By Adam Roberts | January 28, 2009
Categories: Book News
The excellent Deathray (probably the best genre mag on the newsstands) chooses Yellow Blue Tibia as one of the 'Death Ray Five', viz. 'our pick of the month's most intriguing and/or important stuff'. A detailed, thoughtful review too, by Matt Bielby:
You never know exactly what you're going to get with an Adam Roberts novel, and that's a strength: each of his books is very different in feel from the last ... Yellow Blue Tibia is many things, but chiefly its a thriller that thinks it's a comedy. You'll smile, and maybe even laugh out loud, many times. But though it's clever [aha!] and always entertaining, you do tend to wonder exactly where this is all going, and there is a slight feeling, in the middle, of the book treading water before it's time to hit us with its chain of startling last-quarter revelations and sudden shifts of status quo. The result is not at all what I was expecting when I first picked up Yellow Blue Tibia. When your narrator suffers a partial lobotomy halfway through, rendring his whole way of thinking different, you know you're not in the hands of one of the most reliable of sorts. His status is just one of the things Roberts handles so impressively here, with a wee smile.