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The Raw Shark Texts: A Novel [Paperback]

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Pages   428
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2008
Publisher   Canongate U.S.
ISBN  1847671748  
EAN  9781847671745  

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Waking up in an unfamiliar place, unable to remember who he is, and attacked by a force he cannot see, Eric Sanderson discovers he is being hunted by a psychic predatory shark that may exist only in his mind but soon starts making some very real appearances in his world.

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I was unconscious. I'd stopped breathing. I don't know how long it lasted, but the engines and drivers that keep the human machine functioning at a mechanical level must have trip-switched, responding to the stillness with a general systems panic. Autopilot failure--switch to emergency manual override. This is how my life started, my second life. So begins The Raw Shark Texts, the startlingly original debut novel from Steven Hall that is already electrifying booksellers and publishers all over the world. Eric Sanderson wakes up one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to call a Dr. Randle, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of memory loss and that for the last two years--since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while vacationing in Greece--he's been suffering from an acute disassociative disorder. But there may be more to the story, or it may be a different story altogether. As Eric Sanderson begins to examine letters and papers left behind by "the first Eric Sanderson" and the staggering tale they seem to contain, he and the reader embark on a quest to recover the truth and to escape the predatory forces that threaten to devour him. Moving with the pace and momentum of a superb thriller, exploring ideas about language and information as well as identity, The Raw Shark Texts is a brilliant novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love. It will dazzle you, it will move you, and it will leave an indelible imprint like nothing you have read in a long time.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steven Hall was born in 1975 in Derbyshire, England. He has produced a number of plays, music videos, concrete prose/conceptual art pieces and short stories, including "Stories for a Phone Book," featured in New Writing 13. The film rights to The Raw Shark Texts have been optioned by Film Four in association with Blueprint Pictures and Path? in the UK. Steven Hall lives in Hull, England.

Steven Hall was born in 1975.

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i was rooting for the shark  Oct 18, 2008
"it's ok" is really the best rating that i can give this one. the start was definitely intriguing, if more than a little unbelievable, but by the middle of the book i was a bit bored and only willing to stick it out for the payoff of having two questions answered: 1. who/what killed Clio Aames? 2. what became of Gavin the kitten who was mentioned on page 41? well the answer to #1 was eventually revealed but no mention was given again regarding the fictional feline or his whereabouts...i'm still hung up on that. i was also annoyed at the remaking of the JAWS climax to wrap up the story. 'conceptual' or not, it seemed like a blatant rip-off of the film. if i want to visualize a shark being blown to smithereens i will put in the dvd. besides an oxygen tank will beat a laptop any day. another sore spot with the ending was the was all just in the protagonist's mind...oh wait...but maybe it wasn't...oh well.. i guess we'll never shucks that's clever! but by that point i found myself not really caring either way which was probably not the reaction the author was going for. i'm more concerned about the apparently neglected, abandoned, deceased, or perhaps, 'conceptual' cat. poor gavin.
An Intellectual Bungee Jump and Emotional Rollercoaster  Sep 13, 2008
Steven Hall's "The Raw Shark Texts" is one of the most unique and enjoyable books I have read in years. Its hero, Eric Sanderson, is suffering from dissociative memory loss caused by grief and has to enter a terrifying and exciting world, chasing down lost memories and self-forgiveness, in order to heal. This book is rich in imagery and ideas ("Conceptual fish", "mnemonic predators", "the un-world" to name just a couple) and is simply an addicting and powerful rush. Right from the beginning I was taken aback by Hall's writing style and his awesome imagination and enjoyed every minute of the journey that is "The Raw Shark Texts". Get a copy of this one and set aside the time to read it, you will not regret it. An awesome read.
Great out of the box but not so good on stamina!   Sep 12, 2008
I bought this book because at a glance it reminded me of House of leaves. While it was not anywhere near the twisting turning ride of Danielewski's debut it was a very refreshing read in a rather boring and simplistic world of authors. I found two things I did not like in this book. First I felt that Hall slowed the novel with arduous details that I did not need. Second the ending was for lack of better words was cheap, generic, and on the verge of plagiarism. It is defiantly a four star book with lots of imagination and solid writing up until you get to page 313. I am not a plot spoiler but this is where I felt he lost all of the brilliance of this book and dropped from a stellar 4 stars to a low 3 stars. In the end I do not regret reading it and I would never say don't read it to anyone but it will not be going into my pile of favorites.
The Raw Shark Text  Aug 31, 2008
The Raw Shark Texts reads like the bastard love child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code. That's already been noted, right on the official website in fact, but those comparisons are inescapable. It wraps the reader in one mystery after another, always leading you on to the next revelation. Conceptual fish is a surprisingly strong premise, and it hooked me right away. But even before I knew what they were, before I'd considered that the Shark Text's monsters may be a mystery in themselves, I was already wrapped up by the tone of the first Eric Sanderson's first letter and the personal mystery of what the hell happened to him. The secrets come layered and braided together, and excellent tapestry woven into a thrilling adventure. And they're punctuated by cool text images throughout the book, including one 50-page stretch that makes a sort of flip book without using a single actual picture. I've seen other reviewers who thought these were distracting. But to me, the visual puzzle of figuring out why that "Distance" is in such a funny font, then realizing it's actually a shark, adds a lot to the atmosphere of the book.

