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Shamanspace [Kindle Edition]

Steve Aylett
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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What if god were found to exist? What if revenge were possible? Competing groups of assassins race to exterminate the creator, with young gun Alix the favourite. But conflict among the Edgemen sends Alix in pursuit of renegade shaman Quinas and a psychic splinter group. Waging multidimensional war, the edgemen travel through sidespace to confront at last the source of evil and hit back at a toxic universe even at the risk of ending it.

This short poetic novella is a dense, corrosive satirical trip. Unlike most Aylett books, there are very few humorous diversions. It's like having a bucket of spiked sherbet dumped into your skull.

Grant Morrison, creator of The Invisibles: “Imagine Gnosticism and Existentialism forced to fuck at gunpoint by a leering gang of vicious academics, or THE MATRIX choreographed by Samuel Beckett for MTV. Imagine assassinating the entire universe with just one bullet in the right place. SHAMANSPACE is as short, seductive and deadly as a bad midget in a shiny red coat. Aylett deals prose that belongs on the Class A drugs schedule and cruelly condenses two thousand years of dualist thinking into a fluorescent cocktail of cynical adventure. SHAMANSPACE explains why we're here, what it's all for, and why we shouldtry our best to kill it as soon as possible. If you've been waiting for someone to toss off a Bible for the 21st century, if you've been waiting for the kill order on rave culture and the chemical generation, if you've been waiting for the first great neo-modernist novelist of the new century ...your wait is now over.”


Praise for Steve Aylett:

