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. Loaded with letters from his past self, each signed 'With regret and also hope, The First Eric Sanderson', Eric embarks on a quest to recover his life. A love story, an adventure, a ...
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. Loaded with letters from his past self, each signed 'With regret and also hope, The First Eric Sanderson', Eric embarks on a quest to recover his life. A love story, an adventure, a psychological drama - this wild, touching, modern tale is cut through with an understated humour and warmth. The depths of love, language, memory and the inevitability of loss have never been plumbed with such deep-hearted imagination. It isn't all coming back to me. I don't know any of this at all. I felt that pricking horror, the one that comes when you realise the extent of something bad - if you're dangerously lost or you've made some terrible mistake - the reality of the situation creeping in through the back of your head like some pantomime Dracula. I did not know who I was. I did not know where I was. That's simple. That's frightening.
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This was a recommendation because I enjoyed House of Leaves. The Raw Shark Texts does not even compare to House of Leaves. I had to stop reading the book around page 100. Just a really awful book.
Feb 2, 2009
A Kick in the Pants
Similar to House of Leaves in many ways. Sort of attempts to be a sprawling 'idea novel' and a tightly wound horror novel at the same moment. It's really more of a quick and exciting literary roll in the hay than a long term love affair. I appreaciate what the author has tried to do (afterall, genre-bending novels like these rarely come off without a hitch), I just think that there were loose strings where there should have been clean edges and clean edges where a little fraying may have made the structure more beleiveable and intriguing. It was still a clever way of dealing with the concepts of grief and mental illness without shoving a lot of melodramatic psychobabble down the reader's throat.
Jul 24, 2008
"it's ok" is really the best rating that i can give this book. 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 overused...it was all just in the protagonist's mind...oh wait...but maybe it wasn't...oh well.. i guess we'll never know...aw 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.
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