[Download] ➾ Tigerman ➹ Nick Harkaway – Varanus.us

TigermanLester Ferris, Sergeant Of The British Army, Is A Good Man In Need Of A Rest He S Spent A Lot Of His Life Being Shot At, And Afghanistan Was The Last Stop On His Road To Exhaustion He Has No Family, He S Nearly Forty, Burned Out And About To Be RetiredThe Island Of Mancreu Is The Ideal Place For Lester To Serve Out His Time It S A Former British Colony In Legal Limbo, Soon To Be Destroyed Because Of Its Very Special Version Of Toxic Pollution A Down At Heel, Mildly Larcenous Backwater Of Course, That Also Makes Mancreu Perfect For Shady Business, Hence The Black Fleet Of Illicit Ships Lurking In The Bay Listening Stations, Offshore Hospitals, Money Laundering Operations, Drug Factories And Deniable Torture Centres None Of Which Should Be A Problem, Because Lester S Brief Is To Sit Tight And Turn A Blind EyeBut Lester Ferris Has Made A Friend A Brilliant, Internet Addled Street Kid With A Comic Book Fixation Who Will Need A Home When The Island Dies Who Might, Lester Hopes, Become An Adopted Son Now, As Mancreu S Small Society Tumbles Into Violence, The Boy Needs Lester To Be Than Just An ObserverIn The Name Of Paternal Love, Lester Ferris Will Do Almost Anything And He S A Soldier With A Knack For Bad Places Almost Anything Could Be A Very Great Deal Even Becoming Some Sort Of Hero But This Is Mancreu, And Everything Here Is Upside Down Just Exactly What Sort Of Hero Will The Boy Need

[Download] ➾ Tigerman ➹ Nick Harkaway – Varanus.us
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  • 372 pages
  • Tigerman
  • Nick Harkaway
  • 09 August 2018
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  1. says:

    Tigerman is about a sergeant in The British Army, nearing retirement and charged with one last deployment seeing the former British colony of Mancreu through to its destruction This was following a combination of industrial waste and volcanic activity, rendering it a Biohazard Eco disaster Unfortunately Mancreu also has its share of drug factories, dealers, money laundering, and torture centres For me this book started off really slowly, almost lethargic, but I suppose given the fact that t Tigerman is about a sergeant in The British Army, nearing retirement and charged with one last deployment seeing the former British colony of Mancreu through to its destruction This was following a combination of industrial waste and volcanic activity, rendering it a Biohazard Eco disaster Unfortunately Mancreu also has its share of drug factories, dealers, money laundering, and torture centres For me this book started off really slowly, almost lethargic, but I suppose given the fact that the sergeant in question Lester Ferris was simply expected to just sit tight and organise the evacuation of the islanders would explain why it felt like that At one point I was toying with the idea of giving this a 3 star rating but then well to say it picked up a pace is an understatement The characters grew nicely into their skins, the banter between Lester and Jed Kershaw was a delight, so witty , and the tension mounted to breathless proportions as the island neared its destruction, and the islanders who hadn t already left, became everanarchic I won t spoil anything but I never saw what was coming, and this book finally earned itself another star, 4 stars and worth every one


  2. says:

