The Extremes

The Extremes

Christopher Priest / Jun 04, 2020

The Extremes British born Teresa Simons returns to England after the death of her husband an FBI agent who was killed by an out of control gunman while on assignment in Texas A shocking coincidence has drawn her

  • Title: The Extremes
  • Author: Christopher Priest
  • ISBN: 9780684816326
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • British born Teresa Simons returns to England after the death of her husband, an FBI agent, who was killed by an out of control gunman while on assignment in Texas A shocking coincidence has drawn her to the run down south coast town of Bulverton, where a gunman s massacre has haunting similarities to the murders in Texas Desperate to unravel the mystery, Teresa turns toBritish born Teresa Simons returns to England after the death of her husband, an FBI agent, who was killed by an out of control gunman while on assignment in Texas A shocking coincidence has drawn her to the run down south coast town of Bulverton, where a gunman s massacre has haunting similarities to the murders in Texas Desperate to unravel the mystery, Teresa turns to the virtual reality world of Extreme Experience, ExEx, now commercially available since she trained on it in the US The best and worst of human experience can be found in ExEx, and in the extremes of violence Teresa finds that past and present combine.

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      • Christopher Priest

        Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full time freelance writer since 1968.He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children s non fiction.He has written drama for radio BBC Radio 4 and television Thames TV and HTV In 2006, The Prestige was made into a major production by Newmarket Films Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige went straight to No.1 US box office It received two Academy Award nominations Other novels, including Fugue For a Darkening Island and The Glamour, are currently in preparation for filming.He is Vice President of the H G Wells Society In 2007, an exhibition of installation art based on his novel The Affirmation was mounted in London.As a journalist he has written features and reviews for The Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, and many different magazines.


    1. VIRTUALLY NOTHINGI’ve read a handful of Priest’s novels and this is the first one to disappoint me. The Extremes is like certain types of food: it seems nourishing at first but soon betrays itself as empty calories. Much of the book is concerned with the everyday lives of a couple of people affected by the events that are central to the story. But these characters actually have nothing to say. We learn nothing from them and then, in the final third of the book, they simply vanish, leaving th [...]

    2. Whilst certainly not his best work, The Extremes is a solid novel. It is very much typical Priest: we are introduced to a seemingly mundane (as opposed to fantastical) setting and plot, laced with subtle hints that things are not as they seen. Slowly, the very narrative of the plot itself is brought into question. Reality is obviously a big concern for Priest, and this book continues to look at that.By the high standards Priest set with The Prestige or The Glamour, this book is a bit disappointi [...]

    3. Every time I read a Christopher Priest book I realise I should read more of his work. Priest deals with complex themes in very straightforward, accessible prose and The Extremes is no exception. I dislike giving plot summaries where the unfolding of the plot is integral to enjoying the novel, so suffice to say the themes of the book are concerned with virtual reality, consensual reality, coming to terms with loss, mass-murder violence, and shifting timelines.In some respects the novel is sprawli [...]

    4. -Sensaciones de lo real y lo virtual.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Teresa es una niña estadounidense de siete años que vive con sus padres en una base militar del noroeste del Reino Unido. Poco antes de volver a los USA, perderá a su amiga imaginaria Megan, a la que ve en un espejo. Con 43 años, Teresa trabaja para el FBI adscrita al Departamento de Justicia, ha enviudado recientemente, es experta en el uso de los sistemas de experiencias extremas para entrenamiento que usa e [...]

    5. There were two reasons I picked this up at the shop. First of all I recognised the name Christopher Priest from the film The Prestige and second of all I quite liked the cover. Why a slightly blurry photo of a man pointing a gun at me appealed I’m not sure, but it did. Reading the blurb I wasn’t too sure. Virtual reality and police procedures didn’t grab my interest, so I opened the first few pages and took a quick skim. That made up my mind.Full review: susanhatedliterature/2

    6. An uneasy read in many respects. It wasn't the ending I was expecting (I thought they would all be acting out a scenario in ExEx), but it was a sort of solution.

    7. Disdetta. Avevo letto Mondo alla rovescia di Christopher Priest (1974) e mi aveva entusiasmata. Questo suo romanzo, più recente (1998), parla di cose interessantissime: la percezione della realtà, il confine ambiguo tra reale e virtuale; l’empatia, l’elaborazione del lutto, i traumi collettivi e financo la violenza nella società dei consumi e dell’intrattenimento. Quindi, cosa non va? Per essere breve, il problema è che il libro dopo un po’ diventa una palla mostruosa. È estenuante. [...]

    8. Ai confini della realtà (virtuale)“Esperienze estreme” (The Extremes) è un romanzo misconosciuto di un autore poco noto, benchè Christopher Priest abbia al suo attivo almeno un ottimo precedente (“Il mondo alla rovescia”) ed un curriculum di rilievo in campo cinematografico: da suoi romanzi sono tratti “The Prestige” ed “eXistenZ”, quest’ultimo molto vicino alle tematiche di The Extremes.Si tratta di un’opera ascrivibile all’ambito della fantascienza, ma quella per così [...]

