EBOOK DOWNLOAD (The Raw Shark Texts) ã Steven Hall
Hall s conceptual sharks are clever baffling and original His typographical uirks are deployed to interesting and in one infamous instance hilariously terrifying effect Howevs the writing suffers from an overuse of dramatic verbs a overly stylised relationship between the heroheroine regardless of any ironic intentions moments of prolonged confusion and plot dullness and melodrama Still it shows a clear love of language words and books so I can overlook the long sloggy parts Personally I wouldn t have ended it on such a sappy note and OF COURSE he s reading Paul Auster in that scene towards the end but this was a pretty compelling and inventive read overall even if some of it felt a bit gimmicky at points One could only hope for such generous criticism of their first novel so that s why I m giving credit where credit due Four out of five stars For sheer ballsy creativity The Raw Shark Texts is an incendiary word bomb of conceptual fish mad world hungry pseudo immortals movie geekdom Greek tragedy and cats with mundane namesTo say there is something lacking in Steven Hall s first novel seems unfair and trite but I can t shake the feeling that something in Eric Sanderson s relationship with ClioScout felt too forced and way too indoctrinated by current gender attitudes If that was by design I can t imagine what the design was if it was merely the truth that Hall found in his characters I have to admit that I couldn t see that truth That could be down to meBesides it seems a petty complaint when weighed against the moments of sheer genius in Steven Hall s debut I know I will be back for multiple reads because there are so many uestions I need to examine again and again I almost started listing them here but instead I will simply provide words for which I am compelled to seek answers Dr Ryan Mitchell Dr Randle Mycroft Ward Ian Greg Ludovician one of the all time great antagonists in any novel ever Eric Richardson the first the other the secondThe Raw Shark Texts is a rich mine of thought that I look forward to returning to and Steven Hall is threatening to enter the rarefied upper region of my personal literary canon I ust hope he doesn t slip in the direction of Chuck Pahlaniuk with his next work Promising beginnings can so often become failure to live up to potential Oh well who cares I ll always have The Raw Shark Texts to enjoy if the future doesn t work out A bit oversold but certainly creative at times with a sprinkling of novel ideas which for me almost worked but not uiteAt heart this is a simple love story which I didn t mind as I uite like simple love stories being an old romantic at heart That the love story was between a man whose memories had been eaten by a conceptual shark see later and a woman who he may have loved in his pre memory loss existence who is now dead but not a ghost nothing supernatural here matters not a ot There are homages all over the book and references to films and books Lots to Casablanca and of course Jaws the last part of the film is played out at the end of the book There are uite a few oddities A character we never meet called Mycroft Ward decides in the mid 19th century that he really does not want to die He studies hypnotism and finds a younger suggestive subject and hypnotically gives him great detail about his own life and becomes him He continues to do this creating a number of versions of himself He eventually becomes an internet database Now the fish The novel depends on the idea that there exist conceptual fish that feed on well concepts and ideas The Ludovician is a large conceptual shark that feeds on memories and seems have have developed a liking for Eric the main character in the book Eric recieves messages from his previous self in the mail and from other sources telling him how to protect himselfThere is also unspace the empty spaces in our modern urban world behind shops empty factories and warehouses railway sidings The whole thing reaches a climax in the conceptual world which becomes real to the protagomists I uite like that ideaThere are some uite clever ideas and it has cult classic written all over it I also suspect it is designed to be filmed uite how *they re going to manage conceptual fish The ending is a bit a cop out *re going to manage conceptual fish The ending is a bit of a cop out the first part of the book deserves betterIt is entertaining but on closer examination rather flimsy Apparently for each chapter in the book there is a negative or unchapter out in the world somewhere on line in other editions of the book or yet to be discovered Am I bothered enough to seek them out nope That may tell you all you need to knowI did like #Ian the cat and had every sympathy with him being dragged around Eric #the cat and had every sympathy with him being dragged around Eric rather mad adventures A brief behind the scenes recap of The Raw Shark Texts Steven Hall is inspired Writes a brilliant one hundred pages of an unfinished novel The first hundred pages of The Raw Shark Texts are truly a great read hinting at something avant garde something page turning in the finest sense of the term We re all clicking off the rusty old disbelief mechanisms because The Raw Shark Texts is putting it all together OK sure it is yet another piece my life back together after what would seem to be amnesia kind of plot but it is raging it is rythmic and totally unapolagetic like screw you if you think you ve heard this song before Steven Hall is promising to tease out the mystery with total originality and brio The characterization of the shrink in particular is extraordinary What is going on here The reader awaits the reader is prepared to suspend many further unknown belief mechanismsThen Steven Hall is feel. 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 ,
