Christopher Brookmyre - Bedlam - Little, Brown Book Group
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Bedlam

By Christopher Brookmyre

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Christopher Brookmyre over-clocked and hardware-accelerated, this is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a new generation.

Heaven is a prison. Hell is a playground.



Would it be your ultimate fantasy to enter the world of a video game?



A realm where you don't have to go to work or worry about your health; where you can look like a hero or a goddess; where you can fly space-ships, slay dragons, yet all of it feels completely real. A realm where there are no consequences and no responsibilities.



Or would it be your worst nightmare?



Stuck in an endless state of war and chaos where the pain and fear feels real and from which not even death can offer an escape.



Prison or playground. Heaven or hell. This is where you find out. This is white-knuckle action, sprawling adventure, merciless satire and outrageous humour like you've never experienced.



This is Bedlam.

Biographical Notes

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since the publication of A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow. Oh, yes.

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  • ISBN: 9781408704073
  • Publication date: 07 Feb 2013
  • Page count: 384
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