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A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a dA woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time. On the way we follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over. And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.Tricia Sullivan returns to the genre with a book that will define the conversation within the genre and will show what it is capable of for years to come. This is the best book yet from a writer of exceedingly rare talent who is much loved in the genre world....

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Occupy Me Reviews

  • Gavin
    2019-06-06 01:35

    This was a weird book. Part sci-fi, part mystery, and part thriller. The strangest thing of all was that it was the sci-fi elements of the story that let the story down! The premise was super intriguing. Pearl, an angel, with no memory of how or why she ended up on earth is trying to track down Dr. Kisi Sorle, the man responsible for stranding her on this planet in the first place. He stole something of hers. It looks like an ordinary briefcase, but is in fact a gateway to another dimension. Pearl needs it back if she is ever to make it home and learn the truth about her true nature. Dr. Kisi Sorle is a man with problems of his own. He is a prisoner in his own body, at the mercy of an unknown individual who can seize control of his body at will, and who will stop at nothing to see the completion of some unknown plan. It was definitely an interesting story. Tricia Sullivan also had a very engaging writing style which made this an easy and engaging read. We got three POV perspectives in the form of Pearl, Dr. Sorle, and near the end from Allison, a Scottish vet in her early 60s. All of the characters were fairly interesting, but it was Pearl who was the star of the show. She was an unusual character and not just because of her wings which exist half in another dimension! She was over 6 feet tall, with a muscular build, and appeared around 50 in age. She was also super easy to like and root for. The other weird thing is that Sullivan told this story from the first, third, and second person perspective. It was weird to have a second person perspective, but it just about worked. The major failing of this story was the sci-fi elements of the tale. They were just too abstract. Which made them quite confusing to follow at times. I was hoping they would be fleshed out and explained by the end, but that never really happened to my satisfaction. All in all I though this was an enjoyable read that suffered from a few flaws that held it back from being an excellent one.Rating: 3.5 stars.Audio Note: Penelope Rawlins narrated the female characters and gave a fantastic performance. Dugald Bruce-Lockhart narrated the male POV and gave a decent performance as well.

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-26 03:53

    Bats**t crazy SF involving an angel, international financial shenanigans, possession by a malevolent entity, international malfeasance by an oil company and a surprise pterosaur.There's no plot summary I could give that wouldn't spoil the hell out of this, and the basic setup just doesn't make much sense anyway. This book is a puzzle-box and at least half the fun in trying to work out how it all comes together, who all these people are and what they're trying to do. It's a very ambitious story and told with a very ambitious structure as well with the three narrators each being written in first, second and third person respectively.You've got to respect the difficulty level here. Pearl as an angel (and (view spoiler)[higher dimensional artificial sentient time-trawling librarian archive machine (hide spoiler)]) has a very difficult point of view to write and Dr. Kisi Sorle, the possessed African expatriat who has brought Pearl to our world, isn't any easier to write. However, the main flaw in the book is a failure to communicate everything going on while delivering much of an emotional connection to these characters. Pearl in particular is likable, but the constant reinforcement in the book that she's probably not even a person or fully sentient all makes it hard to appreciate her. Dr. Sorle is being possessed by himself (there's an explanation for this weirdness), and it can be difficult working out who is driving at any one point. The third narrator, Alison, a 60-year old Edinburgh veterinarian, is actually quite a relatable character, but I found her blithe acceptance of the craziness going on around her a little hard to swallow.If you like puzzles and out-there SF, this book may well be to your taste. I like both those things, but I felt the book a little bit too flawed for my taste.

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2019-06-19 05:35

    I thought this book was going to be one I could not finish, but I persisted in the hope I might begin to enjoy it more. For me, this is one of those novels that had huge potential to be fantastic but the execution let it down badly. I found reading this book hurt my brain and that's not what you want when reading a book for pleasure.The plot felt very disjointed and I struggled for a lot of the book to have a clear grasp on what was really going on, in addition to that the characters all seemed so much out of reach, I could not connect with any of them. It had moments where it would really shine, then it would just slide again and I was confused and finding it too much hard work. Darn shame as I really liked the sound of the plot. I think this book needed more simplicity, maybe too much was going on. I don't know. It just did not float my boat.A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time. On the way we follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over.And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.One of the things that really stood out for me is that I got no sense that the main winged female character was even female! I got more of a masculine sense from the way it was written and I wonder what readers would think if they were not told she was female. I found that a bit weird. Too much going on here and sadly only 3 stars from me, to be honest I nearly gave it 2 stars as I did not like it but bumped it up for some of the better moments in the book. I have no idea if others will like, love or dislike this book. It might be a mixed bag. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.For more of my book reviews, plenty of awesome books to win, and author Q&A events come to: follow me on Twitter:

  • Sarah Anne
    2019-05-29 06:03

    This book has three narrators: one each in first, second, and third person. They are Pearl, Dr Sorle, and Alison the veterinarian respectively. Second person is not a favorite of mine but it ends up getting explained later on and the explanation makes this really work.Pearl is an angel, complete with wings, who gets pulled over from her home world, a place she calls HD - the Higher Dimensions. She has no memory of this world and spends the book trying to get her "launcher" back so that she can go back home. Dr Sorle is the man who stole the launcher, but things are a tad bit complicated because there are two Dr Sorles, and they both use the same body.Pearl gets a job as an angel for an airline and spends her time soothing and assisting people, right up until she discovers Dr Sorle on her flight, and he's got her launcher. Chaos ensues. There's a moment that reminds me of The Satanic Verses and then Sorle and Pearl are separated. Pearl spends her time trying to track Sorle down so she can get her launcher back and go home. Sorle spends him time switching back and forth between the two Sorles and getting in trouble. One Sorle seems to be determined to start trouble and the other just wants to calm things down and go home. I had no idea which was which at times, so this part did become confusing.This book has these odd occasional moments of levity that I found rather awkward. Overall it's imaginative and unique, and I really enjoyed it. It's actually one that I like even more the more I think about it.

  • Aliette
    2019-06-14 02:53

    Pearl is an angel, a being with wings that only exist in another dimension. She works for the Resistance–a mysterious organisation that promotes the spread of kindness among humans. As she returns from one of her missions, she recognises a passenger: he’s the man who stranded her here, away from her home. Dr. Sorle, meanwhile, has another problem: he has a passenger, one who regularly hijacks his body, and now, under the influence of that invisible rider, he’s stolen a briefcase that may or may not contain universes–and the soul of a dead man…Occupy Me is a densely packed SF novel, brimming with ideas about past, future, the meaning of the self, and a cornucopia of universe nested like Russian dolls. That it manages to make all of this work while remaining rooted in its (mainly) 21st-Century setting is testament to Sullivan’s powerful writing. It’s not a book you pick for light reading, but if you’re ready to invest in something that will blow your mind and challenge your perceptions of the real, this is exactly the thing.

  • David Reviews
    2019-06-18 04:51

    This was a complex, challenging sci-fi read with some interesting ideas and I really quite liked the characters. The lead Pearl is female, but is muscular and has wings when she defaults to her ‘angelic’ form. Other times she can constrict herself and hide the wings from view, appearing human in appearance. The book opens with her being unsure of who she really is, where she came from or what her purpose in life is. She knows however she has been robbed of a component of herself and needs it back. The component is in the form of a briefcase and she will hunt down the man who stole it from her.The story was initially tricky to get to grips with, but once I got into it and began to grasp some of the concepts, it became clearer and more enjoyable. Even so I found the concepts a bit too grand and the writing a little over elaborate. I doubt I'll be the last person reading this book to feel it was all a bit much. An interesting book, likeable characters (especially Pearl) and good ideas, but I felt the author through her writing was constantly challenging me as to who was the cleverest and she won. In the final part I kept going back and re-reading little sections to ensure I got what the author was meaning. I think I got the gist of most of the story and quite liked it.By the final part of the book Pearl has some realisation of where she is from, what she is and the possibilities. Again it’s all great leaps of the imagination and high end fantasy sci-fi which was intriguing but challenging for me to fully comprehend. I’m happy to have finished this but it’s probably more for your Sci-fi aficionados rather than your average fiction reader. (ARC Received)

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-18 01:51

    A brilliantly mind-warping, fast-paced science fiction thriller starring, among others, a powerful angel, a fifty-ish Scottish veterinarian who also does cross-stitch, a massive carnivorous quetzlcoatlus, a briefcase containing other dimensions, and a doctor whose timeline has been split by blood and oil. It's all so gripping and so much FUN - and so funny, too, at times! - that I couldn't stop reading. It's not my usual kind of read, but I loved it.

