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Hang Wire Paperback – January 28, 2014
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-Booklist (Starred Review)
"Adam Christopher's debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story... a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns that hearken to other plot turns. It's often fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope... just feel it in all its weird glory."
-Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother, on Empire State
"This is traditional heroism with a decidedly wicked and iconoclastic twist. Inventive, engaging, bewitching, and delightful, a feast as much for fans of the tropes as for the innocents amongst us."
-Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of Alpha, The Punisher and Batman, on Seven Wonders
Top Customer Reviews
It all started with a fortune cookie.
An exploding fortune cookie.
Ted Hall is out with friends celebrating his thirty-seventh birthday when a confectionery disaster cuts the party short and leaves Ted feeling concussed and confused.
Felled by a fortune cookie.
Things haven’t even begun to get weird.
Elsewhere in San Francisco, victims of the so-called Hang Wire Killer continue to mount, making it unsafe to be caught out in the city streets alone. The circus has come to town, bringing with it a mysterious costumed trapeze artist who calls himself Hirewire. And something long dormant beneath the streets of the city by the Bay is starting to awaken, which in turn stirs both gods and nameless evil, drawing all to this one spot for what could be the end of all humanity.
“You are the master of every situation.”
Author Adam Christopher’s latest novel, Hang Wire, may be dubbed on the cover as “Urban Fantasy”, but its mix of mythology and Lovecraftian horror, eerie carnival rides and magic, fantastical elements and the mundane concerns of day-to-day existence–coupled with a historical look at the city of San Francisco–make this a hard-to-define entry into the realm of modern genre literature. The fact that it is a tightly-woven, mysterious story that will have you trying to guess two steps ahead of its interesting characters makes it a book that stands out among books carrying a similar label.
I have seen other reviews describing Hang Wire as a mash-up of genre ideas.Read more ›
I finished this book on Friday, and I have been struggling with what to say in this review. Let's first review what I disliked the about the book. I found that there were two big problems with this book. (1) The world building rules were not defined. There are gods in this book from different cultures, but there is no explanation why these gods are in San Fransisco or if there are other gods roaming about the city or the world. I was also confused why the gods mentioned in this book are in this book. They didn't seem related to San Francisco or have another connection to this story. (2) There were a lot of POV characters in this book, and the chapters were short. I had a hard time caring about the characters and remembering who was who, because the chapters ended and moved to a new POV character before I got interested in them. About one-third of the way through the book, I started to get into the groove, but I was definitely feeling a bit frustrated by this point.
Although I had some problems with the world building and revolving cast of characters, the writing kept me hooked.Read more ›
If my summary above seems disjointed and confusing that’s because that’s precisely what this book is. Multiple different extremely odd plots are going on that ultimately do have some relation to each other, but the relation takes far too long to establish or understand. The book starts with a flashback to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and introduces us to Bob/Kanaloa. It then jumps forward to the completely dull Ted and the exploding fortune cookie. It then jumps backward in time again to an entirely different character, who is tied to the circus, eventually. It takes quite a while to find out what his relation is. These three disparate storylines that seems to have no relation to each other continue throughout the book. Bob/Kanaloa’s journey from immortal god to just immortal beach bum would be an interesting book. But his plot keeps getting abandoned for the other two plots, so all tension and interest is lost. Similarly, the evil circus organizer would be interesting, but only if his plot was handled with more detail and finesse. As it is, what he is doing and why he is evil is just confusing, not interesting. Ted’s plot would not be interesting, even on its own with more detail, because Ted is a two-dimensional, boring character.
Beyond the three disjointed, confusing plots, nothing in this story is ever fully fleshed-out. There’s the vague idea that immortals were once on Earth and involved but now have left, but the details of the hows, whys, and how this has affected Bob/Kanaloa is left out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book makes extensive use of time jumps as we trace the history of various characters. I was a little excited when the book first opened with Bob trying to help out during the... Read morePublished on October 6, 2014 by Rocky Sunico
took a bit to get into the story, but once I did I wanted know how it would.end. Felt like the author is planning a sequel and I would read it if so :) If you like urban fantasy... Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by sarah
I love weird books that go places totally unexpected. This is definitely one of those books. It is very dark, it is very weird, and it is utterly fascinating. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Annon
I don't know how Adam Christopher does it.
First the genre-bending, retro-futuristic Empire State books, then the technicolor action of Seven Wonders; with each novel,... Read more
Others might like this, but I didn't have the patience for it. The writing seemed a little precious, it went from one period to another without establishing characters, and I felt... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Curtis March
I love when I find an intricately complex book that manages to blend fantasy, drama, thrills, mystery, and action without becoming overtly confusing. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by TA
If Tim Powers wrote THE NIGHT CIRCUS, the resulting novel would probably look a lot like Adam Christopher’s HANG WIRE. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Megan Christopher
Hang Wire - what a trip. I find it so hard to adequately describe what I felt about this book. I liked it, it confused me, it left me wanting more. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Pabkins