Dark Star

Dark Star Oliver Langmead
  • Title: Dark Star
  • Author: Oliver Langmead
  • ISBN: 9781907389306
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dark Star Oliver Langmead Dark Star The city of Vox survives in darkness under a sun that burns without light In Vox s permanent night light bulbs are precious the rich live in radiance and three Hearts beat light into the city Aquil
    The city of Vox survives in darkness, under a sun that burns without light In Vox s permanent night, light bulbs are precious, the rich live in radiance and three Hearts beat light into the city Aquila Corvus Cancer.Hearts that bring power to the light deprived citizens of the city of Vox whilst ghosts haunt the streets, clawing at headlights Prometheus, liquid light,The city of Vox survives in darkness, under a sun that burns without light In Vox s permanent night, light bulbs are precious, the rich live in radiance and three Hearts beat light into the city Aquila Corvus Cancer.Hearts that bring power to the light deprived citizens of the city of Vox whilst ghosts haunt the streets, clawing at headlights Prometheus, liquid light, is the drug of choice The body of young Vivian North, her blood shining brightly with unnatural light, has no place on the streets.When Cancer is stolen, the weaponisation of its raw power threatens to throw Vox into chaos Vox needs a hero, and it falls to cop Virgil Yorke to investigate.But Virgil has had a long cycle and he doesn t feel like a hero With the ghosts of his last case still haunting his thoughts, he craves justice for the young woman found dead with veins full of glowing Aided by his partner Dante, Virgil begins to shed light on the dark city s even darker secrets.Haunted by the ghosts of his past and chased by his addictions, which will crack first, Virgil or the case
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    1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsI have to admit epic poems like the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aenid, Beowulf, Paradise Lost, and The Divine Comedy have never been my favorite reads In fact, I pretty much hated them back in my college days So when I first discovered that Dark Star utilized that same metered writing form, I was concerned Terrified almost But, after giving Oliver Langmead s sci fi verse a try, I found Dark Star a fresh, and easily readable novel.The story itself begins as a [...]

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    2. My lighthouse is no longer lit, Virgil,Because there are no boats to warn off.Five hundred years ago we landed here,And five hundred years ago we, well stopped They say that nothing is original any, and oftentimes I am hard pressed to agree Until now.The past year has seen little in the way of knock my socks off debuts Truth be told, I ve found there to be very few debuts on my radar, and even less available to me off the bat See Jen William s The Copper Promise But I digress I could sum this w [...]

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    3. Imagine a world orbiting a dark star Imagine a city where light is scarce where light is the currency, the drug and the religion Imagine a girl found dead down a dark back street, with brightly glowing veins Could you leave that mystery unsolved , Dark Star , sci fi epic poem , , , , , Sin City, , , , , , , , , 5% , , , , , , , , , nikeh

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    4. The epic poem is rarely seen in modern literature as it is a difficult art form to master Oliver Langmead s Dark Star is an elegantly written, raw and moving example of the form The format does not detract from or make the narrative awkward, rather it smoothly draws the reader in deeply.In the a world of darkness, light is a precious commodity When a young woman is discovered, her dead body filled with unnatural light, Virgil and his partner are assigned to investigate What begins as a not so s [...]

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    5. I was sent this free from the publisher, but that in no way affects my review This book is a tough one to rate but I think it just about gets a 3.5 rating It s a very cool world with a lot of interesting and fairly original ideas I haven t before encountered a book quite like it, but then I haven t read a huge deal of Sci fi The city that we focus on for this story is called Vox It s a dark place with very few sources of light and no Sun which brightens the way The world is dark, dark, dark and [...]

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    6. stata una lettura gradevole, ma l autore molto ingenuo sia nella scrittura che nell uso dei trope dei generi a cui si ispira, dunque il romanzo risulta un po derivativo e poco credibile alle volte Il fatto che il romanzo sia scritto in versi comunque non ostacola la lettura, anzi la rende pi scorrevole, di questo ha senz altro merito lui e il traduttore Nicola Manuppelli.

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    7. I came to this book because it s shortlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker, which I read each year I was somewhat terrified by the prospect of a blank verse novel, but much to my surprise, I enjoyed DARK STAR enormously It is, curiously, the second SF gumshoe noir I ve read in as many months and much my favourite of the two Clearly this sub sub genre is having a moment.To be sure, many of the things I dislike about noir are here principally, the absence of any female character who isn t either [...]

