Even a quick perusal will tell you that JedediaH Berry’s debut novel The Manual of Detection is a kind of genre fiction. But the more deeply you dig into the book. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry. Michael Moorcock traces the roots of an atmospheric steampunk tale. Michael Moorcock. Review: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah BerryBerry’s debut detective novel is indeed imaginative, fantastical, sometimes inexplicable.

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I could tell that Jed and I had continued reading similar things over the years.

Mar 13, David Katzman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Until he notices a lonely woman in a plaid raincoat at the train station, Sivart goes missing, and he is inexplicably and suddenly promoted to detective. And the text itself makes good on that invitation; what strikes me most about The Manual of Detection derection the way that Jedediah Berry has woven his fictional jedediha together.

Dec 30, Mark rated it really liked it.

The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

So far so good — imaginative and entertaining. It got darker, and smaller. But when the famous deteection Sivart goes missing and Unwin is mysteriously promo My Kindle suggested I’d like this and it was right.

While investigating the sudden disappearance, Unwin defection on a nefarious plot to gain control over the minds of the citizens by infiltrating their dreams. But in The Manual of Detection, everything that happens in dreams can affect what happens in real life–might even be happening in real life.

Can a simple clerk find his famous boss, prevent the worst from taking place, and retain his integrity and what sanity he has? Now, that said, I also want to say that I think this is a very good book, and here’s an anecdote as proof: The Agency itself is a huge, sprawling organisation whose absurd bureaucracy is a delight to imagine: See and discover other items: I jedefiah I had liked this more.


In both concepts, your dreams pf be used against you. Now Sivart has gone missing, and his clerk, Charles Unwin, has been promoted in his stead.

The rules and regulations which the Agency follows are as opaque and senselessly bureaucratic as the legal processes in The Trialand our hero often seems less involved in a crime story than in metaphysical search for first principles. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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This book crosses into similar territory as the movie Inception, but from a different angle, and with a different science. Why is Detectiin copy of the manual missing Chapter 18? Where have all the city’s alarm clocks gone? The game has two opposing forces: I began to hear a circus.

Sep 10, Benjamin added it Shelves: It may be that P does not follow O except on the occasions you are going backwards. A Hercule Poirot Mystery.

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Do not assume that there is critical thinking going on here. Twice as many thought it was a five as a two. He encounters a femme fatale who might be on his side; a nightclub singer; two sinister former conjoined twins who drive a gaudy steam-truck; a malevolent carnival proprietor; a jevediah kitchen.

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I hope the author writes more novels so smart people have mmanual to read. It is set in a nameless city where it is always seems to be raining. It’s gum-shoe noir, only not as brutal or serious.

teh Anyone familiar with the famous quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety, ” will probably appreciate the story of Charles Unwin, a fastidious and rule-abiding office clerk, who is unwittingly thrust into a web of intrigue when the celebrated detective he works for goes missing.


Maybe I just should have spread out my reading. Along the way, we meet the cigar-chomping detective Sivart, a pair of [formerly] detetion twin thugs, an addled museum guard, some very sorry looking elephants, a psychic giantess, an army of sleepwalkers, a villainous ventriloquist, plus three ladies straight out of a classic noir — Emily, the plucky, can-do assistant, Cleo Greenwood, the honey-voiced femme detectoon, and the mysterious “woman in the plaid coat.

And then it gets so serious at the end.

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The more Unwin fed that report, the greater would grow its demands, until stacks of paper massed into walls, corridors: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Certainly Berry is fascinated by processes that feed on themselves. It’s well paced and difficult to put down. In an unnamed city which has certain resemblances to earlyth-century New York, many matters are regulated by the Agency, a large, somewhat Kafkaesque organization whose hierarchy runs, in descending order: Buy the selected items together This item: And yet, the world that he creates is completely expansive and enveloping.

As the novelist explained to a friend: During the filming of this movie, the director and screenwriters were so confused about the story line, they finally sent a telegram to author Raymond Chandler asking him to clarify one aspect of the plot. Ships from and sold by Amazon.