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Normal: A Novel | Warren Ellis
A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near futureby an iconic visionary writerSome people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks. For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the "abyss gaze" takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest. When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis's Normal, Dearden uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the futureand the past, and the now.
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JackieSmith
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What are the consequences of our actions? (Yes, this is Warren Ellis the comic writer.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Quasifesto
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Normal by Warren Ellis
Recommended to me by a friend that knows I consider myself an armchair futurist. This friend is a huge Ellis fan. I‘m not. That said, it‘s a good read. Not great, but imaginative and gritty - and short. Originally serialized in 4 parts, the reader needs to stick with it until the end for any real payoff. Recommended to speculative fiction fans and conspiracy theorists.

LauraJ Sometimes I love Warren Ellis, other times, not so much. I liked this one too. The characters stuck with me. 14mo
Quasifesto @LauraJ Ellis is mean and doesn‘t always punch up. I often feel like he‘s just shitting all over everything because it amuses him. 14mo
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Avanders
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A cerebral, philosophical, thought-provoking little romp through a sort of dystopia in which the savers and the planners of our world, who perhaps gaze too far into the "what ifs", are sequestered in an asylum of sorts, and then are forced to deal with an extreme "wth" when a fellow brainiac disappears and a man-sized pile of bugs (yes, bugs) is left in his wake. I enjoyed this. Though it's not horror, as I was led to believe ?. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Avanders That being said, should I send it along w The Atrocities for #HGPBC? Or Fever Dream? Or neither? @bookish_wookish @Bookishgal71 @Whodunit85 1y
Bookishgal71 If it‘s not horror, then I would skip it. 1y
Avanders @Bookishgal71 now that I've read it, that's what I was thinking.. I didn't want to promise and not deliver though 😜 1y
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CoffeeCatsBooks Love both your pillows! 🐳 🐙 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love those pillows!! I adore anything with whales! 1y
Bookishgal71 The whale pillow is pretty amazing! 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love those pillows. 💙🖤 1y
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kelseynicburke
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emilyhaldi Ooooh a “techno-thriller”! I didn‘t know there was such a genre! 2y
Reviewsbylola Haha me neither! @emilyhaldi 2y
Mdargusch New for me too! 2y
Cinfhen Cool ❣️ 2y
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kalinichta
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My current reading view.

I've got those can't-settle-on-a-book blues. Currently seeing if Warren Ellis can bring me some relief.

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kelseynicburke
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vivastory I need to read this. I loved his book 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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Working on filling the new bookcase! #litsypartyofone

Tamra Bet it won‘t take long! 2y
RealBooks4ever @Tamra The ones you see here are just some of the books I've gotten this year. They were in towers in the living room! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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TheTallented
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It's official - I've started my TBR pile for the #24in48 read-a-thon next weekend! This will be my 3rd time, I haven't made it to the 24 hour mark yet but 3rd times a charm right?!

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Briannas_Books
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Happy Friday y'all! What's your favorite Sci-fi book or series? Mine is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm currently reading Normal, a science fiction book by #warrenellis that I received in #thenocturnalreaderabox #normal #scifi





#2017bookchallenge
#newbooks #oldbooks #Booklove #bookstagram #sciencefiction #bookphotography #hygee #cozy #bookworm #booknerdigans #bibliophile #readingmom #bookishmom #momswhoread #TNReads

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CaseyMoore
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This is a short, but dense read. I would say don't read this book if you are depressed, but I am not sure if there is really any mood right to read it in. I enjoyed, but just know you have been warned and the future is not a good place.