However, it's good there's more to the book, because the difficult idea of conceptual fish doesn't hold together for the entire book. In fact, after an excellent and terrifying first encounter, the mystery of the conceptual fish devolves becomes secondary, slaved to the more essential mysteries of the first Eric Sanderson, and that's where this book goes from first The Matrix--a brilliant concept that at first makes you set the book aside to consider its implications with Keanu Reeves' "whoa" on your lips--into The Matrix 2--where all that cool stuff boils down to Neo can fly, here's a lot of heart-pounding action.

By the end of the book, conceptual fish has gone from a brain-stretching idea to, "here are some fish that can move through air and land too, and they're all really bad for you." They're little different from any other noncorporeal threat in any horror or fantasy book. That disappointed me. But at the same time, the heart-pounding action and ever deepening mysteries of Eric Sanderson were getting much stronger, so the read was still good.

There is one other flaw to the book: the climax is an homage to a very famous movie you have almost certainly seen, and that sometimes takes the element of "what's gonna happen next" out of the equation. And this scene happens to be the climax, which plays out over several; chapters.

In short, the book moves quickly from what you could call speculative fiction, to something that's much more thriller and mystery focused, and in the end somewhat cliché. But all in all, I still tore through the end of the book. I came away wanting to know more about conceptual fish, the new Eric Sanderson, and exactly what was swimming deep in these words I'm spilling into you.
wow, i'm not the only one  Aug 24, 2008
After reading the many positive reviews on the cover of this book (and fooled into buying it by these reviews and book description), I was scared I would be the only person who didn't particularly care for this novel.

Eric's first encounter with the shark not only caused him to go on a journey, but it was also a first of a chain of "what the hell?" moments for me. I trudged through reading it because...I'm not sure why--I guess I don't want to be accused of being a quitter. I was happy to make my way to the end of the novel, not because I enjoyed the ride but because I wanted it to be over.

I admit I like loose ends being tied up, but I'll allow uncertainties for art's sake. As unsure as the ending is, that didn't bother me. What did bother me was the basic unanswered question: Why did the shark choose Eric as prey? This book was one that changed the rules whenever it was convenient. For example, towards the end Eric is given the task of drinking scraps of paper that have the word "water" written on them. Somehow, the paper turns to water, but I don't recall this being because Eric was finally able to open his mind or because he came to some cosmic revelation...It just happened when it was convenient for the plot. I guess the reader is supposed to accept a literary dimension where word sharks turn into real sharks, but where was this world? In their minds? Some alternate literary dimension? Also, didn't the therapist in the beginng tell Eric that this was something like the eleventh time he'd lost his memory? What happened during the other ten times?

I appreciate Hall for his attempt at something different, and I did enjoy his narrative style: I just never "got" the book. This story would work better as a movie--I only wish I could've finished this book in 90 minutes.

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