THE CITY AROUND THE WORLD
Dasein: he craves it, he needs it. The needle rules his whole life, but when he stumbles upon a mysterious object, his world is thrown into disarray. Can he fight his addiction long enough to survive, or will he succumb to the monsters living without and within?
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This dark science-fiction novella is independently published. Available in paperback, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited from Amazon.
Published: 13th September 2020
Praise for The City around the World
"The world Harper has built is vast, engaging, so alive and vibrant it’s impossible not to be fascinated with. From Pau Market, a place at once intriguing and dangerous, to the south, where indebted slaves pull buses without engines, fed enough water to keep them upright enough to earn money for their masters. It isn’t a pleasant place, far from it; but it’s an intriguing place, one you have to keep reading about to try and garner more clues, to try and learn more about what’s going on. Harper feeds information sparingly, but gives just enough so as to keep you hooked, and make you want more."
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"One of the most interesting things about the speculative fiction umbrella, in my opinion, is the ability to muse on just about everything. Spec fic books can explore societal variants based one one simple change, or they can be as complex as the mechanics of artificial intelligence or space ships. Whether it involves magic or science or something in between, if it can be dreamt, it can be created. In the case of Elliot Harper’s The City Around the World, the familiar becomes the unfamiliar, and wandering is not always a good idea…"
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The book reminded me of a mash-up of Trainspotting and The Matrix – an unlikely pairing, but it worked quite well. I’m pegging this story as science fiction due to thematic and stylistic choices, although it could just as easily be called dystopian fiction or dark speculative fiction, and there are even sections that fit well inside cosmic horror.
JA Sullivan writing for Kendall Reviews.
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