed with The Wizard of Oz, they might produce something like Hall's deliriously ambitious debut, which mixes profound themes with playful plot twists."
"Review" by , "The bastard love child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code. Very entertaining."
"Review" by , "Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent — The Raw Shark Texts is all these and more: a cult waiting to happen, a blockbuster begging to be made. Steven Hall is a truly fantastic storyteller. Investigate, now!"
"Review" by , "An absurdly confident and intriguing debut....Move over Damien Hurst."
"Review" by , "The most original reading experience of the year....A novel that genuinely isn't like anything you have ever read before."
"Review" by , "Clever, exciting, funny...and, finally, moving."
"Review" by , "Paced like a thriller, the book thinks like a French theorist and reads like a deluge. The end result is a fun, quirky, very British love story."
"Review" by , "The Raw Shark Texts is so much more than a clever, playful book, though it is both those things."
"Synopsis" by , Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.
"Synopsis" by ,
Eric Sanderson wakes up one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to call a Dr. Randle, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of memory loss and that for the last two years—since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while vacationing in Greece—hes been suffering from an acute disassociative disorder. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric Sanderson begins to examine letters and papers left behind by “the first Eric Sanderson” and the staggering tale they seem to contain, he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to devour him. Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is ultimately a novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love.
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