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The Beasts of Electra Drive Paperback – 8 Jan 2018

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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: EC1 Digital (8 January 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992754941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992754945
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 535 g
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"Technologically intelligent, socially clever, and supernaturally chilling—a trippy sci-fi tale. […] There is some wonderful genderfluidity to some of the Beasts […]. What really impressed me, however, is the flair for language, with some really beautiful—and beautifully chilling—passages that had me dog-earing pages along the way."
—Sally Bend, Bending the Bookshelf

"Quine describes [the Beasts’] release like a beautiful dance instead of a strategic infiltration. […] a creative mashing together of Hollywood novel, science fiction, eroticism, and dystopia, with a premise that seems at once foreboding and prescient. […] the book has an important message to tell about what it is to be truly human. […] Quine obviously has a lot of affection for his Beasts, which has the same effect on the reader. He also injects humor throughout into what is at times a fairly dark storyline, replete with violence and seamy sexuality. In all, Quine has created a wholly unique look that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. […] works exceptionally well for its creative use of tech, mixed in with a group of highly imaginative characters."

"essentially near-future cyberpunk subtly blended with elements of LA noir and dystopic fiction to create a darkly stylish and, at times, visionary glimpse into humankind’s future. […] an intriguing premise, but the story’s true power comes from its underlying theme […]. Ultimately Jaymi’s journey of self-discovery mirrors our own."
—BlueInk Review

"an unctuously dark piece of magical realism interwoven with biting satire on mass culture."
—Dan Holloway, Guardian blogger

"a very visual novel […] a little like watching a particularly unsettling art house movie. You will be, in turn, disoriented, enchanted and repelled. […] pushes the boundaries of the outrageous and challenges you to go along for the ride."
—Catriona Troth, Bookmuse

"centers more on an interesting cast than fascinating sci-fi traits. Some characters are computer code in bodily form but still have depth. […] There’s likewise a rather sublime religious theme. […] The author’s lyrical prose is profound and sometimes surreal, especially in character descriptions. […] Unhurried but engrossing novel in which characters are more enticing than otherworldly technology."
—Kirkus Reviews

"[The protagonist] discovers that he can bring his incarnations of excessive freedom, sexuality, intellectual seriousness, cool ambiguity, and dark vulnerability to life […] a powerful book […]. Pulsing with sexuality, the story will appeal to readers who enjoy artistic works rich in vocabulary, symbolism, and graphic imagery."
—Book Review Directory

"Part cyberpunk meditation and part erotic thriller, BEASTS is a stylish narrative romp […] also a postmodern-ish meditation on creativity. […] the writing grows increasingly smoother, culminating in a hauntingly pretty passage about man’s inhumanity to man and ending up with intense backstories for the Beasts."
—Indie Reader

"Magical realism meets old school noir in Rohan Quine’s technological thriller The Beasts of Electra Drive, which poses philosophical questions around reality, humanity, and where to draw the line with tech-infusion. […] Distinct writing is filled with lyrical prose and vivid sensory descriptions […]. The characters that Jaymi creates are refreshing in their diversity of race, gender, and sexuality. […] The scope of variety among the beasts is a nice change of pace."
—Foreword Clarion Reviews

About the Author

Rohan Quine grew up in South London, spent a couple of years in L.A. and then a decade in New York, where he ran around excitably, saying a few well-chosen words in various feature films and TV shows (see http://www.rohanquine.com/those-new-york-nineties). He's now living back in East London, as an Imagination Thief. His novel "The Imagination Thief" is published in paperback, and also as an ebook containing hyperlinks to film and audio and photographic content in conjunction with the novel's text. See http://www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-imagination-thief-reviews-media for interviews and some nice reviews in "The Guardian" and elsewhere. Four novellas - "The Platinum Raven", "The Host in the Attic", "Apricot Eyes" and "Hallucination in Hong Kong" - are published as separate ebooks, and also as a single paperback "The Platinum Raven and other novellas". See http://www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-novellas-reviews-media for interviews and reviews of these. All five tales are literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. They aim to push imagination and language towards their extremes, so as to celebrate the beauty, darkness and mirth of this predicament called life, where we seem to have been dropped without sufficient consultation. They may be read in any order. His upcoming title will be "The Beasts of Electra Drive", now barrelling down the pipeline... He's at http://www.rohanquine.com, http://www.facebook.com/RohanQuineTheImaginationThief and @RohanQuine.

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