    If Nick Harkaway sounds like the made up name of a superhero, you re half right He is a super writer, and that comic book inspired name is the pseudonym of Nicholas Cornwell, who s the son of John le Carr , which is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, who once worked for MI5 and MI6 so who knows if any of this is actually true.Trust me, though, when I say that Harkaway s new novel, Tigerman, is an irresistible delight, something like Major Pettigrew s Last Stand as played by Jam If Nick Harkaway sounds like the made up name of a superhero, you re half right He is a super writer, and that comic book inspired name is the pseudonym of Nicholas Cornwell, who s the son of John le Carr , which is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, who once worked for MI5 and MI6 so who knows if any of this is actually true.Trust me, though, when I say that Harkaway s new novel, Tigerman, is an irresistible delight, something like Major Pettigrew s Last Stand as played by James Bond The plot whizzes past inventive toward ridiculously improbable, but what really makes Tigerman roar is its captivating blend of tones from the light hues of domestic comedy to the bold colors of Spider Man And Harkaway doesn t stop there Like some Marvel mad scientist, he has crossed strains of a modern day environmental crisis with the sweet story of a veteran of the Afghan war trying to adopt a little boy.Our hero so dutiful, so modest, so lonely is 39 year old Sgt Lester Ferris Scarred from battle, he s enjoying a quiet assignment as the British consul on the island of Mancreu in the Arabian Sea Since Britain handed this remote, mountainous paradise over to NATO, the sergeant s primary duty is to offer cheery hellos to the remaining residents.And there are fewer residents every month No one was Staying, Harkaway writes Staying meant dying when the island died, and then there d be nothing left to die for Decades of chemical manufacturing and careless disposal have poisoned the island In 2004, seismic movement released the first of several Discharge Clouds eruptions of caustic gas and newly formed microbes that cause frightening illnesses and birth defects Before the symbiotic bugs can spread, the world s governments decide, the island must be evacuated and sterilized by fire Mancreu became a kind of Casablanca, Harkaway writes, possessed of an uncertain legal status by virtue of the sentence of death, expropriated from its notional sovereignty by the international will, gladly yielded up to its doom, yet still there and officially claimed by no one This is the apocalypse writ small the end of the world in pressed khakis with regular tea time Or at least that s the official plan Harkaway uses this remote Superfund site to sketch the hideous underbelly of modern civilization Floating out in Mancreu s bay is the Black Fleet, unaligned ships drawn from various nations and corporations Suspended in legal limbo and about to be incinerated, the island offers a convenient spot for prisons for deniable detainees and hospitals for unethical procedures data havens, grey banks, untaxed subsidiaries floating harems and forced labour factories, auction houses for contraband goods torture facilities for hire All of that officially nonexistent horror is supposed to stay out in the bay and out of the news but early in Tigerman, while Ferris is enjoying his tea, armed bandits burst into a cafe and murder its owner Only Ferris s heroics with a biscuit tin keep the carnage from being worse In that moment, he wins the admiration of a 10 year old island native who calls himself Robin as in Batman and speaks in a curious patois of pop culture and gamer slang We are made from awesome the boy shouts while looking over the bandits bodies in the cafe Emote later Right now Voight Kampff FTW DC Comics never launched a crime fighting duo quite this touching Ferris, haunted by a ghastly aloneness which made the world black around him, is determined to show Robin that goodness prevails and to prove that he s worthy of the boy s devotion Robin, meanwhile, is a slippery orphan, desperately poor but as adept with technology as any tween in the West Determined not to look like an old fart, Ferris sits down with the boy, and together they page through his comics collection, designing their own superhero The resulting figure Tigerman is an absurd amalgamation of metal shields, a gas mask and bits of fur and bone but no gun When he tries to talk, Ferris sounds like a kazoo, but that s not what Robin hears It was made and designed by the House of Awesome, the boy declares, from materials found in the deep awesome mines of Awesometania, and it would be recorded in the Annals of Awesome In the novel s most touching parts, Harkaway captures the wonder of youthful enthusiasm, what we used to feel when making a fort from a refrigerator box or launching water balloons with giant rubber bands But he sets all that childhood frivolity in the context of a rapidly collapsing society The sergeant s great challenge and the novel s is somehow to satisfy the boy s thirst for justice while combating an increasingly violent series of crimes to show what one man one hero could do on a dark night in a town on the edge Since the British government insists that Ferris remain uninvolved in this mess, the bizarre costume comes in handy for disguising his mild mannered identity, confusing his superstitious combatants and infusing himself with otherworldly energy Indeed, in several spectacular scenes spiked with explosives and wit, Tigerman performs crazy feats of derring do that Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne could only dream of Are you paying attention, Hollywood But even with bullets ricocheting and rockets flying, what really terrifies the man inside the Tigerman costume is the thought of losing Robin Ferris has no direct experience with the violent woes and self reproaches of children, and he has no language with which to express his affection Harkaway, though, finds the words to make those feelings clear.Just as it s easy for the residents of Mancreu to forget the Black Fleet in the bay, it s easy for us to ignore the darker currents of this novel The touches of sentimentality, Ferris s awkward romance with an island scientist, the sweet comedy of an accomplished soldier disarmed by a 10 year old child these elements lull us into imagining that Tigerman must eventually curl up into some predictably warm embrace.But Harkaway is a far tougher storyteller than that, and the battle in which Ferris and Robin are engaged is ultimately no comic book fantasy, just as a poisoned island is no paradise You won t see the next punch coming A proven track record of insane idealism can t help a man leap tall buildings in a single bound or make evil governments behave But that doesn t keep this brave sergeant from trying Sure, any kid would want to be Tigerman In the end, though, Ferris is the real hero worth emulating Originally published in The Washington Post


  3. says:

    I loved The Gone Away World, really liked Angelmaker but was not as interested by this one.It started well and I was really enjoying the characters of the Sergeant and the boy and the relationship between them The island life style was well described too especially the way the potential disaster situation was affecting the inhabitants Everything seemed to be going well and then about half way through things seemed to falter and I found myself losing interest A lot of fighting ensued and some I loved The Gone Away World, really liked Angelmaker but was not as interested by this one.It started well and I was really enjoying the characters of the Sergeant and the boy and the relationship between them The island life style was well described too especially the way the potential disaster situation was affecting the inhabitants Everything seemed to be going well and then about half way through things seemed to falter and I found myself losing interest A lot of fighting ensued and some silliness with the Tigerman of the title and I did some skimming to get to the end I was a little surprised and also happy with the ending so at least I finished on a good note.So this one was not for me but I will await with interest to see what this author comes up with next


