reviews of technicolor ultra mall

You can purchase Technicolor Ultra Mall here. (0r ask at your local bookshop, which is better.)

“This is a whip-smart, truly violent novel that has at its core a still very human pulsing heart.”

The Sunburst Award Jury

“I don’t want to call Ryan Oakley’s 2012 Aurora nominee A Clockwork Orange 2.0. There are so many other ways to describe it: it’s raw and bloody; beautiful and horrific; staccato like a machine-gun; and as fresh as it is familiar. His homage to Burgess’s 1962 classic could hardly be more faithful, yet it stands alone, quintessentially a product of now, though with a degree of the timelessness which cemented that earlier novel as a classic.”

AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review

“Ryan Oakley kicks all kinds of butt. This is the story Philip K. Dick would have written if he’d lived to today: over-the-top, incisively satirical, and packing a major wallop. The prose sings even as the story makes you squirm; underneath all the slickness and sickness there’s a passionate human heart, beating so damn fast it warps space. Oakley is a supernova about to blow – a major new talent ready to burst on the scene – and with this, his first novel, he’ll light up the entire sky.”

— Robert J. Sawyer
Hugo Award-winning author of HOMINDS
Nebula Award-winning author of THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT

“Come for the ultraviolence, stay for the science-fictional mind-juice. This is a masterfully written must-read for anyone trying to understand just how this world of ours could all go horribly wrong(er).”

Coilhouse: Magazine and Blog

“Do not go into Technicolor Ultra Mall expecting a pleasure read. Oh, sure, you’re going to be hooked and will be entertained and all those things you want from a good book, but some part of you is going to come away feeling battered and bloodstained. “

“The writing is hellish, brilliant, stellar and profane.”

The Nameless Zine

” . . . a dystopian tour de force that will baffle and incite you in a spiral of emotions.”

 Space Squid

“If you like your fiction efficient, with a lot of violence and a little transcendence mixed in with the bleakness, this is the book for you.”

Innsmouth Free Press

“From the opening blaze of profanity-peppered violence to the bleak cataclysm of its conclusion, Oakley never eases the pressure, tearing aside the glossy veils of commerce to reveal the cynical profiteering beneath.”


“The book is about the mall and the way people interact in an enclosed environment. The language is fresh, inventive, and fast moving. One of the blurbs compares Oakley to Philip K. Dick but I would have said K.W. Jeter. There are hints of bizarre humor, and it’s obviously in part a satire, but it’s also deadly serious. This is one of those books that are worth some extra effort to track them down.”

Don D’Ammassa, Critical Mass 

“Beneath the violence of Technicolor are interesting, realistic, and sometimes exaggerated characters facing extreme conditions, on both the red and green levels. Communication is mediated by antisocial codes and television, but the characters manage to relate when they want to and when they try. They are still human, by turns repulsive and sympathetic, obnoxious and innocent. Without these conflicted characters, the violence they commit might be too much—too hard to take, too pointless, too blunt. Oakley makes it work and, as a result, the book is a strong first effort.”

Adam Gorley of The New Dilettantes.

“Reading Ryan Oakley’s writing is like being lit-jacked. Once Oakley’s forty-five caliber prose is aimed between your eyes, you’ll never forget it.”

Minister Faust
Phillip K. Dick Prize Shortlisted author of THE COYOTE KINGS OF THE SPACE-AGE BACHELOR PAD
The Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award, Special Citation (Runner Up) Phillip K. Dick Award author of FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF DR. BRAIN

“Oakley isn’t so much concerned with what science fiction has been, but rather where it can go. And, unlike most of his contemporaries, he doesn’t just write from his head, but from his gut. His work somehow manages to be both unsettling and deeply absorbing.”

Jeff Lemire
Eisner-nominated Graphic novelist of the ESSEX COUNTY TRILOGY,
SWEET TOOTH from Vertigo.
THE ATOM and the upcoming SUPERBOY series for DC Comics

“Technicolor Ultra Mall is cynical, pulpy cyberpunk fiction at its best. A combination of dark satire, ultra-violence and social commentary (both of the subtle and the sledgehammer variety) that thunders along at a breakneck pace. The speed of reading is deceptive though, because Oakley has managed to cram a dense and thoughtful meditation on modern techno-consumer culture, popular media and class struggle into the books brisk 280 pages.”

–Hari MacKinnon

1 comment

  1. Dr. Rafael Miguel Montes

    So nice to find a place online where I can actually contact you. My name is Rafael Miguel Montes and I am a Cultural Studies professor at St. Thomas University and the chair of the department of English. I wanted to praise you lavishly for your novel, Technicolor Ultra Mall, a book that really is one of those groundbreaking and gut-wrenching experiences that truly feels like I am in the presence of a visionary. For the last few months, I google your name every couple of weeks to see if anything new has been published. An excerpt, a short story, a shopping list. Anything. Although there does not seem anything currently available, I feel that your novel is too good to just be in my own personal library. I am very thankful to you for having written the cornerstone text for my next summer’s literature seminar on Dystopian Narrative. I know that it only means that 25 college juniors and seniors will be buying your book, but it is my little bit of thank you for moving me and making me certain that there is a great deal of incendiary talent out there if one bothers to search for it.

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