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Marco and the Red Granny by [Lafferty, Mur]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Restless Brain Media; V. 1.0 edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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By Jason Ramboz on June 10, 2011
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I normally don't like to start a review with criticism, but in this case I think my one critique of this novella says it all: the only thing really wrong with _Marco and the Red Granny_ is that it's too short.

This short novel is jammed full of interesting ideas and rich details. It's not _just_ a story about a lunar gladiatorial combat reality TV show and its geriatric star. It's not _just_ a story about what happens when you can mix creative media in ways almost beyond imagining, blending fashion with novels, baking with poetry, or sculpture with nostalgia. It's not _just_ a story about an alien culture dominating the entertainment industry and bringing artistic patronage back into vogue. It's all of those things, and that's not even mentioning the Alcoholics Guild, the story of lost love, or the struggle of an artist against a system stacked against anyone who doesn't get a lucky break. Oh, and it all takes place on the moon (naturally).

And that's a _lot_ of big ideas for so few pages! Any one element would have made for a great story, but Lafferty, as always, gives us everything she's got. With so many new concepts in the story, you'd expect a problem with infodumps or pacing. You needn't worry, though, as the story moves quickly, filled with plenty of action, while still managing to tell the reader everything he or she needs to know.

Again, my only criticism is that maybe it moves a little _too_ fast. It left me wanting more, not in the sense that I felt unsatisfied with what I'd read, but in the way that when you get off a roller coaster you wish the ride had been twice as long because you were just enjoying it that much.
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Mur Lafferty is the host on the podcast I should be writing If you're a writer and you're not listening to it, you should. The podcast is a wonderful resource for self-published and traditionally published authors alike.

Mur Lafferty also publishes her own books and Marco and the Red Granny is one I recommend reading.

I enjoyed this book. It's a short, simple story that you can sit down and read in a day. Except for a few areas that could have used some editing, the book is written well with a style that's easy and flows naturally. The setting and world development are interesting. Everything is set on the moon with aliens that are patrons of the arts. The idea that you can put on a shirt and experience a novel from wearing it is unique.

The character Marco is likable and comes across real. The secondary character the red granny is also likable, I wish there was more of her in the story, more about her past and how she ended up in the Dangerous Game.

One gripe, it would seem to me that Marco would've had a harder time excepting Penelope's name change and in the narrative would have continued to call her Penelope.

I enjoyed the ending. I thought is was well plotted out and executed. The ending leads me to believe that there may be sequels to the story and I hope Mur Lafferty does write them.
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I was looking through my kindle library the other day and noticed I have bought a lot of books from this author, Mur Lafferty, that tells me I should buy more of there books so I did and can honestly say this book was great and hope he continues to write story's for this world
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By Mak on December 16, 2011
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Marco and the Red Granny by podcaster and writer Mur Lafferty is short, and easily read in a day or so. None of that is to say it's a bad story. Far from it.

The Marco in the title is a down on his luck graphic artist and writer. Much of the artistic content being produced is under the control of aliens based on the Moon. They have developed a way of integrating art and sensory experience. So it is possible to now have a dress that makes you taste apple pie, or a sculpture that encompasses the plot of a story. The aliens have resurrected the practice of artistic patronage, bringing various artists from Earth to the Ride Lunar Base to help them create. Marco's ex-girlfriend accepted one such patronage and left him for it. One morning, Marco gets the call that he, too, has been chosen for a patronage. He sets off for the Moon, and on the way meets the Red Granny, an older woman who is the reigning star of a bloody, to the death reality fight show. Once he arrives on the Moon, Marco soon discovers that the coveted artistic patronages are not what they might seem, and that everyone, the Red Granny included, has secrets.

The story is interesting, with a neat take on alien invasion. If you're looking for space battles and laser cannons, you won't find it here. But the danger is no less threatening. There is some violence, though it is fairly minor. The characters are well-drawn, especially the Red Granny, who, although not the main character, is probably the most interesting. The aliens are alien, and enigmatic, and dangerous, a good combination in aliens. The plot kept my interest, with enough twists and a surprise or two to keep it moving along.

This was the first thing I purchased for my new Kindle, and it was a good choice.
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