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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (2015)

de David Wong

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Sèrie: Zoey Ashe (1)

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A Winner of the 2016 Alex Awards Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements. An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move. Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes. A young woman from the trailer park. And her very smelly cat. Together, they will decide the future of mankind. Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's dumpster on a hot summer day. This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you'd want to follow. Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.… (més)
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This book was a lot of fun, but the storyline was nonsensical. Most of the action didn't need to take place and it wasn't so much driven by the main character as by the random whims of the author. The narration in the audiobook is tricky to review. On the one hand, the narrator had a hard time keeping the cadence of the text, and would pause awkwardly in the middle of phrases in a disconnected way. Also, how on Earth did they manage to make the entire audiobook without a single person telling the narrator how to pronounce tabula rasa? All that aside, she was a good fit for the voice of the main character. So there's that, I guess.

In short, it was a fun read, but I won't go out of my way to recommend it. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Having read the "John" series, I had high hopes going in, and I wasn't disappointed at all.

The writing is sharp, the humor to be expected, and the characters as David-y as possible. But I was confused by one particular thing: it wants to be futuristic, yet stays well-rooted in the current world.

Let me explain: on the one hand, we have fully autonomous vehicles and signboards that stretch across the sky; on the other, we have present era guns and technology. It's a confusing mishmash of current and futuristic technology, which made the reading a bit unpredictable since I couldn't anticipate the era of technology to be used later in the story.

Anyways, other than that, I have absolutely no complaints. This was a fun, quick read that had enough violence, humor, and laughably bad villains and heroes. It's dead serious at times, offering genuine life advice, and then throwing up slapstick or toilet jokes in the next page.

It also feels like a movie at times, something I would love to watch. However, I think it'll work better as a mini-series on television, considering just how interesting the world and the characters are. I'd love to spend more time in this world, which means a TV show would be a better medium. Oh, and yes, I'd love to read a sequel to Zoey and The Suits, too! ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
With a title like this and the fact it was written by David Wong, I wasn't expecting anything subtle. I was expecting pretty much exactly what I got-- an over-the-top scifi thriller with a lot of attempts at humor.

One thing that struck me, however was the firm grasp the novel had on the visceral differences between wealth and poverty. There were moments when the main character's POV felt like a micro-treatise on what it meant to be poor and then come into money. Sure, the execution of this was as unsubtle as the rest of the story, but I enjoyed the fact that a book so explicitly focused on "futuristic violence" as to make that half of the title would take a few moments to deal with more basic realities.

Unlike John Dies at the End (my favorite Wong novel), the humor here is simultaneously less absurd and less powerful. There were moments that had me smirking, definitely, and that felt-- well, very (very) slightly less juvenile, which is to the good-- but though I did appreciate the humor inherent in the frat boy characterization of the villain, Molech, the story never quite reached the same insane heights as that other book.

(As a warning-- there were some pretty terrible threats made by the villains in the story, but they fit within the context of the rest of the violence.)

Essentially popcorn reading. Not great, but good enough as an audiobook for a long drive. ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
This book ricochets wildly between humor and nail-biting tension as the protagonist goes from one crazy, dangerous situation to the next. In a world where "streaming" has been taken to a whole new level, being the target of a media savvy psychopath with mechanical enhancements has some distinct disadvantages. Plus a couple instances of food porn from Carlton sprinkled in the batch. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
The near-future equivalent of UF Science Fiction.

What? Well, yeah! It has tons and tons of snark, absolutely fantastic pacing, action, action, action, humor, blood and guts, and tons and tons of shiny tech toys that are not only not in the hands of Government Officials or Spies, but there are NO Government Officials OR Spies in the novel!

This is all trailer trash and thug territory, my friend.

Of course, we're taking the trailer trash out of trailer trash territory and giving her a bazillion dollars in a completely lawless town filled to the brim with mad scientists, whimsical research projects, and idiots with massive power complexes... so what could go wrong?

Well, for one, we could run out of cat food.

We do NOT want to run out of cat food. Seriously. Stench Machine would be VERY displeased.

Shit! They're shooting at us!

I had a great time reading this. I doubt I've had an easier time reading anything for several months. It's pure popcorn SF that brings fun to every page. :)

If any of you are worried about or hoping for a splash of the same kind of juvenile humor from David Wong's other books, then be forewarned: It's been toned down. A lot. Instead, we've just got a serious page turner with funny cliffhangers and a love interest for our trailer trash heroine who has been described as "a robot who was programmed by an asshole".

And despite that, I actually thought that Will was kinda sweet. :) Zoe was fantastic for snark, too. :) Poor guy. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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A Winner of the 2016 Alex Awards Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements. An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move. Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes. A young woman from the trailer park. And her very smelly cat. Together, they will decide the future of mankind. Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's dumpster on a hot summer day. This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you'd want to follow. Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.

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