With today’s youth consumed by video games and television, it seems unlikely that this generation might take up the habit of reading anything without being forced. The digital age has changed the way many people choose to spend their time. This is something Steven Hall had in mind when writing the bestselling novel, The Raw Shark Texts, published in 2007. The world he creates through the mind of a narrator suffering from psychotropic fugue is somewhere between frightening and comical; attaching a variety of references from modern day culture, ranging from films and television, to music and literature, making his characters and scenarios highly digestible to a vast audience. More so than paying homage to other literature in the past, the book becomes a sort of jambalaya of popular films with tastes of Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Terminator, The Matrix, Memento, Being John Malkovich and maybe even a little Donnie Darko. With that in mind, it seems Hall is onto something brilliant with his incorporation of so much relatable subject matter. Nothing really gives readers a kick more so than the feeling that they have made a connection and found some kind of hidden message or reference to something they were already familiar with.