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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and imaginative
Set in a post apocalyptic USA, nothing is quite as it seems. Chaos, aka Everett, the main character cannot remember exactly who he is let alone what caused the break from the world before to the world now, and he cannot find satisfactory answers in Hatfork Wyoming, the dilapidated town populated with mutants where he has a position of some sort of oversight, so he sets of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only Flashes of Genius
I picked this up because I'd really enjoyed Lethem's "Gun With Occasional Music", "Motherless Brooklyn", and parts of "The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye". Unfortunately, this surrealist sci-fi road-trip never leads anywhere interesting. Chaos, the amnesiac hero, is on a quest to discover the truth of what what happened the world (we are given hints of alien attack,...
Published on 25 Sep 2003 by A. Ross


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and imaginative, 16 July 2010
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Benjamin (UK) - See all my reviews
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Set in a post apocalyptic USA, nothing is quite as it seems. Chaos, aka Everett, the main character cannot remember exactly who he is let alone what caused the break from the world before to the world now, and he cannot find satisfactory answers in Hatfork Wyoming, the dilapidated town populated with mutants where he has a position of some sort of oversight, so he sets of to find answers, taking with him a young mutant girl.

He may not find all the answers he's looking for, but along the way he does find love and hope, although it may not exactly match the dreams he's been having, the dreams that started his doubting.

In Amnesia Moon dreams and reality become confused in a sort of modern day Alice in Wonderland; funny, thought provoking and highly imaginative.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only Flashes of Genius, 25 Sep 2003
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A. Ross (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews
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I picked this up because I'd really enjoyed Lethem's "Gun With Occasional Music", "Motherless Brooklyn", and parts of "The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye". Unfortunately, this surrealist sci-fi road-trip never leads anywhere interesting. Chaos, the amnesiac hero, is on a quest to discover the truth of what what happened the world (we are given hints of alien attack, nuclear/biological holocaust, etc.) and his own identity. However, memory, time and truth seem to be totally subjective in this landscape and are somehow dictated and controlled by his dreams. The overwhelming subjectivity results in a surprisingly dull roadtrip, as he struggles to find himself in a world which makes no sense. As with some of Lethem's other work (especially his short stories), there are a some interesting ideas, flashes of genius writing, and the sense that Lethem doesn't know how to finish what he's started. Unless you're really into dreamlike surrealism, skip this one, 'cause Lethem's capable of much better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Putty Clock, 4 Feb 2003
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I've been a great fan of Lethem since I picked up Gun, With Occasional Music while travelling to Amsterdam. His ability to mix genres and make the absurd seem normal offers a refreshing, unique (and in this case - metaphysical) reading experience.
This story starts of with Chaos, a man who chooses to live in a multiplex cinema in a mutant town after the bomb has dropped. He and others in the town pick up the dreams of Kellog, who one day reveals that the bomb never did drop......
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3.0 out of 5 stars plotless, 13 July 2006
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An often hilarious, frequenty scary and totally mesmerising first few chapters (the McDonaldonians are genius) gives way to a story with no mcguffin and no explanation. Whilst guaranteed to provoke conversation, any of the explanations for what goes on that you and your fellow readers come up with will disappoint equally well. What started out looking like a scathing satire quickly becomes Alice in Wonderland nonsense, and none the better for it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quite odd and quite boring, 8 Jan 2010
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Andy Phillips (Leicestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this as I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi books and I found it in a second hand bookshop by accident. I'd never heard of it, which is unusual as I've read literally dozens of books in the genre, so it was immediately interesting. Unfortunately, the story didn't live up to my expectations.

My problem with the book isn't that it isn't what I expected as such, it's that the story makes no sense. It begins with a man called Chaos who lives in the projection room of an old cinema in a small Wyoming town. It appears that the tale is set some time after a nuclear war as food is scarce, there are lots of mutants in the town and everything is decaying (although they do have loads of petrol to drive cars somehow). It soon turns out that the nuclear war that all the citizens of the town think happened, actually didn't.

Chaos leaves the town with a young girl who is totally covered in fur in order to find out the truth about the disaster that has ruined the world, and also about his true identity. He visits a number of towns and each one has its own explanation and bizarre way of living. Nobody seems to remember exactly what happened, and people's dreams seem to shape reality around them.

This could have been quite entertaining, and bits of the book are. There are some great ideas, but a lot of really surreal stuff that I either didn't understand, or that was just a bit tedious. On top of that, there's not an ending in the traditional sense, which was frustrating. Not a massively enjoyable book for me, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly mental brilliance, 17 July 2003
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Firstly, to suggest this is a science fiction novel is to do it a disservice - I think that there are some echoes of Philip K. Dick, but this is more surrealism than sci-fi. It reminds me of the dream narratives of Leonora Carrington particularly. I think there's a little Kafka in there too.
The central themes are identity, reality and memory. As the tale progresses, the identity of the main character slips and slides as he tries to recover who he really is. Things are confused by the fractured nature of reality - you're left to wonder whether he's dreaming the whole thing, whether the dreams of others are mutating his reality - or whether the very nature of reality itself has broken down in some more 'real' sense. This is certainly a scenario in most Dick narratives - but I think Lethem handles it in a more sophisticated way.
I like this a lot - must go and seek out more of Lethem's work...
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