The Violent Century: The epic alternative history novel from World Fantasy Award-winning author of OSAMA - perfect for fans of Stan Lee Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013
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An emerging master." (Locus)
Young, ambitious, skilled and original. (Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige.)
He is a political writer, an iconoclast and sometimes a provocateur ... Osama is a remarkable and ambitious work. (China Mieville on Osama.)
Where do heroes come from? How are friendships made? What makes us human? These are the questions that Lavie Tidhar grapples with, in this story of friendship writ large upon a canvas that stretches from the 1930s to the present day, in a slightly alternate world where superheroes exists, but heroics mean different things to different people. Choices made in the second world war resonate down through a series of brilliantly detailed cold war scenes, ultimately wrestling with the idea of the self. This is a big, ambitious book that manages to deliver. (Glen Mehn http://glen.mehn.net/2013/08/100-word-review-the-violent-century-by-lavie-tidhar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=100-word-review-the-violent-century-by-lavie-tidhar)
vintage Lavie, and also I think his most fully accomplished novel yet. Nobody rides that fast-rolling wave separating schlocky pulp and serious literary sensibilities so deftly as Tidhar. He manages to make serious points about the benighted twentieth-century and its obsession with 'supermen' without ever letting the narrative slacken or the adventure pale. If Nietzche had written an X-Men storyline whilst high on mescaline, it might have read something like VIOLENT CENTURY. (Adam Roberts, author of Jack Glass blurb)
An alternative history tour-de-force. Epic, intense and authentic. Lavie Tidhar reboots the 20th century with spies and superheroes battling for mastery - and the results are electric. (Tom Harper, author of THE ORPHEUS DESCENT blurb)
Dig it, kats and kittens: THE VIOLENT CENTURY is a brilliantly etched phantasmagoric reconfiguring of that most sizzling of eras - the twilight 20th. Lavie Tidhar lays it out like a dystopian dog!!! This book has it ALL: time travel, political intrigue, hellacious history itself!!! You've got superheroes in the guise of regular humans, you've got World War II!!! Viva Lavie Tidhar - "The Violent Century" is a torrid tour de force!!!!! (James Ellroy)
Tidhar has written a fantastic novel... I can't wait to read Osama and anything else of his that I can get my hands on... Definitely recommended. (Civilian Reader)
A love story and meditation on heroism, this is an elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading. (Metro)
Provides an insight into what it takes to be human, and what can happen when we lay that humanity aside. It's a powerful novel, which will no doubt reward rereading. (Sci-Fi bulletin)
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The writer also has an extremely irritating style where speech is barely delineated from text, where often it is needlessly difficult to tell which character is speaking, and worst of all is the use of chapters which are thrown in for no apparent reason - no change of time line or character viewpoint or any other reason, just new chapter thrown in apparently at random
It's got the same hypnagogic style as Osama and the writing is every bit as good, but there's more plot here and one that stretches through the decades of the last violent century. We jump back and forward, move between wars and continents, but there's a deft hand at the wheel keeping everything on track and in balance and Fogg's story unfolds.
Given I'm not the greatest fan of the superhero genre, this worked very well for me because it's not an action-heavy powers-fest - but I doubt hardcore fans would have any complaint at this clever handling. This should appeal across the spectrum, from serious literary to serious geek, and it's good enough to hold it's head high wherever it's placed.
I didnt finish this one, got halfway then realised I was just not with it - The writing style just didnt click with me. HOWEVER the story concept is terrific, and I liked the characters. But the purely descriptive prose, with even the speech being written as description, as an example :
The other says, there's a girl in there, she can make fire. Clicks his fingers. Says, Like that. Must be handy Fogg says. The other shrugs. Takes a drag. Blows out smoke. Fogg,idly,makes it into tiny airships that burst apart. Girl in here she can spit at stuff. Break it. Like she's firing bullets, the other says around the cigarette.
just did not click with my reading brain. Do not let this put you off if you like the sound of the tale however - this is a purely subjective thing for me.. the next reader will adore it. There is nothing actually "wrong" with this book just was not for me.
Happy Reading Folks!
Sad superheros wrestling with their inner turmoil and the Nazis. A tad familiar but dose contain some vivid scenes.