“Distressingly brilliant” – The Guardian

“Frenzied and freewheeling” – Washington Post

“Aylett’s prose is like poetry” – The Independent

“A dizzying psychedelic rush” – The Times



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scar Garden Press (30 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073M81YU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #473,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Voice of the 21st Century 7 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Aylett's fertile and totally unique imagination does it again. God has been found to exist and the hunt is on to take revenge. Aylett is the natural successor to William Burroughs, J.G.Ballard and Michael (Jerry Cornelius) Moorcock. He is hitting the hip pulse of the planet and he gets better all the time. Put this at the top of your list. You won't regret it.
Lewis Carroll meets Salvador Dali and Raymond Chandler. Yes!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity Unleashed 13 April 2002
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A psychedelic romp through the etheric soul of eternity, ‘Shamanspace’ reads like a recipe for a psychotic episode of mass proportions. At long last we have proof that God exists and the race is on to take revenge on the supreme maker of life, death, and cheap whiskey. The edgeman Alix is the favored to win as he sidesteps through time and space on his quest to drive the bullet home. God is the target, Alix is the gun, and the stakes are high as the very existence of humanity perches on the cusp of oblivion. Steve Aylett has created a masterwork of speculative fiction written in a hybrid English perhaps best described as Cyberspeak. The book is fast paced and unrelenting and it keeps the reader riveted right to the last page. Read this book and prepare to be dazzled and dazed and altered on a cellular level. ‘Shamanspace’ isn’t so much taken in through the eyes as it is injected into the veins. This book is a drug delivered on a dirty needle. It will leave you mind-blown and wasted and craving still more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaman assassins 28 Oct 2013
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Some guys try to kill God. I won't tell you how many legs God has or whether they succeed - but this is astounding, densely packed, and, well, now all I have is clichéd review-phrases to follow up with.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your hard-earned coppers! 19 Dec 2004
By A Customer
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To put my credentials on the table -- I'm a fan of Steve Aylett. I like his writing style, and have enjoyed all his earlier stuff.
So I'm used to Aylett's books not being the easiest of reads. Usually they're well worth the effort. Shamanspace, however, is so opaque as to be unreadable. In fact, it's one of the few books I've ever thrown away out of disgust.
Usually Aylett's writing sizzles. In Shamanspace, every other line just falls flat. The line spacing and margins are odd to try to disguise the fact that the book is a bit light on actual content. Usually I read Aylett and get a feeling for how much work and effort he's clearly put into it. This felt as if it was knocked out in a weekend or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity Unleashed 13 April 2002
By Jesse B Ellyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A psychedelic romp through the etheric soul of eternity, `Shamanspace' reads like a recipe for a psychotic episode of mass proportions. At long last we have proof that God exists and the race is on to take revenge on the supreme maker of life, death, and cheap whiskey. The edgeman Alix is the favored to win as he sidesteps through time and space on his quest to drive the bullet home. God is the target, Alix is the gun, and the stakes are high as the very existence of humanity perches on the cusp of oblivion. Steve Aylett has created a masterwork of speculative fiction written in a hybrid English perhaps best described as Cyberspeak. The book is fast paced and unrelenting and it keeps the reader riveted right to the last page. Read this book and prepare to be dazzled and dazed and altered on a cellular level. `Shamanspace' isn't so much taken in through the eyes as it is injected into the veins. This book is a drug delivered on a dirty needle. It will leave you mind-blown and wasted and craving still more.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightspeed Amber Spyglass 25 April 2002
By peter wild - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My (limited) understanding of what transpires within Shamanspace goes (something) like this: there is a God (who resembles �a titanic black insect floundered on its back at the centre of an infinite nerve net, fiddling a million legs amid the ferocious stench of vomit and scorching wires�), and there are forces at work (opposing forces known as the Prevail and the Internecine) who wish to destroy God (by entering his ethereal body like an ethereal virus and detonating his ethereal heart).
Aylett explains (in the epilogue, after the trip is over, as you come down): �The splinter group known as the Prevail � formed by those who considered that god was a thing separate from its works, and that the universe would persist after god�s assassination � began a series of splinter skirmishes against the Internecine (or, as they began to call us, the �ashers�) which soon became a full cult war . . .�
The book begins with Melody and Sig (a kind of teacher and pupil) discovering Alix (a mythical, semi-legendary being now white-haired and golden-eyed) in an abandoned (house?). Alix tells them how he got there over the course of the novel: basically, there was an attempt upon his life, he fled to Paris (or rather he valved to Paris, spilling like hot metal across what William Gibson would probably call nodal points) where there was a second attempt on his life (a mad chase across the city, endless valving and spuming and blurring, phantoms spilling in and out of gutters and grouting); he is captured, betrayed, freed and escapes to make his attempt upon the life of God. I don�t think he succeeds (but I�m willing to be convinced otherwise).
As with William Gibson, it is not always clear what is going on (you cling to the words, despite the fact that the words sound like metal bees clunking against the insides of your bucket head), and there are times when you lose yourself (the book spirals up and away into some abstract place, rehearsing the relationship between hot air and smoke) yet still you read.
I�m not entirely certain as to why (but maybe it�s because this is a reading experience you do not control, this is reading experience as intoxicant, reading experince as trip).
If the idea of a trip in the company of Burroughs or Gibson (or Chris Morris, at times) in which you are propelled through the action of The Amber Spyglass at lightspeed doesn�t fill you with terror, this is the (book?) for you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aylett tackles eternal issues 5 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this mind blowing novel, Alix, a metaphysical assassin tells us about his attempt to kill God. Alix, his allies, and his opponents are all capable of moving etherealy through time and space, and this makes for some interesting action. Aylett's prose is eloquent but stripped down, so it is occasionaly hard to see what he's saying, but worth the effort. Aylett draws on a number of scientific, philosophical and spiritual traditions to create this world, and the questions that this book ispires are deep ones. The book is short and the print is large so this is a quick read. If you like books that deal with the metaphysical in an unusual way, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your brain for breakfast? Consume this one for the taste. 19 April 2003
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you like to have intense visualizations when you read books, this book is great. At times this book reads like one giant metaphor, but it is impressive and entertaining. The orginality and creativity factor used in the writing is really high. If you like Jeff Noon, Chuck Palahniuk, and the Matrix, definitely check this book out. You'l read it, tell soemone you just got your mind blown away, tell all of your friends about it, and then read it again. Get it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 Jun 2005
By Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recently reread this book and loved it. I didn't like it the first time. But I felt like I was missing something and gave it another shot. I'm glad I did.

It seems like I have to be in a particular mood to enjoy an Aylett book, and this one more than the others. It's drastically different from his other work: no jokes on every page, no over the top wackiness. This is a serious book and it reads like a modernized version of an epic poem. I would really like to read another book of this kind from Aylett. The prose is marvelous.
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