  4. says:

    This is a very different book than Harkaway s previous two works of fiction It doesn t have the breakneck pace that The Gone Away World and Angelmaker did, but the tradeoff seems to be aemotionally resonant heart to the book His books have a fascinating combination of different components international skulduggery, loneliness, loyalty, and the quiet well, not so quiet in this particular book heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances So, to sum up, while there aren t a This is a very different book than Harkaway s previous two works of fiction It doesn t have the breakneck pace that The Gone Away World and Angelmaker did, but the tradeoff seems to be aemotionally resonant heart to the book His books have a fascinating combination of different components international skulduggery, loneliness, loyalty, and the quiet well, not so quiet in this particular book heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances So, to sum up, while there aren t any elephants or arch villains in this book like there are in Angelmaker, which is one of my top 3 favorite books in the world, there are tigers and killer tomatoes, and by god that s gotta count for something I loved the book It is full of win


  5. says:

    This is great Excellent reading by Matt Bates Tigermanis full of win Bad Jack is an end of level boss Superhero team up issue


  6. says:

    I had no idea what to expect from Tigerman All I knew is that Nick Harkaway has a new book out, and so I wanted to read it At first it seemed like this was a pleasant, slightly uneven postcolonial story of an old soldier bonding with a boy on a doomed island Gradually, I came to understand that there is muchhappening beneath the surface Tigerman lacks a lot of the flamboyant absurdity of Angelmaker , and it hewsclosely to the recognizable tropes of literary realism But the re I had no idea what to expect from Tigerman All I knew is that Nick Harkaway has a new book out, and so I wanted to read it At first it seemed like this was a pleasant, slightly uneven postcolonial story of an old soldier bonding with a boy on a doomed island Gradually, I came to understand that there is muchhappening beneath the surface Tigerman lacks a lot of the flamboyant absurdity of Angelmaker , and it hewsclosely to the recognizable tropes of literary realism But the result is just as surreal and evocative as anything else Harkaway has written.With a name like Tigerman, I kind of wondered if Lester would turn out to be some kind of superhero And the boy s obsession with comic books pointed in that direction But this part of the narrative is slow to develop The boy s comic book and pop culture infused language serves merely to highlight and lampshade the absurdity of what s happening on Mancreu.If you re looking for a book that exemplifies how pop culture and memes have become a part of colloquial English, then Tigerman is a good starting point Lester, being of a different generation from the boy or myself, comes to Mancreu without much knowledge of memes or comic books He recognizes Star Wars references, of course, because he is the right age to have seen the original movies in theatres, and Star Wars is the juggernaut of all pop culture references The boy educates him, though, and about half of everything they say to each other is shaded with these allusions to a wider world But remember that this is a world the boy has no direct experience with, and it s a world that Lester has spent the better part of his life away from, ostensibly defending through his deployments to Afghanistan or Iraq.So the first half of the book is mostly about Lester s relationship with the boy, as well as his relationship with various other characters of interest on Mancreu Similarly, language here plays an important role in signifying how to interpret these characters The foul mouthed, melodramatic ranting from Lester s politican superiors like Africa gives me flashbacks to the politicians in the Johnny Worricker movies It s entirely believable, these interactions between Lester and others, regardless of whether they could actually happen.This holds true for the setting too The island itself is and these are Harkaway s words, not mine a kind of Casablanca, condemned but execution stayed because further study is required The situation is a mixture of contemporary political thriller and near future science fiction black sites and illegal organ transplant ships circling an island of strange, anomalous behaviour altering clouds Specifics behind Mancreu s state aside, it s easy to believe that such a political grey zone could exist in today s world Tigerman is realistic, but in a way that explores reality as it is presented by media Whether or not black site interrogation facilities exist in the way Harkaway depicts here, thanks to media, they are certainly a part of our current cultural consciousness.So, in one sense, Tigerman is Harkaway s most realistic, most serious book yet A great deal of it is grounded in the here and now Yet on another level, there are great big incredible parts of this book that require leaps of faith My own faith is rewarded when Tigerman eventually becomes reality, and as Lester grapples with the disorder and chaos that threatens to swallow the island s beleaguered civilization, I finally came to grips with what this book is.See, it dawned on me that Tigerman is a kind of adolescent comic book superhero fantasy from an adult s perspective Lester wants to adopt the boy and takes on the Tigerman identity as a way to impress him and bond with him I don t think Lester takes the idea of Tigerman very seriously at first It isn t until much later in the book that Lester demonstrates he has internalized the Tigerman identity As he prepares to invade the Elaine and rescue Sandrine, he ponders how to accomplish this without killing anyone He was treating this as something for Tigerman, because he could only perform it as Tigerman, in Tigerman s mask And Tigerman did not kill, or had not, and did not make his plans with killing in mind.Lester the Sergeant is an army man, a soldier A killer, if needs must Tigerman is a hero in the comic book sense, and he does not kill For him to kill would be to cross a line that would end it all Even in this pass, the boy would see the shift in him, in the fiction they had created together, from knight to dragon He would shy away from a red handed killer even in his gratitude.Tigerman, then It had to be Tigerman, doing things Tigerman s way A famous victory, the Sergeant sighed to himself, not an infamous one.It bothered me, in the new Superman movie, when Superman killed Zod Superman doesn t kill This is a core part of his character It doesn t matter how big and bad the Big Bad is He Does not Kill Not all superheroes are like this, but Tigerman at least, the Tigerman created as a shared vision of Lester and this boy follows that creed He is a non lethal but unstoppable force of myth and mystery.Lester takes on the Tigerman identity reluctantly, but he soon grows into it He has too long sat idle on Mancreu He has orders not to act, not to interfere Lester is an ideal soldier he follows orders to the letter Yet he has to act, because at his core he s also a good person Tigerman allows him to act without holding himself as Lester accountable for those actions It is the type of deniability that dovetails perfectly with the realistic world of cloak and dagger diplomacy Harkaway portrays here.Unfortunately, there has to be a twist that pulls the rug of justice out from beneath Tigerman Lester s feet He eventually runs into a villain who is dangerously genre savvy TVTropes in a way that reveals the hollowness and futility TVTropes of attempting to be a comic book superhero in the real world Thus Harkaway provides a potent reminder that not only is it difficult to vanquish the villain, but sometimes it s difficult even to understand who the villain is This theme recurs throughout the novel, as Lester grapples with the shadowy identities of those involved in the Fleet and their erstwhile nemesis sometime ally, Bad Jack.In some respects, with Tigerman and to a lesser extent even his earlier novels, Harkaway reminds me of a softcore China Mi ville Mancreu is a mosaic of misfits, myth, and magic much in the way New Crobuzon is The identities of Harkaway s characters are fluid, always changing as the facts on the ground change, making for an interesting and dynamic story in which the protagonist is never sure he s on solid ground.Tigerman is not as overtly funny as Harkaway s previous two novels There are still the occasional sparks of laugh out loud dialogue, but by and large this novel maintains asombre tone The ending, with Kaiko Inoue s brief note and the airline ticket, is pitch perfect in that respect and seems almost inevitable Lester s reaction is simultaneously an acknowledgement that nothing has changed he is still the Sergeant but that everything has changed and he has to move on Rather than seeing this shift in tone as unfortunate, however, I choose to see it as assurance of Harkaway s versatility I loved Angelmaker for the zany pastiche thrill ride that it was, but I also enjoyed Tigerman, just for slightly different reasons


