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The Quiddity of Will Self [Kindle Edition]

Sam Mills
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The ghost of a beautiful young woman, Sylvie, hovers outside the window of Will Self's study. She is seeking to influence his latest novel, before she can rest in peace.

Sylvie was a member of the WSC - a mysterious cult of charismatic writers who appear to worship Will Self. When Richard, a twenty-something idler and literary wannabe, discovers Sylvie's dead body he gets sucked into their dark world of absinthe, cloaks and bizarre initiation rites, slowly losing his sense of perspective on the strange events that encircle him. What is the true nature of the WSC? What did they do to Sylvie? And does Richard now face a similar fate?

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Glimpses of genius. (Daily Mail)

'an ingenious, energetic read, admirable for the verve and macabre imagination with which Mills pursues her quarry' (Sunday Times)

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A quirky, comic literary novel for fans of original fiction and Will Self.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1245 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RZB7LE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quiddity 13 July 2012
Sam Mills is clearly an ambitious author. In The Quiddity of Will Self, she has taken on the dangerous task of paying a kind of twisted homage to an author who is known for his unique and often gruesome plot designs and his `sesquipedalian' prose (as many of Mills' characters like to describe it). Will Self is painted in many ways throughout the book, most notably as a God-like figure whose innate 'whatness' is a constant source of inspiration for the bizarre and often deranged characters that she has created. The good news is, that Mills clearly has the talent to match her ambition, and by her own admission spent nine years sculpting this engaging, intelligent and thought-provoking piece. And it shows; each sentence is carefully measured and considered, at no time looking to imitate Self, but one gets the sense that his literary influence has had much the same effect on the author as it has on her characters.

TQOWS is part detective story, part science fiction wet-dream and part philosophical tome, as it deeply and intelligently explores the essence or 'quiddity' of the creative mind. There are some wonderfully inventive plot lines, story threads and conceptual happenings, along with a string of fresh and unique metaphors (which Mills herself appears to justify her love for in the final part of the book). The crowning glory of the book, however, in this reader's opinion, is the thread of philosophical gold that runs through the piece, painting the creative process as an internal essence that if harnessed, would throw the minds of those unfamiliar with artistic greatness into complete chaos. Prof.
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5.0 out of 5 stars seriously recommended 19 April 2012
Do you and your friends get together regularly to bemoan the lack of bite and energy in current fiction? When you read articles about the cowardice of publishers do you find yourself howling that these bastards are ruining your life? Do Barnes, Amis and Jacobson get on your tits? In a review do the words 'edgy', 'biting' 'intellectual' 'informed' 'weird' 'challenging' 'imaginative' draw you to a book? Between the covers does it make you happy to see 'hacceity' or 'transmogrification'? How about 'quiddity'?

If your answer is 'yes' to all these questions (and it should be)then Sam Mills' first novel for adults is for you. It shows more range in character and voice than anything you have read in the past five years. From the title (and some reviews) you may think it sounds like a high concept novel but, in fact, it is packed with ideas. The Self conceit is used to explore issues of gender, sexuality, identity, power and creativity in ways of which WS himself would be proud. 'The Quiddity Of Will Self is clever, funny, dangerous and sexy. It is also an intensely moving book (the final pages of Mia's section are beautifully executed and heartbreaking)that does not manipulate the reader's emotions. Sam Mills never confuses hacceity and quiddity. Read this and neither will you. Hoograh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Member at the Will Self Club 20 May 2013
By Diandri
I read this over the weekend & loved it. Wasn't surprised really because I've read most of Will's books over the years & find them deeply satisfying in a number of ways. There's a wonderful paragraph in Sam Mills book (page 58 in the paperback version I think) which beautifully sums up the impact a writer can have on a reader & the challenge that writers should offer; not every author should be a Dan Brown or a Lee Child & I thank the stars that Will Self and Sam Mills are out there thinking about obscure and odd things & using language that I had to resort to a very THICK dictionary to locate.

Quiddity made me laugh out loud & reach for my notebook to write some of it down. I love it, Will Self should be grateful it will probably bump up his own booksales & a comparison to Being John Malkovich for books was not an inapt comparison.

Should there really be a Will Self Club out there I'd join in a flash........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Will Self this is a 'must read' 29 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was rather blown away by this book. I generally enjoy Will Self (in a casual rather than obsessive way), but I couldn't imagine how this book would work until I saw it. Essentially it takes elements found in Self novels and uses them to satirise the publishing industry, those who market it and those who follow it. Self appears as both man and myth and characters fruitlessly try to capture his essence.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hasn't read any Self, or isn't at least familiar with him from his tv/radio appearances, or to anyone who likes their books to be straightforward and rational. On the other hand, if you know what you're getting into; you're keen to try something unusual and imaginative and you're not squeamish about bodily fluids, you really shouldn't miss it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 16 Oct. 2013
By Mimo
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first time I am reading Sam Mills and I must say I am very impressed. She has a fan here. The writing is so amazing that after a certain point I stopped trying to figure who did it and just read for the sheer pleasure of beautiful prose. I will be looking out for her other books. Well done, Samantha.
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