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Occupy Me Paperback – 10 Nov 2016
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Occupy Me keeps the pages turning and the wheels of thought whirring. It's a psychedelic experience, a wacky tapestry of an idea (SFX)
this is science-fiction at its most surreal...the premise is brilliant (The Daily Mail)
It's completely bonkers, incredibly brave and well worth exploring at ease. Occupy Me is bound to be one of the literary treats of 2016 so make sure you don't miss it. (Upcoming 4 Me)
Conspiracies galore, questions about the nature of identity, brilliant evocative writing never detract from the unceasing pace of Sullivan's, a past Arthur C. Clarke Ward winner, futuristic fantasy thriller. Heralds a major new series (Lovereading.co.uk)
Sullivan uses the tired tropes of paranormal fantasy and high-tech SF to explore ideas of morality and identity, and has produced a work of startling originality (The Guardian)
Occupy Me is very funny and highly unusual, not least of which is having a main character who isn't just an angel, but a middle aged, black lesbian. It's highly imaginative, difficult to categorise, and frequently bizarre. But what it has done is inspired me to go and read Sullivan's other work because like Lauren Beukes, her stories certainly stand out out from the pack. (Fantasy Book Review)
Occupy Me is a lot of fun to read, there are so many concepts and ideas thrown into the mix and yet it all works really well. The character interactions can be hilarious at times especially when they are trying to explain away the fantastic or when they are at cross purposes to each other. Tricia Sullivan has written a vivid story that is absorbing from start to finish. (Flickering Myth)
This is truly subtle, masterful writing that has so much to offer...I thoroughly enjoyed it, I'm a sucker for fiction that forces a reader to think. (The Eloquent Page)
Possibly Sullivan's best work yet and I#m hoping to see it featured on awards shortlists. (INTERZONE)
A search not for who you are but what you are and a stunning revelation about the Universe and our place in it. Shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award.See all Product description
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The plot felt very disjointed and I struggled for a lot of the book to have a clear grasp on what was really going on, in addition to that the characters all seemed so much out of reach, I could not connect with any of them. It had moments where it would really shine, then it would just slide again and I was confused and finding it too much hard work. Darn shame as I really liked the sound of the plot. I think this book needed more simplicity, maybe too much was going on. I don't know. It just did not float my boat.
A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.
Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time. On the way we follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over.
And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.
One of the things that really stood out for me is that I got no sense that the main winged female character was even female! I got more of a masculine sense from the way it was written and I wonder what readers would think if they were not told she was female. I found that a bit weird.
Too much going on here and sadly only 3 stars from me, to be honest I nearly gave it 2 stars as I did not like it but bumped it up for some of the better moments in the book. I have no idea if others will like, love or dislike this book. It might be a mixed bag.
Thanks to Orion Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Initially I thought she was some sort of fallen angel – but that is far too predictable for Sullivan’s fervid imagination. She writes the unusual brilliantly with wonderful descriptions that are punchy and to the point. Just as importantly, there is a strong structure and causality underpinning her original take on what powers the universe. Wild it may be, but there is nothing loose or wafty about the theory behind her worldbuilding.
As for the main players in this story – while Pearl, the main protagonist, was my favourite by a long country mile, the cast of supporting characters also leap off the page. There is Dr Sorle, conflicted and suffering, who literally pulled in two directions; the corrupt dying plutocrat; and Alison, a stroppy vet. And in the midst of all this amazing story are regular shafts of humour – not jokes or comedy set pieces, but the kind of manic funniness that often occurs when we are pushed to our extreme.
This story grabbed me from the first page and wouldn’t get go – I was beguiled, challenged, amused and thoroughly entertained. Another outstanding read of 2017.
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