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Gnomon
Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
From the widely acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World and Tigerman, a virtuosic new novel and his most ambitious book yet--equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle--set in a not-too-distant-future, high-tech surveillance state. In the world of Gnomon, citizens are ceaselessly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of 'transparency.' When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody during a routine interrogation, Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector, is assigned to the case. Immersing herself in neural recordings of the interrogation, she finds a panorama of characters and events that Hunter gave life to in order to forestall the investigation: a lovelorn financier in Athens who has a mystical experience with a shark; a brilliant alchemist in ancient Carthage confronting the unexpected outcome of her invention; an expat Ethiopian painter in London designing a controversial new video game. In the static between these mysterious visions, Neith begins to catch glimpses of the real Diana Hunter--and, alarmingly, of herself, the staggering consequences of which will reverberate throughout the world. Gnomon is a dazzling, panoramic achievement from one of the most original voices in contemporary fiction.
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eshchory
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My new morning read.
At 700+ pages I'm glad this is a Kindle rather than a dead-tree I have to lug along on my commute!

BookwormM One of my fav books ever hope you enjoy it 2w
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Oblomov26
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Upfront statement, I love Nick Harkaway as a storyteller, but this is by far his most baroque tale including a cast of characters such as the detective from a future surveillance state, a banker haunted by a god shark, an ancient alchemist, an artist who can walk through walls and a librarian who is more than she seems. An exploration of a state who has abandoned privacy for security and the implications of such a decision. Does it work

Oblomov26
as a story? Well mostly but I find myself still processing and trying to decide if the thread of the tales all tie together?
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BookwormM I absolutely loved this book 3mo
Oblomov26 @BookwormM I think I am reaching the same conclusion 3mo
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Kryckett
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My snuggle buddy seconds as a book stand.

We are catching a few hours of quiet time before the holiday insanity begins.

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lucylovestoread
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Loved my afternoon at the Edinburgh book festival yesterday. The children's bookshop tent was particularly exciting, as was the grown up tent! With a friend I went to a really interesting talk about Gnomon by Nick Harkaway and We See Everything by William Sutcliffe. Both are obviously intelligent, well read and thoughtful on the subject of surveillance, in both their own writing and the wider world. A lovely bookish day out!

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lucylovestoread
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A detective in an surveillance society tries to uncover what really happened to a woman who died in the custody of "the system".

I was on a deadline to read this as I'm attending an author event at the Edinburgh book festival. As such I probably read it at a faster pace than I normally would, which may or may not have helped with my comprehension. Chin scratching and confusing but intense, immersive, satisfying and an eerie look at what could be.

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Decalino
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In Gnomon, a detective investigates the death of a woman during a mental interrogation, a standard procedure in this near-future world of surveillance and constant monitoring by AI. Somehow the dead woman, Diana Hunter, has eluded the System, even inside her own mind. As the detective explores the narratives Hunter created, she comes to see her world in a new way. A big, complex, demanding and brilliant book.

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fmcgeough
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This is not okay. I do not consent. I do not consider the intrusion legitimate, and I do not accept the argument that it is in the interest of the nation as a whole, nor that If it were in the nation‘s interest that would make what is happening to me acceptable. Just because something is done according to the law does not mean that it is lawful.

RaimeyGallant Good quote, but I think 'moral' or 'ethical' would have fit better at the end, no? 2y
fmcgeough @RaimeyGallant it continues “law is made in the image of an ideal. One can make a law that does not reflect that image, and that law may be a law without being lawful.” I just ran out of steam on the quote. Great book. 2y
RaimeyGallant Thanks! 2y
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MatthewBurris
Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway

I always like the idea of Harkaway books but it‘s so hard to get past the beginning for me. I‘m past the beginning of this one but it‘s not coming easy.

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speljamr
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One more addition to the book shelf.

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Tonton
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The eternal dilemma: It is very late (2am) on Sunday night; have got 25 pages in Japanese to translate tomorrow; should I start this now?!?

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Liberty
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Day 3 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge: naked hardcovers! 💚🦈📚

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ElvinaGB
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Todays @torontopubliclibrary hold shelf haul. No one bother me this weekend.

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ThatElusiveFeeling
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A remarkably smart and entertaining read with a surprising and satisfying finish. It felt a bit long in places, but, oh so worth it.

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Nich
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400 pages in and I'm still really confused as to what is actually going on in this book.

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Faith175
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My first #24in48 !!! Late start because of work!!! Enjoying the latest Nick Harkaway! Simon does not seem pleased to be in the photo 😹😹

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Eyejaybee
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Booksnchill
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Ok 640 page book recommended by @Liberty and sitting right on a front shelf when I walked into the library for lunch, yes, I will check you out and take you home....we will take this journey. #IAlreadyHaveBooksToRead #AnotherTome #LibrariesRock

AlaMich I loved Angelmaker but have not read anything else by him. Angelmaker was delightfully daffy 😆 2y
Booksnchill @AlaMich This one just came out this week but it is a tome! 2y
BookwormM I loved this one it was my favourite book of 2017 it is very different 2y
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Bookworm-Bobbie
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Some one has just recommended this to me. It looks incredible!

