Hello there! I’m sorry for not being on the ball this Fahrenbruary but I’m catching up now and I’ll have a few reviews coming your way….. they might run into March! I’ve seen some cracking reviews this month, as well as amazing Q & A’s. If you haven’t read them, you NEED to!
I’ve found some bloody awesome reads thanks to #Fahrenbruary, if you have no idea what that is, check out this post by my favourite bearded blogger Mart over at The Beardy Book Blogger blog (that’s just had an amazing face lift…..the blog not the blogger!); Fahrenbruary? What’s that all about then?
Now that’s all been covered, I can now rave about one of my most recent Fahrenbruary reads, which as many of you clever readers have noticed is ‘Ersatz World’ by Richard Godwin. Full steam ahead…
About The Author
Richard Godwin is a London born critically acclaimed author of several novels, including Apostle Rising, Noir City and of course Ersatz World. As well as writing, Richard also teaches creative writing at the University of London and workshops. You can find out more about himself and his works at www.richardgodwin.net
“His bestselling author has vanished, he’s under surveillance, and a killer is trying to hack bits off his wife. It’s not easy being a publisher in the 21st century…
Samuel Verso is an ordinary, old-fashioned publisher trying to resist the lure of e-books. As his wife fills the hallway with prosthetic limbs and his business partner is replaced with an exact replica he realises that his problems run deeper than books on a computer screen. But it is only when he is serially abducted, beaten and accused of terrorism that he understands it isn’t that he’s paranoid – it’s that he isn’t paranoid enough.
Soon, his reality becomes as malleable as the genres and narratives of the books that he publishes, fading away to be replaced by the mysterious code. And only the missing author holds the key to the code.”
What I Thought
The definition of ‘Ersatz‘ is a product that is made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else. As the title of the book suggests, this is the overall theme of the book and it is brilliantly thought provoking as well as falling into the category of being a f***ing great read!
The main narrative revolves around Samuel who owns a publishing house and is terrified of having to sell out, by providing digital books rather than the traditional kind. Although this move in market would save his business, what about his integrity? His wife, Phyllis is mentally ill and has filled their home with prosthetic limbs as she yearns to have her ‘real body’. The genre of Ersatz World could be described as futuristic dystopian, in which the realities of life begin to change due to the increased reliance on technology etc. For example, Phyllis, who appears to be suffering from body dysmorphia; is it just purely a case of mental illness or is the addition of contributing factors, such as social media and the availability of cosmetic surgery whenever you wish the cause? Although, I may be delving too deep into the underlining meaning of the storyline, this is what I derived from it and agreed with it!
Again, at 100 pages, this book packs on hell of a cognitive punch! My eyes were opened, to the point that I actually believe that the story Richard has produced could one day become a reality. Scary stuff! For me, this noir novella brought home how we as a society rely massively on technology; how we read, interact and how we mould ourselves to the ‘ideals’ portrayed online. Richard highlights these issues various times throughout Ersatz World, such as relating the increased use of technology as a way of ‘fading humanity’, just think about it, and read this book, it will blow your mind! Fictional or not!
This book is fast pasted, filled with all the good noir stuff; abduction, beatings and paranoia. If you’re anything like me, you’ll not be able to put this book down and will be hooked (line and sinker) until the very last page. Richard is a literary God who has produced books that aren’t of the everyday kind but ones that contain a lot of ompf, as well as thought and planning. If you’re going to treat yourself to a dark and thought provoking read, I would really recommend this one!
Originally unique reads seem to be a theme with Fahrenreads, they’re brilliantly different and will stay with you for a long time after reading!
For those of you, like me, who sometimes miss the Fahrenbruary reviews on Twitter, maybe because you’re not a Twitter user Fahrenheit Press has a page where all the reviews can be accessed. Click here to be transported to the page!
Have you read Ersatz World? What did you think? Did you have the same thoughts as me? Does it sound like your type of read? If so, here is the purchasing link: https://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_ersatz_world.html
Whatever you’re reading this month,