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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"With verve and velocity, the story moves...one cinematic set piece after another, strung together with twisty fun and wit." - The New York Times Book Review
"Cracked.com executive editor Wong (This Book Is Full of Spiders) unabashedly trolls everyone and lampoons everything in this beautifully outrageous science fiction adventure...Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot focused on one young woman’s growth and survival against all odds." - PW, starred review
"All right, grab some popcorn and strap in. We're in for another profane and funny roller-coaster ride from Wong...Some of the sci-fi elements are comic book–y and the humor is as juvenile as ever, but the book more than makes up for any shortcomings with its Technicolor tomorrowland, mischievous humor, and frenetic action sequences." - Kirkus Reviews
"Well-timed humor and explosive thrills, a smart backbone, and witty wordsmithing make this new release by Cracked.com’s pseudonym-wielding Jason Pargin (John Dies at the End, 2009) as fun as it gets. Steer this one toward readers of sf with a sense of humor, and fans of Max Barry’s satirical futuristic novels." - Booklist, starred review
"Wong has proven himself a master of both the hilarious and the horrifying, and this newest work aims his brilliantly cynical comedy style at a possible future for our society...Wong is a keen observer of the human condition, and is able to translate that into an apt, and often snarky, prediction for society’s trajectory...Like Jonathan Swift for the internet age, Wong’s novel offers an engrossing journey and razor-sharp wit inside of an uncanny prediction of an American future. His humor ranges anywhere from blatantly poking fun at our world to more subtle aspects of life that one would not even think of until pointed out. Wong’s capability as an author has steadily matured since he won cult status with John Dies at the End in 2007, and his newest is only more proof that he will be remembered as one of today’s great satirists." - Nerdist
"With plenty of unexpected twists and turns along the way, you'll almost be sure that you forgot to plug your blink feed in, as we face even more perils than Zoey Ashe could have dreamt of, and that's just the holographic Christmas decorations. A sofa clutching read from beginning to end, and a great look at the constantly growing world of social networking." - Starbust, 9 out of 10 stars
“David Wong’s writing style is a great mix of Tom Robbins meets Philip K. Dick. You could throw in some Christopher Moore as well. Wong’s sense of comedic timing is honed to perfection from his time spent as Executive Editor at Cracked.com. He has his finger on the pulse of popular culture, current trends, and how quickly both can become absurd and take civilization to places that it should not go...Fast, fun, brutal, hilarious, and quite thought provoking, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is highly entertaining and well worth every page turn. Whether a reader is familiar with Wong’s work or not, this novel is indicative of the writer’s talent for mixing wit and violence." - NY Review of Books
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Readers of John Dies At The End (or its sequel) will certainly recognize Wong's style here, but this book is really quite different, in setting and in structure. While JDATE was a contemporary horror-comedy with a gangly, tangent-filled structure, this is a near-future thriller with a tight, linear, fast-paced plot. This isn't necessarily better - I quite liked the anything-goes weirdness of JDATE - but it certainly feels more developed and mature (in the sense of honing one's craft).
The book follows a protagonist, Zoey Ashe, who is suddenly transported from a poor, unglamorous, trailer-park existence into the world of her recently deceased estranged biological father - a billionaire power-elite who is at the center of some very bizarre and very dangerous dealings that Zoey suddenly needs to deal with herself. Needless to say, life in the trailer park with her stripper mother hasn't prepared her very well for the task, and Wong gets a huge amount of both humor and drama from Zoey's fish-out-of-water situation; a poor young woman in a powerful rich man's world. Zoey is a great creation, although most other characters are presented as archetypes, albeit with hints of underlying complexity and humanity. I'll say that, occasionally, it felt like I was reading a movie pitch; this is custom made for the big screen, I think, with plenty of bits and scenes that would clearly *look* awesome and a pace and linearity that would be easy to adapt.
I should emphasize that, primarily, this is first and foremost a zingy, snarky, fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek thriller and a fun read.Read more ›
Anyway, the writing is similar to Wong's other books, so if you enjoy them, you'll enjoy this. This isn't a John and Dave adventure, and isn't horror, but I would really enjoy seeing more of this world.
1. Many of the earnest characters sound the same as each other, and many of the snarky characters sound the same as each other, and
2. The ending is a bit of deus ex machina.
Much of the development feels cinematic, and I bet this book is made into a movie. The main character would be played by Jennifer Lawrence, I think.
I have to start off by saying I really liked Will Blackwater. Not only is he a "dead-eyed robot" with a proclivity for intense bulls***ting, but he's smart, quick, clever, and an alcoholic with a love for suits. He's a ridiculous character, right down to his name, which is joked about in the book itself.
I also really liked Zoey Ashe. She was somehow relatable without actually being relatable to me personally AT ALL. She's an abuse survivor who wants nothing to do with her dead-beat father, has unconditional love for her kinda-effed-up mother, and her closest relationship is with her cat, who she named Stench Machine.
The other characters (the Suits: Echo, Budd, and Andre; Molech and his crew; the League of Badasses; etc.) are really interesting and fun characters also. I know there is no romance in the book, but I couldn't help picturing a Will/Zoey relationship, which made all their scenes together even better. Who cares if he's almost 20 years older than her? I pictured him younger.
The storyline is a big high point for me, also. The blurb's I've read for this book are extremely vague. I can't believe such a good story stems from such a bad blurb. Honestly. Zoey lives in the middle of nowhere with a minimum wage job and no idea what she's doing tomorrow, let alone with the rest of her life.Read more ›
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Cyberpunk style - early Gibson. I would have given the book a 5 star but it had some tempo flaws. Read some other book by David WOng and he seems very promising. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by mamma mu
If you love grown up action adventure comic books, you will love this novel. Our hero is an ordinary young woman whose greatest strength is her stubborn pride and her quick... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Fantasyfan
At some point itbtries too hard to shock (and fails) but an overall good readPublished 6 days ago by seb
Not as wacky as "John Dies at the End" but still a great read. Hoping for a sequel!Published 7 days ago by S. Hopkins
Exceptional imagination and brilliant new characters. Wong created a new universe for me to explore and enjoy.Published 7 days ago by Steven Vinson
I'm a huge David Wong fan from his past novels with John and Dave. I was nervous going into this one because the new and unknown is terrifying. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Zoe
This novel suffered from characters who lacked internal struggles and managed to waste the interesting premises it had with its setting and tech. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Melanie
Surreal and exciting. I couldn't put it down. Wong is as hilarious as ever and satirizing is right in his wheel house.Published 11 days ago by Tony