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XX: A Novel Reviews

XX: A Novel by Rian Hughes

XX: A Novel, Graphic

Rian Hughes

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2 reviews

Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 20 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9781529020571

A unique and extraordinary novel of alien first contact, and how humanity copes in the aftermath.

4 stars out of 5
20 Aug 2020

"the most astonishing blend of narrative, meta-narratives and visuals"

Vastly ambitious, XX is the most astonishing blend of narrative, meta-narratives and visuals. Real ‘wow’ moments and big ideas combine with brilliant typographical flourishes to create the Moby Dick of sci-fi.

There’s a close encounter on the moon, while on earth, a lateral-thinking genius manages to translate a mysterious signal from outer space into a trio of AI constructs: a foppish dandy, a very modern girl and a sort of metal behemoth. Each with their own typeface, the medium really is the message.


3 stars out of 5
Neville Hawcock
14 Aug 2020

"Rian Hughes’s book delights in exploring design’s potential to amplify meaning"

Yet these are quibbles. “How do you kill a bad idea?” the DMEn ask rhetorically at one point. “You have a better one.” Equally you can sustain a good idea by presenting it in a new way. If the “novel, graphic” is unlikely to supplant the “novel, conventional” (or the graphic novel) any time soon, it does offer a surprisingly enjoyable variation on the theme.