- 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
- ASIN: B004ASORSE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Marco and the Red Granny Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Novellas suffer from not being able to have real character development but apart from this the concept and idea explored in this little book is important and profound. A good read.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Marco and the Red Granny was entertaining, intriguing, and just an all-around great literary experience. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by August
Great story - left me wanting more! Only complaint is I want more - and really, that's more of a whine. :)Published on May 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A brilliant adult variation on The Hunger Games. Great insights on creativity, freedom, and what it means to be human. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Prof50000
Fun read that comments more on the present than the future. Dark tale filled with cynical characters. Lafferty's storytelling makes it all seem so effortless.Published on July 9, 2013 by P. Shanahan
This was the first Sci-Fi I had read in a long time, and it has re-awakened an interest in the genre for me. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Womble
I'm a hard SF fan and the technology here really appealed to me. Unique and imaginative, the central idea of the story isn't a pro-forma hack. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by Michael Calabro
A satirical, sarcastic story, yet ended on a profound point. I will definitely buy more stories to read from Mur Lafferty.Published on April 27, 2012 by Daniel E. Latham
Just a good fun read! First book that's motivated me to write a review. Good characterisation, the scenes were well-paced and the story flowed well. Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Warwick Reed
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