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The House of Rumour Jake Arnott S Decade Spanning, Continent Hopping Novel Mixes Fascinating Real Life Figures With Fictional Characters As It Moves Briskly From WWII Spy Intrigue Featuring Ian Fleming And Occultism Aleister Crowley To The West Coast Pulp Science Fiction Set Philip K Dick, Robert A Heinlein Even L Ron Hubbard And The 80s U.K New Wave Music Scene Larry Zagorski, A S.F Writer Turned U.S Fighter Pilot, Searches For Connections Between What Seem Like Disparate Events While Conspiracy Theories Begin To Suggest The Possibility Of A Single Force Behind Them.

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The House of Rumour
  • Jake Arnott
  • English
  • 23 October 2018
  • 9780544077799

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  1. says:

    The House of Rumour is Jake Arnott s tour of 20th century curios taking in some of its most defining moments and including some of its most interesting and notorious individuals Reality and fiction blur as created characters mix with real people, and events have a habit of connecting to other events with tenuous links jonbar points , to use sci fi vernacular A classified paper detailing a secret government operation in World War 2 to use black magic and astrology to lure Hitler s second in command, Rudolf Hess, to leave Germany for Scotland is stolen by a transvestite prostitute in late 80s England from a retired spymaster From there Arnott sends the reader back to the dark year of 1941 where the war was firmly in favour of the Nazis and a young Ian Fleming, commander in Naval Intelligence, utilised his contacts to arrange a meeting with Aleister Crowley, once known as the wickedest man in the world Crowley agrees to Fleming s bizarre plan or is this disinformation to hold magical gatherings to lure Hess to Britain, sending word to his cult centre in California to do the same ...


  2. says:

    An ambitious tale of misinformation and disinformation there is a difference which centres on the solo flight of Hitler s second in command, Rudolf Hess to Britain in 1941 Hess alleged reason for this was a bid to make a separate peace with Britain, allowing Nazi Germany to concentrate all its efforts on the invasion of the Soviet Union Around this, Jake Arnott spins a conspiracy story which features famous characters from the past, such as Ian Fleming writer of James Bond books and the notorious Aleister Crowley, who at the behest of Fleming, then a British naval intelligence officer supposedly set up magical gatherings in Britain and the USA to direct black propaganda into Nazi Germany, seemingly aimed at senior Nazis such as Hess, who was, to say the least, delusional and open to suggestion.The story unravels in a series of sometimes seemingly unrelated chapters to include the Golden Age of sci fi featuring a fictional author, Larry Zagorksi as well as several real writers, such as Robert Heinlein and his Manana Literary Society where Zagorski meets, among others, L Ron Hubbard and Jack Parsons a rocket scientist whose death was c...


  3. says:

    Why this wasn t longlisted for the Booker Prize perhaps tells you all you need to know about the Booker longlist Unconventionally structured, in that the plot is overarching, built up through several cross chapter strands, with characters ranging from the real including Ian Fleming on the slide in Jamaica, L Ron Hubbard on the tap in the Valley, Rudolf Hess on the lam in the Scottish highlands, Jim Jones on the Kool Aid in Guyana, the eighties Soho tranny socialite Vicky de Lambray on the make in Shepherd Market you know people like that to the invented but fully convincing hero of sorts a Californian golden age SF writer called, wonderfully plausibly, Larry Zagorski The writing is quite spectacular, with deft switches of style between chapters, periods and locations brought off in a way that is subtle and convincing than in, for example, the for me overpraised Cloud Atlas At first sight, this may look like an experiment in genre fiction the author is best known for h...


  4. says:

    How I love this book I ve never read Jake Arnott before, thinking he might be a superior form of a pulp writer, judging by the subject matter of many of his previous books I was amazed then, how literate and elegant the book is The individual strands hold up on their own as mini character studies, but written with a clarity and flow that are quite intoxicating No word is out of place, even the most bizarre plot developments seem to have logical consistency, there is beauty, warmth and sadness in equal measure It could be said that the book is about the 20th C obsession with conspiracy, disinformation, and the stra...


  5. says:

    Fact vs Fiction House of Rumour is laid out in chapters that correspond to the Tarot s major arcana from The Fool through The World Almost anyone important who played a role in World War II has a least a cameo appearance It is replete with real people like the Bond book author Ian Fleming including the real life handler M and M s girl Friday Miss Moneypenny That s on one side of the Atlantic The action in the US takes place in pre and post World War II California among science fiction writers and Hollywood The Author Heinlein is among the elite as is L.Ron Hubard when he was simply a hack writer rather than a cult leader Arnott mixes together real and imagined people so much so that I found myself googling names I didn t recognize He actually creates some originals to mix in with the known characters One intriguing plot device was the legend of Rudolf Hess s 1941 flight to Scotland where he attempted to negotiate peace between England and Germany The actual main character in the book is Rumour itself and how it was used to preserve the different co...


