Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism fL sharks Love itRemnants of Eric survive these shark inducedugue states and so ollowing 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 "Un space which is entered via Waterstones Brilliant To this end he 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 air 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 After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry five stars Wikipedia also says that as well as the 36 chapters of the book I ve just read there are also a series of 36 un chapters which have to be hunted down on line This book is clever This is also the kind of marketing wet dream that causes publishers to have a little sex wee and hiive each other or being seven kinds of zeitgeist *Probably not as clever as House of Leaves and a number of *not as clever as House of Leaves and a number of have dubbed it House of Leaves lite or maybe it was just me I orget as the Ludovician has been taking chunks out of my own memory recentlyAnyway the star of the show was Ian the cat He survived and wasn t as mad as Eric Sanderson either versions one or two and he wasn t as smug as Clio Aames either The Raw Shark Texts was released back in 2007 by Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes 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 thereor good measure It ollows the story of Eric Saunderson who awakes on his bedroom loor without any memories While the man retains his basic motor unctions he remembers nothing resembling emotions or sense of identity Shortly upon awaking Eric inds a note left by the She Weeps Each Time You're Born first Eric Saunderson with basic instructions on how to resume his life From this pointorward 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 just as ambitious While Danielewski goes above and beyond with liner and oot notes as well as scratches and interchanging onts Hall goes with long gaps of pages with little to no words as well as diagrams and exhibits
The Changing Style Throughout changing style throughout 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 Seven Days, Seven Dinners 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 workin. A uest to recover the truth and escape the remorseless predatoryorces that threatens to devour him The Raw Shark Texts is a kaleidoscopic novel about the magnitude of love and the devastating effect of losing that love It will dazzle you it will move you and will leave an indelible imprint like nothing you have read in a long ti. Or laughs Which is not the case in The Raw Shark Texts Yes the protagonist eventually inds himself drawn into a world where the old rules don t apply Yes
"HE HAS AN ADVENTURE YES HE "has an adventure Yes he has a sidekick in the orm of an irascible unflappable If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fortunately non talking ginger catBut it s a story of confusion and grief and loss Eric Sanderson has lost everything he ever held dear including himself beginning with a stupid everyday accident and culminating in the predations of a conceptual beast whoeeds on memory and swims the currents of ideas and informationIt s a very meta sort of story with much of the narrative being dedicated to the biology of ideas and memes how they grow and evolve how they have their own ecosystem that interacts with our material one There s also a air bit of ourth wall breaking but not in the usual sense as the words and type on the page are molded and re arrange to become illustration than textI m not sure I can properly review this book I really don t have the language Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, for it But I can assure you even if the plot is a bitamiliar the ideas are uite unlike anything you re likely to have encountered There might be very minor spoilers here but I doubt they will make any sense to you if you haven t read the book so read on unles you are uber paranoid about spoilers The Raw Shark Texts It s supposed to be a literary psychological thriller where Jorge Luis Borges meets Danielewski meets Matrix meets Fight Club meets Jaws I thought Oh dear Steve I *hope you know what you are running up against and I hope your game is tightThe book starts with the main *you know what you are running up against and I hope your game is tightThe book starts with the main waking up on the loor not knowing who or where he is His personal memory seems to have been wiped clean This is a tried and tested opening that Duh DumDuh DumDum dum dum dum dum dum DUMOk that was a poor attempt to mimic the Jaws theme tune in text ormat but hey it s not that easyOn Animosity Island everyone is looking White Water forward to the summer season The picketences are suitably white the sky is picture postcard blue and the beaches of The Slave Dancer fine yellow sand are ready to receive the beach towels and inflatable toys of hundreds of British holiday makers For Chief Brady head of the Animosity Island police department there is onely 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 Special Agent from his inflatable doughnut and reduced to nothing than a red ink blot on the ocean waves Chief Brady and hisaithful 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 Sleep with the Fishes fisherman When Hopper explores the damaged hull he is startled toind a huge letter U embedded in the hull Then suddenly the boat shifts and a copy of the Raw Shark Texts drops in The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History front of him Hopper screams and breaksor 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 ilm then that s ok by me The Raw Shark texts is conceptually uite brilliant
And I Have To Admit I Loved Parts Of It I have to admit I loved parts of it irst Eric Sanderson has been eaten by a Ludovician a conceptual shark which ollows 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 Conceptua. 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 irst Eric Sanderson a staggeringly different explanation or what is happening to Eric emerges and he and the reader embark on. .
10You are a book The Raw Shark Texts You *are an unstable narrative You are a story of loss and love and memory of a broken heart and *an unstable narrative You are a story of loss and love and memory of a broken heart and broken mind You are a mystery you are a postmodern text you are a Burroughs with a certain sort of sunny spotless mind You are a irst novel complete with a irst novel s typical weaknesses an intermittent stridency and repetitiousness that is occasionally tedious a tendency towards wanting
To Amaze The Audienceamaze the audience your brilliance characters and dialogue that are intended to be cheeky real but often come across as precious cutesy poo You are overlong Still your ambition is pleasing Your level of writing ability is impressive There is a mad genius to it You exist on multiple levels You excited me then bored me then excited me anew You made me think on many things new ideas and old what is a person what is an emotion what makes a concept real You are a book that this reviewer liked sometimesview spoiler9You are the protagonist You have no name no memory no life You have
a dissociative identity disorder you suffer rom psychotropic ugue You have a cat named Ian anddissociative identity disorder you suffer rom psychotropic The Oxford New Greek Dictionary fugue You have a cat named Ian and house bereft of clues You wake up in this empty house andollow the instructions that your The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece former self has leftor you You see your psychiatrist who tells you little besides platitudes You begin to receive letters and packages The New Job Security from yourormer self clues to your mystery a path to The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) follow You have an enemy8You are the Ludovician shark You are a conceptual predator You devour memories whole you leave your victims emptied out you take what is them and you eat it You willollow your prey anywhere7You are Mark Richardson You are the assumed identity of a man who does not know himself You are on a journey through un space those places built and then left by man those empty spaces You must The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis find Dr Fidorous your uncertain ally You encounter Mr Nobody a hollow vessel You are rescued by a girl6You are Scout Or are you You have lived in un spaceor so many years Are you a The Jumbee figment of imagination a hope a resurrection of a dead girlfriend It matters not you are on the run You rescue Mark Richardson but you have your own motives and agenda You must destroy your own enemy5You are Mycroft Ward You are old and rich an industrialist a man who wants to liveorever You come up with a plan duplicate your brain patterns imprint them on another You succeed You do it again You succeed again There becomes and of you To Helvetica and Back few whom you target are able to escape the girl Scout is one of them You searchor her as you multiply You multiply You multiply You are legion4You are a conceptual shark boat named The Orpheus You are made by Dr Fidorous to kill a mind shark and to destroy a multiple man You are composed of planks of wood boxes 80s computers plastic barrels cardboard stepladders an office chair coat hangers a desk Simple Art of Greatness fan You are transformed you become real The hunt is on3You are Eric Sanderson Your girlfriend the love of your life has died on a trip to Greece You blame yourself You empty your mind you become nothing a living un space You are not to blame Eric You mustree yourself You die you are reborn hide spoiler You know what I likeThis whole genre of stuffy British dudes who Where the Heart Waits find themselves unwillingly going on adventures and discovering that there s to them than just being pasty andlusteredAnd yeah it s a genre There s TONS of books with that same damn plot Thing is they re often very entertainingThey re also usually played 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 or two years since the tragic death of