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Four inhabitants of a crumbling world:

a drug-addled boy, living in dank recesses, sets out in an ancient car to find his ex, who has mysteriously vanished overnight;

a privileged girl, obsessed with the past, and exiled by her esteemed father, learns more about her long-vanished ancestors than she ever could have wished for;

an old man, on his hundredth birthday, deserts h...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published 2008 by Chizine Publications
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Zachary Jernigan
OBJECTIVE RATING (my best stab at looking at the book's merits, regardless of whether or not I enjoyed it all that much): 4.5

PERSONAL RATING (how much the book "worked" for me personally): 5

Filaria is, in its concision and oddly disturbing grace, one of the finest debuts written in the last decade -- in the sff genre or any other genre. For a fast reader, it could be consumed in nearly a breath, but this would be to miss the point entirely. This is a book meant to be examined, to be known.

What s...more
Mia
FILARIA will worm its way into every section of your brain like a tiny parasite that sneaks in and slowly awakens and fires up your neurons.

The world is a mere shell of what it used to be, littered with remnants, populated by a ragtag bunch existing on multiple levels. Each subset of this fractured world is largely ignorant of the others, with minds full of myths and scuttlebutt.

Brent Hayward shines a spotlight on four people, the narrative lens closing in on the minutiae of their lives as if th...more
Liviu
Another small press gem, this time the debut last year of ChiZine publications.

Taking place in a multi-leveled structure with strong echoes of Gene Wolfe Long Sun' starship, Filaria is the tale of several characters who start at different levels and in quite different social positions.

Symmetrically divided into 4x4 chapters, each 4 chapter section having an indicative title, and headed by the POV's position in the structure, Filaria is a page turner, absorbing and quite dense packing inside m...more
Imogen
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

When I started out with this novel, I thought the description sounded to my liking, but after getting in about 30 pages through, I wasn't so sure. I am one for sci-fi and fantasy, but the world seemed so absurd...almost to the point of ridiculousness. But after I got to about page 50, I realized I was no longer wondering, "Should I continue reading this?" because I was actually getting into it...and liking it!

The first thing I noticed was h...more
Richard Thomas
Well, my introduction to Brent was a little different. I saw the "Enter the World of Filaria" contest at ChiZine, read the sample chapter and thought "Man, this is an AWESOME world to live in, to write in. I have to enter the contest." I had this feeling I might do well in it, so when I won, I was so excited. This allowed me to get to know Brent and Brett a bit more, and I've since picked up their novels and gotten into ChiZine. They do so many great things, great books coming out soon too - new...more
Flannery
This was a fantastic debut novel, and one that has "aged well" in my mind. That is to say, I find myself thinking about it often, months after having read it. The mood that Brent Hayward has painted in this novel is entirely unique, dark, captivating, and sad.

Mr. Hayward is a skilled writer, pulling the reader in with ease, but artfully withholding the greater mystery. A lot gets left unsaid in the end, but the reader is given just enough, and all the right things, to keep them intrigued and con...more
Michèle
4 personnages cherchent le bonheur dans un labyrinthe qui se déglingue. Le roman est divisé en quatre parties égales qui indiquent aussi les étages glauques où errent nos z-héros. Ce qui fait 16 chapitres en tout.

Le sous-sol est le pire niveau, un niveau de service infesté de rats et de maladies, où les dents tombent aussi vite que les cheveux. On suit un adolescent maganné, une jeune fille priivlégiée mais curieuse, un centenaire fier de servir les ascenseurs, et un petit pêcheur qui veut guér...more
Ryan
Filaria is similar in concept to Hugh Howey’s Wool, but predates that book by a couple of years and didn’t make the same splash. Like Wool, it’s set in an immense installation where people have been living for generations, stratified into different social classes, and have mostly forgotten the reasons why. Where Howey’s book (which I liked a lot) was escapist entertainment focused on the workings of the Silo and the mysteries surrounding it, Brent Hayward goes for more lyrical territory, imagini...more
A.C. Wise
Filaria is one of those books I find hard to recommend, not because I didn't enjoy it - I did, very much - but because it's the type of book that isn't for everyone, and may downright annoy some. It leaves loose ends. There are threads, skillfully woven to form an intriguing pattern that you never quite get to see. Hayward shows you bits at a time, a section of tapestry here (or is it a scarf? a sweater?), a section there. The glimpses were enough to satisfy me, but I know not everyone will feel...more
Csm-walkabout
Great drip fed narrative multiple angles and connections, light weight on characterisation
Beverly
I was deeply immersed in the world of Filaria and only left wanting more at the end. Unfortunately, it was a little too much of being left wanting more. It felt somewhat unfinished. (Disclaimer: I work for the publisher of this novel.)
Norman Lee Madsen
An old style SF concept novel. For a first novel, the prose writing was was quite good, and the writer managed to make me interested in, and care about, the fates of the various protagonists, and just exactly what and where was this odd place in which the story was set.

That said, there were a few irritating problems with the story telling. Namely, considering their lack of education and life experience, the level of sophistication and vocabulary of 3 of the 4 characters was somewhat out of line...more
Lisa
This one is tough to rate. It drew me in but then strained my ability to hold skepticism at bay. Another reviewer put it best when they said it weaves together strands of a tale into a pattern you never get to see clearly; for some that is okay, for others frustrating. I can live with some unanswered questions, but this was a bit too focused on the fibre strands and not enough on the overall tapestry for my taste.
Ben Rand
I was just confused the whole time I read this. The ending left me thinking, "What?!?"
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Author of Filaria ('08) & The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter ('11), & several shorter stories, in various publications. Head Full of Mountains ('14) crowning.

UK born, raised in Montreal, lived in LA for a spell and as an expat in Poland. Currently resides in Toronto.

Check out the CZP site for info about the novels, downloads, and reviews.

http://chizinepub.com/index.php

By day, aerospace bound...more
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