- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Soho Press; 1st edition (August 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616958278
- ISBN-13: 978-1616958275
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Sip
Library Journal Debut of the Month
"Whether one reads Sip as a psychedelic Western or an analogy for a society addicted to bleeding the planet dry of its natural resources, Carr serves up a heady brew with plenty of nightmare fuel."
—San Diego CityBeat
"Fans of postapocalyptic fiction will find it difficult to put down Carr’s haunting debut, which richly details its world’s harsh history while leaving readers enough hope for the future. The title also has excellent YA crossover potential."
—Library Journal, Starred Review
"Feels like an old western crossed with something from Mad Max . . . Sip is a fast-paced, strange and enjoyable leap into a flickering world of addiction."
"Carr has delivered an exceptionally written and entertaining story with great characters and wonderful language."
—This Is Horror
"A stunning speculative concept. . . a surreal futuristic landscape. But at its core is something Western, and something Weird. It’s a high-concept story that never loses sight of the grit."
"A bleak, bizarre, and compelling work, abounding with memorably weird imagery."
—Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"Carr’s premise is crazy and wonderful in equal measure."
"A post-apocalyptic sci-fi Western... intriguing core characters."
"Interesting ideas form the core of the novel."
"For a novel about domed worlds devoid of light, Sip has no shortage of luminosity. The precision of the images in this novel illuminate every scene like the water around a lighthouse. A fable about shadow addicts and sealed-over inaccessible domes feels eerily prescient for the increasing volatile divide in the United States."
—Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear
“It’s a post-apocalyptic wasteland and are you on team Dome, team Shadowless Army, team Doc, or team shadow-sipping junkies? I know which team I’m on. Brian Allen Carr’s Sip is funny, literate, crass, dark, violent, lyrical, oddly touching, and totally bat-shit crazy. I loved it.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
"Like Philip K. Dick or Robert Louis Stevenson before him, Brian Allen Carr's Sip shoots us with a brand new metaphor full of our addictions. One day we'll return to this book after the war began and speak of its shadow-drinkers like we do zombies and vampires and say, 'And this is where it all began. This new wild mythology that was true even then. When the comet returned.' AND TOGETHER WE'LL SIP."
—Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book
“In Sip, Brian Allen Carr beautifully cultivates the classic motif of the loss of the shadow to underline, disguised as a speculation about the future, the nightmarish features of our dystopian present.”
—Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World
"Brian Allen Carr has written a great novel, and Sip will remain engraved in the reader's memory for quite some time."
—Alain Mabanckou, author Black Moses
"An utterly transporting voyage through an oddly sweet, surprisingly funny, and horribly human post-apocalyptic wasteland. As much a celebration of the wonders of our daily existence as it is an indictment of the hungers which bring us low, Brian Allen Carr's Sip inflated my shadow-soaked head and set me floating on strange and beautiful winds. Never before have I so deeply wanted to return to the end of the world."
—Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City
"Sip reads like what might happen if Cormac McCarthy dropped acid and then hallucinated a science fiction novel. Half post-apocalyptic disaster, half weird Western, Sip's a blood-slick trip that's nonetheless humane at its core."
—Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses
“If this book was a movie I’d go see it again tomorrow; if it was a TV show I’d buy a TV. Brian Allen Carr writes like lightning on the horizon and I’d drink his shadow if I could.”
—Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying
About the Author
Brian Allen Carr splits his time between Indiana and Texas. He is the winner of a Wonderland Book Award and Texas Observer Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Hobart, Boulevard and others publications. Sip is his first novel.
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The setting of Sip might classify it as a Space Western. It’s a dystopian future; everything has turned to crap, and high technology has been lost. They’ve got guns and trains, and one DIY machine that keeps severed limbs alive to milk shadows from. You see, what separates this from other Space Westerns is how we got to this F’ed-up future: people have learned you can get super high huffing shadows, and society falls as a result of this addictive scourge.
Sip’s got a big, diverse and well-painted cast, and a bunch of subplots. It’s Carr’s most ambitious effort yet, and succeeds on every level. This is easily one of the best books of the year. I listened to the Audible version, and the narrator did a great job bringing the characters and the story to life.
The vignettes and characters that make up this book are resonant, drawing the reader in with their immediacy. Brian Allen Carr weaves a tapestry of fine language, utilizing words that are crafted with so much substance that you can feel their contours. Their shadows are etched in my memory.
Also there's laughs.
He’s literary AF but his books move and pace as well as any pro genre fiction out there. His last two novellas have been unique, entertaining, artful, and probably some of the best books labeled Bizarro in this decade. He’s killed it in the small press & novella scene but I always wondered can he bring the same magic to the novel?
That was some pointless pondering because SIP is easily his best book. It has one of the best hooks I’ve heard in awhile: people can get high by sipping on their shadows. Sold.
But…the only problem with many high concept books is the writers don’t pull them off and the characters are plot beats instead of human beings. BAR doesn’t fall into that trap and I enjoyed spending time with Mira, shadow junkie Murk, and Bale as they look for a way to survive living in the shadows.
I am seeing more and more great books come out that blur in the lines between genre and literary that are as weird as they are artful. I love it and I want more books like his! Writers like Carr, Victor LaValle’s & Alissa Nutting’s latest, and the upcoming Marlon James series are taking the best of genre fiction and adding a literary level that has me excited about this new direction in fiction. Carr’s novel takes genre fiction out of the shadows and shows why stories are the only way we can see the light.