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The Gwousz Affair Paperback – May 15, 2014
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About the Author
After a ten year stay in Korea, Gary Anderson returned to the West with his wife and two children. They now live outside of Princeton, New Jersey. He has published two previous novels, Animal Magnet and Best of All Possible Worlds and his work has appeared in a number of magazines recently, including Umbrella Factory, Gadfly, Menacing Hedges, Literary Orphans, CV2, and more.
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The story of Cornelius Planke is the one part of the story that really isn't strange. The noir comes through in almost formulaic fashion. But it's this normalcy juxtaposed with the strangeness of the future world that really makes the novel interesting. I guess that's why they bill it as a genre-bender--because that's exactly what it is.
Aside from the noir, there's plenty of humor and humorous references (one of my favorite is the Gillette Mach 13.) Along with a seemingly limitless imagination, Anderson also displays a rapier wit at times. But there's also some social commentary--eating meat, of course, but there are some subtler themes wound into the narrative, too. Make no mistake--this was an enjoyable book. But it seems to be trying hard (maybe too hard) to say something about modern society, too.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and anyone who can even just tolerate noir. If you happen to like both of those things, you'll love this book.
anyway, i'd tried to find of copy of anderson's other story, animal magnet...not no avail, alas. should be available on the kindle...this one is. and when i saw another was reading this one, that it is an inventive narrative...i think those are the words used...and after looking at a brief description either here or at goodreads, i made my purchase.
you are unlikely to read a story quite like this...i have not...i read much...182 titles in 2012...only 60 so far this year but i should meet my goal of an even hundred and then some. so...i went into this not really paying attention to the snippet of a description...other than animal farm something...something else...a detail i've forgotten...some other work or story or two was mentioned so i said yay boy howdy, let's go! cornelius is a broke private dick who couldn't afford furniture for his one room apartment. there's nothing in it. so he gets on this case to solve the big one...murder...of a domestic.
i'm still trying to get my head around the logistics, the mechanics of the bull, the inns...the outs...hmmm. heh! yeah, so i'm reading along, high-lighting words like "bino"..."bovey"..."hirc"...making a note of the wiki description that is just below the page view so i pull that up and wiki is at a lose. no description. no translation...although a word or two suggests korean or other oriental connotations. thought i read something about anderson and korea. nanoo nor-oo sarung-hey.
good read. whud they call this? noir? private investigator...gumshoe...a brawd...or ewe. ewe? black lips. this that the other. cows have taken over and they come from meh. meh, a planet i think, in this new cosmology. there's a couple handfuls of other sci-fi-elementi in this one...vehicles...variations on phones, translators...all coming together in a story that is a hoot. the willing suspension of disbelief had no problem and i ignored the feeling of the voyeur as i read certain parts. out here on the perimeter we live a sheltered life. this was a fun read.
The beginning of the book was off-putting, using many words note in dictionary nor were they explained. I presume the meanings would have become clear as the book progressed.
I guess I'm just a bovine bigot.
Anderson does an admirable job of deftly bringing together all the elements of this bizarre world he dreamed up and making it all credible and acceptable (yes, even the inter-species sex), through an undertone of tongue-in-cheek - like the narrator knows its a bit absurd, and so does the reader, and each knows the other knows, but hey, let's just enjoy the ride.
Planke is a solid and classic detective character that ticks all the boxes required of the wisecracking private eye who keeps managing to get his head kicked in, but has the luck and wit to escape the clutches of the evil bastards before they can finish him off.
A great read, very well written, highly recommended.