by Ned Beauman
Sceptre Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780340998397
Date: 05 August 2010 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Perhaps not strictly a shoe-in for our target audience here at SFrevu, but I really liked the look of this one and asked for a review copy. Boxer Beetle looks to be exactly the kind of edgy and audacious writing that excites we genre audiences and Ned Beauman's début could, I think, be as significant as Iain Bank's The Wasp Factory was in the early 80s - encountering that book definitely led me to the reader I went on to become. This is definitely that kind of book.
"This is a novel for people with breeding.
Only people with the right genes and the wrong impulses will find its marriage of bold ideas and deplorable characters irresistible. It is a novel that engages the mind while satisfying those that crave the thrill of a chase.
There are riots and sex. There is love and murder. There is Darwinism and Fascism, nightclubs, invented languages and the dangerous bravado of youth. And there are lots of beetles.
It is clever. It is distinctive. It is entertaining.
We hope you are too. "From release/information:
Product Description: Action and misadventure in a novel about control that is fizzing with ideas.