The… love child of The Matrix, Jaws, and The Da Vinci Code.
– Mark Haddon
I’m going to go ahead and say that that is an accurate description for this. Steven Hall’s novel is one of the weirdest, wildest, most clever books I’ve ever read. And that is no exaggeration.
Eric Sanderson wakes up facedown on the floor. He does not know where he is, or who he is. He finds a letter, telling him to call a shrink who can give him answers. The letter is addressed to him, from him.
Eric visits Dr. Randle to try and make sense of his memory loss. She tells him he’s in a fugue state, due to a trauma. He was making progress, but had a relapse. Or, more accurately, eleven relapses.
Letters keep arriving from the First Eric Sanderson, trying to explain what’s going on. Eric learns that he is being hunted by a Ludovician– a conceptual shark who is preying on his mind.
Eric sets out with his cat, Ian, to find Dr. Trey Fidorous, the only person who may be able to rid him of the shark. Along the way, he encounters Mr. Nobody, a girl named Scout (who bares a striking resemblance to the girlfriend Eric lost in Greece), and he travels through unspace.
This is a seriously wild ride of a book. It makes you think, and it makes you wonder what may be hiding in unspace. There’s humor, and love, and a huge dose of conviction. There’s even a flip book.
Without a doubt, this is an original. And a good one.