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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Courtenay Grimwood Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781436171038
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From Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the celebrated Arabesk series, comes a stunningly inventive novel of futuristic noir set in a world of shifting realities. Here a man is drawn into a gritty postmodern subculture and a secret kingdom of otherworldly beings to find what he lost long ago: a reason to live.

Kit Nouveau figured he’d already come to the end of the world. An Iraqi war veteran, expatriate, and part owner of Pirate Mary’s, the best Irish bar in Tokyo, Kit had settled down to await the inevitable with barely a whimper. It wasn’t exactly how Kit thought he’d end up, and he was right.

It’s going to end up a lot worse.

A teenage runaway with fifteen million dollars in stolen cash and a taste for cosplay is about to save Kit’s life in a lethal swirl of scarlet and bridal lace. Lady Neku, a.k.a. Countess of High Strange, has her own dangerous destiny to fulfill, and it’s mysteriously connected to Kit’s ravaged past. Now Kit’s only hope for redemption is to save an ex-girlfriend he tragically failed once before. But everyone says it’s already too late—and she’s left behind only one ominous clue: her suicide note.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Defiantly individual and works in that interesting margin where myth, futurism, literature, and pop culture all interbreed.”

    Times (London)

  • “Raymond Chandler for the 21st century.”

    Esquire

  • “Grimwood’s latest tale reads as if Kurt Vonnegut were writing manga for the producers of Doctor Who.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With Grimwood you find yourself caught in the enchantment of his fiction until that inevitable moment when something so nasty happens in such clinical detail that you want to look away, only, of course, you can’t…Grimwood’s best novel by far.”

    SFSite.com

  • “Fast yet humane, hip yet bizarre, futuristic yet embedded in the absolute present moment of the world, Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s novels read like thrillers but maintain a kind of caring irony and clarity of political vision which not only make him one of the best of the new UK SF writers but suggest new directions for every kind of writing.”

    M. John Harrison, author of Light

  • A 2007Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/20/2014

    " I have never read anything quite like this before. Sci-fi, love, adventure, politics, traversing time and space. Really quite amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earball | 2/16/2014

    " A complex, sometimes bewildering, exhilarating ride this. Reminds me a bit of Wim Wender's film "Until the End of the World" -- and not just because of the name. Both could be called science fiction, but the use of fictional technology and settings is secondary to the storytelling. The reader gets the story in pieces, with various tributaries finally flowing together in unexpected ways. It will demand more of your attention than the average thriller, but it's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 xdroot | 1/25/2014

    " a fun read encompassing japanese culture and the yakuza, english life, a talking cat, a visitor from a future where the moon is 6 slices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/18/2014

    " Amazingly original "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martinxo | 1/9/2014

    " Enjoyed this despite loosing the plot on numerous occasions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 9/13/2013

    " Interesting in its twists. DOn't all quite make it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/14/2013

    " Interesting. I enjoyed the Tokyo scenes, although his Roppongi and the one I remember were a bit different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/15/2012

    " Some meanie-head reviewer called this guy "Chandler for the 21st century". So I read it. Not really that true. The book got better as it went along and there are definite nods to classic scenes from Chandler. But it was only okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 9/10/2012

    " Fun cyberpunk book, but isn't it kinda late for Japanese-oriented cyberpunk? I mean, back in the late eighties it seemed like Japan would soon own the world, so the obsession with samurai swords seemed appropriate. Isn't it time we turned our attention to the Chinese? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynossa | 8/14/2012

    " Some of the puzzles are solved in the end but there are still some loose ends, If I may say so. I think this book requires second reading. Maybe someday in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Ackerley | 2/27/2011

    " This book, Murakami's 'Wind-up Bird Chronicles' and Shenmue 1 and 2 have me believing that sometime in this life I have lived in Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/2/2011

    " JCG plays with his usual two-world stories in his usual too-good style. There are always some excellent throwaway one-liners that you wished you'd wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethnoir | 7/9/2010

    " I like the blend of reality and fantasy in this novel, but I'm slightly concerned by the passiveness of the main character and curious about why there was an explicit sex scene in the middle of it all. Still I want to read more, he is anauthor I don't yet understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 7/1/2010

    " This was an interesting read, and all the various parts nearly fit together, but there were many times it felt that he was trying too hard to be on the cutting edge of futurism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kariss | 6/8/2010

    " Great mix of "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 3/11/2010

    " Grim, dense, complex, confusing, and compelling...just what I like in SF. Couldn't stop thinking about it. Winner of British SF Assn Award. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gentlemanvillain | 1/14/2010

    " The tough-guy story works well, but the weirdoland parts aren't meshed in properly and when it's all said and done, isn't very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 10/18/2009

    " Fun cyberpunk book, but isn't it kinda late for Japanese-oriented cyberpunk? I mean, back in the late eighties it seemed like Japan would soon own the world, so the obsession with samurai swords seemed appropriate. Isn't it time we turned our attention to the Chinese? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/20/2009

    " Interesting. I enjoyed the Tokyo scenes, although his Roppongi and the one I remember were a bit different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 11/12/2008

    " Grim, dense, complex, confusing, and compelling...just what I like in SF. Couldn't stop thinking about it. Winner of British SF Assn Award. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 9/7/2008

    " This was an interesting read, and all the various parts nearly fit together, but there were many times it felt that he was trying too hard to be on the cutting edge of futurism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 7/9/2008

    " JCG plays with his usual two-world stories in his usual too-good style. There are always some excellent throwaway one-liners that you wished you'd wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.Rex | 4/6/2008

    " I really can't decide how I felt about this book. It hasn't all sunk in yet. Some of the scenes and imagery were very powerful though and I can't quite shake them from my head. "

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About the Author
Author Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Jon Courtenay Grimwood lives in England. The third book in his acclaimed Arabesk series Felaheen won the 2003 British Science Fiction Association Award, appeared on Locus Magazine’s 2003 Recommended Reading List, and appeared on SFSite’s Best of 2003 list.

About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.