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Occupy Me

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  91 reviews
A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.

Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a d
Paperback, 266 pages
Published January 21st 2016 by Gollancz
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Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a weird book. Part sci-fi, part mystery, and part thriller. The strangest thing of all was that it was the sci-fi elements of the story that let the story down!

The premise was super intriguing. Pearl, an angel, with no memory of how or why she ended up on earth is trying to track down Dr. Kisi Sorle, the man responsible for stranding her on this planet in the first place. He stole something of hers. It looks like an ordinary briefcase, but is in fact a gateway to another dimension. Pea
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Bats**t crazy SF involving an angel, international financial shenanigans, possession by a malevolent entity, international malfeasance by an oil company and a surprise pterosaur.

There's no plot summary I could give that wouldn't spoil the hell out of this, and the basic setup just doesn't make much sense anyway. This book is a puzzle-box and at least half the fun in trying to work out how it all comes together, who all these people are and what they're trying to do. It's a very ambitious story a
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I thought this book was going to be one I could not finish, but I persisted in the hope I might begin to enjoy it more. For me, this is one of those novels that had huge potential to be fantastic but the execution let it down badly. I found reading this book hurt my brain and that's not what you want when reading a book for pleasure.

The plot felt very disjointed and I struggled for a lot of the book to have a clear grasp on what was really going on, in addition to that the characters all seemed
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Occupy Me was probably one of the chanciest books I have ever attempted to read, knowing full well from the blurb and countless reviews how strange and bizarre it would be. I’ve made it no secret that I don’t always do well with “weird” books. But still, I decided to give it a try because I was in the mood for something a little outside of the box, and I was also curious to see what the science fiction literary awards ci
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has three narrators: one each in first, second, and third person. They are Pearl, Dr Sorle, and Alison the veterinarian respectively. Second person is not a favorite of mine but it ends up getting explained later on and the explanation makes this really work.

Pearl is an angel, complete with wings, who gets pulled over from her home world, a place she calls HD - the Higher Dimensions. She has no memory of this world and spends the book trying to get her "launcher" back so that she can g
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pearl is an angel, a being with wings that only exist in another dimension. She works for the Resistance–a mysterious organisation that promotes the spread of kindness among humans. As she returns from one of her missions, she recognises a passenger: he’s the man who stranded her here, away from her home. Dr. Sorle, meanwhile, has another problem: he has a passenger, one who regularly hijacks his body, and now, under the influence of that invisible rider, he’s stolen a briefcase that may or may ...more
David Reviews

This was a complex, challenging sci-fi read with some interesting ideas and I really quite liked the characters. The lead Pearl is female, but is muscular and has wings when she defaults to her ‘angelic’ form. Other times she can constrict herself and hide the wings from view, appearing human in appearance. The book opens with her being unsure of who she really is, where she came from or what her purpose in life is. She knows however she has been robbed of a component of herself and needs it bac
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly mind-warping, fast-paced science fiction thriller starring, among others, a powerful angel, a fifty-ish Scottish veterinarian who also does cross-stitch, a massive carnivorous quetzlcoatlus, a briefcase containing other dimensions, and a doctor whose timeline has been split by blood and oil. It's all so gripping and so much FUN - and so funny, too, at times! - that I couldn't stop reading. It's not my usual kind of read, but I loved it.
Jaine Fenn
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to categorise Occupy Me it would be as speculative fiction about a secret and unseen war. Or about secret and unseen dimensions; also, time-travel and non-linear causality. Or perhaps as an exploration of selflessness through conflict. Or maybe a mystery thriller where the mystery stretches human comprehension.

Actually, I’d rather not try and categorise this book. I’d rather you went out and got a copy, and read it for yourself.

The cast is as diverse as you can get: a being who may be a
ashley c
DNF at 50%.

I just stopped halfway through the book after giving it my full attention for an hour at the library, and asked myself, do I care what's going to happen next? How did I even start reading this? And decided that it was too.... I don't know, strange. There's a special angel (like, not a regular angel) called Pearl (there didn't seem to be any reason why this name was chosen, frankly I find it sickly sweet), a briefcase with a blackhole in it, strange men and demons... it just feels lik
Puh, das war schwere Kost für mich. Von Anfang an habe ich das Gefühl, etwas total cleveres zu lesen, dessen Sinn sich mir aber einfach nicht erschliessen will. Und mit fortschreitender Lektüre steigt in mir die Erkenntnis hoch, dass mich die Auflösung dieses verschwurbelten Konstrukts eigentlich auch gar nicht interessiert. Sechzig Seiten vor Schluss hat's mir dann endgültig gereicht.

Ich bin definitiv zu einfach gestrickt für dieses Werk, muss jetzt dringend einen "Perry Rhodan" zur mentalen E
Nuts. Absolutely, nuts. The most surreal sci-fi book I've ever read. So obscure, I can't even attempt to describe it. Reading this was like trying to watch 'The East' and several episodes of 'Sense8' at once. Whilst on acid. I enjoyed it, but I did feel a bit sick afterwards. Make of that what you will!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy that moment of trepidation that arrives whenever I’m reading an author’s work for the very first time. I’ve not read any of Tricia Sullivan’s other novels, so this was new territory for me.