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    8. Let s talk first about Langmead s audacious decision to write his debut novel in the form of an epic poem I have to confess to being unfamiliar with the form, and my potential appreciation was further hampered by the fact that I read the novel on my Kindle using an over large font all the better to not have to get out my reading glasses, my dear , which messed with the way the verses are intended to appear on the page Still, it didn t slow me down in the slightest One might argue that the use of [...]

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    9. Great in many aspects, a bit deficient in others I think it s mostly my own fault, I had no music to listen it to, and it s definitely a moody piece that would benefit from a proper accompaniment edit after a few months now, I ve got to say this books grows on me in retrospect I ll probably re read it It had enough meaning and depth for me to still think about it months after The plot was good and dark But Virgil felt a bit too much like a piece of drift wood, not so much following cases as bein [...]

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    10. Perhaps too loyal to the washed up noir detective narrative, but that familiarity, plus tasty epic poetry styling makes this go down fast and easy Wrestle with the metaphor while Virgil and Dante as they enter the various circles of Vox the bar, the wealthy home, the university to investigate a woman s death by light, and the mysterious disappearance of one of three central power keys in this city of darkness, all while Virgil struggles with his own addiction to an injectable form of light Remin [...]

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    11. Plus another half star and I m mean with stars The epic verse is just brilliant Even when I couldn t actually read it aloud I read it aloud in my head and I ll kill for the BBC radio 4 drama when it happens please can t wait to hear it all again I ve read some daft reviews complaining that coffee and tobacco plants need light, but not explaining why this tale has to pin down every last technological biological nut and bolt when no one else ever does The author has outlined a world through the si [...]

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    12. Langmead s ambitious verse delivers a synergy of Blade Runner and Tron, forged beneath a Dick Tracy hammer It s well written, well paced, and the world of Vox is imaginative Looking forward to reading by this author.

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    13. I was searching for Noir and I found it.In Oliver Langmead s Noir Sci Fi novel, Dark Star , I found a city where light is as precious acommodity as water.Vox is a dark city that s filled with ghosts, those people who are addicted to light Those who arestarved and need its glow.People trudge along their lives and some fall into the madness of the dark sun plaguing their skies.Into this setting we meet Virgil Yorke, a washed up cop addicted to a drug called Prometheus or colloquially known as Pro [...]

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    14. A fascinating sci fi noir thriller, that really takes you for a ride Yorke, the protagonist, is battered,bruised and beaten and often himself feels like a witness to events than an active participant The world without light is evocatively created and leaves a striking image The people are incredibly familiar, a theme the novel touches on that despite changing circumstances people don t really change We have corrupt cops, addicts, mobsters, killers who are convinced their ends justify their mean [...]

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    15. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here An epic noir poem, literally set in darkness With the main characters called Dante and Virgil.This is beautifully constructed The rocking corridor is nearly black,Lit by the meagre glow from the windows.There s someone else stood at the other endAnd for a fleeting moment I glimpse her,Caught in the flash of the train s bright headlampReflecting from a surface in the dark.

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    16. You can find this review and on my blog.Dark Star is one of the strangest books I ve read in a while It s written entirely in epic verse, even though the story it tells is reminiscent of a noir movie than an epic ballad I admit that this format was rather off putting at first I almost closed the book when I saw it I m glad I didn t.This book is like a dark vortex it moves slowly at first, luring you with a false sense of security, then sucks you in faster than a whirlpool Once you start readin [...]

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    17. The beginning of the book was discombobulating and I m glad I peeked at a couple reviews before getting too far in because it was there I found out the story was in verse In my digital version it just looked like a really poorly edited, poorly structured mess Well, that solved that problem Moving along.DARK STAR jumps right into the story so you re left to orient yourself in this new world as you read but it doesn t take all that long to do it For a while, as I was reading, I was torn on what I [...]