  • Jaine Fenn
    2019-06-01 06:53

    If I had to categorise Occupy Me it would be as speculative fiction about a secret and unseen war. Or about secret and unseen dimensions; also, time-travel and non-linear causality. Or perhaps as an exploration of selflessness through conflict. Or maybe a mystery thriller where the mystery stretches human comprehension.Actually, I’d rather not try and categorise this book. I’d rather you went out and got a copy, and read it for yourself.The cast is as diverse as you can get: a being who may be an angel (depending on one’s definition, not that she’s sure herself); a man whose life has been about trying to hold a moral centre against compromise (and increasingly against being possessed by someone or something else) and a homely, approachable Scottish vet whose hobbies include cross-stitch and single malt. And a pterosaur: don’t forget the pterosaur. One of the many achievements of this crazy and compelling narrative is the fact that each person's story is told in a different point of view: third, first and – most daringly – second.The story starts with a dying industrialist who will do anything to live forever, but the deal he's made isn’t what he thinks. The ride then takes in intrigue, love, conspiracies and higher dimensional physics, amongst other things. The writing is effortlessly readable, perfectly paced and darkly comic. I’m still not sure what the book was about; not that it matters.Occupy Me is a book whose originality may tell against it, and that would be a great shame. Just go and read it.

  • ashley c
    2019-06-12 04:41

    DNF at 50%. I just stopped halfway through the book after giving it my full attention for an hour at the library, and asked myself, do I care what's going to happen next? How did I even start reading this? And decided that it was too.... I don't know, strange. There's a special angel (like, not a regular angel) called Pearl (there didn't seem to be any reason why this name was chosen, frankly I find it sickly sweet), a briefcase with a blackhole in it, strange men and demons... it just feels like a Men in Black movie. I don't really like Men in Black.

  • Ivo
    2019-06-21 02:53

    Puh, das war schwere Kost für mich. Von Anfang an habe ich das Gefühl, etwas total cleveres zu lesen, dessen Sinn sich mir aber einfach nicht erschliessen will. Und mit fortschreitender Lektüre steigt in mir die Erkenntnis hoch, dass mich die Auflösung dieses verschwurbelten Konstrukts eigentlich auch gar nicht interessiert. Sechzig Seiten vor Schluss hat's mir dann endgültig gereicht. Ich bin definitiv zu einfach gestrickt für dieses Werk, muss jetzt dringend einen "Perry Rhodan" zur mentalen Entschlackung lesen.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-23 00:52

    Nuts. Absolutely, nuts. The most surreal sci-fi book I've ever read. So obscure, I can't even attempt to describe it. Reading this was like trying to watch 'The East' and several episodes of 'Sense8' at once. Whilst on acid. I enjoyed it, but I did feel a bit sick afterwards. Make of that what you will!

  • Matthew
    2019-05-31 01:44

    A brilliant read! Full review to come.

