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Some Recent Reactions to “The Thing Itself”

By Adam Roberts | April 30, 2017
Categories: Reviews


Reactions to The Thing Itself continue to bubble under. On Twitter Gwilym Eades‏ called it ‘one of the best novels of any genre’ and ‘[the] Kind of book u finish reading & u want to read everything else by the author’, and added a link to his blogpost discussing the novel; and Philip Christman has reviewed the novel very generously for the Christian Courier, saying it ‘provides all the thrills of an airport-bookstore read, and a universe besides’. Particularly gratifying for me is that he also says the book ‘provokes some important questions’, in particular: ‘is the God of Kant also the God of Abraham, Ruth and Jesus? Karl Barth for one would say no’.

Also, and though it's not specifically related to TTI, I'm a huge-enough XTC fan to have been ridiculously chuffed by this tweet from Jonathan Thornton.

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3 Responses to “Some Recent Reactions to “The Thing Itself””

  1. James Says:
    November 16th, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Good blog! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  2. Phil Says:
    January 23rd, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I was introduced to your work by a good friend of mine, Steve Andrews, and having finished 'Haven' last night ( a fascinating continuation of 'Shelter' in itself, which also poses questions of perception ) started 'The Thing Itself' on the train this morning. So far, I'm enjoying having my brain twisted in a similar way to '...Palmer Eldritch', 'A Scanner Darkly' and 'The Dead Mountaineer's Inn'. Cheers!

  3. Adam Roberts Says:
    February 23rd, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks, Phil!