Déjà Vu reviewed in The Guardian

Well, an excit­ing day today — I’ve been reviewed in that illus­tri­ous pub­lic­a­tion, The Guardian Review. Here’s the full review (penned by Jon Courtney Grimwood):

Financial invest­ig­at­or Saskia Brandt is ded­ic­ated to fight­ing high-level crime, or at least she thinks she is. David Proctor has no memory of bomb­ing a British research facil­ity in 2003, but plenty of people seem to think he did it. Then there’s Bruce Shimoda, who is doing his abso­lute best to hide from a met­al shark. While John Hatfield is a bil­lion­aire American phil­an­throp­ist. Unless, of course, he’s some­thing else … Ian Hocking’s first nov­el mixes ter­ror­ism, time travel, coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence and vir­tu­al real­ity.

What makes Déjà Vu inter­est­ing is the under­stated, almost 1950s feel­ing Hocking brings to what is essen­tially a post-cyber­punk nov­el about murder and iden­tity. His lay­er­ing of the nar­rat­ive is thought­ful and the way he makes events from dif­fer­ent dec­ades mir­ror each oth­er shows quiet skill. This is a small-press pub­lic­a­tion; as such, it prob­ably won’t get the expos­ure it deserves. Larger pub­lish­ers may want to take note.”

Unfortunately, this blog will have to be mega-quick because I’m with my fam­ily in Cornwall and work­ing hard as impromptu IT sup­port! Thanks to the three As in get­ting Déjà Vu to the stage where it’s fit for review: Andrea, Aliya and Anthony. And thanks to Jon for his kind words.

If you will excuse me, I will now go to the pub: The Rasheligh in Charlestown, St. Austell. I’ll be the one with the news­pa­per.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

3 thoughts on “Déjà Vu reviewed in The Guardian”

  1. I fol­lowed your link to your entry — Under the Limes — for the Radio Ryedale short story com­pet­i­tion. It is bril­liant!

    I found it to be a bril­liant, haunt­ing story. I love the use of meta­phor­ic­al lan­guage, some­thing I’m try­ing to mas­ter myself! (I’m merely fum­bling around for some matches at the moment, won­der­ing if I’ll every see that dazzling flash of inspir­a­tion and the light­ing of the cigar­ette of bril­liant lan­guage!).

  2. Thanks for your kind com­ment, Frankie. Best of luck hunt­ing down those meta­phors!

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