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If you’re here, you might be lost.

Let me direct you to commerce.

You can purchase my novel Technicolor Ultra Mall here or you can ask at your local bookshop, which is probably better, or inquire at your library or something. I don’t know what you should do or what you expect me to do about it. You can probably buy a book without the author holding your hand, right? I hope so. I’m as lost as you.

Anyway, here’s some reviews and blurbs and that sort of thing. I also better put up a picture of the cover because, otherwise, you might get confused and buy the wrong book or forget to buy this one. It’s happened before. To me, even. So here.

Technicolor Ultra Mall Ryan Oakley

“This is a whip-smart, truly violent novel that has at its core a still very human pulsing heart.” The Sunburst Award Jury

“I don’t want to call Ryan Oakley’s 2012 Aurora nominee A Clockwork Orange 2.0. There are so many other ways to describe it: it’s raw and bloody; beautiful and horrific; staccato like a machine-gun; and as fresh as it is familiar. His homage to Burgess’s 1962 classic could hardly be more faithful, yet it stands alone, quintessentially a product of now, though with a degree of the timelessness which cemented that earlier novel as a classic.” AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review

“Ryan Oakley kicks all kinds of butt. This is the story Philip K. Dick would have written if he’d lived to today: over-the-top, incisively satirical, and packing a major wallop. The prose sings even as the story makes you squirm; underneath all the slickness and sickness there’s a passionate human heart, beating so damn fast it warps space. Oakley is a supernova about to blow – a major new talent ready to burst on the scene – and with this, his first novel, he’ll light up the entire sky.” Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of HOMINDS, Nebula Award-winning author of THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT

“Come for the ultraviolence, stay for the science-fictional mind-juice. This is a masterfully written must-read for anyone trying to understand just how this world of ours could all go horribly wrong(er).” Coilhouse: Magazine and Blog

“Do not go into Technicolor Ultra Mall expecting a pleasure read. Oh, sure, you’re going to be hooked and will be entertained and all those things you want from a good book, but some part of you is going to come away feeling battered and bloodstained. ” examiner.com

“The writing is hellish, brilliant, stellar and profane.” The Nameless Zine

” . . . a dystopian tour de force that will baffle and incite you in a spiral of emotions.” Space Squid

“If you like your fiction efficient, with a lot of violence and a little transcendence mixed in with the bleakness, this is the book for you.” Innsmouth Free Press

“From the opening blaze of profanity-peppered violence to the bleak cataclysm of its conclusion, Oakley never eases the pressure, tearing aside the glossy veils of commerce to reveal the cynical profiteering beneath.” Futurismic

“The book is about the mall and the way people interact in an enclosed environment. The language is fresh, inventive, and fast moving. One of the blurbs compares Oakley to Philip K. Dick but I would have said K.W. Jeter. There are hints of bizarre humor, and it’s obviously in part a satire, but it’s also deadly serious. This is one of those books that are worth some extra effort to track them down.” Don D’Ammassa, Critical Mass 

“Beneath the violence of Technicolor are interesting, realistic, and sometimes exaggerated characters facing extreme conditions, on both the red and green levels. Communication is mediated by antisocial codes and television, but the characters manage to relate when they want to and when they try. They are still human, by turns repulsive and sympathetic, obnoxious and innocent. Without these conflicted characters, the violence they commit might be too much—too hard to take, too pointless, too blunt. Oakley makes it work and, as a result, the book is a strong first effort.” Adam Gorley of The New Dilettantes.

“Reading Ryan Oakley’s writing is like being lit-jacked. Once Oakley’s forty-five caliber prose is aimed between your eyes, you’ll never forget it.” Minister Faust
Phillip K. Dick Prize Shortlisted author of THE COYOTE KINGS OF THE SPACE-AGE BACHELOR PAD, The Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award, Special Citation (Runner Up) Phillip K. Dick Award author of FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF DR. BRAIN

“Oakley isn’t so much concerned with what science fiction has been, but rather where it can go. And, unlike most of his contemporaries, he doesn’t just write from his head, but from his gut. His work somehow manages to be both unsettling and deeply absorbing.” Jeff Lemire Eisner-nominated Graphic novelist of the ESSEX COUNTY TRILOGY, THE NOBODY, SWEET TOOTH from Vertigo, THE ATOM and the SUPERBOY series for DC Comics

“Technicolor Ultra Mall is cynical, pulpy cyberpunk fiction at its best. A combination of dark satire, ultra-violence and social commentary (both of the subtle and the sledgehammer variety) that thunders along at a breakneck pace. The speed of reading is deceptive though, because Oakley has managed to cram a dense and thoughtful meditation on modern techno-consumer culture, popular media and class struggle into the books brisk 280 pages.” Hari MacKinnon

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