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Signs of Life Paperback – 20 Apr 1998


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New edition edition (20 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006546048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006546047
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Imagine Reservoir Dogs scripted by Alan Bennett and you will have some idea of the flavour… superbly realized.’
The Times

‘Remarkable… Signs of Life is a glorious hybrid, mixing elements of science fiction and literary art into a striking fable that reads like little else currently on bookshop shelves. His dystopian view of a Britain running riot with unregulated biotechnology is truly frightening.’
Sunday Times

‘Brilliantly sustained. If you’ve never discovered M. John Harrison, now’s your chance. Far too long the most underrated writer of his generation, he’s one of the best we’ve got.’
Time Out

‘Like all good literature, Harrison’s stories are worth reading again and again; the more you read, the more you understand.’
Iain Banks

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A literary novel of the highest order, a vivid, unblinking look at life and love in the 80s from a hugely influential and talented author --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Davis on 30 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If I had the money I would put a copy of this book in every hotel room in the world. It is a book that contains such fine writing everyone should get a chance to read it.
John M Harrison is a writer at the top of his trade; his use of prose is sublime. Somehow he can convey in four or five words things most writers struggle to tell you in a whole paragraph.
The three main characters are as if written by Picasso bold confident outline with the details rendered minimally but the resulting portrait is more powerful than the most detailed word pictures.
The story is about life love rejection rebirth, I have read this book countless times and the emphasis of the story changes every time I read it.
This is a fine book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
This extraordinary story weaves its way from genre to genre--romance, thriller, sf and horror novel--to tease out the dreams, feelings, failures and inner realities of the narrator and his friends. In the west we long ago lost the distinction between the words "dream" and "aspiration": M John Harrison uses the new biotechnology to show very clearly that the two words are not synonymous. If you like a book that delights in *being* a book; if you like a book that thinks; if you want to know what the novel is going to be like in the next millenium; if you'd like to see how it's possible to write a horror-sf-women's romance for men: read this.
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By A Customer on 5 May 2001
Format: Paperback
The only stories to match Moorcock's in the Jerry Cornelius collection The New Nature of the Catastrophe are M. John Harrison's, written in the early 70s. While Harrison was using a technique borrowed from Moorcock, he was still using it to promote his own ideas. If anyone thinks this book lacks substance, I suggest they check out Harrison's Cornelius stories. They will find recurring obsessions if not the depth of this novel. Harrison is a fine, substantial writer with a long career, in which he has matured and expanded his range. This is not his best work, but it is better than 99% of anything else I've found so far! In England, I mean, not here!
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Format: Paperback
Slapdash irresponsible scientists, criminally negligent couriers, corruption, exploitation and cruelty - these are just the bits sticking up out of this murky water. The impossibility of realising dreams, the impossibility of accepting that, the responsibilities of love and the absence of spirit - these may be lurking underneath, but it is hard to see in this bad light. Perhaps you had better put your own head under and decide for yourself. Be careful: the water's cold.
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By ThinkerBoy on 3 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Harrison draws his characters with the intensity and one-pointedness of Disney enamel; the lifedirt collected under fingernails and the fierce clarity of the last thing you punched. His plots wind like Mobius strips and build from prose engineered like a Brunel bridge. If you want to write well, put down your pen and read Harrison first.
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