Rutherford’s POV of Beck’s underground tube system and its ‘in-between un-spaces’ particularly in East London is quite remarkable as is the memory of when he was once mugged there. Then the project boss Georgia Ash’s POV of the toroidal anomalous thing that has halted the drill is as consuming as one would expect for any such leasehold POVs that are also filtered through this freehold author of the visionary XX.

As your recommended additional reading to co-resonate with this experience, I can call on two very recent reviews of mine as if I were then being somehow primed for this book’s entry into my life, as they are now retroprimed in their own right by this book! —
(1) The no-man’s land of the sidings each side of passenger trains slowly entering Liverpool Street Station, a remarkable story OFF THE TRACKS by Steve Duffy: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2021/06/30/the-night-comes-steve-duffy/#comment-22568
(2) The visionary archaeological digs & cave systems of THE PIT-CRYPTS OF KISH and THE SANATORIUM AT CHAKHIRSHIRINCELO by Albert Power here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/azerbaijan-tales-by-albert-power/, also summoning to mind cave-system fiction in Robert Aickman’s ‘Visiting Star’ and in Haruki Murakami’s ‘Killing the Commendatore’, as well as in Jules Verne … and E.M. Forster’s Marabar Caves and more…

Full context of my real-time embedded reporting upon THE BLACK LOCOMOTIVE by Rian Hughes is here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2021/08/18/the-black-locomotive-rian-hughes/

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