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The Raw Shark Texts

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  15,161 ratings  ·  1,726 reviews
Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to see a Dr. Randle immediately, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of acute memory loss that is a symptom of his severe dissociative disorder. Eric's been in Dr. Randle's care for two years -- since the tragic death of his great love, Clio, while the two ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 427 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Canongate Us (first published January 1st 2007)
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CalibMcBolts I read this in paperback and it was a solid read. The text is not nearly as wild as in House of Leaves, so I am sure you can easily read it as a…moreI read this in paperback and it was a solid read. The text is not nearly as wild as in House of Leaves, so I am sure you can easily read it as a Kindle version.(less)

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mark monday

You are a book, The Raw Shark Texts. You are an unstable narrative. You are a story of loss and love and memory, of a broken heart and a broken mind. You are a mystery; you are a postmodern text; you are a Burroughs, with a certain sort of sunny spotless mind. You are a first novel, complete with a first novel's typical weaknesses: an intermittent stridency and repetitiousness that is occasionally tedious, a tendency towards wanting to amaze the audience with your brilliance, characters and d
Rick Monkey
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
You know what I like?

This whole genre of stuffy British dudes who find themselves unwillingly going on adventures and discovering that there's more to them than just being pasty and flustered.

And, yeah, it's a genre. There's TONS of books with that same damn plot. Thing is, they're often very entertaining.

They're also usually played for laughs. Which is not the case in The Raw Shark Texts. Yes, the protagonist eventually finds himself drawn into a world where the old rules don't apply. Yes, he h
Jun 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
A brief behind-the-scenes recap of "The Raw Shark Texts":

Steven Hall is inspired. Writes a brilliant one hundred pages of an unfinished novel. The first hundred pages of 'The Raw Shark Texts' are truly a great read, hinting at something avant-garde, something page-turning in the finest sense of the term. We're all clicking off the rusty old disbelief mechanisms because 'The Raw Shark Texts' is putting it all together. OK, sure, it is yet another "piece-my-life-back-together-after-what-would-see
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-novels
A bit oversold, but certainly creative at times with a sprinkling of novel ideas which for me, almost worked; but not quite.
At heart this is a simple love story, which I didn't mind as I quite like simple love stories, being an old romantic at heart. That the love story was between a man whose memories had been eaten by a conceptual shark (see later) and a woman who he may have loved in his pre memory loss existence who is now dead (but not a ghost - nothing supernatural here) matters not a jot.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(There might be very minor spoilers here but I doubt they will make any sense to you if you haven't read the book, so read on, unles you are uber-paranoid about spoilers)

“The Raw Shark Texts”. It’s supposed to be a literary psychological thriller where Jorge Luis Borges meets Danielewski meets Matrix meets Fight Club meets Jaws. I thought: Oh dear. Steve, I hope you know what you are running up against and I hope your game is tight.

The book starts with the main character waking up on the floor n
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For sheer ballsy creativity The Raw Shark Texts is an incendiary word bomb of conceptual fish, mad world hungry pseudo-immortals, movie geekdom, Greek tragedy and cats with mundane names.

To say there is something lacking in Steven Hall's first novel seems unfair and trite, but I can't shake the feeling that something in Eric Sanderson's relationship with Clio/Scout felt too forced and way too indoctrinated by current gender attitudes. If that was by design I can't imagine what the design was; if
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who said that House of Leaves changed their world view
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: random goodreads reviews
Duh Dum.
Duh Dum.
Dum dum dum dum dum dum DUM!!!!!

Ok that was a poor attempt to mimic the Jaws theme tune in text format, but hey, it's not that easy.

On Animosity Island, everyone is looking forward to the summer season. The picket fences are suitably white, the sky is picture-postcard blue and the beaches of fine yellow sand are ready to receive the beach towels and inflatable toys of hundreds of British holiday makers. For Chief Brady, head of the Animosity Island police department, there is one
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: İngiliz
Bir Slipstream * Türü Olan Romana Güzellemeler,

Köpek Balığı Metinleri , orjinal ismiyle The Raw Shark Text, ismini Rorschach Testinin fonetik yapasını romana yansıtan zekice bir kitap. Geleneksel kalıpları thriller ( heyecanlı kitap) formunu tamamen değiştirdiğine inanılan roman, okuyucuya birçok farklı okuma deneyimi sunmaktadır. Steven Hall, Köpekbalığı Metinleriyle ilgili olarak, okuyucuyu da romana katan "aktif okur" fikriyle bu romanını oluşturduğunu kitap ilk yayınlandığında kritklerin övg
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction, 2009
The Raw Shark Texts was released back in 2007 by first time U.K. author, Steven Hall. In some circles, it’s been referred to as some bizarre cross between Jaws and The Matrix with perhaps a little Da Vinci Code thrown in there for good measure. It follows the story of Eric Saunderson who awakes on his bedroom floor without any memories. While the man retains his basic motor functions, he remembers nothing resembling emotions or sense of identity. Shortly upon awaking, Eric finds a note left by t ...more
MJ Nicholls
Hall’s conceptual sharks are clever, baffling and original. His typographical quirks are deployed to interesting and, in one infamous instance, hilariously terrifying effect. Howevs, the writing suffers from an overuse of dramatic verbs, a overly stylised relationship between the hero/heroine (regardless of any ironic intentions), moments of prolonged confusion and plot dullness, and melodrama. Still, it shows a clear love of language, words and books, so I can overlook the long sloggy parts.
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I struck out with this one.

