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Underneath a highway bridge, two mysterious vehicles—a driverless purple truck and a riderless yellow motorcycle—pass twice a day. A man is standing on that bridge, observing and transcribing their routines. Little about them makes sense, but the man has his theories.
All of his theories are wrong.
However, this sets him off on a journey to implausible places and leads to bi
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Defekt Books
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David Katzman
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What a fantastic, fantastical, quirky absurdist tale! I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Egglike begins oddly but, for the most part, grounded in reality. Details then begin to accumulate that take the main character into a stranger and stranger world until we eventually become entirely detached from reality. What starts as an exploration of odd patterns and repetitions becomes eventually an ecstatic embrace of transcendent Buddist non-ego and universal unity. And along the way, all manner of weird, humor
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Kurt
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I laughed from the beginning, and was dazed at the end. This story is a ridiculously eccentric sci-fi rollercoaster, akin to Stanisław Lem’s 'The Futurological Congress', yet with a much more rewarding existentialist take on matters.

The main character tells his experiences from the 1st person; we don’t know much about him except that he is extremely inquisitive and thorough, can’t stand a day job, loves chicken sandwiches, and really, really wants to know who or what is driving a colourful truc
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Simon Schäfer
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wheee, this book is quite the ride.
I've been a fan of Adi Gelbarts strange, but highly skilled musical and visual work for quite some time now and this book feels like the logical continuation of the journey into his quirky world.
As other reviewers here, I do recommend familiarising yourself with his other stuff, it won't be your loss.
Egglike has a dreamlike, trippy quality. As far as science fiction goes, it reminds me of the weirder stories from Rudy Rucker or Philip K. Dick. But then it also
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Lahis
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not everyday you get to read a book, which touches existential matters in such a colorful way.
Egglike is wise, fun, and full of surprises. Some words and parts in it are so accurate, it made my heart burst.
Giulia Palombino
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book sits halfway between sci-fi and absurdist fiction. Written in the form of a diary, the story is about a man observing strange occurrences around him and deciding to investigate. This leads him to a series of adventures in a world populated by mythical figures such as Captain Sharkhammer and ETCUS the cat robot, where computers with ambitions of their own write heart-breaking poetry and couples in Chinese restaurants endlessly discuss the amazing connection they share. The pages are cra ...more
Cássio Machado
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adi (the author) is a very interesting individual, expanding his creative output from music, trough painting, stop-motion animation and now, writing. If you're familiar with his previous work in these other areas you'll notice its contents are all part of the same universe, and to have a clearer view of his work, one must go after his other methods of communication (you can get a limited edition 7" vinyl with your book that will support this claim and if you're not already familiar with his musi ...more
Digital Pumpkin
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adi Gelbart's debut novel is a marvellous mix of sci-fi, existentialism, music and adventure; with just the right touch of nonsense and playful English that makes you think and smile at the same time.

Rutger van Dongen
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Egglike: An Over-the-Road Mystery

"So, does he still enjoy the asylum life?"

That's what I wrote under the book's dedication. Don't know exactly when. Don't know the motive. But it sticks, as an appropriate phrase to describe what's going on here. I got the fix on the flux - in an aesthetic sense, above all. It's what one expects: you get lost, but don't care too much: just follow the stream. You'll find the exit - in the end. And what to say more, in retrospect? Thought about it, for a while: mad
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