“Ultrameta the story, the book, the concept, the ultra meta-fiction is set to be a landmark post-modern experimental novel, one whose visions and concepts will linger long in the memory and itch to escape or at least be reconsidered with fresh eyes and evidence. In this existence or some other. Make no mistake, this book is technically stunning, a rollercoaster ride through the psyche.”
“You can read it at many levels, dig deep for parallels, references, associations, significances, unpick its imagery, reflect on meanings and significances large and small. Let your imagination go to town and enjoy the riot. Or you can take it on a much simpler level, as if jumping into a little boat on a vast sea which is the beautifully composed language of the novel, its poetic rhythms, its sonorities and sensitivities – and, indeed, its sheer driving force, and just see where it gets you. Be swept along with it on this strange, sometimes . . . disturbing but certainly magical mystery tour of the extremities of human experience – without trying to interpret or explain – and discover which shore, or shores, it casts you up on. You will certainly be stimulated, enlightened, and wiser, for the trip.”
"Part fantasy, part horror, there is no denying the power of the prose.
On the most surface level you can see a story of a man living many lives, but like Thomas Pynchon, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, what you see on the surface is but a reflection of the immensity which is hidden beneath. Really, I don’t throw those names around lightly; I really was that impressed with the novel, this represents a new form of literature for a new century.
If the review appears short then maybe a new form of criticism needs to be employed, for my part I was just blown away. There are few book which clash imagery and ideas in such a perfect union as Ultrameta. If this isn’t a modern classic, then there is little justice in the world, which would be an irony considering the content of the book."
Charles Packer - Sci-Fi Online
"This is a fascinating journey into other realities, other times, other personas. The story, or stories linked by subtle threads, takes the reader into a literary maze. The ideas overflow the narrative, but the structure is precise (like a maze).
I found the whole experience (because that sums up what it is) absolutely compelling. I don't pretend to understand everything here, and am sure the book deserves a second read, but the prose sparkles, the images sear the imagination, and the reading experience is very much like an adventure into the many lives, genders and guises of Alexander Stark, the central character(s).
The book is described as 'a fractal novel,' explained on the back cover as 'the secret structure of life itself.' All I can say is, read the book for the multi-layered experiences, for the adventure and the narrative excellence..... but do not hope to understand everything. Wonderful!"
Trevor Denyer, -Midnight Street Issue 13.