  7. says:

    Got a signed copy for my birthday As per the comments below, Harkaway did not balls up the final act something chronic, and this steamrollered a 5 star rating.The bar has now been set all other books read in 2015 will be measured against Tigerman.


  8. says:

    Tigerman has arelaxed, deliberate pace than I ve come to expect from Harkaway Not slow, mind you, but less frenzied perhaps would be aaccurate description And that s certainly not a bad thing His enchanting style and charming humor are still very much evident, together with wonderfully lovable and odd characters and themes that touch on the bizarre and stretch your mind as it tries to wrap itself around them Despite those themes impending apocalyptic doom, a superhero vigilante Tigerman has arelaxed, deliberate pace than I ve come to expect from Harkaway Not slow, mind you, but less frenzied perhaps would be aaccurate description And that s certainly not a bad thing His enchanting style and charming humor are still very much evident, together with wonderfully lovable and odd characters and themes that touch on the bizarre and stretch your mind as it tries to wrap itself around them Despite those themes impending apocalyptic doom, a superhero vigilante decked out like Batman and his death defying exploits, and of course the discharge clouds of mysterious protozoa responsible for radical and random biological transmutations it s ultimately a deeply touching story about a lonely man and an orphaned boy, and all the crazy and dangerous things he ll do to demonstrate his affection for the boy and his desire to become his father, despite lacking the courage to come right out and tell him directly


  9. says:

    Tigerman, the hero novel with the funny beginning, hilarious middle and the ending you don t see coming Batman was there too, kinda, it was mostly full of win The passage on the wasteland was one of the best pieces I ve read.


  10. says:

    This hardcover copy is signed by Nick Harkaway.

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