  • proxyfish
    2019-06-03 00:37

    Reviewed on my blog - Books by Proxy2.5 StarsThis book was received from Netgalley in return for an honest reviewAs soon as I finished Occupy Me, the latest novel from sci-fi author Tricia Sullivan, I knew that I would have a hard time writing a review for it. At its best, Occupy Me is a beautiful, twisted and chaotic novel which sings with wonderful prose and an obvious depth of skill and imagination. At its worse, however, it is confusing, utterly strange and left me at times thinking ‘what was the point?’Written in a distinctive voice, with a healthy dose of imagination, Sullivan’s talents as a writer are undeniable. However, this is a book which I can only imagine will be loved or loathed in equal measure by those who embark on unravelling those mysteries which are held between its pages. I’m afraid that after a promising start, by it’s conclusion, my feelings fell more in line with the latter.-Sullivan paints a strange picture of a world where angels nudge humanity in a favourable direction and which is coloured by both the innocence and the disenchantment of the protagonists. These protagonists – one angel: Pearl; and one doctor: Kisi Sorle – spin the narrative into something akin to a chase across the globe, where aims are not always clear and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable. This is a novel where, should it be undertaken, the utmost attention should be paid to the very least of strings lest the reader get mired in the cacophony of madcap themes and schemes which undoubtedly unfold the moment one’s attention drops.Occupy Me, however, benefits from an assortment of strange, repulsive and somewhat amusing characters who, whilst providing a diverse cast, failed to make me truly care for any by its conclusion. Unfortunately, with little connection to the majority of the cast, it became increasingly difficult to care about their place in the narrative even when I understood what was going on at all. But whilst these may not have been characters I ‘liked’, they were all rather interesting, if not entirely bizarre, and often became the driving force behind the plot, heaping moments of excitement and utter confusion on the reader in equal measure.And not least Pearl. An angel whose memories of her past are lost and whose present and future are uncertain, Pearl is an oddity in this world and beyond. Her interactions are strange and amusing, her view of the world is both innocent and all too knowing, and her life is entwined with mystery and a sense of the unknown. Her attachment to ‘the briefcase’ and her failed attempts at its retrieval are, when not entirely confusing, some of the most nonsensical, absurd and enjoyable moments in the novel, and her almost alien composition keep the level of intrigue and mystery at a peak throughout.Dr. Kisi Sorle on the other hand is a good man who, in a strange case of possession and an unusual attachment to a certain briefcase, finds himself complicit in murder, crime and other nefarious acts. In his – or rather the other his’ – attempt at causing instrumental global change, the world as we know it is broken apart in a torrent of chaos, flashes of bright light and the apparition of prehistoric monsters at inconvenient moments. The strange which surrounds Dr. Sorle is entirely more my cup of tea and his chapters, whilst equal in absurdity, were entirely more comprehensible and provided welcome intervals throughout the novel.However, it would be an unfair review to say there were no parts of this novel which I enjoyed from start to finish, including an interesting play in perspective writing which made for one of the highlights of the novel. These sections, written in second person perspective (an idea which would usually give me nightmares), were some of the most enjoyable chapters and their increase in frequency would have been of benefit throughout. Similarly, Sullivan’s prose is relatively distinctive and is one of the few novels I’ve felt compelled to read in an American voice. Her passages are often marked by interesting, amusing description and surprising observations, and Sullivan’s obvious love for the strange is something which I would be eager to read in her future work.Despite these aspects of the narrative which I enjoyed all the way through, a lack of clarity and a firm sense of confusion seemed to grip me by its end. The strange questions raised throughout the novel failed to yield the answers I was so desperate to find out; the science came with little explanation and even less sense; and the characters shifted from being interesting if a little strange to being almost unbearably confusing. This novel, which began with an intriguing and incredibly readable opening chapter, started to weigh heavily over its course and became something of a chore to read by its conclusion. Occupy me is, altogether, a book which has left me in more than one state of confusion.-Whilst Occupy Me may not have been the read I had hoped it would be, and whilst it may not have been the best introduction to Tricia Sullivan, there were still positives and enjoyable moments to pull from its pages. I may have felt a little too much relief as I drew to its conclusion but, you never know, it may just take you by surprise. Be open to the strange and the strange may just open up to you… just take care that the strange in question isn’t a briefcase.

