A NEW SCIENCE OF NAVIGATION by MARTIN JENKINS.
LONDON: a network of living symbols threatened by the digital tentacles of an alien power spreading throughout the capital.
Denys and Judith, Xaos Dave, Bloody Mary and Priesty John are a ragtag team of chaos sorcerors who have determined to fight this rising power: against the backdrop of a spectral metropolis these urban mages muster their forces for a final confrontation... only drink and incompetence stand in their way.
They called themselves the Invisible College and hatched plans to overthrow capitalism with magic.
High weirdness in squats and patches of land by canals; rites and ceremonies under railway bridges and in underpasses; old gods called in echoing, empty warehouses.
Barbaric names ululated in woods and public parks after the gates were locked.
...... Inner front cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Page 11): My Deare One.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The fact that the exact same words on pages 72 to 73 are repeated on pages 115 to 116 OR how about on page 28 'Microsleep' a seemingly random word, the only one on the page, typed right in the centre. PW
MY THOUGHTS: A 2 out of 5 rating as far as a group read goes as without a doubt, given the right mix of readers, this is a novel that will provoke much debate, however as a personal read I'm struggling to rate it as anything other than a zero. *
Far too full of gimmicks (the binary code, the pages containing as little as one word, the sentence structure itself), strange as it may sound, this is perhaps better described as a piece of modern art than a novel.
Then of course there is all of the sex and expletives. OK, so not used overly frequently but when they are used they are used at some length, the sex scenes crude and very graphic.
Most definitely not as it turns out my kind of read, in my opinion the author sets out to be different, to be unique. All very well but not when the cost is good story telling.
* This rating relates to NewBooks magazine who as well as a personal read rating also require an rating as to how well a book would do as a reading group read.
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