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Regicide Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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In Regicide, the motifs of the uncanny are present from the outset. From the moment that Carl (the narrator) breaks into a strange empty house to answer a constantly ringing telephone - only to find the person at the end of the line seemingly knows his name - the reader's perception of normality is eroded. The ringing phone re-occurs as a theme, along with puzzles and maps, records playing silent messages and dogs - violent, dangerous dogs. All of these have symbolic associations, that reveal the inner workings of Carl's mind. As the narrative progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to tell what has actually happened in this reality, and what has occurred in another place, that may or may not just be an aspect of Carl's psyche.Read more ›
If you like the weird, surreal or strange tale then this is one is for you.
Our hero is Carl who meets and falls for Annie.
On their first date they wind up lost in a maze of London's side streets.
Later on in one of these streets Carl breaks into a house to answer a ringing phone and the call is for him.
Are you curious yet? Because that's possibly the most "normal" part of the story, from here on it gets decidedly surreal.
There are unreadable maps, vinyl records that play nothing or so you are led to believe and people out to get Carl.
It is part urban fantasy and part psychological thrill ride. Not bad for a small novel - it's only 238 pages.
Gave 4 stars because I'd guessed the ending, but it was still a good read and an original story.
Readers of Tim Powell or Clive Barker will get a kick out of this.