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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Blondee lives in a strange world without memories: just four walls, fifty huts and a hundred forgotten people. She came in with the food rations. Mind and body naked, like everyone. Now she lives in a triangular hut at the edge of everything. They say she was a thief - she has long fingers - and she certainly has a reputation for taking multiple lovers. But haunted by the ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 2nd 2016 by Lethe Press (first published August 26th 2012)
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Lana Del Slay
Sep 21, 2012 Lana Del Slay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review won't be anywhere near as complex as the book, I promise.

The thing about Barrett's style is that he takes what makes a short story brilliant and keeps on writing like that for 145 pages (in my review copy, anyway). Pieces build on pieces -- the narrative builds -- the questions pile up. What if you had to build the world from scratch? How would that look?

Blondee's world is a world of criminals. Divided into least, minors, moderates, and severes, nobody comes to this particular dysto
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jul 20, 2016 Seregil of Rhiminee rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Redfern Jon Barrett's debut science fiction novel Forget Yourself was originally published as an independent novel in 2012. It's great that Lethe Press has re-released it, because it's a thought-provoking and well-created novel. It's quite an extraordinary reading experience due to the author's multi-layered vision about love, hate, hope, change, society, renewal and finding a purpose for your life.

Because I recently read Redfern Jon Barrett's The Giddy Death
Mike Mantin
Feb 24, 2013 Mike Mantin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Forget Yourself' looks into an alternate reality both unnerving and spellbindingly enigmatic. We awake with Blondee, known and named only for her hair colour, who has as much idea of her bleak, primitive surroundings as we do. Her new community is a mixed bunch of people who live in ramshackle huts, gather the mysteriously replenishing supplies and live by a book full of scribbles of how to conduct yourself and your relationships: do not cheat, have break up sex once, never speak again. Redfern ...more
Mirza Lekker
Feb 21, 2013 Mirza Lekker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel seems a bit confusing while reading it, but in the end, you are able to get a complete picture.
It is fast-paced, doesn't follow a linear narration, which adequately mirrors the idea of lost memory and flashbacks, leading to a full realisation.
As a reader, you are invited to lose yourself in Blondee's attempt to grasp her surroundings and (re)discover herself.
The novel also challenges certain structures considered to be ''natural'' by the society, e.g. monogamous relationships, and jus
Christian Baines
Apr 29, 2016 Christian Baines rated it really liked it
It won't be for all tastes, but Barrett's first book is a mind bending work of nightmare sci-fi that demands close, rather than casual reading. The layers inside, confronting notions of monogamy, capitalism, class warfare, and discontent with middle class life make the effort well worthwhile.
Dec 20, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forget Yourself: Redfern Barrett

A mask hides your face so that no one knows who you are and what you look like. But, what about hiding your past and plotting it out so that you have absolutely no memories of your life, who you are, your name or where you came from. Take a magic slate and create a picture or a simple design. With a flick of a wrist or just pulling the top of the slate the entire picture disappears as if it were never there. What would you do if your past was erased and you lived
Rebekka Steg
Apr 26, 2013 Rebekka Steg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It is important that you know: I love you.
Of course I have no idea who you are.
But I have no real idea who I am either, so it seems fair to me."

Forget Yourselfby Redfern Jon Barrett is is a fascinating look into a dystopian future where people show up in a tiny world, naked and with no memories. How people shape and create societies, our often futile attempts to fit in, and the difficulties of not being mainstream, polygamy, wife classes, queerness and gender identity are just a few of the issu
M.G. Mason
Dec 08, 2013 M.G. Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blondee is in a prison, of sorts. She occupies on of fifty huts inside a walled compound. She has no memory of how she got there or where she came from but she does have flashbacks to a previous life and of people she might have been acquainted with. The people inside the compound tell her she is a thief, she must have been as she has long fingers. She’s also highly sexed and is accused of being a “cheat” – something she doesn’t seem to comprehend.

She lives in this compound with some bizarre and
Aug 10, 2013 melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Forget Yourself' is an unnerving and enigmatic look into a dystopian world. Blondee, named for her hair color as all of the other inhabitants are named for characteristics or features, wakes not knowing who she is or where she is. She has no memory of her past, not unlike the other inhabitants of this world. For lack of another theory they all assume that they’ve been dumped in this strange place as a punishment for some crime. They are supplied with questionable goods and foods twice a month ...more
Oct 04, 2016 Crazy4Books marked it as to-read
I wish I had a review copy.
Michael Coorlim
I obtained a copy of Forget Yourself from the author. This review contains mild spoilers.

Forget Yourself is a dystopian speculative fiction novel by Redfern Jon Barrett, an author with a PhD in queer literature. It’s a very polished and well written story that hits on many of my favorite themes – the nature of reality, questions of identity, unreliable narrators, and the subjective nature of thought and idea. Forget Yourself is one of those books whose concepts stood out head and shoulders above
andy hill
May 27, 2016 andy hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking, but a little confused at the end

I wanted to give this 5 stars, but the end of the book lost me.
The rest of the story really had me thinking about my life, and the roles we are given by society. Male, female, husband, wife, lover, and the pressure to conform to the expectations and fears of others. But also how it is entirely reasonable to be true to love, to create the reality we want, so long as we can find the strength, perhaps in the truth of love.
I cried in a couple of pl
Oct 17, 2016 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book more than I dis but I felt the story never really went anywhere. I've given it a 3 star because it is interesting topic but it's not good enough for me to recommend anyone else read it too. I will say it's a very quick read.
Jacopo Lanzoni
Sep 24, 2016 Jacopo Lanzoni rated it liked it
'Forget Yourself' by Redfern Jon Barrett is a short story at the boundary between fantasy and sci-fi. Set in an imaginary world, which could be ours in a few decades, the book tells the story of Blondee, a young woman which one day wakes up in a large walled area with no memory of her past. She is not alone though, as the closed space is inhabited by other men and women who came to this new life in the same way. It is the story of an intimate research of identity, of the reconstitution of a ...more
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Born in the north of England in the summer of 1984, REDFERN JON BARRETT is a writer and polyamory rights campaigner. Having gained a doctorate in literature from Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe in 2010, he is the author of two novels: The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights (shortlisted for the 2016 Bisexual Fiction Awards in New York) and Forget Yourself (Lethe ...more
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