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The Happier Dead Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2014
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The Happier Dead is set in a near-future London, but it remains unclear how near a future exactly. Some of the political elements, such as a war in Syria, seem to have their roots in the now and taking the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in consideration, I'd guess that means it couldn't be more than fifteen or twenty years in the future? Then again the building of the Dome and the perfecting of the Treatment in such a relatively short time seems implausible. The timespan doesn't truly matter to the plot and it isn't clearly mentioned anywhere, but I found myself distracted throughout the narrative when coming across historical references, trying to use them to pinpoint the time the novel is set in. Oates's city is also very much a recognisable London, which would probably feel quite familiar to its current residents.
I found it interesting to see how the London Riots of 2011 are starting to seep into fiction. The Happier Dead isn't the first book I've read in the past few months where their echoes can be clearly heard. The riots in the book mirror and increase the narrative tension.Read more ›
Oates is a man who feels deeply uncomfortable about Avalon and even more out of place once he enters the elite Spa. He is asked to tread lightly as clients occupy the top positions in politics, finance and the creative industries. They are all trying to slough off their years in a make believe world of eternal youth, while Oates certainly feels every year of his age. This novel – part mystery, part thriller and part sci fi – takes us from millionaires houses to the sewers underneath London, while riots erupt on the streets. Oates has a suspect, but it all seems too simple to accept, even if his Chief Superintendent wants the case wrapped up quickly. Can he uncover why this particular client was murdered and why? What secrets are Nottingham Biosciences hiding and why did the victims brother, who worked for them, go missing?Read more ›
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This is yet another novel that the concept outpaces the execution. For what was a small novel it just did not engage and carry through for the quick read I felt I was going to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Hamby
This was a difficult book for me to get into, but the idea was pretty solid. It started to really gel towards the end, but at that point the book was almost over. Read morePublished 23 months ago by T. Teetson
This unique novel of the future (part of which, interestingly enough, is set in “1976”) was a refreshing surprise, the type of thought-provoking tale one would expect from J.G. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by C.M. Muller