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LauraJ
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This book is fun! Geopolitical and geoengineering analysts develop "abyss gaze", a mental illness of depression and paranoia that forces them into an inpatient psychiatric program at Normal Head. This dark, funny, and on-the-mark dystopian creepiness from Warren Ellis is just what I needed.
#dystopian

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LauraJ
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Doing a little cat sitting with Cyka after some retail therapy. #LitsyAtoZ #G

RadicalReader @LauraJ nothing better than spending an evening with a cat 3y
Tanzy13 🐱 3y
DebinHawaii What a sweet face! 🐱❤️ 3y
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
Mimi28 Aaaawww!!! 😻😻 3y
LauraBeth I love your cat's face 😻😻 3y
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bhoggard
Normal: A Novel | Warren Ellis

“Did you know,” Clough continued, in a broken voice, “that more than half of the top nought point one percent—not the One Percent, the Nought Point One Percent—of the highest-paid people in America are financial professionals? Tits. I‘m telling you. Draining the brake fluid out of a spinning machine that‘s going to shred the planet. I‘m a fucking economist, me.”

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Peterdamien
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A very short book which, like a TARDIS, is a lot bigger on the inside than it seems. Very clever, albeit with lots of worrying talk about the future. Pardon me while I blow up the internet and hide in the hills now...

Theresa I love that description- like a TARDIS! 3y
vivastory I checked this out today. Looks like a good quick read for the weekend. 3y
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Peterdamien
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Tonight's book is very small, but I've been really looking forward to it. The first line is "hand over the entire internet now and nobody gets hurt". How can it not be a winner?

Marchpane Great first line, I'm intrigued. 3y
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MatthewBurris
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"Abyss gaze" is being added to my lexicon

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FreshMutton
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This was a great. It felt like an episode of that old British sci-fi show The Prisoner. It's also a frightening glimpse into what our future and the nature of privacy could and probably will be.

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RealBooks4ever
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Just picked up today!

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joe_hill
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My very good fortune to interview Warren Ellis on his tour for NORMAL... which is a chilling work of near future SF, a sweetly comic look at broken geniuses, and a pitch perfect locked room mystery.

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aliarch
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Just finished Normal by @warrenellis. It's a fast-paced, quick but original story that has you questioning everything.
Highly recommend.

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Alan
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A stunning (I'm stunned) and evocative (I'm evoked) thriller (I'm thrilled). This book is an an enrapturing (I'm not raptured [yet]) punch to the gut.

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Liberty
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NO SLEEP TILL BOOKLESS!!! 📚🤘🏻📚

Dragon Books before sleep 3y
Yamich49 🙌🏽🤘🏼👍🏽🤓 3y
Shortstack This is my life. 3y
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Bette Cheers to inadequate respect. (There's no yawning emoji) 😯 3y
Hooked_on_books Yes, yes, yes! 3y
Nebklvr Definitely 3y
MariaCristina Yes! I find myself pondering, "Is this a riveting read, or the onset of a hypomanic episode?" And then I remember that taking my sleeping pill will be effective treatment for both possibilities, so I reluctantly gulp it down, and all of a sudden I'm waking myself by dropping a book on my face. ?? 3y
bookishkris @TransparentAcademic there's nothing worse than dropping a book on your face. I do it almost every night, ouch. 3y
TheBookishTypeOfGirl Me me me. The saying "it will be there in the morning " doesn't apply to books. Because when it's like midnight I can't think about long term future. Only future as in the next page 3y
Lizpixie @TransparentAcademic Yes! I think I have permanent twin bruises on either side of my nose from bookhittingglasses syndrome🤓 3y
desertbibliophile This is so my life at this very moment. 3y
Shvonne Very accurate. I'll sleep when I'm done 3y
FourofFiveWits This book is out? 3y
Tanner 😆 3y
andrelei Which will be never. We're doomed... 😨 but happy. 😁🤓 3y
MariaCristina @bookishkris Been borrowing more ebooks on my iPad lately, & when it hits my face before skittering to the floor, it's 🤕 & 😱! @Lizpixie 😂 Bright side: we'd sleep all night in our glasses if not for books! 3y
TheBookHippie Awesome ! 3y
BookBabe 😁👌🏻 Perfect! 3y
Jennifer3 😂😂👍🏻👏🏻 3y
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Rienab
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Very good, very odd...really enjoyed getting it as a serial.

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Mirshad
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Part 3 of this comes out tomorrow and I cannot wait!

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jillbilly
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Fun. Interesting. Both excited & frustrated by serialization. Want to know what happens. Patience.