Reviews of the four novellas
the four novellas by Rohan Quine
To see what The Platinum Raven is about, click here.
To see what The Host in the Attic is about, click here.
To see what Apricot Eyes is about, click here.
To see what Hallucination in Hong Kong is about, click here.
Dan Holloway, Guardian blogger, novelist and poet, on the four novellas:
“Rohan Quine is one of the most brilliant and original writers around. His The Imagination Thief blended written and spoken word and visuals to create one of the most haunting and complex explorations of the dark corners of the soul you will ever read. Never one to do something simple when something more complex can build up the layers more beautifully, he is back with a collection of 4 seamlessly interwoven novellas. […] suffice to say he is the consummate master of sentencecraft. His prose is a warming sea on which to float and luxuriate. But that is only half of the picture. He has a remarkable insight into the human psyche, and he demonstrates it by lacquering layer on layer of subtle observation and nuance. Allow yourself to slip from the slick surface of the water and you will soon find yourself tangled in a very deep and disturbing world, but the dangers that lurk beneath the surface are so enticing, so intoxicating it is impossible to resist their call.”
“It would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to bring people’s attention to a truly remarkable book. Rohan Quine writes right at the boundary between literary fiction and experimentalism, and his new collection of four novellas, The Platinum Raven and Other Novellas, is a genuine masterpiece. This guy is as good as [Sergio] De La Pava, and deserves to be the next self-published literary author to cross over into mainstream consciousness.”
“if you’re an exciting new literary writer with something truly original to say […] fortunately, there *are* some [indie] people doing that. I’d single out the Pankhearst collective for embodying a fuck the word celebration of glorious failure; Rohan Quine for an imaginative ambition and scope that brings indie values to the largest possible creative canvas; Polly Trope for an unflinching commitment to both emotional and intellectual honesty. Someone on that list has the possibility to create a work that is truly important. Everyone on that list is contributing to an ethos that says this is where important stuff happens. We need more of that.”
“Rohan is one of the most original voices in the literary world today—and one of the most brilliant”
“four stunning new novellas by one of the most exciting literary writers in the UK”
Jane Davis, novelist, on the four novellas:
“Rohan Quine is a master of words, his world is also accessible, and it’s a place you definitely need to visit. With echoes of Jennifer Egan’s Goon Squad, Quine captures all that is beautiful, but he doesn’t shy away from all that is ugly. What links the four novellas together is that his characters are all searching for that something beyond the everyday, beyond the ordinary, and Quine is a god, having them dole out kindness and justice. In his world, everything that is commonplace would be annihilated. This is the kind of read you have to give yourself up to. […] When you emerge on the other side with a greater understanding of what it means to be ‘that animal called human’, then that will be the time to stop and ask, ‘What just happened?’”
“Rohan Quine is a poet who happens to write novellas/novels. Incredible use of language.”
“Novelist Rohan Quine not only has several books out. He also has a career in alternative modeling and film to look back on. Naturally, he has gone on to make a series of silent short films to go with an audio track of the author reading from his work. It’s flooded with city lights, drugs and darkness. One foot in the New York Nineties, and one foot in today’s London, it’s both hypnotic and gut-churning.”
—Polly Trope, novelist and Literary Editor of indieBerlin, “Books and Films”, indieBerlin
“A cautionary tale of the potential corrupting power both of vanity and of the internet plays out in modern London’s high-tech dockland offices and luxury apartments, with brief forays to lavish West End hotels and country houses. […] As the story becomes ever darker, gentle touches of humour provide a little light relief. I particularly enjoyed the characterisation of the women, especially the wonderfully petulant Angel Deon […]. While at first this parable’s main purpose may seem to rage against the principles of a high tech, monopolistic, capitalist world that enable individuals to lead unspeakably privileged lives above the law, it is at the same time a cautionary tale against narcissism and the abandonment of love and compassion for others. This broader theme gives the story its true heart and depth. Quine is renowned for his rich, inventive and original prose, and he is skilled at blending contemporary and ancient icons and themes. […] an interesting approach to dialogue, blending idiom and phraseology from different eras, from Victorian times through 20th century popular film culture to the modern day. […] There are some classic moments of horror that are very filmic, including one on a par with the Psycho shower scene. Without giving too much away, I can imagine this book might put readers off accessing their own attics for a while.”
—Debbie Young, author and Amazon UK 1,000 Reviewer, writing in Vine Leaves Literary Journal, about The Host in the Attic, http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/sampling-the-wine/the-host-in-the-attic-by-rohan-quine
JJ Marsh, novelist, on the four novellas:
“This is an extraordinary writer. I am going to gorge myself on these novellas as soon as I possibly can.”