    9. This is a rather frustrating book -- generally well written, filled with interesting ideas, but sometimes inconsistent and sometimes simply unbelievable. Teresa Simmons and her husband are trained FBI field agents in what seems to be our present, except that both were trained with the help of an extremely sophisticated virtual reality system that put them into various roles in a wide range of historically-based “killer” scenarios. Through repeated insertions into each scenario, they had to l [...]

    10. As others have said, not his best, but I still found it a low-key page-turner. Low-key despite the plot of serial-killers and hyper-real virtual games. FBI agents now study for dangerous violent situations like robberies and hostage situation using an extremely detailed virtual reality reconstruction of genuine historical situations which are generated from the memories of witnesses and participants. The ExEx machine puts the agent into the mind of a participant who was there. Big corporations d [...]

    11. Christopher Priest est un peu le P.K. Dick des temps modernes. Ce présent roman aborde donc les thèmes de la perception de la réalité, de son appropriation par la conscience, ainsi que le deuil, l’amnésie, le refoulement. Il s’agit d’un polar qui flirte discrètement avec la SF, un Alice au pays des merveilles de la réalité virtuelle. Malheureusement on a bien du mal à trouver de l’intérêt aux différents protagonistes, et le puzzle de réalités imbriquées que le roman propos [...]

    12. The Extremes might not be top tier Priest, but it seems to me that it's very underrated. While it has plenty of Priest's signature exploration of reality, at its heart it's really an exploration of violent tragedy: how it affects us, how we react to it, how it can even become an inseparable part of who we are. No, the book does end with everything wrapped up neatly, but I can't think of a single Priest novel that does. The Extremes deserves far more credit than it gets. It's not a perfect novel, [...]

    13. The only reason I give this two stars is that the prose is competently written. However, the book is a complete waste of time. Every possible plot thread is unresolved, which could be part of the point if the vast majority of the book did not cohere so well. The point is pointlessness, unreality, connections so numerous that they become meaningless. Sorry, Mr. Priest, but it doesn't take 350 pages to teach nothing; it takes 0.

    14. I liked it at the beginning, however totally changed my mind in the end.The book is not boring, author want to make a mystery of the supertechnology, but even given that XX exists, the things described couldn't happen. Scenarios just couldn't intersect because they were separated by time. It looks like "Inception" movie, but the potential of the XX is not discovered.P.S. "Linearity becomes a matrix" - WTF is thatabout?

    15. So much intriguing potential, I kept waiting for the climax, but it always remained illusively just beyond the horizon. Did the author himself not decide on how to end the book? Frustrating though it is not to feel that the plot was fully completed, this book posed a fascinating scenario and the crossover concept itself had merit.

    16. An interesting premise and the start of a probing look at the role of violence in our society but then the plot takes a strange right turn (William Gibson lite) and goes off somewhere else. Still a decent read, but the first 2/3rds offered so very much more.

    17. The Extremes by Christopher Priest. I love Sci Fiction by Priest. I like how his plots play in your mind long after I read his novels and how he deftly play with reality in his book. The Extremes make one questions one reality and really what is real? The Extremes may not be his best but his plots always excite me.

    18. "Así es como se me ha escapado la vida, tratando de resolver los problemas que han creado otros, tratando de investigar, detectar, de encontrar un sentido al caos."'The Extremes' de Christopher Priest habría que leerla para tratar de entender por qué me ha llevado casi nueve años terminar de leerla quizás porque "conocer (casi) todas las caras de la verdad no es suficiente"

    19. Grieving FBI agent takes a holiday in England, at the site of a massacre-by-crazed-gunman. Seeking answers, she indulges in the virtual reality world of Extreme Experiences. Priest continues his long-running exploration into the nature of reality in a not-altogether successful melodrama, which, typically for him, is unredeemed by an ending which makes sense of it all -- it doesn't.

    20. Pointless drivel, after great novels like "The Prestige" and "The Separation" I was expecting better from Christopher Priest. But wait, this is one of his older books republished post popularity -- Steer clear of this one.

    21. Love Priest but this isn't one of his best. Not terrible by any means but feels old fashioned compared to the timelessness of his other books And almost no one is likeable, which doesn't help in these kind of page-turners

    22. What's with high-concept science fiction and sticking the landing?! Neal Stephenson, China Mieville and now this. Granted, it's not the utter train wreck those two end their novels with, but this one just kindadropped.

    23. I kept hanging on thinking it would all come together, but it never did for me! The concept was interesting, but it seemed confusing and bits would get lost! I like the way I got a feel for the characters, he portrayed them where one could connect, but that was about it.

    24. I remember really enjoying this book about serial killers and a secretive virtual reality training center in the UK. A page turner.

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