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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!
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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.
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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.
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Jane Ballard, February 17, 2009 (view all comments by Jane Ballard)
In a world where the horror of nuclear war has been superseded by a bomb that literally makes the physical world disappear, Gonzo Lubitsch and his nameless best friend head up the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Freebooting Company, a ragged band of troubleshooters who quell problems in the aftermath of the Gone Away War. Through their lives pass ninjas, mimes, pirates, parents and specters surpassing the most active imagination, leading to revelations that shock the reader and stun the soul -- but permeating all is the unmistakable stamp of love in its many and varied forms. The Gone-Away World is a literary masterpiece, and Nick Harkaway is a genius practitioner.
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Harkaway, Nick
Fantasy fiction
Science fiction
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9.52x6.56x1.60 in. 1.70 lbs.

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The Gone-Away World
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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."
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