Pearl, an angel who lives amongst us, is an intriguing creation. Innocent in many respects, but world weary in many others, her view of humanity shifts on a minute by minute basis. There is an unaffected air of otherworldliness that makes Pearl consistently fascinating character. She is captivat
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A brilliant read! Full review to come.
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2.5 Stars

This book was received from Netgalley in return for an honest review

As soon as I finished Occupy Me, the latest novel from sci-fi author Tricia Sullivan, I knew that I would have a hard time writing a review for it. At its best, Occupy Me is a beautiful, twisted and chaotic novel which sings with wonderful prose and an obvious depth of skill and imagination. At its worse, however, it is confusing, utterly strange and left me at times thinking ‘what wa
For the #shadowclarke
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
“I leaned into HD. My body folded like a paper airplane and I went down as a shaft, shedding importune photons like confetti. He got closer and closer. Every beat of my heart was dedicated to this one thing. Fly like an arrow. Fly. Every breath. Every impulse to muscle and every thought. My teeth sang in the wind.” (p.25)

Tricia Sullivan won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1999 for her novel Dreaming in Smoke. She has written nine SF and three Fantasy books, but I’d wager you haven’t heard of her.
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

An angel with wings in another dimension, working for 'The Resistance', an order who gently nudge humanity towards kindness, loses a briefcase which is a portal to another dimension and forgets who she is. The briefcase has been stolen by a man possessing the body of another man, the latter being forced to do things against his will. There's some gubbins about a race of birdpeople, dinosaurs popping up from other realms and all sorts of other batshit cr
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is an interesting book with some impressive qualities, but it seems reluctant to share them. I found it a hard book to warm to, it just feels cold and distant. The book flips between first, second, and third person perspectives which makes it hard to find the voice of the book and slows the pace considerably. As things progress it does become easier, but ultimately it took too long to draw me in.

There's some interesting ideas in the book though. Corporate corruption, causality, time and spa
A Very Mean Mudskipper
You know that feeling when you pick up a sci-fi book and it's the same old story all over again? No such feelings here. It picks up speed right in the beginning and not even 30 pages in I found myself saying "What. The fuck. Just happened." together with the main character.

The birds. I still don't know what it was that made my pleasure neurons tingle reading about them. It was beautiful. It was new. I could *feel* it. That's usually what makes it or breaks it for me in a book.

I'll admit, it does
I don't get it.

What the hell did I just read? I mean, I'm all for weird, I quite like weird. But this was not the weird for me. I could have dealt with that. It wouldn't have been so bad.... except.... for all those frigging perspective changes. First to second to third and back again, only ever a few pages at a time in one perspective. Nup. Couldn't stand it.

But that's ok. If you're up for experimental stuff, give it ago. But only if you can get your friends to read it also. It's a book best
Stig Edvartsen

Loved the premise but the execution failed to grab me.

The book is hard to follow and the plotting seems a bit half-hearted. The Allison POV is well done, the Pearl ones confusing and the rest lack depth. At least that was my take-away.

Simon Mcleish
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Ambitious idea, didn't grab me. It needs reading over a short space of time, and I wasn't in a position to give it that level of attention.
Hum okay, I have to think about this one a bit but I'm not mad at it, I quite liked the ending and overall even if it didn't make sense, I oddly enjoyed the book.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
One of those books that I'm sure I'd think is brilliant if I only knew what it was going on about.
John Defrog
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Tricia Sullivan twice before and was really knocked out, so I has keen to try this, even though the jacket blurb sounded a bit derivative – operative with no memory of her past chases a killer who occupies other people’s bodies. I should have known better – what Sullivan delivers here is an “angel” named Pearl with hyperdimensional wings working undercover (as a flight attendant) for a secret organization trying to make the world better through small acts of kindness. Then she meets Dr ...more
There's a hell of a lot going on in this book and it's either narrated by the angel-birdmade-detective-healer, Pearl, or the murderer-possessed-by-another-self, Dr Kisi Sorle, who seems very easy to forget. I had to look his name up just now even though I finished the book an hour ago.

Lots of explaining is done because Sullivan has made this complicated in a strange way. The people linked to Austen Stevens, the birds, the dinosaurs, the vet, a lover, some sort of Resistance (couldn't even unders
Nose in a book (Kate)
The plot is difficult to explain. The tale is narrated by Pearl, who wakes up in a fridge in a junkyard with little knowledge of who she is, or indeed what. She has the appearance of a middle-aged tall muscular black woman, but she also has wings in a higher dimension and a strength far beyond human. She might be an angel. In alternate chapters she directly addresses a Dr Kisi Sorle, whose story initially seems to be separate from hers, though they inevitably come together.

Dr Sorle has been expe
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, scifi
I’m fond of Tricia Sullivan’s distinctive style of quasi-incomprehensible yet thrilling sci-fi strangeness. Her novels tend to have interesting female protagonists and vividly surreal parallel and/or nested realities. Maul is my favourite, as I have a particular yen for fiction set in shopping malls. I enjoyed ‘Occupy Me’ more than her other recent novels Lightborn and Sound Mind as it played with some interesting concepts, the protagonist Pearl is very appealing, and quite a lot of it was set i ...more
This is a very disconcerting book on the first read and I feel intentionally so. Much like the characters we are thrown in headfirst and the explanations come late. Even why the narrative jumps between Second and First person only come later on. Instead we go through the story bashing into lines that knocked me backwards.
Upon a second reading it all makes perfect sense but allowed me to keep the sense of unease I remembered from a first journey through.
As such it is hard to describe without spoi
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Tricia Sullivan (born July 7, 1968 in New Jersey, U.S.) is a science fiction writer. She has also written fantasy under the pseudonym Valery Leith.

She moved to the United Kingdom in 1995. In 1999 she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel Dreaming in Smoke. Her novel Maul was also shortlisted for the same award in 2004.

Sullivan has studied music and karate. Her partner is the martial artist
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“I went into isometrics training and looked at that. And she's pushing against the immovable. That has a lot of meaning for me. That you have to push against the immovable. You have to push. Even if you haven't got a prayer of moving it. Because even if you don't move it, you'll change yourself. You'll change something. Something will break open. That's where my heart is on that one.” 0 likes
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