A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future—by an iconic visionary writer
Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and
It also has my favorite line from any book this year, it made me laugh out loud: ""Dickson appeared from nowhere, like the world's shittiest elf..."
I’ve been a huge fan of Warren Ellis’ comics for years and really enjoyed his first novel, Crooked Little Vein, but his latest foray into fiction, Normal, i ...more
I would recommend this book to all. It is a quick easy read.
Enjoy and Be Blessed
"... is this a film?"
"No, it's a book.
"... is it nonfiction?" (She knows I mostly read nonfiction.)
"No, it's fiction. But the real dilemma is that some of the surveillance state stuff in here isn't too far ...more
"All communication becomes dangerous" (56)Normal is a fun novella with a terrific premise. Every so often futurists go insane when they look too deeply into the future, a condition Ellis dubs "abyss gaze" (15). A facility called Normal (!) treats them, and that's the setting. Into Normal enters our freshly mad protagonist, who quickly stumbles into a locked room mystery.
This little book has many pleasures, all familiar to anyone who's read Warren Ellis. There's a lot of humor, often darkly tinge ...more
Normal takes place in the not so distant future at Normal Head Station, a mental-health/rehab facility for forecasters and futurists to seek treatment after burnout and looking into the “abyss” a few too many times. ...more
Normal is a place where futurists go after they have nervous breakdowns. The book follows one such person from intake, meeting other interesting people (with disturbingly interesting ideas), to the final big reveal of why this particular person had his breakdown. It is also pe ...more
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Around the halfway point it really kicks in and we get the full Ellis treatment as numerous characters take turns ranting and raving about the future that ...more
I picked this up because of the cover (illustrated by Pedro Sanches) and borrowed it because of the description and I’m pretty sure I missed most of what was going on, but it was fun to read so I don’t care.
I read this entirely in one sitting because the characters were so addicting and I had to know what was going on in this madhouse up in the woods. This book was not at all what I expected, but I’m not mad. I assumed the “abyss gaze” was a form o ...more
We are very very lucky that Warren Ellis was born when he was so that he would be at this time in his life as our world is at this time in its life. He, like William Gibson, just sees and understands things and helps us see and understand them, and he rips them to shreds with his sense of humor and his anarchic prose and story style.
Normal Head es una instalación completamente aislada del mundo, donde los futuristas van a ser tratados cuando inevitablemente se les va la olla. Por futuristas, queremos decir expertos que tratan de predecir o adelantarse a lo que va a pasar. Gobiernos, ONGs y corporaci ...more