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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.
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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"See all Product Description
Many years ago we made the decision that we would force ourselves to read books outside our preferred style. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2010 by Dave and Joe
I have to admit that I had my doubts about the book. It takes a little while for the story to take off, but when it does - WOW. Read morePublished on May 3 2009 by Rhea
Steven Hall delivers an endlessly intriguing story using a well-weighted mixture of narrative, images, puzzles, letters, and what appear to be poems. Read morePublished on May 10 2008 by The Rogue Ninja
I have to say, I loved this book. Reading it was like taking a break from reality and entering into a bizarre world where fact and fantasy combine. Read morePublished on March 16 2008 by Neko
Just finished this book and I was glad to finish. Not because it was great, but just to get it over with. Read morePublished on July 14 2007 by W. Bodner
The Raw Shark Texts, is a classic judgement of a book by it's cover. As a lover/paranoid of sharks, the unique cover and first inner sleeve review made me pluck it off the... Read morePublished on June 11 2007 by T. Smith
If Mark Z. Danielewski and Haruki Murakami got together to write a romantic/mystery/horror story, it might turn out something like "Raw Shark Texts," the debut novel by Steven... Read morePublished on May 16 2007 by EA Solinas