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using lit-fic techniques and by not playing by the genre rules, [Roberts] rises to the challenge that Mitchell sets down

The Thing Itself is evidence of Adam Roberts' inimitable brilliance.―Tor.com

The Thing Itself is evidence of Adam Roberts' inimitable brilliance.

A remarkable novel: both gripping and intellectually exciting.―George Monbiot

A remarkable novel: both gripping and intellectually exciting.

A time-travelling nerd applies Kant with lethal results in this dazzling philosophical adventure...this is really walking the literary high wire, and Roberts not only keeps his balance, he makes the spectacle compelling―The Guardian

A time-travelling nerd applies Kant with lethal results in this dazzling philosophical adventure...this is really walking the literary high wire, and Roberts not only keeps his balance, he makes the spectacle compelling

I can't think of another such ostentatiously clever novel that is so dramatically successful.―Julian Baggini

I can't think of another such ostentatiously clever novel that is so dramatically successful.

I do appreciate a novel that makes me think while also entertaining me. The Thing Itself marries the two to perfection. There is so much packed within these pages and, without doubt, it's one of those memorable novels that will stand to repeated readings over the passing of time. A book of the year for me, for sure.―For Winter's Nights --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Adam Roberts is commonly described as one of the UK's most important writers of SF. He is the author of numerous novels and literary parodies. He is Professor of 19th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, London University and has written a number of critical works on both SF and 19th Century poetry. He is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - clever, fast-paced, and well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars An escape from reality
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3.0 out of 5 stars As former philosophy student I really enjoyed the first two thirds of the novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars The thing itself is not itself the thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More excellence from Roberts. Superb read. Again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trickily interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unashamedly intellectual
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant
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