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Wolves [Paperback]

Simon Ings
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13 Nov 2014

The new novel from Simon Ings is a story that balances on the knife blade of a new technology. Augmented Reality uses computing power to overlay a digital imagined reality over the real world. Whether it be adverts or imagined buildings and imagined people, with Augmented Reality the world is no longer as it appears to you, it is as it is imagined by someone else.

Two friends are working at the cutting edge of this technology and when they are offered backing to take the idea and make it into the next global entertainment they realise that wolves hunt in this imagined world. And the wolves might be them.

A story about technology becomes a personal quest into a changed world and the pursuit of a secret from the past. A secret about a missing mother, a secret that could hide a murder. This is no dry analysis of how a technology might change us, it is a terrifying thriller, a picture of a dark tomorrow that is just around the corner. Ings takes the satire and mordant satirical view of J.G. Ballard and propels it into the 21st century.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057511987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575119871
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"Ings' return to full-throttle SF is a cause for celebration. His gift for edgy slipstream fiction makes comparisons with both JG Ballard and William Gibson apposite. Bleak, brutal and uncompromising . If there's any justice in the world it'll win awards."4.5 star review (Jonathan Wright SFX 2014-01-01)

a moving take of the movers and shakers of technology. Overall grade: A (Patrick Hayes Sci-fi Pulse.Net 2014-01-13)

Simon pulls it off to a higher degree, if not quite fully-turning reality into alternative reality through Augmented Reality! (Mark Watkins Blast 1386 2014-02-07)

one of the key books of next year...a serious, ambitious and discomforting novel (Christopher Priest)

a murder mystery, with elements of horror, thriller and exploration woven through...Ings creates an incredibly vivid world which leaps out from teh page with shock...I loved this book (Fantasy Book Review)

One of the best books I've read this year...Ings is the sort of stylist who makes other writers touch the peaks of their caps in respect for his technical skill (Sibilant Fricative)

I confidently expect this book to feature on a few best of the year lists this time next year (I certainly expect it to feature on my list) (Paul Kincaid BullSpec.com)

Simon Ings' book is worthy of anybody's shelf especially if your humour level is of a wicked variety (Flickering Myth 2014-02-27) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A chilling literary dystopia for those who love Iain Banks and J.G. Ballard.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 April 2014
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Wolves is a brilliant novel. Simon Ings creates a world that is both human and stripped of humanity: a bleak vision of an unspecified future where all the human failings are the same as they are now, but the world is a technological nightmare and greed is at the centre of it. This story is part science fiction, part detective, and part horror. I felt wrenched by the end of it. I felt as if I’d been taken on a roller coaster ride blind folded. I’d read it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A writer at the height of his game. 5 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ignore the sci fi tag. This is not genre fiction. it is literary fiction of the highest class. Effortless, unselfconscious style which is fluidly poetic. You need to read every word. I was captivated from the first page. As for the setting, call it the future if you like, it felt very present tense to me.
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A new breed of postmodern Mad-Men are intent on smearing a commercial veneer across the digital mirror world accessed via our smart glasses, contact lenses, phones and (maybe) even remote nerve stimulation, but one of them has secrets of his own and nowhere real to hide them.

The future here may be augmented, possibly unreal, but Simon Ings has created a compelling truthful sense of the world in his return to science fiction. One that echoes with memories of Iain Banks' The Crow Road, with dark family secrets left unburied, and populated by the kind of restlessly ambivalent anti-heroes you'd expect to find in JG Ballard's contemporary disaster novels.

Fans of Ings' equally excellent Dead Water will find a much more controlled narrative at work here, with a single character perspective proving the best way to navigate (or misdirect) readers through an increasingly uncertain world, while new readers will find plenty of literary meat amidst the technological trappings to get their wolfish teeth into.
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I bought this book on the strength of a review in the Sunday Times which pitched it as a gripping thriller set in a dystopian future. If you squint very, very hard, you could describe it as that, but I wouldn't.

This book is so thoroughly detached from reality that I found nothing to engage with. The future it describes is (one presumes) England, but the writer deliberately removes all traces of the country we live in now. No place-names, no sense of how this near-future is arrived at. There is a war going on (apparently) but he doesn't tell us who's fighting. No war in history has ever had less impact on the country that fought it.

The characters wander round rather aimlessly and there is some very precious writing about their situation but very little sense of what they do, because nothing is named, no places are related to each other and everything just slides away.

Early in the book, there is some quite graphic sexual writing about the main character's girlfriend who has had a traumatic accident. You could say that it is an honest confrontation of the guilt felt when a loved one is disabled. You could also say that it is voyeurism of the worst sort. I'll let you decide.

I stopped reading this book and I've only left this review because I didn't start reading it until after it was too late to get a refund. My bad.

Finally, this book is written in the present tense, for no good reason that I can see. All writers who persist in this affectation should be forced to declare it in their blurb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it 22 Feb 2014
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Early on while reading this I was tempted to put it to one side and try another book. But I stuck with it and am so glad that I did. It builds wonderfully and has a great ending. But the final third I found it almost impossible to put down.
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