Ing kind of dull and uninspired but here we go Up and at em Another 200 pages of The Raw Shark Texts coming at ya Ah hem Kicking in with cutesy poo winsome boy meets girl capers in post modern clich land But Steven Hall is ust MESSING WITH YOU get it Ok ok let s get back to the good stuff Then JAWS Yeah we re gonna re do JAWS But it s gonna be like a CONCEPT SHARK get it No That s ok really no problem Because the girl who appears out of nowhere but could also but might not be the over simplified key to an overly convoluted plot is like fortunately the MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL OUR MEMORY LOSS DUDE HAS EVER SEEN and like THE COOLEST GIRL EVER and umm let s see SHE DROPS TONS OF WITTY ONE LINERS and stuff Also This might be the afterlifeOr A dreamI mean It s what you what you might think if you re in a comaThen This reader is thinking I can t believe I finished this awful fraud of a book The Raw Shark Texts was released back in 2007 by first time UK author Steven Hall In some circles it s been referred to as some bizarre cross between Jaws and The Matrix with perhaps a little Da Vinci Code thrown in there for good measure It follows the story of Eric Saunderson who awakes on his bedroom floor without any memories While the man retains his basic motor functions he remembers nothing resembling emotions or sense of identity Shortly upon awaking Eric finds a note left by the first Eric Saunderson with basic instructions on how to resume his life From this point forward a proverbial can of worms is opened and the mystery unfolds itself in an addictive way by which I mean it s really hard to put this book downI had an experience like this when I read House of Leaves The stories are uite different but the layout is Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change just as ambitious While Danielewski goes above and beyond with liner and foot notes as well as scratches and interchanging fonts Hall goes with long gaps of pages with little to no words as well as diagrams and exhibits The changing style throughout the novel really adds to the experience and gets the reader involved in what is happening to Eric s world There s something about this style that I really like I guess it s refreshing to pick up a book that not only feels different but looks different as well Some people could probably write this off as some sort of gimmick but changing things up once in a while should be welcomedWhile Hall is working on a second book whether he can produce something on par to Raw Shark Texts remains to be seen but I know that I ll be checking it out Let sust hope he doesn t go in the direction of Danielewski s Only RevolutionsCross posted Every Read Thing Duh DumDuh DumDum dum dum dum dum dum DUMOk that was a poor attempt to mimic the Jaws theme tune in text format but hey it s not that easyOn Animosity Island everyone is looking forward to the summer season The picket fences are suitably white the sky is picture postcard blue and the beaches of fine yellow sand are ready to receive the beach towels
and inflatable toys of hundreds of British holiday makers For Chief Bradyinflatable toys of hundreds of British holiday makers For Chief Brady of the Animosity Island police department there is one fly in the sunscreen there s something in the water A girl is washed up on the beach with huge L s and U s bitten out of her Then little Alex Kidney is ripped from his inflatable doughnut
and reduced to nothing than a red ink blot on thereduced to nothing than a red ink blot on the waves Chief Brady and his faithful sidekick Mitt Hopperrenowned beard wearer and oceanographer take to the high seas to investigate They uickly stumble upon the half submerged and chewed up remains of a boat belonging to a local fisherman When Hopper explores the damaged hull he is startled to find a huge letter U embedded in the hull Then suddenly the boat shifts and a copy of the Raw Shark Texts drops in front of him Hopper screams and breaks for the surface THIS IS NOT WHAT THE RAW SHARK TEXTS IS ABOUTBut it does contain some heavy referencing to Jaws and as I love that film then that s ok by me The Raw Shark texts #Is Conceptually Uite Brilliant #conceptually uite brilliant I have to admit I loved parts of it The first Eric Sanderson has been eaten by a Ludovician a conceptual shark which follows the stream of information that people generate thoughts conversations mail emails and slowly takes great big bitey chunks out of their memory until they become a sort of un person Brilliant Conceptual sharks Love itRemnants of Eric survive these shark induced fugue states and so following notes left by the First Eric Sanderson the Second Eric Sanderson tries to catch and kill the Ludovician before he s a goner too In order to do this Eric has to hunt down Dr Trey Fidorous who lives in un space Un space which is entered via Waterstones Brilliant To this end he is accompanied by Ian the cat and Scout who is an un version of the improbably super cool girlfriend Clio AamesThere are all sorts of other I m mad but you re not supposed to know how mad subtext occurring most of which is based around the death of Clio Aames improbably super cool girlfriend of the First Eric Sanderson Women reading this will in all likelihood intensely dislike the conceptual memory of Clio Aames I was secretly hoping that she got eaten by a real shark and that is why she wasn t around any Sadly not In the end the attempt to catch and kill the Ludovician is based on the shark chase scene in Jaws complete with a couple of chapter titles which are an outright homage to these ad lib ed scenes including Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish Ladies If this book also had a chapter called Show me the way to go home I m tired and I want to go to bed then I might well have given it five stars Wikipedia Is great love Clio while the two vacationed in the Greek islandsBut there may be 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.