When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of "The End of Mr Y" in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes. She's read about its author before, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, and this is his most notorious, and rarest, book. It is also believed to hold a curse. Anyone who's ever read it, including Lumas, has disappeared without ...
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of "The End of Mr Y" in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes. She's read about its author before, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, and this is his most notorious, and rarest, book. It is also believed to hold a curse. Anyone who's ever read it, including Lumas, has disappeared without trace. With Mr Y under her arm, Ariel is thrust into an adventure of faith, physics, love, death, and everything in between. Part gothic mystery, part time-travelling love story, "The End of Mr Y" lies somewhere between "Shadow of the Wind" and "Dr Who." Scarlett Thomas sends us on a wild and irresistible quest into our deepest selves and our biggest questions.
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I found The End of Mr Y to be totally enthralling from beginning to end. The story focusses on a PhD student, trapped in bad habits, who discovers an old copy of a famous book, but one that's famous for all the wrong reasons. It's called The End of Mr Y and it's believed to be cursed and that anyone who reads it will die.
When I first read the premise, and then the opening chapters I expected the novel to play out very (VERY) differently. As it was I was led down a deep deep hole of insanity, magic, adventure and mystery!
It's no coincidence that Philip Pullman is quoted on the front, because this novel shares a great deal in common with his His Dark Materials trilogy. Both are polemics against the darker aspects of religion, business, government and both are absolutely thrilling adventure stories.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-26 In Thomas's dense, freewheeling novel, Ariel Manto, an oversexed renegade academic, stumbles across a cursed text, which takes her into the Troposphere, a dimension where she can enter the consciousness, undetected, of other beings. Thomas first signals something is askew even in Ariel's everyday life when a university building collapses; soon after, Ariel discovers her intellectual holy grail at a used book shop: a rare book with the same title as the novel, written by an eccentric 19th-century writer interested in "experiments of the mind." The volume jump-starts her doctoral thesis, but her adviser disappears. And when Ariel follows a recipe in the book, she finds herself in deep trouble in the Troposphere. Her young ex-priest love interest may be too late to save her. Thomas blithely references popular physics, Aristotle, Derrida, Samuel Butler and video game shenanigans while yoking a Back to the Future-like conundrum to a gooey love story. The novel's academic banter runs the gamut from intellectually engaging to droning; this journey to the "edge of consciousness" is similarly playful but less accessible than its predecessor, PopCo. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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