£9.99
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Optical Effects of Li... has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Optical Effects of Lightning Paperback – 29 Jul 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£9.99 £11.39
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£9.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907954112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907954115
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,904,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Sarah Kember has written a gothic tale for the 21st
century in this intense fusion of vitalism, science,
and sibling emotion ... a very ambitious and
thought-provoking book! --Professor Sue Thomas, author of 'Correspondence' and 'Hello World: travels in virtuality'

From the Publisher

An unconventional gothic tale of vengeance and obsession.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 10 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
This intelligent and original novel is almost certainly bound for cult status. The author, S. Kember, who is already a respected academic writer and cultural commentator on photography and artificial life (among other scientific/technological topics) has applied considerable wit and knowledge to bear upon a novel that is as unorthodox as it is gripping. If you like Wilike Collins, Stephen Hawking, Bram Stoker, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes or the Steampunk mystique of technology, you will love this book.
Comment 5 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
It is very rare indeed to pick up a new novel and find elegance, innovation, surprise, suspense, literary genius, and such good, good, good writing. This is a mystery and an experiment, but written with such discipline and craft and outstanding skill in story-telling that it has wide appeal. I was on edge throughout and my professional interest in the realities as well as the fictions of crime meant I was lapping up the inter-textual influences, references and glorious intermixing of genres as well as engaging so creatively with science and its weird and unsettling relationship with the human psyche. But this novel is not a pastiche. Sarah Kember has fashioned and executed a remarkable novel and represents a powerful new voice in literature. Somebody somewhere give her generous advance so we can have more to read please, or even better turn 'The Optical Effects of Lightning' into a film. In conclusion, I am happy to say this is a book I admire enormously and I feel truly enriched in being able to read it.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The book is innovative, dark and thrilling. The expert handling of a wide range of subjects/ideas, from nature and science to psychology to photography and architecture is impressive.

It was funny at times and I laughed and/or smiled far more than I might have expected to. The characters are compelling and complex, very hard to draw let alone give, sometimes bewildering and unsettling, life and motion to.

It is a very modern tale, including the subject of cloning, while the use of an email exchange is particularly well done. Yet, I also had a real sense of the old through the discussion of beliefs, gothic tradition, transformation/metamorphis.

A highly gripping and at times chilling read.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across this book on Amazon, liked the look of it and thought I would give it a go. I wasn't quite sure what to expect and at first it reads like a psychological thriller. As the tale unfolds it becomes so much more with ideas drawn from architecture, psychology, science and gothic undertones reminiscent of Shelly's Frankenstein all set in a modern context. Another feature of the book I liked are the links to WebPages created by the author, that really enhance the reading experience. This is not an easy read; it is not for the narrow minded or faint hearted and it will challenge you but the effort is well worth it.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended by a friend, who had in turn had it recommended. It is broadly the story of two brothers separated by a horrible accident, and then the search by one for the other.

To start with i was not sure what genre i was reading, but the lack of obvious classification only served to increase my enjoyment as I couldn't guess what was coming. The casebook style approach, the science, the architecture, psychology, real web links and of course, the end all contributed to a magnificent novel.

My only complaint is I wanted to read something else by the author and I can only find academic works.
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback