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Normal: A Novel av Warren Ellis
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Normal: A Novel (utgåvan 2016)

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A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future--by an iconic visionary writer Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks. For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the abyss gaze takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest. When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis'sNormal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future--and the past, and thenow.… (mer)
Medlem:atomoton
Titel:Normal: A Novel
Författare:Warren Ellis (Författare)
Info:FSG Originals (2016), 160 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Odd little sci-fi book. In the future (or possibly happening right now) futurists who have mental breakdowns due to how the future looks to be, are sent to Normal Head in Oregon. Normal Head is a mental institution and is a pretty odd place itself. As for plot, a patient goes missing and there are a lot of insects crawling around. An investigation ensues.

I found some of this confusing, lots of technical mumbo-jumbo, but that doesn't detract from the plot. It does detract from holding my interest. Okay book, just at times a bit over my head. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
A brief, bleak and intriguing look at what it means to look into an increasingly dystopian future. ( )
  thatwordyguy | Aug 26, 2020 |
The Hodgman narration is excellent. ( )
  3j0hn | Jun 17, 2020 |
Liked this, didn't love it. I actually did love how short it was, and narrow in scope. I think that helped it quite a bit. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
This novel has a breezy lackadaisical fan-fiction feeling to it. I had the sense that Ellis just typed along, and this novel is what happened. I enjoyed reading it. I felt a little neglected by it, though. It felt as if the author kept trying to project a feeling in my direction of not caring whether he impressed me or not, or whether I kept reading or not. The feeling was pronounced enough to make me believe he really did care about impressing me, and by trying by pushing me away, was trying to make me care more about staying.

I'm spending a lot of words here now trying to explain the peculiarity of this author-reader tension. It felt different from the relationship I fall into with most novels, where I usually feel the author is trying to persuade me to enter into their story. This novel doesn't care if I like it or not. That indifference, rather than the story itself, became the most interesting thing to me about my reading experience. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
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A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future--by an iconic visionary writer Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks. For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the abyss gaze takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest. When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis'sNormal, Adam uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future--and the past, and thenow.

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