Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
<i>Fred Strydom</i> studied film and media at the University of Cape Town. He has taught English in South Korea and published a number of short stories. He currently works as a television writer and producer in Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife, three dogs, cat, and horse.
<b>A wildly imaginative science fiction odyssey.</b> Always compelling, it works on a lot of levels, and they all come together like clockwork in the end. Highly recommended. --Scott Hawkins, author of <i>The Library at Mount Char</i> <b>Enchanting, captivating, intriguing...none of these do <i>The Raft</i> justice.</b> Strydom's fresh voice and confident prose will completely engross you. A stellar debut! --<i>New York Times</i> bestseller Jason M. Hough, author of <i>Zero World</i> Strydom's debut subverts postapocalyptic fiction with a scathing parable of pain and paranoia ... reinvigorates the genre with a suspenseful concept and intimately realized characters. <b>[A] sucker punch of a novel.</b> --<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review If you think you've seen it all, read it all when it comes to dystopian fiction, you really haven't--not until you've experienced <i>The Raft</i>. <b>I was enchanted, awestruck, and ultimately moved by Fred Strydom's rip-cracking debut.</b> --Nick Cutter, bestselling author of <i>The Troop</i> and <i>The Deep</i> This eerie debut about one man's search for truth, even though what he finds may hurt more than it heals, features a protagonist with raw emotions and a strong voice, carrying what could be a convoluted plot to an unforgettable ending. --<i>Library Journal</i>, starred review This novel really is <b>a masterpiece</b>. It's different and haunting. It's devastatingly good. And it's beautifully put together. If you don't read another SF novel this year, shame on you. If you do, make it <i>The Raft</i>. --John Love, author of <i>Faith</i> and <i>Evensong</i> <b>One of the sharpest premises in 2016</b> . . . <i>The Raft</i> is a must-read. --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog F***ing fantastic. The writing, from start to finish, is wonderful. <i>The Raft</i> is <b>easily the best book I've read this year</b>, and one that I'm not sure will be topped. --<i>We the Nerdy</i> <i>The Raft</i> was a <b>refreshing, unique read</b>. [I] can see it sticking with me for a long time. I look forward to seeing what Fred Strydom writes next. --<i>Christy's Love of Books</i> <b>A strong debut in the genre</b> and sure to interest SF readers in general--and dystopia fans in particular. --<i>Booklist</i> <b>Riveting and moving science fiction</b> ... I read <i>The Raft</i> in one sitting. --<i>Rant and Rave Reviews</i> <b>A must-read</b>, even for hardened 'realist' readers. --<i>Aerodrome</i> A writer to watch ... <b>a philosophical adventure story that takes the reader into a terrifying world</b> where no one can remember who or what they are. --<i>BDlive</i> A brilliant book, and one not to be missed ... <b>a rollicking good dystopian novel</b>. --<i>Cape Times</i>