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Maul [Kindle Edition]

Tricia Sullivan
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The gun straps to the inside of my leg with Velcro. It's not the absolute zenith of fashion to do this anymore, but girls who wear theirs with leather straps and buckles aren't serious: with Velcro you can get at the thing when you need it.

I also have a pink ammo belt. It's heavy, but who said fashion was easy?'


In a mall like any other, a gang of teenage girls are suddenly caught up in a maelstrom of shopping and violence. But - as the designer bullets fly - it is not only their own lives they are fighting for. Unknown to them they are battling for the life of a man trapped in another place, in a different world, and with very different enemies.

He is a man they have never met, but who represents the future of the human race ... or could destroy it.

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'All the elements of this novel work very hard all the time, carrying not only a complex plot and fascinating ideas about microbiology, but a heavy satirical charge aimed at contemporary culture and also at SF itself. That it manages so well and is so entertaining is testament to Sullivan's skill and intelligence. I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a long time' THE GUARDIAN, 'Fiercely intelligent' SFX, 'One of the best SF novelists around' DREAMWATCH

Book Description

The dazzling new SF novel from acclaimed author Tricia Sullivan - a genuine breakthrough novel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008258PI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #560,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and cool.... 25 Jan. 2004
This is a really fast paced book and the author used a very original concept for the story-line.
Basically its 2 books in one as there's 2 story-lines going at the same time. This makes it very interesting to read and keeps your attention - and you can't put the book down as you keep on wanting to know what happens in th other story-line as soon as you finish one chapter. It was the first time in ages that I couldn't put a book down once I started it, I read it all in one day.
The book is a good mix of sci-fi and fiction as we follow a bunch af teenages gangster girls during a shoot-out, as well as a Y-autistic male somewhere in the future in the 2 seperate story-lines.
Why only 4 stars - I sometimes got the impression that as a first novel this one is slightly over worked and occasionally tries too hard. But I look forward to more from Tricia Sullivan.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Spooky With Sauce 30 Jun. 2004
By A Customer
I don't usually read much SF but was intruiged to buy this novel after seeing a billboard advert for it in a railway station of all places. The hype seduced me. 'Fiercely intelligent...' 'Needle-sharp...' 'Quite, quite brilliant...' Feeling not a little excited I bought the book. (The iconic lipstick-cum-catridge case sealed any last doubts on purchasing it.)
I didn't like it when the writer described the science in the book as 'pure fudge' in the Acknowledgements section at the beginning, seemed a bit of a disclaimer, but I started to read with high expectations intact.
The first two pages were quite deliberately shocking and then I was into the story. It is clever, disturbing, intruiging, challenging, funny, moving, and quite original. 'Extra spooky with sauce', as one of the chapter headings put it.
I think you will either love Tricia Sullivan's style or junk it. But I was reminded of the magic that can be displayed when a writer taps into something which is happening right now - mall culture, teenage agression, fashion, biotechnology, socio-political exploitations of many devious kinds, etc - and twists it into an intelligent, perceptive thriller.
For this is a thriller. Two story-lines building momentum.
I left the book feeling that - for once - I had not been cheated by any hype. That I had been enriched by the book.
I have said little about the actual content of the novel because I really think that readers should be able to experience the story 'blank', with out any 'spoilers'. An excellent SF novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 2 for 1 Offer!!! 6 Oct. 2006
Maul is a novel of two stories.

Katz is a chubby teenage Korean-American, painfully self-conscious as she tries to reconcile herself to her group identity and the consumer-driven, brand-orientated gun-fest that is breaking out around her in the Mall. In these poignant times, she is an icon of a society at war with itself.

Meniscus is one of the last surviving males of a Y-chromosone retrovirus. A clone captive and sealed in the glass environment of a lab, it seems that his body is in an all-or-nothing war with itself.

These narratives are linked, but never converge. At least explicitly. If there is a twist, it is lurking round the corner, waiting for the perceptive reader to go find it. Anything more would represent a spoiler!

What Maul is, is an incredibly sophisticated novel that does not only Sullivan, but the SF genre as a whole credit. It is one of those dangerous novels that puts the very reality we live in at peril.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maul gets maulled 1 Jun. 2004
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This novel had a well developed plan, with easily spotted stages of development. Although well constructed and well written with attachements to characters available, this really wasnt my own personal type of novel and as such for me was a struggle to read. However fans of the neogothic cyberpunk genre will love this novel as this tale weaves it magic and drags you screaming through the darkened world of a post apocolyptic future. With a world set in a Blade-Runner-esque future meeting the future of an Arthur Clarke world blending well together to give mankind a dark glimpse into its possible future.
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