Described as “a mind-bending Borgesian puzzle box of identity, meaning and reality in which the solution steps sideways as you approach it.”

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broomperson
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It's hard both to review and describe this one. It's a long twisty tale that folds in on itself. If that sounds interesting then you might like this, but I can also see people really disliking or just losing patience with it.

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jpmcwisemorgan
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Ok, I have no idea what is happening. There‘s a shark involved. I don‘t know if this is real or some whacked out dream sequence. Also, I have 600 pages to go before January 1 so I‘m not sure I‘m gonna finish this. Yikes.

readinginthedark 😂 Sounds like a party! (edited) 2y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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There‘s a part where a character contrasts an assassin to a murder detective and all I can think of is Sherlock and Moriarty. Is Harkaway #Sherlocked?

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jpmcwisemorgan
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I‘m reading this one now, got it from First To Read. A character is described as a bookish person. Thought y‘all would want to know.

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Minervasbutler
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Fantastically ambitious, complex and thought-provoking but confess I struggled to make it to the end. But overall worth the effort.

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This book is messing with my head lol

rabbitprincess I got this for my brother for Christmas with the selfish intention of borrowing it afterward 😈 2y
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Crash
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Merry Christmas to me🎄🎁🎄 Just came in the mail.

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quirkyreader
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My this was a rather interesting book. Here is the link to my goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2191781004.

Thank you @PenguinRandomCa @PenguinPublishing @penguinrandomhouse @penguinusa for the ARC.

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Oblomov26
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New Nick Harkaway, I have heard mixed reviews but I don‘t care because it is a new Nick Harkaway novel. Merry Xmas to me.

Bradleygirl Jealous! 👍 2y
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RedbagReadbooks
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RedbagReadbooks @Liberty I am getting this for my son.......but I may read it first 🤫🤯 2y
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quirkyreader
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The further I get into this book, the writing style reminds me of "House of Leaves". I keep asking myself "What In the heck am I reading?"

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quirkyreader
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Booksnchill I keep entering the #goodreadsgiveaway for this one- I look forward to your review! 2y
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Mariliel
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The satisfaction when your knitting matches your book.

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Mariliel
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New Nick Harkaway book arriving in the mail from England should justify taking the afternoon off work, right?

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AmyLarge
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This one beat me. I got 50% of the way through and gave up. Whilst an excellent premise, and the multiple narratives within it were fascinating, the choice of language was too overblown and convoluted to be truly enjoyable to me. Sadly, I get the feeling that this is an exercise in producing something frightfully clever, and it got bogged down in trying to do that in as complicated and inaccessible a way as possible. Not one for me, I'm afraid.

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OutsmartYourShelf
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This book is like a certain product made from yeast extract: you will either love it or hate it! It just wasn‘t for me. Rating:2/5.

I read an ARC, thanks to Netgalley and publishers Random House UK, Cornerstone for the opportunity. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.

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BookwormM
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This is one of my favourite books of the year I absolutely love 💕 it.

At 700 pages this is not a quick read but a read to ponder, enjoy and savour.

As a warning this will mess with your head

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BookwormM
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11 minutes or 1% left to go I want to know everything!! I don‘t want it to end!!

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BookwormM
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80% done and this is one of those books I want to read really fast to find out what happens and I want to read really slow as I don‘t want it to end.

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BookwormM
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Love the descriptions of London

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BookwormM
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Still loving this book still not sure I understand it 🤣🤣

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BookwormM
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A selection of quotes I am loving this book on so many levels, not sure I understand it but I love it 💕

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NeverendingTBR
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t read anymore it was frying my brain - I didn‘t know what was going on or who was who 😫😫 I hate DNF‘ing books but this is only my 4th

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BookwormM
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This book is sooooo weird but in a good way 🤣🤣

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Liberty
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WELL SLAP MY FACE AND CALL ME ZSA-ZSA. 😍😍😍😍

FountainBookstore Ok. I must know the cover designer on this one. 🤓 2y
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NeverendingTBR
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Just started this (received from #NetGalley for an honest review) - plot sounded intriguing so giving it a try

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Liberty
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Afternoon reading: I'm so happy, I could cry. 😍🦈🖤

jpmcwisemorgan The Gone Away World was cray-cray! I can‘t wait to hear what you have to say about this one. 2y
RanaElizabeth Come on, October 15! Cannot wait! 2y
RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 2y
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Tonton
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sprainedbrain This looks good! 2y
Tonton Planning to get it 2y
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