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Deathray reviews YBT

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.

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7 Responses to “Deathray reviews YBT”

  1. Guy Haley Says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    There you go with your clevers again! We must find a synonym. 'Adam Roberts exhibits unearthly wisdom' perhaps. We'll try to work it in to our next review...

  2. Adam Roberts Says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I like me clevers, certainly.

  3. Harlequin Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Wonderful book, Mr Roberts. Absolutely splendid, and what a delightfully bizarre ending, if not entire satisfying. There are times when the writing seems slightly less confident than normal, and the plot seems to meander around during the middle, but its overwhelming triumph is the sheer enthusiasm you communicate through your writing. Huzzah indeed.

    On another note, I hope that this snow stops soon - it's putting me in mind of another novel of yours...

  4. Harlequin Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Edit, make that 'entirely' rather than 'entire'.

  5. Adam Roberts Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Harlequin: I'm delighted you enjoyed it.

    On the ongoing snow: I can only hope that my novelistic worlds are not coming true. That would be an alarming prospect indeed.

  6. Harlequin Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hmm, quite - but at least we'll know who to blame.

    I was put in mind, during parts of YBT, of an almost Kafka-esque atmosphere, especially during the taxi sequences. There was just a way that events were presented that seemed reminiscent of The Castle. Not sure if that was your intention, but it certainly felt fitting (even more so when the 'reality' of things gets explained further on).

  7. Adam Roberts Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    That's very interesting. I think it's in his Coldness and Cruelty book that Deleuze puts Kafka forward as the greatest belly-laugh comic writer of the twentieth-century ... we need more humour of that sort I'd say.