Wednesday, January 4, 2017

#3: Normal by Warren Ellis

A consultant who forecasts the future loses his mind, and ends up in a sanitarium with others in the same profession; but when another patient disappears, he has to try to put the pieces back together in Warren Ellis' Normal.

I have followed Ellis' comic-book writing for a long time, and have always found his work interesting and frequently challenging; his previous novels follow the same vein.   

Normal is a bit different, in that it was first serialized through Amazon Kindle, and later published in a slim volume (which I checked out from the New Castle-Henry County Public Library).  It is thematically a shade different as well, presenting as a locked-room mystery at the outset, and then later plumbing the near-future depths of authors like Cory Doctorow and Bruce Sterling (although perhaps with a slightly bleaker outlook).

I am always curious to know where Warren Ellis is going next, and when recommend this to readers of the offbeat.

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