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Haiteksti por Steven Hall
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Haiteksti (edição 2008)

por Steven Hall, Kaijamari Sivill (KAnt.)

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Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn't recognise, unable to remember who he is. Attacked by a force he cannot see and confronted with memories he cannot ignore, Eric discovers he is being hunted by a psychic predator, a shark. This creature may exist only in his mind, but it soon starts making some very real appearances in his world.… (mais)
Membro:tjahonen2
Título:Haiteksti
Autores:Steven Hall
Outros autores:Kaijamari Sivill (KAnt.)
Informação:Helsinki : Loisto : WSOY, 2008.
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The Raw Shark Texts por Steven Hall

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Oh, the promise this novel held. The sheer possibility of greatness.

Too bad Hall couldn't bring it home.

I absolutely devoured the first half of this story. I was on board for the full ride, happily nodding along as it got weirder and weirder. Theoretical memory-devouring sharks? Sure.

And the characters where amazing. Clio, in particular. I could feel myself completely understanding why Eric loved her. Hell, I was falling in love with her myself.

I was onboard for the whole search for Fidorous. Yup, I was good for the full ride. And this is where I will simply warn you about the serious SPOILER I'm about to drop. Honestly, if you haven't read the book and plan to, stop now, because I'm going to officially kill the second half of the book.

You've been warned.




Somewhere just past the middle, Hall veered distressingly away from all that promise, all that possibility. I am never more disappointed than when a theoretical model is set up, a strange, hard to grasp yet somehow workable idea, a feat of overwhelming imagination, is presented, then, for the purposes of story, the author diverts to a banal real-world model. That's exactly what Hall did.

Seriously. The last 200-ish pages of this novel (including 60 pages of typography illustrated shark to, you know, made it edgy) is about the last 45 minutes of the movie version of Jaws .

No. Seriously.

He couldn't even be bothered to change anything up. It's like he didn't know what the hell to do, so he just turned on the TV, saw a rerun of a movie and thought, hell, yeah, I can steal that!

I have rarely felt so cheated by a book as I feel with this one. Hall? You're a smart guy and a good writer (the ONLY reason you got two stars instead of one), but you committed an unpardonable sin here: You fucked over your readers.

Leave this one to die. It'll only be good when it's floating belly up in the tank. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This was one of the more creative books that I have read. I would have easily given it 5 stars if not for the familiar movie similarity near the apex. His treatment of un-logic (as he calls it) is spectacular. That coupled with the copy routine (you will know what I mean when you get to it) is incredible. I will read this book again. ( )
  Drunken-Otter | Aug 20, 2021 |
Very clever book different from anything I've ever read or seen.. neat little pictures of sharks near the end.. a book about an alternate universe that's separate from ours..

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  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Another book about lost memory. My good friend and avid reader Rod Pedersen couldn't quite give this the thumbs up but I will. A bit sophomoric and "boyish" but a fun adventure. ( )
  agdesilva | Feb 15, 2021 |
This book would have made a delightful and intense short story had it ended anywhere before Scout shows up. The rest is garbage. ( )
  MysteryDough | Nov 29, 2020 |
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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."
adicionada por sduff222 | editarUSA 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.
adicionada por sduff222 | editarThe 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+
adicionada por sduff222 | editarEntertainment 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.
adicionada por sduff222 | editarPublishers 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.
adicionada por sduff222 | editarKirkus Reviews (Jan 15, 2007)
 
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Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn't recognise, unable to remember who he is. Attacked by a force he cannot see and confronted with memories he cannot ignore, Eric discovers he is being hunted by a psychic predator, a shark. This creature may exist only in his mind, but it soon starts making some very real appearances in his world.

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