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Adrian Barnes
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31 Oct 2012
SHORT LISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they've all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks the , the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead. One couple experience a lifetime in a week as he continues to sleep, she begins to disintegrate before him, and the new world swallows the old one whole...NOD

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Bluemoose Books Ltd (31 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956687695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956687692
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Barnes lives in Rossland, British Columbia where he skis, runs, writes, renovates, works, eats, sleeps, and then writes some more.

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The apocalypse comes in many forms, but none stranger than that of the chronic sleep deprivation that leads to mass psychosis in Adrian Barnes's audacious novel Nod (Bluemoose, £7.99). Paul is a misanthropic hack writing a non-fiction book about obscure words when the world is afflicted and the majority of citizens begin to hallucinate solipsistic realities that Paul, as a Sleeper and a wordsmith, can influence. Barnes employs this brilliant idea to explore the nature of perception, redemption, and personal and social catastrophe. Outstanding. --The Guardian

About the Author

Adrian Barnes was born in Blackpool, England but grew up in Canada. He teaches English at Selkirk College, British Columbia. He lives in Rossland, near Vancouver, where he lives with his wife, Charlene and two sons, Liam and Ethan

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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There were many more things which I liked about Adrian Barnes's "Nod" than there were things that I disliked, and yet several weeks after reading it I find that it is the things I disliked which are most colouring my reactions to the book. Which is a shame, because the things I like, I really liked a lot.

It's a hard book to review, because I think it's good, and original, and it deserves readers, and I hope it will go on and get lots of them, but if I want to do a fair review then I have to mention the things which I found problematic, and this may spoil the experience for people who have not yet tried the book.

In a publishing universe where the end of the world seems to come round with monotonous regularity, Barnes has found an ingenious way of bringing about the collapse of society. Suddenly, without warning or explanation, almost all of humanity discovers that it is no longer able to sleep. In a matter of days, psychosis sets in and all the complex, delicate systems which hold our world together fall apart.

He has also found an interesting narrative voice to describe what is happening. His narrator, Paul, is cool, detached, distrustful, even before the world begins to go to hell. He is a man who has always mistrusted what lies beneath the surface, has always expected collapse, the onset of chaos. Paul's description of how the end of the world is felt in one small corner of one Canadian city, is all the more effective for its elegance and control, the way that the horror and pity and terror of the ending of everything is obliquely hinted at rather than being splurged all over the page. This voice, on its own, is enough to justify you spending a couple of hours with this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nod: A Review 26 Jan 2013
Nod Review:
By Matthew McCormack

Adrien Barnes' first novel is a masterclass of humane insight and intelligent plotting, set during the last waking hours of human kind.

Except for a limited few, man has stopped sleeping. With no cure and the scientific promise of total body failure after four weeks of sleep deprivation, man slips into a psychotic stupor.
With no boundaries and no brigades to enforce people, mankind is a truly free race. Political and social boundaries are reset, no person is better off than their neighbour, they are all doomed.
Within a week of sleep deficiency, people's minds' begin to shatter, transforming them into deranged and carnivorous victims' of a life without sleep.
John, our narrator, can sleep; he is an introverted individual, and through his sight and mind, we read his narrative on the last days of humanity.

While this all appears distinctly post-apocalyptic, it would be rude to categorise it as such.
This is a deeply insightful look at what actually makes us human, explored through John and his thoughts, and the behaviour he witness from the depraved humans. In the author's own words, he describes this as, `Speculative Fiction', and this serves as a thoroughly appropriate term. The vision of a dystopian world is mere happenstance to what is affecting people's minds. To thoughts and feelings people carry every day; now released as once fenced minds crumble.

Adriens' writing is smooth, accessible and intelligent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea... perhaps not fully realised 2 Aug 2013
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A great Sci-Fi premise: suddenly, for no discernible reason, almost everybody stops being able to sleep, permanently. Society gradually fractures, infrastructures begin to collapse, people start going crazy as their bodies begin to shut down; normality is replaced by chaos. This sequence is narrated through the eyes of Paul, an etymology nerd who is one of the few who still retain the ability to sleep.

Themes include the power of cults, suggestion and what people are capable of doing/being in extreme situations, thereby presenting us with the ugly sides of civilisation.

What I enjoyed most and found interesting is Paul's etymological expertise (which becomes very important to the plot)- the novel is peppered with old-fashioned, out-of-use words.

I wasn't completely satisfied with the book; I think I would have preferred a third-person account with some authorial explanation as to why it happened and what happens next. Although first-person does help to increase the tension, as it was, there were too many mysteries. It is, as far as I am aware, an original concept, but I wasn't quite convinced, maybe because there wasn't enough detail, so I wasn't as scared or disturbed as I think I was meant to be. Ultimately, I didn't care overly much about the character or the book, which certainly wasn't `unputdownable', but that may be just me! :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty 26 Dec 2012
Nod is a novel that only comes around every five to ten years. It takes that long for a writer to create a piece of fiction that actually has something say and is unique. Nod is that book. It tells the tale of Paul who finds himself an unlikely prophet after his manuscript on the etymology of words becomes a surrogate bible to a city who cannot sleep.

Vancouver is the backcloth to this insomnia epidemic, one that has gripped nearly every one of its inhabitants, save for a few individuals, like Paul, who go by the collective noun Sleepers. The Awakened are zombie-like insomniacs shuffling around the city, wanting sleep, slowly going crazy and dying, or killing themselves just to fall into eternal darkness. One of these Awakened is a local vagabond called Charles, known by Paul, who comes into possession of the manuscript, and as such, sees himself as a sort of apostle, a person who believes within the construct of its words and phrases hides hope, a kind of instructional manual for a new world. Charles convinces the Awakened that this disease is only to purge the world of society's flotsam, and that soon, there will be a uprising, a new beginning, and the Nod manuscript will govern their lives forevermore. The destruction and breakdown of civilization is only part of the story, a necessary sacrifice to deliver a narrative rich with religious, ethic, and philosophical dichotomies, in particular, "good and evil". The desire of sleep is the catalyst to behavioural explosions where being morally positive is consumed by the morally negative.

Adrian Barnes has successfully delivered a very simple dystopian story here; a nation in the throes of panic, frenzy, poverty, collapse and psychosis.
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The story was good but it was written in an extremely pretentious way. The metaphors used to describe simple situations were complicated to the point of being very irritating and... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars very well written
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Published 4 months ago by caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars It left a bad taste but...............
One of the oddest books I have read this year, but the plot line leaves you thinking. What if everyone lost the ability to sleep? How long before the world descended into chaos? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Helen Highwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but addictive read
Very readable and hugely entertaining. Thought provoking and left me wanting so much more. The fascinating mind of a good story teller.
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