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A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon
Aug 01, 2017 | 352 Pages
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“This superb novel of light, glass and blood proves again that Jeff Noon is one of our few true visionaries.”
– Warren Ellis

“A disturbing and bizarre journey by one of the great masters of weird fiction.”
– Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time

“Every Jeff Noon novel is a wonderful, precious thing. These are bad times, and we need him more than ever.”
– Dave Hutchinson, British Science Fiction Association Award-winning author of the Europe series

“Manchester’s delirious prophet returns with scripture written in shadow and light.”
– Kieron Gillen, co-creator of The Wicked + The Divine

“Style has always been Noon’s strongest suit, and in creating the varied cityscapes of A Man of Shadows, his talent for hallucinatory imagery has found a perfect match. This book is absolutely drenched in arresting visuals.”
– Sam Reader for The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Noon has written a kaleidoscopic noir novel of dizzying dream logic.”
 Publishers Weekly

“[Noon’s] prose takes you to weird and scary places other novelists don’t go – a reminder why he’s so revered.”
– SFX: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine

“A fever dream of a tale about light, darkness, family, loss and time.”
– Scott Whitmore, Writer

“Surreal, dazzling, unusual and extraordinary – A Man Of Shadows will haunt you for a long time after turning that last page.”
– Liz Loves Books

“I loved the book so much its going in my must read again pile. 5/5*”
– The Dreamland Bookshelf

“I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would have recommended it just for the amazing world-building alone, however having fantastic characters and an excellent plot means that this is definitely a novel worth reading.”
– BrenhinesBooks

“Weird and creepy and very engaging.”
– Shadows of the Apt

“There’s a lot of imagination infused in the dime-store detective facade that brings complexities conceived through clever concepts and well thought-out plot devices which make A Man of Shadows a joy to read.”
– Just A Guy That Likes To Read

“A Man of Shadows is a quite extraordinary novel. Its world building is absolutely fantastic – intricate, complex, moody and disturbingly real. Dayzone and Nocturna are brilliantly visualised and would have been sufficiently impressive on their own but the skill of Jeff Noon astounds even further with his treatment of time.”
– For Winter Nights

“I really enjoyed this one, as well as a clever story with a great protagonist, it’s also an example of just how much Noon loves language. The descriptions, especially of the strange stuff are just a pleasure to read. If you’re a fan of China Mieville, Brian Caitling or Jeff VanderMeer this is one for you.”
– Stefen’s Books

“Wonderful and uniquely absorbing.”
– Starburst

“Noon takes the concept of time and plays with it from every possible angle.”
– Strange Alliances

“A vibrant, bizarre trip through the dark corners of the brain, ever so slightly out of the light.”
– Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“A truly original, extremely mind bending, speculative fiction/noir detective/weird book. Not for the faint of heart, A Man of Shadows will have you looking at the differences in time between different clocks in your home with growing suspicion.”
– Book Skill

“Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows is undeniably a work of art, and an engaging one. ”
– The 1000 Year Plan


Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 1994 for Vurt, listed in Lesher’s Best Novels of The Nineties [Vurt]
Winner of the 1995 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

“Noon is the Lewis Carroll of Manchester’s housing estates: eccentric, surreal, and ready to take everything to its most absurd conclusion. In Noon’s stories the cocktail of alienation, narcotics and gadgetry fizzes with energy.”
The Times

“To say that Jeff Noon is a talented author is like saying that Neil Armstrong has travelled a bit.”
Starburst magazine

“Noon is a fiercely urban writer. [He] reflects the energy of the rave generation: the hammer and  twist of the music, the language of the computer games addict and the buzz of technology.”
- New Statesman
“In his work, Noon ambitiously, constantly and effectively stretches the limits of language by creating completely innovative and new ways of telling stories, not just in terms of ideas but in the words themselves’
- City Life
“Noon’s blend of quirky ideas, striking prose and imaginative characterisations establishes him as one of the most original voices in imaginative fiction.”
–  Booklist

“A punk Aldous Huxley stringing together images and oddities to assemble an apocalyptic dreamworld.”

“Energetic and unconventional… A counter-culture adventurer.”
“Manchester’s answer to William Gibson”
Select Magazine

“Let’s call him the first of the psychedelic fantasists.”
- Time Out
“A writer who has managed to develop a very individual voice, mixing often lyrical dream-like language with the harshness of his image of a future society.”
- The Times
“Jeff Noon’s books are so good they should come with a government warning.”
- Jockeyslut

“A virtual wonderland.”
- Vanity Fair

“Humorous, horrific and wildly original… an imaginative masterpiece.”
- Library Journal
“Observes most of the conventions of cyberpunk fiction [yet] its imagery is insistently organic, and owes more to the underground pharmacology of the rave scene than to the world of hard wired chips and user interface.”
– New Yorker

“Intriguingly textured, reliably witty and inventive, Noon’s whirling purposeful fantasy packs a full whallop.” 
- Kirkus Reviews

“Fantasmogic and Pulpish.”
- Salon
“Weird as it is wonderful.” 
- London Times

“No review can do Noon’s writing justice: it’s a phantasmagoric combination of the more imaginative science fiction masters, such as Phillip K. Dick, genres such as cyberpunk and pulp fiction, and drug culture.”
- Amazon

“Cyberpunk at the cutting edge.”
- Maxim

“An imaginative and linguistic tour de force… an exquisitely grimy fable.” 
- The Independent
“The bizarrely logical world Noon creates with its touches of Orwellian satire and William Gibsonesque cybervision is truly original.” 
- Q Magazine

“Dark, edgy and decaying.”
- GQ
“Elegant, inventive, and funny.”
A wild hallucinatory ride through a nightmare/ dream vision of the twentieth century.”
– Locus

Needle in the Groove is where the mainstream of literature ought to be in the 21st century… seething, sexualised, chemically enhanced.”
- The Wire

Falling Out of Cars is part of Noon’s continuing revolt out of genre and into creative resistance against all traditional forms of fiction.”
- The Guardian

“There are echoes of Burroughs/Gysin’s cut-up method, surrealist automatic writing, and most prominently the Oulipo’s literature of constraint. An experimental work you can dance to.”
- Review of Contemporary Fiction

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