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More About the Author
His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.
A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.
Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.
Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.
Top Customer Reviews
This book begins with a naked man with a shotgun. I think you can tell from that if this is a book for you. If you are a fan of Ellis-penned comics and graphic novels, you WILL enjoy this book too. It is all murder and guns-as-fetish-objects and totally insane people and foul-mouthed cops and filthy human beings and EXACTLY what I didn't know I wanted.
It's a lot of the things that I loved about Transmetropolitan, Ellis' best comics work, but in munchable prose snack form. While Warren Ellis' first book, Crooked Little Vein, was amusing, it didn't feel like a full novel because it was a series of disgusting/hilarious but linear events. The Gun Machine has excellent depth of plotting and addictive characterization. Tallow, Bat, Scarly, the Hunter -- now they're in my head and will be running about for a long time. Looks like Warren Ellis taught himself to write a real novel. SO CUTE. In a Ellis-esque violent misanthropic way, of course.
I didn't eat and barely budged from my seat while reading The Gun Machine at breakneck speed. The same may happen to you. Forewarned is forearmed. With guns.
And more than brainy- Gun Machine is funny. Bleakly, blackly, horribly funny. Warren Ellis established his gift for a searing turn of phrase back in his graphic novel days and it's put to good use here! His description of Sumo should see the sport spike in popularity in bars across America. I won't spoil the jokes, but oh god are they funny. Ellis is clearly a firm believer in the theory that tragedy and comedy are best deployed proportionately and in conjunction.
The characters are well rounded and interesting. They live in a plausible world, and they behave with a pleasing degree of rationality. This may be an overreaction on my part, but I seem to have read a great number of books recently where many plot defining challenges would have been overcome by a reasonably emotionally stable seventh grader.Read more ›
While the set-up is interesting, the reveal of the story is a bit too coincidental, a few too many people show up at just the right time with just the right information and characters go off on long'ish expositional monologues to a leading character they've just met and have little reason to talk so openly to. It doesn't kill the book but it certainly lessens the impact of what is a very clever idea for a story.
Ellis's flair for prose is in full bloom. If only the plot were just as ripe.
And it was a great book to start off the New Year with a bang. The opening line hooked me...
..."On playing back the 911 recording, it'd seem that Mrs. Stegman was more concerned that the man outside her apartment door was naked than that he had a big shotgun."
Detective John Tallow is sent to investigate and what he finds is more that anyone could have imagined. One of the apartments in the building is full of guns. Not piles of guns, but meticulously displayed and mounted guns, all in a unfathomable pattern. And when the techs start testing the guns they find something even more unthinkable. Each of the guns has been used in an unsolved murder, starting over twenty years ago.
Tallow is one of those burned out but brilliant characters I love to discover. "You're at the age where the rush of the job has passed and the grind of the job is taken in stride, and this is the time when you're wondering if it wouldn't be so bad if you just stopped giving much of a s*** and rolled along doing as little as possible."
Just as intriguing were the pair of supporting characters in the cast - Bat and Scarly - brilliant Crime Scene Unit Investigators, but misfits themselves. Yes, they were a bit over the top, but I really enjoyed them.
But, it seems that the higher up really don't want the case solved - roadblocks appear in Tallow's path and the owner of the guns has Tallow in his sights....
Ellis has penned a unique entry in the crime scene genre - the characters really grabbed me and I hope he plans to employ them again. The killer was truly psychotic - his view of the world past and present was a technique I quite liked.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a huge Warren Ellis fan. I've read almost all of his comics, including his masterful Transmetropolitan, Authority, Gravel, and FreakAngel series, as well as too many one-shots... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stewart Bushman
I feel sort of bad writing this review and giving GUN MACHINE only two stars. I've been a rabid Warren Ellis fan since about 1996 and have read nearly everything with his name... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John B. Mason
As an anti-gun person, I thought I'd hate this but... it helped me see another viewpoint. Very well-written.Published 2 months ago by Susan R.
A good read with a likable not-quite-antihero that has all the right elements while not throwing every cliche out when they add to the form. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brent C. Airey
Warren Elis is a great author. Writes as a newyorker, even being an englishman living in London.
Interesting story, great characters.
I don't connect with graphic novels, so I knew nothing about Mr. Ellis's work. I was gripped by the sample and gripped by the book. Descriptions you can taste and smell. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Snowden Wainwright
my favorite book this year. the author has performed a masterful fusion of elements that generally don't go together. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leeroy Jenkins
possessing a delightfully multi-layered perception of it's own story this sometimes quite disturbing detective tale is aworthwhile investment of your time.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's an interesting concept and story, but Ellis is not a strong narrative writer. Also, I read this right after some Cormac McCarthy, so it seemed especially weak at the time.Published 7 months ago by Morgan Miles
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