The Walking Dead Vol. 19: March To War - I'll say this for Robert Kirkman, he knows how to tweak the formula just enough to keep it from going stale. The new uber bad guy, Negan, is pretty entertaining. Not at all grim and unlikable like The Governor. It's possible that Negan is even worse as far as being a sadistic dickhead, but he's also really funny. You throw in a guy like Ezekiel, who is a bit over the top, and it helps keep the endless cycle of violence and survival fresh. Or almost fresh. Still enjoying this book. Read the whole thing in one sitting.
Tore through this. Not a happy read. A few laughs, but man what a trail o'tears. Good side effect, it helped me get my reading back on track. Reading Dr.Sleep(and LOVING it) right now.
THIS WAS GREAT!!!!!! Awesome plot-twist!!!! It was a post-apocalyptic, dystopian, comedy with kung-fu and ninjas and monsters and mimes.
Originally Posted by FBJ
The novel centers around an unnamed main character and his best friend, Gonzo, who live in a wasteland world that is surrounded by territory that is tainted by "stuff." This "stuff" is the fallout from the war fought with a frightening new weapon called the "Go-Away Bomb" that simply makes everything "disappear" by stripping matter of its information. "Stuff" is the informationless matter, but it is unexpectedly able to obtain information by combining with people's deepest darkest thoughts, resulting in horrific new forms of life. Fortunately, there is a substance that has been discovered (called FOX) that keeps the "stuff" at bay. FOX is piped literally around the world by a huge conglomerate company, and the areas where The Pipe traverses are habitable by the remaining humans of the world.
Harkaway's writing style is rather verbose, his word-selection causing me to tap the dictionary software on every other page and his sentence structure causing me to cringe. However, this style fits the genre quite well in that he uses it adeptly to relate character, dialogue, and environment in often amusing ways (think Douglas Adams with a MUCH LARGER VOCABULARY). The book takes a bit of a strange turn at the beginning, with a MAJOR flashback by the nameless main character that lasts easily for the middle third of the book. This often leads you to wonder, "What on Earth is this story really about?" Never fear!! Harkaway brings it all full-circle by the beginning of the final third, and rather masterfully at that, with a FANTASTIC plot-twist!!
Finding this book well-worth the read, I think I may have stumbled onto another favorite author!
Also just finished a quick Heinlein novel that was originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1941:
Now, onto something and someone totally new:
Originally Posted by FBJ
Did you recommend Angelmaker earlier? Read that earlier and the year and enjoyed it a lot, so I ordered The Gone-Away World as well. Can't wait to dig in now.
I wanna check out that Gone-Away World too(thanks FBJ). What's this Angelmaker LTI? Same guy?
Yes, also Harkaway, and I'll describe by swapping words from FBJ's description, because it's possible...
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
It was a steampunk, noir, whimsical thriller with secret agents and gangsters and monsters and bees.
I might be mistaken on some of the details. I've read some other wacky things since then.
Amazon wish list...make room!!!!
There's bees in The Gone-Away World, too!!!
Angelmaker was suggested to me by a well-read friend, but I elected to go with Harkaway's first book to start. I'll read Angelmaker soon, though.
At first I was thrown off by it consisting of short stories that followed each other but just as I was getting into it they started a longer story instead. I just wasn't a big fan of the Mule stuff... It's a classic and I can see the appeal but it didn't do much for me.