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An everyday tube journey?
on 20 June 2000
I will never be able to travel the underground again, without thinking of this book!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to tap into every one's thoughts around you? To know not only know who they are but what they are thinking at that very moment? Wouldn't it be fun? Well read 253 and you can. Geoff Ryman has taken an incredibly obvious idea for a story and turned it into a piece of amusing, fascinating, and often moving work of fiction. You find yourself traveling with these poor souls, not just along the Bakerloo line to Elephant and Castle, but also through their colourful, intricate and twisty lives. Although it's not a flowing novel, Geoff has managed in few words (253 exactly for each character) to provide a synopsis of each person, their thoughts, emotions and other relevant information. As you tumble towards the final destination, you begin to realise you have seen all these characters at some time on the tube yourself! My personal favourite being "Who?" With an unexpected conclusion for all involved, 253 is well-planned and intriguing book that captures your imagination and plays havoc for your next journey on the wondrous London Underground.