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    18. This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures bookswithoutanypictures 20Unsung Stories is a small press based in the UK dedicated to publishing weird fiction Dark Star by Oliver Langmead is a perfect example it s a science fiction noir novel written in verse Yes, you read that correctly It s a strange and wonderful mashup of genres.Dark Star is set on the planet Vox, which is in utter darkness Life on Vox is made possible by three Hearts, which serve as generators and su [...]

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    19. Iambic pentameter, science fiction, detective thriller, three in one, like the oil, a homogeneous mix that does the job Strange as it might sound, it works It reads easily, helped by the rhythm of the verse, so that you are swept along and swept up by the story.I was put on to this by Sarah Waters recommendations in the Guardian s Best books of 2015 theguardian books ng i I was thrilled by Oliver Langmead s Dark Star Unsung Stories A sci fi noir detective story told in verse think Blade Runner m [...]

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    20. Surprisingly, epic verse turns out here to be a really fun format that begs you to read out loud and enter into a grotty world.I loved Dark Star in fact, and found it wholly enjoyable There are excellent set pieces, great descriptions and consistent tone, and a nice balance of apocalyptic level threats vs sordid human goings on.We get a controlled and limited glimpse into Vox, and it s similar with some of the characters we meet within it Wilson, Shepherd, Rachel which is my main gripe The book [...]

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    21. Disclaimer my daughter gave me a signed copy because she knows somebody that knows the author Dundee is a small city I liked this book I wanted to finish it I wanted to see the mystery solved the two cases the book is ostensibly about as well as the case from the past that still haunts the main character I liked the ideas in the book I had a sympathy for the characters I liked the sci if setting and the crime noir elements So why only three stars I didn t like the attempt at epic poem For me, it [...]

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    22. Writing a speculative fiction novel in verse form is not unique Toby Barlow wrote his werewolf novel Sharp Teeth in free verse , but it s certainly rare, and I am incredibly intrigued by it.Dark Star is brilliant a little clunky at times I guess iambic pentameter will do that to you when you have to sustain it for 200 pages , but utterly magnetic The best bit Its setting in Langmead s words, a world, or a city, set in permanent darkness using light as a scarce resource and the way Langmead has e [...]

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    23. This would have been a better story IMO if it was just a straight up novella and tried to avoid the poetry bit It didn t really read in poetic fashion to me I appreciated the attempt but maybe better to stick with prose.With that said, the worldbuilding here was excellent I really felt immersed in this dark world though there were some logical loopholes that I would have liked to have seen explained better where is the gas for these cars coming from if its too dark to actually even mine drill fo [...]

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    24. A sci fi noir tale told in metered verse Yes, please We follow Virgil Yorke, a drug addicted cop with a heart of gold, as he tries to solve the murder of a young woman and the theft of one of the three Hearts that provide essential light and power to the city Oh, because the book is set on a planet with a dead sun, leaving society to live within an oppressive and complete darkness I found the use of heroic verse to be inspired It didn t make it difficult to read at all the opposite in fact Rathe [...]

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    25. I was curious when I heard about this book because it s written in verse I thought it worked very well and was enjoyable to read Some of the net noir elements such as the overarching light dark theme was a little bit overdone in my opinion Would make a fantastic graphic novel or Sin City style movie.

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    26. A fantastic blend of detective noir and SF, this is an atmospheric bold and imaginative book Don t let the fact it s written in blank verse put you off, this is a compelling and absorbing read.I m full of admiration for Langmead s ambition If his use of language falls a little short of the demands of the form here and there, then that is a minor quibble I hugeley enjoyed this book.

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    27. This is a mixture of science fiction, police procedural and epic poetrybut the story grabs you so quickly that the oddness of form isn t noticeable I really enjoyed the plot and was so intrigued by the setting, that I might check the associated websites.

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    28. this is brilliant the most original and inventive SciFi I have read in ages, not for the story, but for how it is presented 218 pages all in iambic pentameter like some Shakespearean epic wonderfully refreshing to read I will be nominating this for the 2016 Hugo awards.

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    29. I wasn t sure what I d make of this I needn t have worried, this is really excellent, lean, dark fiction The metre gives it something formal and restrained that makes the whole thing sing Highly recommended.

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    30. Science fiction , noir , epic poetry in iambic pentameter while the plot has some holes how do you have crops on a planet with no sun , the atmosphere, characterization, writing are absolutely stellar.

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