on Sep. 18, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book. I suspect the author is an avid Robert Rankin reader because the tone of the story immediately recalled his style if not his plots. The plot could be characterised as The Matrix In Suburbia although that only partly describes the action. Up to the point, towards the end, where the story is pretty well explained, the tale is a surreal romp that confuses ( to mindf*** levels at times), entertains and makes you think. Never does the weirdness become forced or boring. Once you know what is going on, the effect is necessarily diminished but it still stays a fascinating read.
The few negative criticisms I have would be the slightly mannered style of writing that is not that original or necessary (I am thinking of the Dear reader... bits in particular here), the plot lacks originality - I have read similar things done very differently before but I am getting on a bit and have read a lot. And that's about it, the sheer enjoyment of the story outweighs those two points massively.
I just hope the author continues to produce such work in the future, his wishes might well come true.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 10, 2011 :
This book is somewhat unusual in that it is a philosophical thriller based on the idea of mind-body dualism; whether we percieve the world as it is or whether the mind is completely disconnected from the body. A gripping read, it follows Thomas Wilson, a uni graduate whom many of us can sympathise with, who is abducted by a strange organisation known solely as TGN. TGN's identity, in keeping with the tone of the book, remains a mystery. Many aspects of the book remain a mystery, including whether Thomas and a couple of characters are indeed people or merely figments of the other character's imaginations. Nonetheless, it is a very good read and a change from the romance fiction and misery memoirs that seem to make up the top-10 paperback lists today.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Sep. 3, 2011 :
it is excellent and mindblowing and i couldn't stop reading it
i would recommend this to psychology and philosophy students or people who are interested in this sort of thing :P
(reviewed the day of purchase)