This was something I'd been wanting to read for awhile. It's looked super enticing on my bookshelf and when I finally had it in my hands I was brimming with excitement. I had read the first couple pages awhile back and knew that this was the kind of book that grabbed you from the get go.

And welp! That's about the only time it grabbed me, it grabbed me then and let me go about 75 pages in. Maybe I'm just not smart enough...but the whole concept of "conceptual" shar
Jul 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
I give up. I'm nearly halfway through the book and I'm putting it down. Maybe, at another time, I'll pick it up again and feel differently but the action/adventure vibe just isn't sitting with me at all. It's like reading The Celestine Prophecy -which I did many, many moons ago- only without the big morality question leading you through to the end. Or, it's like reading Haruki Murakami without his talent for subtle storytelling. Or -sorry to go overboard on this- it's like reading House of Leave ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I tried explaining the plot of this book to someone and I sounded like a crazy person. Not because it’s overly-complex (it’s just the right amount of complex, actually) but because it’s so strange and original and realized, every little detail seemed important. The Raw Shark Texts succeeds on all levels. I’d give it 6 stars if I could.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Invisibles fans, postmodern nerds, free thinkers
Shelves: slipstream
Mix _A Clockwork Orange_, _VALIS_, and _House of Leaves_ in a blender, and you would get something like this book. It combines a number of my favorite things, not the least of which is the unreliable narrator - and as an aside to some reviewers, if you think 'Memento' did it first, you really ought to read more and do some research. I was a little wary of the kind of 'fontplay' such as in Danielewski's book, but when Hall used it, he used it purposefully and to good effect.

Note to self: 'fontpla
Deniz Balcı
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ingiliz-edebiyat, dq
'Köpekbalığı Metinleri' ile ilgili uzun uzadıya bir şeyler söylemek için fazla karışık kafam, kitabı tam olarak nereye oturttum, neler hissettim tanımlayamıyorum. Kısaca birkaç bir şey söylemem gerekirse, zekice yazılmış, çok ilginç, özgün bir roman ancak bazı noksanlıklar da barındırmıyor değil. Yazarın tamamen kurgunun gücünü arkasına aldığı ve yanılsamalı bir akış kullanarak, anlatmak istediğini çok daha giriftli, zengin bir anlatı çalışmasına dönüştürdüğü roman, bir açıdan edebiyatını sinema ...more
Sinem A.
Garip tarzı, bolca sayfası ama hızla akması, bir kolaj çalışmasını andırması, daha çok bir sinema filmi tadı vermesi -sanırım senaryosu yazılmış- ile değişik bir ilk kitap, değişik bir okuma deneyimi.
Holy. Crap.

I picked up The Raw Shark Texts this past weekend - not sure if I wanted to tackle something this long since I'm still trying to catch up to a good "38 in '08" pace - and I swear it was like disappearing off the face of the earth for two days. I can't remember the last time I was so absorbed in a book that I opted to postpone plans to stay home and do nothing but read, and despite my copy's 448 pages, I devoured the book in less than 24 hours - pun intended.

Without giving away more th
Apr 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Hmm. Well. It certainly wasn't bad.

One problem with reading advanced reader's editions is that they lay out the marketing plans for you right on the inside cover, so I knew before I even started that this book has a 150,000 initial print run, that the movie rights have already been auctioned, that a website and a viral marketing campaign (puke) are in the works, etc. Soooo, hype hype hype, which always makes me worried.

All the same, like everyone says, cross House of Leaves with Memento and
Neli Krasimirova
Sanırım aynı zamanda bir DW yazarı olan Hall hakkında beklentim fazlaca yüksekti, öyle ki 50 yıldır evrenin tüm halılarını önümüze sermeye çalışan dinamik bir ekibin parçasıydı yazar.

En kötüsünü en başta söylemeliyim, ekrana yakışacak anlatımları yazıyla yapmak çirkin. Un-space koridorunda sağa dönmüştü, o tünele tırmanınca kamp kurmuşlardı, yan yatıp çamura batmışlardı diye süren sündürülmüş 100 sayfa bana yalnızca bilek ağrısı olarak dönüp ritmimi düşürdü.