  • fromcouchtomoon
    2019-06-19 03:56

    For the #shadowclarke

  • Gray
    2019-05-29 04:53

    “I leaned into HD. My body folded like a paper airplane and I went down as a shaft, shedding importune photons like confetti. He got closer and closer. Every beat of my heart was dedicated to this one thing. Fly like an arrow. Fly. Every breath. Every impulse to muscle and every thought. My teeth sang in the wind.” (p.25)Tricia Sullivan won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1999 for her novel Dreaming in Smoke. She has written nine SF and three Fantasy books, but I’d wager you haven’t heard of her. (Although I would be happy to be mistaken.) I recently read a fascinating speech she gave at Stranimondi 2016 about the difficulty of attaining recognition as a female SF writer. Occupy Me (2016) is her latest book. I picked it up on impulse because I liked the sound of what I read on the back cover.The story opens with a page of instructions for using a “HD waveform launcher” with a warning about its “internal gravity”. We are not told what it is or even what it does, just how to switch “from scan mode to launch mode.” (p.1) The narrative voice then switches to the second-person with the narrator telling “you” how a “briefcase turned up in your life.” (p.2) The problem is “you” don’t have any recollection of where this briefcase has come from. And for some reason you are afraid to open it. But at the last minute you pick it up and take it with you.Thus begins Tricia Sullivan’s story. To quote Winston Churchill: “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” Well, maybe that’s a little exaggerated but this is a book that revels in its showing and keeps the telling to a minimum. Sullivan drops you in the middle of her world and expects you to keep up. It’s a book that requires concentration; I often reread earlier parts of the book to bring myself back up to speed after putting it down. But it’s also one of the most exciting and imaginative stories I have read since Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix. And it isn’t all written in the second person.The other main character is Pearl. She is working as a flight attendant when we first meet her. She claims to have wings, but they can’t usually be seen as they exist in a higher dimension. She may even be an angel. The trouble is she’s not really sure who she is or where she’s from. We join Pearl on her journey to rediscover her identity. And to find out who or what “hijacked” her.“I touched them with invisible feathers. I soothed an insomniac grandmother with liver trouble and her Xanax-popping granddaughter. The baby on the Xanax-popper’s lap stopped crying when my unseen feather brushed the top of her head. I gave the respite of sleep to the university student returning to school after a funeral, […] I shone compassion on the shuttered windows of a London cabbie’s angry mind, softening the edges of his vision.” (p.18)Scanning some of the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, it seems that readers either really liked this book or found it too confusing. I really enjoyed the ride because as well as it being at times exciting, mind-blowing, funny and intelligent, it made me think and ask questions about what I had just read. There is a refreshing lack of info-dump. Plus, there are some beautiful passages of prose in here. For example:“The clouds over Viana do Castelo were dense and shapely; I could feel them muffling the town, pressing the sea smooth while light wandered sidelong into the sky.” (p.38)“The woods gather round you like a winter coat. (p.53)“They have woven this place from the wreckage of metal structure, from the scrambled desiccation of life forms reduced to dust and rime. From silicon and gold.” (p.110)“I headed east, away from the searchlights, and then I saw it. Over the railway bridge the ancient animal glided black and lunar, like a cracked piece of sky.” (p.140)The non-profit literary magazine Upcoming 4.Me concluded “It's completely bonkers, incredibly brave and well worth exploring at ease.” I’m a big fan of the word “bonkers” and find this to be a nice summary of the book. If you are lacking a bit of bonkers-ness in your SF reading life, then I recommend giving Occupy Me a try. It might just blow your mind, in a good way.

  • Paul
    2019-06-18 04:52

    I always enjoy that moment of trepidation that arrives whenever I’m reading an author’s work for the very first time. I’ve not read any of Tricia Sullivan’s other novels, so this was new territory for me.Pearl, an angel who lives amongst us, is an intriguing creation. Innocent in many respects, but world weary in many others, her view of humanity shifts on a minute by minute basis. There is an unaffected air of otherworldliness that makes Pearl consistently fascinating character. She is captivated by the universe and all of its wonders. Every detail, no matter how seemingly insignificant, attracts her attention. Her inquisitiveness and determination feel almost palpable.There are also a handful of chapters written from the perspective of the doctor whose body is being randomly possessed by a killer. Sullivan does a fantastic job of capturing the sense of growing panic and confusion this individual experiences. I loved how the writing perfectly describes his feelings of impending dread.At the most basic level, I suppose Occupy Me could simply be viewed as a huge globe-trotting chase; certainly the action spans multiple continents. You would be wrong to dismiss it as just that however. In fact, if it is a simple, straightforward read you’re looking for, I would probably give this book a miss. This novel is a wonderfully mind-bending work. There is a satisfyingly complex narrative that explores all manner of different theories and ideas. As Pearl learns more and more about the nature of existence and all that it entails, this gives Tricia Sullivan the opportunity to pick apart a plethora of subjects. Everything from global politics and the definition of free will, to multiple realities and causality are discussed. If you are looking for genuinely thought provoking fiction, then you need look no further.All this going on and I haven’t even mentioned the most important briefcase that has ever ever existed. No spoilers on that one, I’ll let you try and unravel that particular conundrum yourself.Reading is such a subjective, personal thing that I suspect when presented with Occupy Me, different readers will pick up on entirely different themes. They are going to come to differing conclusions about what underlying messages may be held within. There is a line in the novel that sums up this literary adventure perfectlyThis is so not what I imagined it would beI rather like the idea of reading without a safety net, and Occupy Me feels exactly like that. I realised on more than one occasion I had no inkling where the plot was going to head next. That little frisson of excitement while devouring fiction is always a joy.This is the sort of book that I think I need to sit down and talk to a group of people about after they’ve finished reading it. I’m burning with curiosity to see what other readers will think. If nothing else, I’m sure it will prompt debate.In hindsight I’m not even sure I have the adequate vocabulary to do a review of this book justice. There is so many different ideas and concepts that I could waffle on about indefinitely. This is truly subtle, masterful writing that has so much to offer. All I can do is recommend that you give Occupy Me a try and see what you think. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m a sucker for fiction that forces a reader to think.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-30 00:39

