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Heavy Metal Pulp: The Bloodstained Man: Netherworld Book Two (Heavy Metal Pulp (2)) Paperback – June 8, 2010
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This is very easy reading, yet full of linguistic twists that enhance the turning plot. There is everything in here, from basic, completely comprehensive sex to sex based on one of those twisting turns, from blow-by-blow descriptions of fights with almost-alien humans, to fights with almost-human robots. These are not battles with armies of thousands, but hand-to-hand combat with monsters, and if your heart can't take it, don't come to the party, because you become the fighters. You think with them, fear with them, feel with them. You don't want to die with them. Not these deaths.
It is rare that illustrations match the story, but the illustrations of the pleasure model, the Dominatrix, and Rook Venner enhance, rather than destroy your own illusions. The illustrations of the city make you feel as though you're there.
I am quite taken with the format of these books. They're chunky, but light, there's a lot of white space on the page, and the pictures add a welcome dimension. They read very quickly, yet they impart a tremendous amount of information, so you know the world and the people in it as if you have been there for years, rather than a few hours. It's an enveloping experience that stays with you till the next book comes along - there will be one more in this series, and you will be compelled to read it if you read this one.
A lot of writers' visions of the future seem arbitrary, but Rowley has worked out a world that feels real - a frightening view of how it will be.
This is great summer reading. Take it to the country and read it on the deck. Take it to the beach and read it on your blanket. But do not read it on the subway - people will look over your shoulder at the illustrations, and you could be arrested for disruption. And one more thing - make sure you are alone when you read the last scene. Your screams might attract unwanted attention.
The second installment saw the romance heat up and the question of whether a human and a robot, albeit an intelligent, kick-ass one, could ever be a thing? Rook continued to fight battle after battle, man to man, man to giant animal robot, etc. He was and is an ever constant and solid character that you can’t help but like. Plesur’s character continued to evolve with her attachable intelligence. A robot with feelings? Who knew.
The sequel was just as fun to read as the first. I enjoyed the constant action journey and am currently working my way through the last of the series.
If you are looking for an afternoon snack, this series will satisfy those chomping teeth. It’s fast and fun, violent and sexy, plus pictures! What more could you ask for?
The main characters of this series include a policeman-Rook Venner, a dominatrix- Julia, and a pleasure mod who is so fresh out of the box that she is merely called Plesur. A mod is a kind of genetically engineered, factory grown person who is designed for giving its owner pleasure. They are generally barely intellectually functioning but often can get upgrades and abilities. These three, in any event, are on the run from warring forces who will stop at nothing to get info embedded in Plesur somewhere.
The story is a crazy science fiction action sequence that is filled with caged death matches, robot monsters, armed militias, and a world much like that found in Gibson's Mad Max movies.
There are few books you will read that feel so much like a live action movie. And it is clearly an R-rated movie.
Although it was not necessary to read book one to enjoy this one, it appears book three is necessary to bring it all to a conclusion.