- Title: Rubik
- Author: Elizabeth Tan
- ISBN: 9781925143478
- Page: 136
- Format: Paperback
Elena Rubik can t seem to stay dead She persists as a set of corneas, as a newsletter subscriber, as a member of fanfiction forums Her best friend Jules Valentine meanwhile is unwittingly inveigled into an indie film turned corporate branding stunt When Jules leaks information about the true story behind the video by then an overworked viral meme wannabe investigatElena Rubik can t seem to stay dead She persists as a set of corneas, as a newsletter subscriber, as a member of fanfiction forums Her best friend Jules Valentine meanwhile is unwittingly inveigled into an indie film turned corporate branding stunt When Jules leaks information about the true story behind the video by then an overworked viral meme wannabe investigative reporter April Kuan is assigned the case But as April trails Jules all over Perth she too becomes ensnared in the machinations of shady corporate interests as the very laws of physics and time begin to bend Rubik is a wide ranging, brilliantly intertwined novel in stories that slips outside the borders of realism Spotted with disappearances, mysteries and told with a sharp edged wit and cutting social commentary, it is an original and ingenious reflection of technological anxiety, loneliness and connectivity in the internet age.
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Rubik name-drops films like Inception and the Matrix, but for me the closest comparison to its kooky surrealism is Charlie Kaufman movies. What start out as unrelated short stories, gradually overlap and converge into one whole. Like a Rubik's cube, the colours unscramble, but the puzzle isn't solved completely. This book messes with your expectations constantly. Fresh and inventive, this is a terrific debut.
Thrilled to read some experimental Australian fiction about life, loneliness and death in the internet age. This book had to contend with some major personal life events and the fact that it held my attention is a testament to how good it is. Elizabeth Tan, we've needed you, so glad you're here.
A wonderfully smart and engaging book, with the links between the component stories only gradually becoming clear as you go. There's so much going on here - grief, loneliness, technology, hyper-capitalism, authenticity and on and on and on. I want to go back and read it again to join a few more dots.
I started this book in September but did not finish it before leaving for Australia for the month of October (it was a library copy, so I returned it and checked it back out when I returned). So, I finished this book sometime after returning to NZ in November, after putting a copy on reserve & waiting for it to come to me. This book is kind of an experimental novel, kind of a set of linked short stories. There were certain sections I loved and wished Elizabeth Tan had returned to, like Pikko [...]
As a child of the 80s, I was well and truly a member of the Rubik's Cube generation. I totally sucked at it. While all my friends twisted and turned the little squares until they lined up into six beautifully solid sides, I was forced to resort to the safe space of the spatially challenged: cheating. Sometimes I'd peel off all the stickers and re-stick them to form a slightly off-kilter face with peeling edges. Other times, I'd pull the entire cube apart into its constituent squares and carefull [...]
Rubik is so many things at once - a collection of somewhat related, intensifying snippets, a tragedy, a thriller, an anime episode, a commentary on technology and corporations - it's hard to pin down, but is essential reading. Stories take on the facets of the eponymous cube, leaving you with half-answers and wild imaginings. Don't expect a neat storyline or ending - this is the novel's answer to The Matrix and Inception. You have everything necesary to begin, if you dare.
Utterly weird, but strangely addictive - the plots make no sense, then they do, then they don't again some of the coolest experimental contemporary fiction I've read in a while!
Started off really well. I thought all the threads would come together in the end but it careered out of control, kind of like listening to somebody recounting a vivid dream, which is only really interesting for the dreamer not the listener. Some of the chapters were excellent in isolation but towards the end I just wanted the book to be over.
This book was a revelation to me, a great collection of interwoven short stories. The stories where not immediately apparent how they were interwoven. Reading this was like peeling an onion with finding not just more onion but something very special. This taped into my love of pop culture especially the movies The Matrix and Inception but many other things as well. There were points I was taken back to the point were I read Vonnegut voraciously, there is that way of looking at the world sideways [...]
This is a gorgeous book. A careful reader might be able to disentangle the devilishly interwoven threads but it doesn't matter if you can't. I enjoyed the overriding feeling of techno-conspiracy and paranoia. It is full of online forums, Inception fan fic, anime, and numbers that may or may not be important. But I enjoyed most the observations of boring reality, so accurate they hurt. Someone dying: "a pebble sinking through water". And more humorously: avoiding an annoying customer like 'swingi [...]
Intricate and fascinating.
Very promising halfway through, but disappeared up its own fundament. I didn't like Inception either, though, so if you did, take this with a grain of salt.
absolutely. fucking. marvellous.
Didn't click with this one. Was about to give up after 100 pages but thought I could see the story emerging. But it didn't.
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