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About the Author

J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live metaphorically in Texas. He writes speculative science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels which he has deemed "rugged," though he would also be fine with "roughhewn" because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word. Full of adventure and discovery, these stories examine complex people in situations fraught with conflict as they search for truth in increasingly violent and complicated worlds. You can find his website at jplantern.com and reach him on twitter @jplantern.

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  • File Size: 1764 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499617674
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brainstorm Publishing (August 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MU46DL4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live metaphorically in Texas. He writes speculative science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels which he has deemed "rugged," though he would also be fine with "roughhewn" because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word.
Full of adventure and discovery, these stories examine complex people in situations fraught with conflict as they search for truth in increasingly violent and complicated worlds.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan Betz on August 23, 2014
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I’ve been picking up this guy’s books for a little while now and it feels neat to watch him grow as a writer. His martian stuff was good I think but also sometimes slow in parts. Dust bowl was a good novel over all and I really felt for Ward but it was also sometimes slow and also really very dark all the time. This one strikes up a very nice balance between all the elements this author seems to love. There is a lot of fun interesting action scenes and also a lot of humorous dialogue between all the characters. There is a lot of world building but I also liked how the author doesn’t just take up pages examining the genealogies of snow leopards and all of that. Its just presented as how the world is and you can take it or leave it.

This is a good book for pretty much any age I think. I expect younger readers may not pick up on as much but there is so much goodness to the characters that I doubt they’ll care very much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe B on August 23, 2014
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Sci-fi soda pop. This is just a big ol’ mess of pulpy fun. Lantern seems to have taken every scifi element he could think of and thrown them all into a pot, and this is the gooey, yummy dystopian stew that slopped out. I can't think of any more ways to describe this with food...

Let’s see; big friendly robots? Check. Crazy cloned killers? Check. Suped-up tech suits? Check. Hard-as-nails women? Check. Super-depressing corporate world? Check. Jet boots? Grappling hooks? Explosions? Check check and CHECK. Lots of explosions.

There was a lot here that reminded me of Blade Runner, like if Deckard had to suddenly deal with a huge earthquake ripping through his city of Los Angeles. This was in St. Louis instead, but it’s the same idea. Big poor ghetto district that gets destroyed, and there’s all these techno pieces flying around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on September 19, 2014
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Up the Tower offers us the events following a disaster in the future City of St. Louis. There is that which is familiar in any American city – the ordinary lives, the everyday events. Then there are the futuristic elements, like the mega-corp of the police department, and cultural ones, as well. Then, there is the sudden life-altering change, showing us the impact of the disaster on individuals.

The opening sets the stage, from a distant, perhaps arms-length perspective. I felt interested, yet uninvolved. Abruptly–and this author can handle “abruptly”–we plunge into the ‘ordinary’ lives of these future people.

The quick, frank yet conversational style can occasionally become quite confrontational and tense. Yet, some things are reported matter-of-factly; we accept the strict classes of people almost without second thought. You’re a shareholder–in luck! Or no–a gangster, too bad. It’s the luck of draw, or what you can afford to pay for in this not-quite-familiar future world.

We meet ‘Ore’ first – horrible and horrifying as she is, you do kind of feel for her. She’s tough, but maybe she is what her world made her? Even Victor (I mean, he’s an assassin!) manages not to be a simple, black-and-white character. You can understand his effort to avoid thinking of the dead people; we want to believe some part of him cares. All Mr. Lantern’s characters are distinct beings; more than distinct, they are unique and …well… incredibly individual.

There is even a romance mixed in, along with a sense of character’s insecurity- perhaps a sample of the style is the best way to share:

“Today was Gary’s day. He could feel it in his bones. Somehow, someway, he’d run into Ana. He dressed with vigor. Form-fitting khakis. A button-down shirt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brannagh wolf on September 3, 2014
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In Junktown, if you don't work for the gangs, then you don't stand much of a chance at staying alive. The world as we know it is gone, ruled by dueling corporations that are constantly trying to topple each other and in St. Louis if you aren't a citizen, then you live in Junktown. Ruled by the five faces and their various gangs, staying alive means getting in good with the right people. Life is harsh, death is common place, and you're only as good as your next job. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when a massive earthquake strikes and brings together an unlikely group of people who must make it to the top of the tower as people die in the aftershocks of the quake as well as drowning when a dam gives way and water floods the already dying city. A boy and his cop bot, a trophy girlfriend, her stalker, and a cloned corporate assassin make their way through the perils of the tower and meet up with a low level gangster and together they fight their way to the top.

The premise of this book is that a historian has looked into the personal data recordings of victims of the flood, detailing the moments of their lives before, during, and after the quake and flood. These are the only records left after such a major catastrophe wiped out almost all of the inhabitants of Junktown. This is a tale of corporate greed, showing what could happen to us all if corporations are allowed to take over the world and tech becomes king. People can have cybernetic upgrades and clones are a common tool used by the rich. I really enjoyed this book, it definitely fits into the genre of cyberpunk. Think, Blade Runner, or anything written by William Gibson. This book has the same feel, but it details only about a day in the lives of these unlikely companions.
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