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Tail I don t know what isI can imagine that Hunters Collectors won t be for everyone it s literary Marmite Those that love it will do so unuestioningly while those that loathe it will do so with a passion To confirm I fall firmly into this first camp I like little better than being challenged by the fiction that I read I want to read novels that pick apart my preconceived notions that play with language and that make me engage my brain Congratulations to M Suddain Hunters Collectors is both deliciously odd and oddly delicious I d imagine that is exactly what you d want from a book about forensic gastronomyHunters Collectors is published Jonathan Cape and is available from 7th July Highly recommended this happens uite regularly when you are a well travelled intergalactic food critic Style is everything dahling My feelings about this hilarious unnerving and thought provoking novel are uite raw so this review will fittingly match them There are certain novels that are built from insecurity I don t mean authorial insecurity but the narrative kind It is fairly clear from the first few pages of this astounding and ultimately fascinating novel that the specificity of the narrative doesn t uite match the dependability of the narrator I would say that it is a symptom of our time to be adrift in a sea of knowledge while fated to have less than complete knowledge of virtually anything It is our modern paradox which it seems is not so modern This is one of the excellent fulcra that M Suddain wields upon the mind of the reader feeding delectable morsels of prose directly into our waiting mouths bit by uivering bit Perhaps too much of a mixed metaphor this book is hella entertaining hella well written and hella satisfying Structured as an epistolary novel it borrows from additional sources ournals packing lists dreams to flesh out an ever expanding field of vision that instead of broadening the narrative into some sort of space opera narrows it to the setting of a single hotelBut this is not the usual hotelWhile I hesitate to give too much away the novel is too rich for me to do that to anyone we follow or at least glimpse a food critic searching for the perfect meal at a fabled and elusive hotel restaurant purportedly for the exclusive and confidential use of the super wealthy When this hotel is in fact found this critic brings his agent he is deeply in debt and needs to review this restaurant to make bank and a bodyguard one of my favorite characters in science fiction right now and they arrive But their arrival is a bit bloodyGood science fiction is thrilling but is also dangerous It sometimes is bloody it scatters guts and skulls around to show that amidst technology we are ultimately human and destined for death In its showy violence it reminds me a bit of the Shrike from Dan Simmons Hyperion Cantos The violence has a purpose it has a bloody mind of its own and the seemingly hapless trio of heroes have marched straight into it cocktails in hand of courseBut if humanity and our vulnerabilities are often exposed in science fiction this one does ever to overlay a sort of humanity upon the technology we wield Our base instincts our desires our ingenuity especially for cruelty This is a priceless work of art that reminds us who we are And it does so without the reader really uite knowing what is going on until it is too late We both know there are no gods and nothing beyond death True evil goes unpunished It turns to dust with the good and gentle p490Aside from a brilliant premise hilarious moments and uniue narrative format this is a superb meditation "on life the afterlife the nature of consciousness A few choice ruminations " life the afterlife the nature of consciousness A few choice ruminations emerged from Suddain s mind literally stopped my
Reading In Its Tracks Made Me Ponder I Carried This in its tracks made me ponder I carried this with me for days sometimes not even reading it at all ust thinking about its contents In no particular order Are we as humans imbued with free will or are we a bunch of code that can be manipulated with a few chemical signals Can the human brain be mapped and replicated effectively Is there truly some sort of life after death If so does it also include our neanderthal ancestors Are our minds really the source of all the universe Is a mind in darkness no mind at all and when separated from the kingdom of the
senses no thoughtno thought exist What assurance could we ever have that we did not ust suddenly come into being with a prefabricated history embedded within our brains by some sort of superior intelligence That is only a sampling of the sorts of uestions the reader grapples with in the process of this violently hilarious novel In addition the metaphysical power of this novel uestions our ability to know to do to believe anything Science Fiction as a genre is not powerful due to its technological wizardry it is so due to our fundamental humanity in the face of change and power themselves At first I was like what the hell did I ust read Oo There s really nothing I can compare HC to It s like a book euivalent of the International Assassin episode of The Leftovers incidentally my favourite episode of television in probably ever but even that s a stretch because HC is a hell of a lot crazier But it s also so good it almost made me pass on in flight entertainment I paused reading it only once about halfway through the 7h flight to watch Lethal Weapon after which Dr Rubin had Gary Busey s face This is the absolute pinnacle of compliments in my toolkit Such a strong start funny Douglas Adams flavoured Michael Marshall Smith inspired with the refreshing uality of SF that seemed to be so unbothered about being SF that you don t find out unambiguously whether ships are the sea kind or the space kind But then a plotty cloningAImind uploading kicks in and that coupled with too much dialogue better in a radio script and too much gorefighting better in a movie pretty much did for my interest Lots of great lines though worth it for that first thir. Ive story horror and sci fi Hunters Collectors is a mesmeric trip into the singular imagination of M Suddain – a freewheeling talent whose poise invention and sensational sentences have already earned him comparisons to Vonnegut Pynchon and Douglas Adams.