Daha önce bir kitapta kullanılmamış b
Peki bakalım bir kaç kelâm etmeye çalışayım.
Öncelikle, "kitap hacmine göre çok akıcıydı" lakırdısı yapmayacağım çünkü bu söylem kendi içerisinde hiç bir olumlu durum barındırmıyor. Bu ve hiç bir kitap için de bu safsatayı yapmam!
Kitaba gelecek olursak ben iki bakış açısıyla değerlendirmek istiyorum.
İlk olarak aralara serpiştirilmiş Bilimsel tanılar ( Anagram sarmalları, İnsan hücrelerinden dünya döngüsüne bağlanan saptamalar ), Psikolojik anlatılar ( Çözülmeli Rahatsızlık, Fûg hastalığı ) ve e
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Hunger For Knowledge

Would you look at that, on the inside title page, a yellow post-it note saying
The bastard love-child
of The Matrix, Jaws and
The Da Vinci Code


Description: Eric Sanderson wakes up in a house one day with no idea who or where he is. A note instructs him to see a Dr. Randle immediately, who informs him that he is undergoing yet another episode of acute memory loss that is a symptom of his severe dissociative disorder. Eric's been in Dr. Randle's care for two years -- since the tragic dea
Bevan Audstone
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one.
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Antti Lahtinen
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
In essence, the Raw Shark Texts is a book about grief, confusion and the related mental dissociation. The story makes up for a thrilling read, written in an original and exhilaratingly unpredictable narrative. The style is descriptive and rich in detail, oftentimes revealing more between the lines than what it seems at first.

The story revolves around overcoming the conceptual shark that represents the protagonist's thoughts and memories of his past. As such, it is fairly evident that Raw Sharks
Aug 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Writing this review feels bad. I'm sure Steven Hall worked lovingly on his first book. Judging by his chirpy author picture, he looks like a cool guy, and I hope he lives a long happy life and writes many great bestsellers and gets to buy a flying yacht where the party never ends.

That being said, The Raw Shark Texts is terrible. It feels like a badly mixed porridge of everything the author thought was AWESOME. Let's see – the movie Jaws? AWESOME. Memento? AWESOME. House of Leaves? AWESOME. Aband
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-stuff, fiction
Dear Book,

You're critically acclaimed and a national best seller.

You're apparently the bastard child of all the great writers and movies.

You think you're clever.

The fact of the matter is, if you weren't a required text for my class, I would have dropped your paperback ass in the recycling bin ages ago.

I'm so glad we're done now and I never have to see you again.

Kira Simion
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 swimmingly entertained stars.

This is the first (or the only one I can remember ironically) book I've liked that someone told me to read from school. Maybe a Ludovician will wipe me memory and I'll forget it, maybe not. But I like it so far. A unique, entertaining, wild ride that needed a little more relationship development, but I liked it overall.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
אריק סנדרסון מתעורר בביתו בלי שום זיכרון אבל ישר מתחיל לקבל מכתבים מהאישיות הקודמת שלו ששולחים אותו להרפתקה מטורפת ומסוכנת במרחבי המשמעות והזיכרון.

ספר מוזר ומטורף בצורה חיובית. הפתיחה מזכירה את לפני השינה שקראתי לפניו ואז הוא לוקח כיוון אחר לחלוטין.
אפשר לדון במשמעויות השונות של הספר. יש חלקים שעדיין לא הבנתי לגמרי.
כל הכבוד ליעל אכמון על התרגום של הגרפיקות המורכבות.

4.5 כוכבים.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2017
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
3/29/11 update:
I want to read it again. I also want Hall to write another book. Come on Steve!!

8/19/09 Update:
I found a copy of the UK version of this book in a used book store the other day and it prompted me to re-read it.
This book is so brilliant it's unbelievable. Reading it a second time brought out, in my mind anyway, what is really going on with this book. I'm truly amazed at Hall's performance here.


i was walking through b
Liutauras Elkimavičius
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ar jums, kaip ir man, kartais atrodo, kad kai kurie žodžiai skamba teisingai, o kai kurie ne? Kai kurie tinka reikšmei, o nuo kai kurių, atrodo daiktai turi suirti? Kad kai kurie žodžiai vyriški, o kiti moteriški? Kad nuo vienų, kartais daros šilta? O nuo kitų, baisu? Ir aš kalbu ne apie reikšmes. Aš apie patį skambesį. Apie burtą, kuris slepiasi žodžio natoje. Jo virpesy. Ar jums, kaip ir man, atrodo, jog žodis siela - aštrus? Saulė - apvalus? Laimė - žalias? Kad vardas Titas, aukšto žmogaus va ...more
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Steven Hall is the author of The Raw Shark Texts and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

“Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years. That means there's not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago.” 88 likes
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