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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Beerlight
I'm consistently disappointed by the lack of attention given to Aylett's work, especially his Beerlight series, of which, as I understand it, NOVAHEAD is the last installment. Developed most effectively in ATOM and the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated SLAUGHTERMATIC, NOVAHEAD evolves the Beerlight aesthetic to new and weird literary heights. If ever an author attempted to...
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by D. Harlan Wilson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Aylett off the boil a bit
Sometimes the problem with reading a bit of Aylett is you aren't quite sure if you're getting lost because you can't keep up, or just because he lacks direction. This one I'm pretty sure was the latter - his usual cracking wit is in display but this one came across as style over substance. Plot seemed to be a bit of a minor inconvenience that was required to justify...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Beerlight, 4 Oct 2011
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D. Harlan Wilson (Dreamfield, Indiana) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Novahead (Paperback)
I'm consistently disappointed by the lack of attention given to Aylett's work, especially his Beerlight series, of which, as I understand it, NOVAHEAD is the last installment. Developed most effectively in ATOM and the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated SLAUGHTERMATIC, NOVAHEAD evolves the Beerlight aesthetic to new and weird literary heights. If ever an author attempted to leave postmodernism in the dust, or at least innovatively tweak the postmodern modality, Aylett is an untouchable touchstone. Every sentence in this novel - in some cases, every word - is an intricate mountain god waiting for the right sort of readership to decode it - and to revel in the process of decoding it. Aylett is truly singular in the contemporary matrix of literature - in mainstream circles, of course, but even in subcultural circles. At the same time, anybody, readers and writers in equal measure, would profit from a healthy exposure to his extrapolation of reality and lyrical waxing of language and meaning. There is NOBODY like Aylett, and NOVAHEAD is the culmination of his vision. In the absence of this book, you are neither a reader or a writer. You are, simply, there, dangling on the shorthairs of a goatee.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aylett off the boil a bit, 8 Feb 2014
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J. Beresford - See all my reviews
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Sometimes the problem with reading a bit of Aylett is you aren't quite sure if you're getting lost because you can't keep up, or just because he lacks direction. This one I'm pretty sure was the latter - his usual cracking wit is in display but this one came across as style over substance. Plot seemed to be a bit of a minor inconvenience that was required to justify wisecracks and monologues.

The whole beerlight thing seems to work better as shorts - Slaughtermatic and the Crime Studio were short and fast. At novel length it just seems to ramble.

It didn't actually suck, but speaking as a fan of the man's work, it didn't do his style much justice either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to miss Beerlight, 27 Jan 2012
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I'm very sad that if the blurb is to be believed, this is the last Beerlight story. I'd love to read more about The Fadlands and The Brotherhood.
Still, it's a gem of a novel, a lovely bizzaro noir-pastiche. I'd recommend reading "Atom" first, but it's hardly essential. As with any Aylett, it crams in a lot of language, weird epigrams and a few laughs. I only rated it 4 stars because I'm incredibly harsh and I wanted more Blince, I do recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, 10 Mar 2012
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Gilda Maurice "bookfiend" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I can't believe I only just discovered Steve Aylett. His writing is simply gobsmacking. I'm going to have to read everything by him now :-)
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