Matt Suddain Á 9 SUMMARYThis fabulous book is not only extremely clever hilariously odd and a little surreal but it is also hugely imaginative and brilliantly accessible I was expecting it to be a little difficult Another thing that I wasn t expecting this book to be so creepy and scary Science fiction horror guidebook A book of the year DAFU DID I JUST READJonathan Salvador The Tomahawk Tamerlain the universe s most aded self centred and cynical restaurant critic excuse me forensic gastronomer develops his latest obsession The rise and fall of infamous gastronome Jonathan Tamberlain aka the Tomahawk told in fragments from his beautifully written if often exasperated letters and The Wrong Side of the Bed journals As in the only other novel I ve read to be narrated by a restaurant critic John Lanchester s Debt to Pleasure I suspect the pseudonymous Tomahawk is intended to be a pernickety unsympathetic and dubiously reliable lead But how could I not feel for a man who after aourney to the outer limits of suffering is mainly upset to have lost his luggage Who framed for seemingly trying to provoke a war in which billions would die can only say that yes in his writing he may have called several times for the annihilation of humanity but he wasn t being serious or at least not entirely True I was a little put off by his love for a particular notebook brand so reminiscent of our own era s silly Moleskine cult but even there he comes around in the end discovering instead a love for a cheap alternative with pony stickers in the back The plot so far as it matters concerns his hunt for a legendary hotel supposedly destroyed and apparently kept secret by a ruthless conspiracy but mainly this is ust something on which to hang an outlandish and often brutal picaresue of which Bonfiglioli could be proud I could even forgive the stealthing of the science fiction elements something which often gets my back up as an attempt to pass Here it speaks to the realities of life at a certain rarefied level After all I suspect there d be a certain broad similarity between the ournals of the Sun King a modern oligarch and a future 1%er which you woudn t find in the experiences of the poor bastards responsible for keeping their horses helicopters and shuttles runningAt least that goes for the first 200 pages or so The book s latter half and I suppose this is a spoiler of sorts albeit an obliue one perhaps gripped me less than the beginning The peregrinations narrow in even as the narrative s focus widens And yes I understand the point of making it clear that our self absorbed boob of a narrator was not in fact the lead character of the story but very much a Rosencrantz or Guildenstern or than either Polonius Entirely fair point Nevertheless I rather missed him at full bore And while it is always good to have a satisfactory endgame a resolution to the big uestions I would have thought it could maybe have been done in say a uarter of the book rather than a somewhat over extended half But it s rare enough that I get an answer I find half so satisfying as the mystery and this one did oblige on that score while only slightly reminding me of the fight scene from Anchorman Suddain s Hunters Collectors is one of
My Favorite Books Ever Itfavorite books ever It me to see it doesn t get hype and recognition It deserves both The book defies easy categorizations but if you like them think about interstellar thriller mixed with horror and grotesue Add strong prose and vivid imagination to the mix and prepare for a *wild ride across the galaxy s best cuisines The main character *ride across the galaxy s best cuisines The main character food critic who prefers to call himself a forensic gastronomer Jonathan Tamberlain leads an adventurous life dedicated to finding the perfect meal Nicknamed Tomahawk he is self absorbed opinionated and finicky Restaurateurs and chefs fear him or hate him And for a reason when it comes to food Tamberlain has no mercy especially for those who kill it twice He holds tightly to his passion and never let go It infuses his life with meaning and purpose and becomes the motivator for everything he does As a result he rarely pays attention to other people and their feelings He throws misogynistic and homophobic remarks around and behaves badly but somehow remains likable and relatable Remember when you were young When you had few cares and infinite potential When you owned the world and almost nothing in it Remember when you weren t ust a ghost who changes faces to suit the weather or a strange device used by others to manufacture their happiness but a true being with lungs filled with stories eyes bruised with happinessAt one point early in the story he becomes obsessed with tasting a perfect meal at a fabled Hotel Grand Skies a secretive and exclusive haven where the rich and famous retreat to bask in perfect seclusion A Place where the waiters know their fish knife from their butter knife their carotid from their subclavian artery and are trained to enforce the house rules with brutal efficiency Helped by his agent David Woodbine also known as The Beast and his body guard Gladys with whom he shares a difficult history Tomahawk sets on a uest The constant back and forth between them made me laugh numerous times and I consider it one of the book s many highlights When they reach their destination an already weird story goes bonkers There are principles higher than mere survival It
S Not Enough Tonot enough to this life there must be a uality to living There are minimum standards If a man can t get an upgrade when almost every other guest in the entire hotel has been brutally murdered then something is wrongThe parts of the story that take place in the hotel will creep you out Things take a strange and dark twist but even grotesue atrocities are bathed in a deliciously dark and absurd sense of humor Things get surreal and the narrative form is uite uniue as we follow the story via notes and letters written by unreliable Tomahawk whose imagination runs wild Some of his notes tell the story som. John Tamberlain is The Tomahawk the universe’s most feared food critic – though he himself prefers the term ‘forensic gastronomer’ He’s on a uest in search of the much storied Hotel Grand Skies a secretive and exclusive haven where the rich and .
