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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The Hope is five miles long, one mile high. A ship launched on a voyage to a new utopia - a philanthropist's dream. But there has been no landfall and the ship's purpose has been forgotten, and between decks life is decaying into a phantasmogoric nightmare as the passengers descend into madness or simply revert to instinct. THE HOPE was reviewed ecstatically everywhere, fr ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by White Wolf Pub
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mark monday
Oct 09, 2016 mark monday rated it did not like it
synopsis: a cross-section of humanity live out their squalid, horror-filled lives aboard the mega-ship The Hope.

ugh. I wonder if this novel was attempting to accomplish something along the lines of Ballard's excellent High-Rise; namely, offering up a stylized tableau of humanity placed within a theatrically artificial setting. all the better to contemplate the various downward spirals, I suppose. unfortunately this is less Ballard and more akin to the sour, complacent misanthropy of John Shirley
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Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 Jody Mena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found it fascinating. Hypnotic and grotesque, this book is a magnificent metaphor for society, reality and the willfully blind human race that staggers haplessly through both. The poeple believe themselves in control of the ship carrying them to a better place, when in reality, it is the ship that carries them as it will, and they, a swarm of parasites within it's bulk, can only cling to it and continue to lie to themselves. Even when one learns the truth, he casts the evidence into the sea, a ...more
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Jul 30, 2013 Ember Stone-pierce rated it it was amazing
Amazing prose that takes your mind and shakes it around a bit before leaving you in the grips of the fantastical plot. One of my favourite books of all time.
S. Wilson
The Hope is a collection of dark short stories taking place on a rogue luxury liner that has been adrift in the ocean for thirty years, during which time the inhabitants have slowly formed their own fractured society as the original passengers slowly give way to a generation that has only known life on The Hope.

The idea of trapping a microcosm of society within a finite space and forcing it to create its own rules and social mores isn't entirely new, but Lovegrove handles it with a flair for foc
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I can sum up this first novel of Lovegrove’s in one word – disappointment. I have enjoyed the Age of series (although later instalments where not at the level of the early ones) and his Sherlock Holmes & Redlaw series are thoroughly enjoyable. Hope on the other hand was for me not up to these standards. I struggle through the first third of the book searching vainly for something I could identify as the plot. It felt to me like a series of slightly connected pencil sketches of various passe ...more
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James Lovegrove is the author of several acclaimed novels and books for children.

James was born on Christmas Eve 1965 and, having dabbled in writing at school, first took to it seriously while at university. A short story of his won a college competition. The prize was £15, and it had cost £18 to get the story professionally typed. This taught him a hard but necessary lesson in the harsh economic
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