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Dark Star by Oliver Langmead
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:30:27 AM »
This is a thread for discussion of the book, reviews, comments, questions and musings on the place of poetry in genre writing.

Science fantasy, hardboiled noir, epic verse. We like interesting things at Unsung. The following is taken from our website whilst we get posts written up properly here. Apologies for any familiar information whilst we get that done.

The city of Vox survives in darkness, under a sun that burns without light. In Vox’s permanent night, light bulbs are precious, the rich live in radiance and three Hearts beat light into the city. Aquila. Corvus. Cancer.
 
Hearts that bring power to the light-deprived citizens of the city of Vox whilst ghosts haunt the streets, clawing at headlights. Prometheus, liquid light, is the drug of choice. The body of young Vivian North, her blood shining brightly with unnatural light, has no place on the streets.

When Cancer is stolen, the weaponisation of its raw power threatens to throw Vox into chaos. Vox needs a hero, and it falls to cop Virgil Yorke to investigate.

But Virgil has had a long cycle and he doesn’t feel like a hero. With the ghosts of his last case still haunting his thoughts, he craves justice for the young woman found dead with veins full of glowing. Aided by his partner Dante, Virgil begins to shed light on the dark city’s even darker secrets.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past and chased by his addictions, which will crack first, Virgil or the case?

Reviews
Dark Star is one of those gems that creeps up and takes you by surprise. Beautifully written, masterfully plotted, and built around a character that is at once a complete stranger and an old friend. In short, a masterpiece.
ReaderDad

Truly fresh and original (at least I have never read such a science fiction story before), Dark Star is an engaging, visual story that forces the reader into a slightly different vein of reading experience—one they will undoubtedly emerge from with neon glowing in their eyes.  Perfectly paced and structured yet in a form virtually unknown to the genre, Dark Star is detective noir for the 21st century.
Speculiction

This is a debut from Langmead and wow what a debut ... It is a remarkable read, and an easy one. The dark city is an eerie backdrop, filled with ghosts (literally) and shadow, a compelling setting richly invoked by the writing. There is a deft world-building at work in here and a riveting story.
Peter Sutton's BRSBK Blog

Langmead’s achievement both satisfies starved poetry fans and demonstrates an astonishing facility with words and storytelling. Either way, it’s a kick-ass story.
Exquisite Corpse
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Re: Dark Star by Oliver Langmead
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 02:26:18 PM »
Wondrous people of the BFS, can you help me?! We've got Dark Star on the longlist for the Not The Booker award at the Guardian. We need votes to get it on the longlist, deadline of Sunday 2nd August!

All we need is your vote and a short review posted on the Guardian site. All the info and rules can be found here - http://www.unsungstories.co.uk/news/2015/29/7/dark-star-long-listed-for-guardian-not-the-booker-prize

We're up against big grown up publishers here so to be this close is already pretty cool. If you can help us make it to the shortlist, I'll be insanely grateful. But the nice insane, where I keep buyin people drinks.
With sorcery, as everyone knows, once it starts there's no stopping it.