E share his philosophical ramblings fears and deepest thoughtsGod how I hate the future It s a cult A tyranny of progress And anyone who speaks against it is shunned But all tyrannies must efficiently erase the past if they re to work I like the past The past was solid simple and real The rooms were large the food was good and we knew who our enemies were I feel misty for old tyrannies The ones which beat you enslaved you tried to break your spirit and in doing so gave your life the only enhancement it really needs a sense of purpose The tyranny of the future doesn t take away our choices it swamps us in them It doesn t curb our freedoms it tube feeds us with them until we rupture like neglected factory geeseI ve never read anything uite like HuntersCollectors and I bet you haven t either It won t appeal to everyone Readers enjoying linear plots will probably loathe it Readers looking for a certain level of weirdness and unpredictability will enjoy it While I m not partial to comparing books I ll risk saying that fans of Scott Hawkins Library at Mount Char will find a similar tone in Hunters Collectors My opinion I love this book I absolutely love it It s hilarious unnerving addicting and thought provoking I have never read anything like this It s not so much that Suddain bends genre rather he seems to have created something beyond genre entirely something that I can barely put into words I expected literally none of the events of this book and at each turn was stunned at Suddain s ability not ust to keep everything together but to also transform it into something even exciting and bizarre I cannot praise this book highly enough I wish I could read it again from scratch Don t think about what he s doing think about what the things he s doing mean Man the lunacy of this bookso messy so not well structured so fucked upAnd yet perfectly written smart hilarious and still in his own odd way accessibleInitially I gave this book 45 thought the characters could use meatand that the plot felt at times too chaotic Fact is 3 days after and I don t feel like picking up any other book except another one of this authorThis is not a perfect book but it is one of the most fascinating reads i had in years55 Back in 2013 I read Theatre of the Gods by Matt Suddain It was trippy bizarre and utterly enjoyable experience Since then I ve been waiting impatiently for his next novel to arrive The good news is that now it is finally here Welcome to Hotel Grand Skies we hope you enjoy your stayJohn Tamberlain is the most contrary of characters ust as I d imagine most food critics to be I found myself empathising with his plight one moment then wanting to slap him the next Utterly obsessed by achieving the gastronomically perfect meal he sets his sights on visiting the most exclusive establishment in the known universe What follows is a weird episodic road trip Wim Wenders would be proud On his adventures the Tomahawk s travelling companions are Daniel Woodbine and Gladys Green Daniel often referred to as The Beast is Tamberlain s *LEGAL COUNSEL AND GLADYS IS THE *counsel and Gladys is the The constant back and forth between this trio is one of the book s many highlights They often display that level of intense bickering that is wholly reserved for the closest of friends The Beast and Gladys both also act as Tameberlain s conscience They point out the many flaws in his myriad schemes Trust me there are many schemesI could attempt to wax lyrical about the plot to this novel but I don t think anything that I could possibly write would do it ustice You have to experience Hunters Collectors for yourself Let it wash over you and deal with the conseuences of your literary sluicing after
IT IS COMPLETE THIS BOOK ISis complete This book is there in the best ways imaginable Yes there is little denying that the text is sometimes challenging and demands you keep your eye on the ball at all times but that is sort of the point John Tamberlain s life is a rollercoaster of decadent excess and you have no choice but to The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... jump on and hope that you ll survive the rideMore often than notust at the point when I thought I had a handle on what was going on the plot would veer off on some bizarre unexpected tangent There will be readers who may find this a little off putting but I genuinely relish any novel that keeps me on my toes like this When the characters talk to one another it often feels like you re witnessing some sort of verbal sparring Part of you is probably wondering if this book is so dashed odd Pablo what could you possibly compare it to The closest thing to an answer I can give is that Hunters and Collectors is effectively the bastard child of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Grand Budapest Hotel after they have spent a pleasant
evening drinking Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and spooning in front of a roaring fire I think thatdrinking Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and spooning in front of a roaring fire I think that probably specific enoughIn all honesty Hunters Collectors defies anything close to categorisation Part travelog part diary part interplanetary thriller Hell at one point I even noticed that our erstwhile hero had misplaced his trousers I checked and realised I still had mine so came to the only logical conclusion we had descending into the realms of classic farce Like some demented puppeteer Suddain keeps you guessing with each new chapterThere has been much pondering about this book while I have been reading it I ve come to the realisation that it is one of the most wonderfully surreal and self contained books I ve ever read I m always delighted when an author really pushes things and goes that extra mile with their fiction Suddain obviously revels in the worlds he creates The attention to detail is phenomenal The tiniest little things have been considered and that level of precision is what really sets this book apart A uick example every time a fictional perfume or aftershave is mentioned Suddain will confirm the tagline used to advertise it If that s not a pristine attention to de. Amous retreat to bask in perfect seclusion A place where the waiters know their fish knife from their butter knife their carotid from their subclavian artery and are trained to enforce the house rules with brutal efficiencyBlurring the lines between detect.