All four of Steve Aylett's "Accomplice" books in one volume, revised, with a new Preface and an intro by Michael Moorcock. Starburst Magazine has called the books "a hugely impressive example of outrageous literary wit and uncommon good sense, demonstrating once more that Aylett is the coolest writer alive today". SFX has called them "Bizarre, innovative and utterly original".
Collecting the titles Only an Alligator, The Velocity Gospel, Dummyland and Karloff's Circus, THE COMPLETE ACCOMPLICE follows the simple Barny and his friends through the intertwisted power manipulations of Accomplice, a zone where hell's defected demons discover they can never match or out-do humanity when it comes to spectacular dishonesty and evasion.
"Something this rapid shouldn't be so intoxicating or so dense with ideas. It's a roaring, groaning perpetual motion machine decked out as a fun fair attraction. Read it and you'll need resuscitating" - 3:AM
In a languid semi-tropical republic which roofs a world of conspiring demons, the simple Barny becomes the enemy of a king demon and must tirelessly ignore the hordes of hell with the help of his friends. A polychrome soap, a holographic puzzle, a philosophical trip and corrosive relief from the blandness of the times, the Accomplice books are above all an excuse to just hang around there.
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"a hugely impressive example of outrageous literary wit and uncommon good sense, demonstrating once more that Aylett is the coolest writer alive today"
"For those looking for wilder, intense entertainments - and those who, like some of the characters, have their brains outside their skulls - a visit to Accomplice might be just the thing."
"Something this rapid shouldn't be so intoxicating or so dense with ideas."
"Bizarre, innovative and utterly original"
"Mike Abblatia, car nechanic turned angel, says 'An artist pulls love from chaos.' Steve Aylett is one hell of an artist."
Paul DiFilippo. Asimov's
"the sheer exuberance and inventiveness that can take a sentence, twist it through an unfathomable angle, and layer on meanings and associations that enrich the text. There's a real sense of Aylett's joy in playing with words, a sense of fun, that is still mingled with acute observation."
"It raads like a latterday Alice in Wonderland ... Aylett pulls out all the stops for this one."
"Aylett is one of the great eccentrics of British genre fiction. Here, in an omnibus edition of the four Accomplice novels, there is science fiction, fantasy, political satire, crime, thriller, adventure romp, comedy and, above all, an air of weirdness that falls somewhere between Max Ernst and a Carry On . . . As Michael Moorcock says in his introduction, "He had become, if you like, his own genre." The novels collected here follow the lives of a bunch of acquaintances in a very strange place, usually pursued by demons .... Aylett writes wacky, baroquely constructed fictional kaleidoscopes and this is as good a place to start as any."
Keith Brooke, THE GUARDIAN
"People will do almost anything to avoid acknowledging that theyre powerless. Thats a sturdy handle."
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