“The Platinum Raven novellas are cerebral works full of brilliant imagery and invention. This series of novellas are all well crafted and designed to draw the reader in to the shifting realities of their settings. The title novella The Platinum Raven in fact has two young women in two narratives […] very vividly described. There are elements of magical realism and alternate reality throughout. At times the two Ravens appear to communicate but the levels of reality are enigmatic and intriguing. The Host in the Attic is a beautifully reinterpreted version of The Picture of Dorian Gray set in a high-tech dystopian world and a sinister computer global company – Mainframe Corporation, which appears to permeate every level of society. The hologram corporate image logo is in essence Dorian. All the main characters from Wilde’s novel are here in more modern form. It has a tremendous and horrific climax. The horror novella Apricot Eyes is a fast-paced horror tale in a nightmarish New York. Hallucination in Hong Kong is a mysterious tale of past and present, dreams and waking with horror and love themes. The whole collection is a roller-coaster of at times nightmarish perceptions and strange surreal happenings brilliantly imagined. The tales leave a lasting impression and I recommend highly.”
—Alexander Gordon-Wood, on the four novellas, http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R4FZY2FSMPXW5
“a riveting read. The novella The Host in the Attic in particular is splendidly Wildean: in it, his novel The Imagination Thief itself drives forward the plot of The Host in the Attic. He is a veritable Imagination Thief!”
—David McLaughlin, on the four novellas, http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3P2TY65R1GW1S
The following are reviews of Rohan Quine’s Hallucinations (New York: Demon Angel Books), published in print in the USA only, which included earlier versions of: Apricot Eyes; Hallucination in Hong Kong; and a few chapters of The Platinum Raven.
“I have now been reading Hallucinations with great pleasure […] you are indeed a star.”
—Iris Murdoch, novelist (see her letter here at the foot of this web-page)
“He has no equal, today or tomorrow.”
—James Purdy, novelist
“Sometimes Quine succeeds with things you wouldn’t think language could do, like describing a piece of music with an extended metaphor that reads something like watching the last half-hour of 2001.”
—Ben Cohen, New York Press
“Hallucinations at the end of this millennium is what Lautréamont’s, Huysmans’s and Wilde’s work represented at the end of the 19th century […] a sadistically svelte structure on top of explosive, primal content that refuses to behave in a linear fashion. It can only be described as literature that strains between ecstasy and bondage […] one of the chic-est, most provocative things we have read in years […] one of those seminal works that goes on to be accorded the status of a classic.”
—Wayne Sterling, New York Web
“The imagery is Apocalypse Now-era Coppola meets Wes Craven, or Edward Scissorhands meets Barbarella […] or Anne Rice (as screenwriter) on an acid trip […] the lilt and cadence of prose poetry laid end-to-end, resulting in a narrative that is frequently stunning […] sublime verbal renderings of the emotions and sensations of human love.”
—Hayward Connor, Union Jack
“Most taut and clever in [Apricot Eyes]; it grips the reader and gives a provocative ride [… Hallucinations] develops ‘alternative’ characters with style and dimension, as well as challenging traditional forms of storytelling with admirable results.”
—Tom Musbach, Lambda Book Report
“This is quite an extraordinary work, distinguished both by its originality and by the strength of [its] voice.”
—Anne Hawkins, literary agent (John Hawkins & Assocs.)
“There’s a reality in each sentence of Hallucination in Hong Kong that neither depends on nor is blurred by all its virtuoso fuckings of the English language.”
—Dr Michael Halls (www.intercomtrust.org.uk)
Cover of ebook novella The Platinum Raven
Cover of ebook novella The Host in the Attic
Cover of ebook novella Apricot Eyes
Cover of ebook novella Hallucination in Hong Kong
Front cover of paperback The Platinum Raven and other novellas
Back cover of paperback The Platinum Raven and other novellas
Full cover of paperback The Platinum Raven and other novellas
Letter from Iris the goddess!
Letter from Iris the goddess!
These four novellas’ covers are also in the Google Photos album
“Rohan Quine – THE PLATINUM RAVEN AND OTHER NOVELLAS – images”.
Images of The Platinum Raven’s chapter titles are in the Google Photos album
“Rohan Quine – THE PLATINUM RAVEN (novella) – chapter titles”.
Images of The Host in the Attic’s chapter titles are in the Google Photos album
“Rohan Quine – THE HOST IN THE ATTIC (novella) – chapter titles”.
Images of Apricot Eyes’s chapter titles are in the Google Photos album
“Rohan Quine – APRICOT EYES (novella) – chapter titles”.
Images of Hallucination in Hong Kong’s chapter titles are in the Google Photos album
“Rohan Quine – HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG (novella) – chapter titles”.
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