    This is an interesting book with some impressive qualities, but it seems reluctant to share them. I found it a hard book to warm to, it just feels cold and distant. The book flips between first, second, and third person perspectives which makes it hard to find the voice of the book and slows the pace considerably. As things progress it does become easier, but ultimately it took too long to draw me in.There's some interesting ideas in the book though. Corporate corruption, causality, time and space, life beyond three dimensions (especially interesting alongside my recent reading of Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension), and entropy. These themes work together well and make for a good story, but one that lacks the energy I'd hope for. It exists early on, with drama in the skies and an air of mystery, but the slow pace that takes shape just withholds the impact that seems to bubbling away slightly out of reach - a little burst and glimmer before fading.There's not much depth to many of the characters. We just don't explore much of them. Pearl's backstory is vague for good reason, that aspect works, but Kisi Sorle sounds as if he has a rich backstory yet we only glance over it. Most feels slightly rushed and slotted in. Alison brings some much needed warmth to the story though, she adds an extra dimension to the whole thing and really keeps it all together.If you're happy with the obstacles this book throws at you I think it has enough to really work for you. If you want a light easy read then save your time and look elsewhere.I received an ARC through First Reads.

  • Agne
    2019-06-11 23:53

    You know that feeling when you pick up a sci-fi book and it's the same old story all over again? No such feelings here. It picks up speed right in the beginning and not even 30 pages in I found myself saying "What. The fuck. Just happened." together with the main character.The birds. I still don't know what it was that made my pleasure neurons tingle reading about them. It was beautiful. It was new. I could *feel* it. That's usually what makes it or breaks it for me in a book.I'll admit, it does get a bit clunky with strings of scientific terminology that's just there to sound fancy and metaphors that keep running until they run off a cliff. But you know what? Even I get tired of my grumpy criticism. This was freaking awesome.

  • Ian
    2019-06-15 00:55

    2017 ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD SHORTLIST BOOK 3An angel with wings in another dimension, working for 'The Resistance', an order who gently nudge humanity towards kindness, loses a briefcase which is a portal to another dimension and forgets who she is. The briefcase has been stolen by a man possessing the body of another man, the latter being forced to do things against his will. There's some gubbins about a race of birdpeople, dinosaurs popping up from other realms and all sorts of other batshit crazy stuff that I lost track of. Yep, this book is pretty out there.I can't remember the last time I was so stultifyingly bored by a book as I was Occupy Me. For the first half there were some interesting ideas but neither the characters nor the plot drew me in at all. I just completely failed to tune into this novel in any way. I was also irritated by one of the character perspectives being written in the second person.I stuck with it in the hope the second half would start to connect things together but it just became ridiculously obscure. If I'm honest I barely have any idea what the hell was going on for much of the final third. Whether that's just me being stupid or the writer not expressing herself enough I'll leave open to conjecture. But reading other reviews, it seems I'm not the only one left baffled and even many of the positive ones seem to confess bewilderment.I hate to dish out 1 star reviews, this is clearly a work that the writer has put a lot into, it's wildly imaginative, some of the prose is good and the fact it's been nominated for the Clarke awards means a lot of people are finding something in it that I didn't. But I absolutely hated it, to the point I came close to abandoning it altogether (something I pretty much never do!) and haven't felt so relieved to reach the end of a book for a long time. Fortunately it's a fairly brief novel!

  • Cat
    2019-05-28 04:00

    I don't get it. What the hell did I just read? I mean, I'm all for weird, I quite like weird. But this was not the weird for me. I could have dealt with that. It wouldn't have been so bad.... except.... for all those frigging perspective changes. First to second to third and back again, only ever a few pages at a time in one perspective. Nup. Couldn't stand it. But that's ok. If you're up for experimental stuff, give it ago. But only if you can get your friends to read it also. It's a book best read to be discussed.

  • Stig Edvartsen
    2019-06-15 05:50

    Loved the premise but the execution failed to grab me. The book is hard to follow and the plotting seems a bit half-hearted. The Allison POV is well done, the Pearl ones confusing and the rest lack depth. At least that was my take-away.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2019-06-15 04:04

    Ambitious idea, didn't grab me. It needs reading over a short space of time, and I wasn't in a position to give it that level of attention.

  • Maryam
    2019-05-26 00:46

    Hum okay, I have to think about this one a bit but I'm not mad at it, I quite liked the ending and overall even if it didn't make sense, I oddly enjoyed the book.

