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Fortune's Bastard Paperback – Bargain Price, August 17, 2004
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It does compare to "Geek Love" (a book that should also be picked up if your stomach can take it) but in a more appealing way. You could read this in almost three sittings as we go over the three stages in his life we get to witness.
My suggestion; read this then "Geek Love" and don't read the back cover!
This is the last word in Chalmer's first novel, the otherwise well-written Who's Who in Hell. It is also the main theme of the cover work for Fortune's Bastard, and indeed, the theme of the book itself. Where as horror and Gothic writers have a love affair with death, Chalmer's seems to love contrasting death with being alive.
Fortune's Bastard is the story of Edward Miller, the editor of a Daily Mail-like racist, fascist tabloid that remains unnamed throughout. Miller himself is a hardcore racist and while his paper supports the Conservatives, he's such a caricature of the anti-PC set, he probably votes for the Nazi party. He's a hard-liner, a neo-con, a right-winger, and much like the recent Republicans of Note, he's diddling he's secretary, and much like our favorite conservative lackey, Miller gets caught. From the moment our womanizing hero steps out of the closet where he's been banging his assistant and steps into the cafeteria, his life as he knew it is officially over. As the title suggests, from here on out, he is Fortune's Bastard.
(One should note, Fortune's Bastard is the American title for the book, and represents a great step forward for Chalmers in how he titles things, as the title now reflects the overall theme of the book. "Who's Who in Hell" referred to a book that Linnel only briefly works on and has no other meaning or representation within the story. The same goes for the original UK title of Fortune's Bastard, "East of Nowhere" which refers to a short part of the novel that seems to be more of a short story that never went anywhere than anything else.)
The biggest problem with Fortune's Bastard is that, as has been pointed out before, it seems to be two halves of two separate novels.Read more ›