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Slaughtermatic Paperback – April 16, 1998

Book 1 of 5 in the Beerlight Series

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Steve Aylett's Slaughtermatic is enacted in a parodic, cyberpunk world in which crime has become an individualistic and self-evolutionary art. Dante, the protagonist, plans to rob a bank with the help of Download Jones, a human meat puppet whose personality is live on the Net, and Kid Entropy, whose Kafkacell weapon bonds with his psyche to produce a suicide-wannabe who can only kill others. With the vault scan code in his pocket, Dante is duplicated in a time shift that puts him virtually ahead of the actual event--and able to enter the vault undetected. His crime and the action-filled plot become complicated when his second self, Dante Two, refuses to sacrifice himself as planned, murderous Brute Parker is set on Dante's trail, and Rosa Control takes matters into her own razor-bladed hands. Into the melee steps Eddie Gamete, the presumed-dead postmodern prankster-philosopher, Dante's only hero and the author of The Impossible Plot of Biff Barbanel, a book no reader can survive. Expectations about what and who is real change like television channels in Dante's world, where fates much worse than death await.

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Aylett draws on sf and crime-fiction conventions in an experimental novel about a future when life is so cheap that crime is a form of recreation. Dante Cubit, more of a conceit than a character, holds up a bank, making allusions to detective stories all the while and engagingly slipping back in time 15 minutes when a guard sounds the alarm. Dante is dead, but by going back in time, he lives again in a slightly different reality. Once more the robbery goes sour because of the faulty virtual-reality model Dante studied, which leaves him trapped in the bank building when the escape route he memorized turns out not to be there. Later, Dante finds himself in a mall with his sidekick, the Entropy Kid, wondering whether they have been arrested. Other characters include gun moll Rosa Control, pulled in for questioning by the philosophical cops. A mockery of a novel, appealing to postmodern sensibilities more than to the general reader per se. John Mort
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; First Edition edition (April 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568581033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568581033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was so interested in the plot, but it was too confusing to follow.
Sylo
No one, not the reader or the characters have time to slow down and figure out what the hell is going on with the story.
John Travis
The story itself is a bit confusing and choppy, but there is enough entertainment on each page to keep you reading.
J. Aaron lindsey

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Old Bill Lee would be proud o' Mister Aylett. This book comes ripping at you hard and fast. Like Noon's Vurt? This thing makes Vurt seem like slow days in a Yurt. The characters are pasty and cardboard because the action is so angry and fast. No time to get to know anyone or need because they'll probably lose a leg or a head in the next scene. An angry work. The kind of read that makes you wish you were a film producer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Sticher on May 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Buñuel meets Tarantino meets Gibson in this ultraviolent, surreal mess of cyberpunk cliches. Coherency here is traded off for significant amounts of imagination and entertainment value, as well as a few sharp notions here and there; the result reads more like verse than prose, and your enjoyment of the material will vary directly with how much a psychotic, book-length, knee-deep-in-blood-and-shells poem appeals to you. It's not quite as deep as it thinks it is - or at least, it lacks the clarity to prove it - and the plot burbles into the background, but the energy and the verbal imagination never lets up. Recommended highly, but with reservations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PJ Malcolm on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's not for everyone...but I loved Slaughtermatic. I couldn't put it down, and convinced all of my friends to buy it, and most of them read it in one sitting also. It's like revenge of the Evil Toons in Toonland. It is almost impossible to describe Aylett's prose yet his imagination is something else. The weapons alone are worth the price of the book.
Having said that don't succumb to buying his other books. I found them insanely disappointing after having read this, the cream of the crop. Especially irritating is his non-linear plot in "The Inflatable Volunteer". Steve, you are capable of so much, why do you do this to us?
Read it, love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Aaron lindsey on January 19, 2008
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I enjoyed reading this short book, but afterwards I had that guilty feeling I used to get after seeing a gory B movie.... It was fun, but I don't really want to admit to anyone that I enjoyed it.The story itself is a bit confusing and choppy, but there is enough entertainment on each page to keep you reading.

As a matter of fact, this book contains some of the best sentences ever written. Here's a couple of my personal fav's...

"He had a big soul which he sold by the hour."

"Father died in a voting accident."

...and my personal favorite sentence in the whole book...

"A convict in transit convinced the cop to whom he was handcuffed that the cop was the guiltier man, at which the cop shot him and escaped."

That one had me laughing for hours.
It's little jewels like this that kept me reading.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Travis on July 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
If paranoid schizophrenia and sociopathic behavior suddenly became extremely contagious most every major city would resemble Beerlight--if you made sure that the unbalanced but well medicated citizens all had unlimited amouts of firepower at their disposal.
Slaughtermatic hits the ground running and doesn't stop. No one, not the reader or the characters have time to slow down and figure out what the hell is going on with the story. I'm not really sure what Aylett's objective was, perhaps, he wanted to create a book that only a homocidal reader could fully comprehend.
Still, if you suspend your disbelief as well as any hope of making sense of the story, it can be a fun ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray H on October 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Written very stylistically, like a faster paced mix of Burroughs and Stephenson. Hilareous black comedy in this city of Beerlight where crime is art but it may or may not be virtual reality.

The cop Blince is a character no doubt, and the time travel wackiness of Dante one and Two is gripping. But there is just so much going on in these short 150 pages that it is very difficult to follow what's going on. I guess that's the cyberpunk syle, but this takes it a bit far. Information overload to the tenth degree here.

I'm giving it three stars even though Slaughtermatic is an incredible read. I know its well written, it is just unfortunate that I'm not too sure what the book is about. I'll have to try and read it a second time and maybe my opinion will change.

Mr. Aylett, you're just too hip for your own good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By munkey on November 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
The often times befuddling plotline gets saved easily by Aylett's superb writing...in my opinion anyways. It reminded me of 'Naked Lunch' in a bizzarre sort of a way... where almost every line you read is a quotable piece of warped poetry, or song lyric, or sample for a song. Granted, this style of writing can be hard to swallow at times; but, when you are in the mood for this book, it's incredible. My most deeply layered wit grinned many times at Aylett's seemingly random/chaotic craftiness.
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By Alex Jerison on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Self-consciously clever, crazy original, and exploding with style, Slaughtermatic is an intense read that kept me grinning throughout; at least, when I wasn't rubbing my poor dumb head - I'm not ashamed to admit that I would have enjoyed this book even more if I had been smarter and/or more educated. It's filled with rapid-fire metaphors and concepts that can get to be pretty overwhelming if you're not blessed with a high IQ and a decent attention span, but the struggle is worth it because it's a damn good read. The ideas are presented with such copious style that it's a joy to read each page. Aylett seems to put as much thought into most sentences as a lesser author would put into an entire novel.

The characters, although barely necessary in a book so brimming with style as this, are interesting, and the dialog is always a treat to read - just don't expect anything resembling real-life exchanges. The plot, also only semi-crucial, is occasionally meandering but ultimately satisfying. But again, the real star here is the writing itself, and if you can enjoy writing for writing, you'll love this book.
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