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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Scar Garden Press (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095656772X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956567727
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Harlan Wilson on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm consistently disappointed by the lack of attention given to Aylett's canon, especially his Beerlight series, of which, as I understand it, NOVAHEAD is the last installment. Developed most effectively in ATOM and the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated SLAUGHTERMATIC, NOVAHEAD evolves the Beerlight aesthetic to new and weird literary heights. If ever an author attempted to leave postmodernism in the dust, or at least innovatively tweak the postmodern modality, Aylett is an untouchable touchstone. Every sentence in this novel - in some cases, every word - is an intricate mountain god waiting for the right sort of readership to decode it - and to revel in the process of decoding it. Aylett is truly singular in the contemporary matrix of literature - in mainstream circles, of course, but even in the most idiosyncratic of subcultural circles. At the same time, anybody, readers and writers in equal measure, would profit from a healthy exposure to his extrapolation of reality and lyrical waxing of language and meaning. There is NOBODY like Aylett, and NOVAHEAD is the culmination of his vision. In the absence of this book, you are neither a reader or a writer. You are, simply, there, dangling on the shorthairs of a goatee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carter on October 28, 2011
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Author Steve Aylett presents us with an interesting sketch in the development of a young talent, and this youthfulness is indeed the essential quality characterizing much of his output, and he has been prolific. Aylett has published fifteen novels, all of them exhibiting an original flare for invention, iconoclasm (the sort that alienates both readers and publishers), and a careful attention to detail. He is not a fast writer; that is to say, he is an artist, and despite his dubious association with "packaged" avant-garde trademarks--slipstream, pop-surrealism, "bizarro"--of late his work has transcended the epicyclical dialectics that typify (and quite properly marginalize) communities of avant-garde ambition. Aylett's work has in the past been constricted because of the theories and generically-controlled parameters that attend the very idea of the avant-garde. Such adhesion to generic formality is to be expected from a young author, moreover an author that remains enduringly young in spirit; and Aylett endures here in all the best ways. But Aylett's talent has been growing, and his long-standing "tendency" to subvert the limitations of his own narratological experiments has borne fruit, especially in three recent novels, where at last Aylett has risen to the occasion of his own genius, and is forcefully advancing ideas and effects that are as hard-hitting as anything in the English language.

I found LINT, the first of these new novels, "interesting." LINT is an inventive, convincing and entertaining hallucination, but towards the end of the novel, when Aylett moves from the mode of faux literary biography into fictive verisimilitude, the attenuated narrative does not match the exuberance of the first nine-tenths of the novel.
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By J. L. Perez on April 19, 2014
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I found this looking for books that fall under the heading of "bizzaro", so I knew it wasn't going to be a conventional read. This was my first "bizzaro" book. In some ways the story compares to those by William Gibson, but this is way stranger. For instance, the passage where the main character deploys a talking reconnaissance swan named "Strobe Talbot" manufactured by a company called Garuda... Overall I enjoyed the story, but it's kind of an extended gag, hyper and crazed. If it had been longer it would have started to grate. Not sure if I will be reading any more "bizzaro" books, but if your looking for something different, this is certainly that.
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