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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Appian Publishing (Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955224500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955224508
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,208,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul J. Newell was born in Somerset, England, an unsettlingly long time ago, and is the reader of dozens of aware-winning books. He decided to become a writer himself so that he didn't have to get up so early in the morning. The Turning was his first attempt at a novel and was considered almost unanimously as really not that bad. After running out of friends and family to coerce into buy it, he decided it was time to write another book. And after a couple of years' procrastination, he immediately set the cognitive wheels in motion. Altered States was the result of that motion, and was considered even better than The Turning. The author has also published a series of short stories, titled the Manuka Experiments, and is currently working on his third novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Brown on 25 Mar. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a departure from my standard reading fodder - I was guided to it by a meeting with the author on the train - but I was glad of the literary detour. It is a fast-paced and eventful read, full of ideas and candid reflections by the protagonist, Lleyton. The backdrop to the story has elements of science fiction, which are well-done and not unbelievable, like today's world but with present-day technology on steroids. The main thread of the plot, though, comprises an investigation into a string of disappearances, in which Lleyton is both implicated as a suspect and becomes involved in investigating himself. His personal detective work carries him on a journey that takes in a broad range of people and situations from his past and present, and the story takes shape engagingly.

The levity with which Lleyton narrates the story sometimes belies the ambitious theories on higher themes which he expounds, on occasional asides. However, the deep insights that these musings give us into his brain are revealing, whether as a reader you coincide with them or not. His voice is somewhere between British and American, possibly a hint that, at the time the book is set, American cultural influence has further extended its reach, something that is left as a matter for speculation.

It's a light-hearted yet thoughtful mix of science fiction and crime. Quite a unique combination in my reading experience, and it was a nice companion during the time I spent with it. A fun read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Guldbrandsen on 26 Dec. 2014
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The link between this world, and the world as described in this book are close enough that you can imagine such a society in the future - but far enough away that it requires some imagination. The author likes to use unorthodox descriptions, often in an obscure or dark manner, but the result is always entertaining. This book is not something you can, or should, read in one go - despite a doable length. Rather, you will often find yourself stopping to think about some of the remarks made in this story. The book is only 260-some pages, but much longer if you read between the lines.
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By happyswan on 6 Jan. 2014
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i tried to get into this book, but the writer kept drifting off, too much detail.not my type of book.i like it to grip me in the first chapter.
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By Zoe on 1 Mar. 2014
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Readable and an interesting idea but predictable in the rather rushed end. Will probably read another by the same author though.
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