Nowhere Paperback – September 16, 2014
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About the Author
- Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1500738514
- ISBN-13 : 978-1500738518
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.73 x 8 inches
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (September 16, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,294,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seen from our anti-hero's perspective, Nowhere echoes in tone many of the relationship-heavy writings of Philip K. Dick: the main character's mind is unstable, flicking every few paragraphs from fear, paranoia and violent intent to self-doubting hope, forgiveness, and kindness. And as with many of PKD's works, it is the female lead--the alien in this case, on a mission from a dying world—who commands the most strength of character. Yet she is also the one who brings with her the threat of deception and death—or is that all in our anti-hero's mind?
I found Mitchell's handling of internal narrative to be compelling and well-paced, though it was his adept and entertaining grasp of dialog that really first captured my attention. This is an author who knows language, knows conversation, and who writes with convincing clarity and boldness.
Completely enjoyable...with one small "but"...I did find the ending a bit abrupt. It was not wholly dissatisfactory, given the relationship-heavy angle of the book, but it was also not quite as fulfilling as it could have been.
Still, Nowhere is an excellent first novel and a quick, compelling read. 4-stars well deserved.
This isn't a space opera, nor a western in space, like so much scifi. There's hardly even any shooting, but the suspense builds and builds as we learn more about our hero - is he a hero or a scumbag? I won't give away any more of the plot. The ending is abrupt and unresolved, but that just makes the story more disturbing. Outstanding scifi that I found very hard to put down.
Read one more and if things did not pick up up I would stop
Reading. I continued and it was somewhat interesting but
Still slow it has some moments but overall just blah.
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Shaun, trying to cling on to the last tethers of his sanity and normality takes a journey into himself and through uncharted space. What he finds is more than enough for me to classify Mitchell's book as a crushing sci-fi horror; not so much as a whodunnit but what.
Maybe he was just lazy or maybe he just knew how to hit the nail on the head because unlike other sci-fi stories, Mitchell's novel has no funny alien names like 'Fjkldjaagnndgas' or planets called 'Mnmcaldkqweopipwi'. He skipped the bulls*** and perhaps that was why I found the read so digestible.
For the first time in a long time, I read a sci-fi story that was not a space opera akin to 'Star Wars' or an intergalactic 'Lord of The Rings'. If I had to draw a similarity to a film, Ridley Scott's 'Alien' immediately comes to mind (in vision but not in plot). It was also laced with humour, but from a dark scalpel that prodded but never maimed. All through the novel I felt an impending sense of dread, like a doom clock counting down roping me in more and more with the protagonist.
Overall, an excellent and riveting read. I look forward to more of his stuff.