- File Size: 2742 KB
- Print Length: 342 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Borut Praper (March 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CO0NYV0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pendulum Pet (Cynicism Management Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Another reviewer says there's a book that must be read before this one. Guess I didn't do that, but I didn't know and prefer stand alone's.
I love the new (to me) Amazon format for reviews. First I am asked to rate the author's writing. Great. Then 'Is there violence?' none, some, graphic. This is harder. A book with no violence obviously is not about life, so yes, there is violence. But then to choose between some and graphic. If there is some, I hope that it is graphic so that I can follow it. Unless they mean Are there drawings of it. Pendulum Pet has graphic violence, but no drawings, and it's funny, always funny.
Is there sexual content? No, some explicit. Again, if no, then how do the characters survive? Presumably they at least have sex off the page, so for every book I would say yes. Some but not explicit? Sorry, I don't get it. It's explicit here, particularly in that I know the characters are having sex, engaging in sex, and all that. Would I let my children read it? Of course, humor is great for any age, and besides, they read The Arabian Nights. A better question would be does the sex fit the story or does the violence fit the story. Yes in both cases. The book flows naturally through the bizarre and perhaps not so natural, much of which you witness in your daily lives, some of which you witness only if you are paying attention, some of which you intuit, some of which may be entirely invented yet make as much sense as what you know to be true.
Finally, How is the story narrated: 1st, 2nd 3rd, Alternating persons (persons!), and I don't know. I choose I don't know. These may well be a story from the gods that Praper is passing on. Would it matter then if it were first or second. Would it be a person narrating? Both Pendulum Pet and Cynicism Management are worthy origin books, best suited for the next generation--I could mention another target audience but that would be what is called a spoiler (odd that knowing something beforehand is considered having spoiled it--the only time that's really true is when one receives warning of the sum of one's bar bill). But these books have many target audiences--people first of all, people with a sense of humor, smart people, people without a sense of humor but capable of acquiring one...
I should say more about the book itself, right? Fine: characters of the current age exist alongside extruding follies of their times and through various circumstances must deal with them. As literature it succeeds in two way I like: it's very well written and it surprises frequently. The cost, well, yes, it could have been .99, but it should be a hardcover best seller and then it would be near 30 bucks. Buy it.
This was a great read.
Morally suspect CEO Budd is intent on drilling the earth for riches and is joined by a cast of crazy characters, some new, some old, notably Ashatara his therapist.
The innocent drink loving locals are pitted against the might of an international corporation, but not is all as it seems.
Fantasy elements are weaved into the story and then all becomes clear towards the end when ethics clash with nature, in a memorable finale.
Smart, humourous writing, that knows how to tell a story.