  6. says:

    This one s a bit of a surprise a non genre author better known for his tales of homosexuals, contemporary gangsters and seventies pop culture, a Brit who gave rise to the term geezer chic , turns in an ambitious piece of genre fiction that cleverly blends facts with fiction Result an occasionally brilliant novel.From the outset it s a combination of disparate ideas that really shouldn t work together Golden Age pulp SF writers, James Bond author Ian Fleming, German deputy Nazi Rudolf Hess, the British government of 1941, UFO s, the Space Race, Tarot Cards and Satanism is not a combination you would normally think of Indeed, it rather seems like some sort of manic miscellany.Despite this, the tale is literate, engaging and, most importantly, just the right side of plausibility The book s tale is begun with a narrative from Larry Zagorsky, an fictional SF writer of the 1940 s and 50 s This was my initial surprise Arnott creates such an evocative picture of the SF fan scene of that time that I was immediately reminded of the early days of the Futurians on the US East Coast and, importantly, the West Coast co...


  7. says:

    I am of a generation that filled pulp magazines with cheap prophecy Now the events in my own lifetime seem even fantastic Such ponderous blurb should have been a warning, but with happy memories of Jake Arnott s previous bestsellers The Long Firm, He Kills Coppers, Johnny, Remember Me I was heedless, and thus begun a gruelling, rewardless slog through this soupy stuff A few of the usual Arnott ingredients are present period settings lovingly sketched, the dialogue driven narrative capturing the sounds of an era but somewhere it s gone horribly wrong In attempting I think to write in a film noir pulp fiction crossover, Arnott s sure style has deserted him This is a heavy, remorseless sort of book that weighs the reader down with an uneven pace, far too many subplots and a lack of conclusiveness.I was going to say that there are too many good ideas in here and it really should have been the genesis of several novels not just one, but I m so bored with that I wonder if it s fear that the engulfing crisis in publishing means their future great novels risk not being birthed that makes Zadie, Kate and now Jake try to jam in everything and the kitchen sink Enough I want a book that isn t going to require repeated reprises to stick ...


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    I loved this book It took me a while to love it, but once the connections start to engage, it snaps into sharp focus and the structure of the whole comes plain It is a complicated novel and very difficult to review.A series of episodes, a set of lives loosely linked are woven together the strange prophetic novel that seems to predict Rudolph Hess s flight to Scotland, a young writer of pulp SF and his relationship to a cult that is connected to Aleister Crowley who is connected to a secret service agent who is connected to Rudolph Hess who is connected to a notorious transvestite who is connected to a confused singer turned actor who is making a film based on an old SF story that brings us back to the pulp writers It all comes around in the end, full circle, connecting not neatly or nicely, but very satisfyingly I don t know enough about the Tarot to know if the episodes follow its story of the Fool s journey or if that s a conceit since Jake Arnott uses the Crowley Tarot rather than the classic deck and since Crowley appears as in the story and the theme of occultism runs through it, I assume it s highly significant and I should probably read about it Quantum entanglement is another theme, and other theories of quantum physics, and it draws a lot of inspiration from Michael Coleman Talbot and the hologramatic universe theory It took...


  9. says:

    Jake Arnott is best known for his early novels based in the London ganglands of the 1960s, but since publishing Johnny Come Home in 2006, he has focused on esoteric aspects of twentieth century history, focusing on radical political groups and occultists The House of Rumour brings these strands together, with a plot taking in most of the major conspiracies of past 60 years, from Rudolph Hess through to Aleister Crowley, as well as Jonestown and the Black Panthers Arnott s characters inhabit Chapel Perilous, the psychological state described by Robert Anton Wilson in which individuals cannot be certain whether or not their actions are being influenced by supernatural forces, or whether the conspiracies exist in their own heads The best bits of the novel deal with Ian Fleming s role in British Intelligence during World War 2, and there is a very effective passage inc...


  10. says:

    This has the potential to be a really great book but just warbles on too much It s a fine idea about how much of 20th Century history was tied in with the occult and how those in power use magic for their own ends Unfortunately it goes off on way too many tangents for me.

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