  • Helen
    2019-06-10 07:37

    One of those books that I'm sure I'd think is brilliant if I only knew what it was going on about.

  • Belinda
    2019-05-27 03:42

    There's a hell of a lot going on in this book and it's either narrated by the angel-birdmade-detective-healer, Pearl, or the murderer-possessed-by-another-self, Dr Kisi Sorle, who seems very easy to forget. I had to look his name up just now even though I finished the book an hour ago.Lots of explaining is done because Sullivan has made this complicated in a strange way. The people linked to Austen Stevens, the birds, the dinosaurs, the vet, a lover, some sort of Resistance (couldn't even understand all that until over 150 pages in as it wasn't explained well), Liam, Bethany, cats, dogs, a cheese factory (I'm joking about the cheese factory, but it may have well been in there). Lots of explaining is done using sci-fi terms that I've also forgotten and wanted to understand. I mean, why mention Reisman's sum unless you're going to make something of it? I hate it when author's slip something in to make it seem clever. 95% of us won't go and look that term up so DON'T put it in there.Anyway, it's best just to say that the 1st 100 pages took time to get through, the next 70 or so were good, sort of galloped along on these, the last 70 seemed to repeat stuff or go into them in too much detail. I started skipping paragraphs and looking for key words. I quite enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll hunt down another Tricia Sullivan book.

  • Nose in a book (Kate)
    2019-06-25 03:03

    The plot is difficult to explain. The tale is narrated by Pearl, who wakes up in a fridge in a junkyard with little knowledge of who she is, or indeed what. She has the appearance of a middle-aged tall muscular black woman, but she also has wings in a higher dimension and a strength far beyond human. She might be an angel. In alternate chapters she directly addresses a Dr Kisi Sorle, whose story initially seems to be separate from hers, though they inevitably come together.Dr Sorle has been experiencing blackouts, after one of which he finds himself in possession of a briefcase. When he arrives at work, where he provides end-of-life care for a billionaire businessman Austen Stevens, whose corporation destroyed his home country, he finds his body taken over again, but this time he remains aware of the other man controlling him. The controlling entity opens the briefcase and the dying Stevens disappears inside it.Thus begins a part-thriller, part futuristic sci-fi, part literary exploration of identity and morality. There’s time travel, artificial intelligence, dinosaurs and an awesome Scottish vet called Alison. What is the Resistance? Where is Pearl’s missing wave launcher? Also, the writing is beautiful.Read my full review:

  • Anna
    2019-06-18 01:01

    I’m fond of Tricia Sullivan’s distinctive style of quasi-incomprehensible yet thrilling sci-fi strangeness. Her novels tend to have interesting female protagonists and vividly surreal parallel and/or nested realities. Maul is my favourite, as I have a particular yen for fiction set in shopping malls. I enjoyed ‘Occupy Me’ more than her other recent novels Lightborn and Sound Mind as it played with some interesting concepts, the protagonist Pearl is very appealing, and quite a lot of it was set in Edinburgh. More specifically, I liked Pearl’s compulsion to help, the philosophical debates about what the Resistance actually was, and the fragile citadel of bird creatures. The sudden dinosaurs were the real highlight, though. Not enough car chases are resolved by the unexpected intervention of extinct megafauna. Although I wasn’t always clear on what exactly was happening and why, ‘Occupy Me’ was a wild and fun ride.

  • Chris
    2019-05-31 02:57

    This is a very disconcerting book on the first read and I feel intentionally so. Much like the characters we are thrown in headfirst and the explanations come late. Even why the narrative jumps between Second and First person only come later on. Instead we go through the story bashing into lines that knocked me backwards.Upon a second reading it all makes perfect sense but allowed me to keep the sense of unease I remembered from a first journey through.As such it is hard to describe without spoilers, as the unfolding of the narrative is part of the experience. A very clever book.Full Review To Follow

  • Kat
    2019-05-31 03:04

    DNF @ (what I imagine to be) 10%.Firstly – second person. I can't read second person. Especially when it isn't consistent. It didn't hook me, and usually, from the start of a book, I need to be; or at least enough that I can drag myself to the good bits. That wasn't going to happen. I feel quite harsh to have not tried harder, but this type of book isn't for me. Received as advance reader copy.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-10 06:00

    Very intriguing book, although I was a little confused for the first part - and indeed, think some of the bigger ideas still need pondering after I've finished. Which is no bad thing!(My full review is now here.)