Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model (Netherworld #1)
Presenting Heavy Metal Pulp, a new line of novels combining noir fiction with fantastic art featuring the themes, story lines, and graphic styles of Heavy Metal magazine.
In Pleasure Model, the first book in the Netherworld trilogy, down-and out police detective Rook gets a big break when he’s assigned to a bizarre and vicious murder case. The clues are colder than the co...more
Instead they got this only slightly more mature 59 year old bookworm to read this while my wife gives me strange looks as she glances at the lurid cover...
So I finished it and it is pretty much what I ...more
I'm not going to compare this book to rape statistics. No. Not will I won't mention the absurd and horrible sexualization of women portrayed in this “book,” not at all. I wont suggest that this book is in any way offensive to women. I won't be mentioning these things due to lack of words over ho ...more
The story is basically a mixture of BLADERUNNER and the "Harry Canyon" segment of the 1981 animated HEAVY METAL film. When a former special ops big shot named Sangacha is found murdered, Investigating Officer Rook Venner is called to the scene. Among ...more
Shallow, trashy, tawdry, and titillating in a way that appeals to 14 year-old boys (well 14 year old boys in the late 80s, I suppose), if you know what Heavy Metal and pulp fiction are then you know exactly what you're going to get in this volume.
Women are objectified, the hero is virile yet chivalrously chaste (in that order), unless the woman in question is a prostitute and then she's clearly begging for it, and cliched dystopian conspiracies abound. A ...more
The writing is there. It is executed well, for whatever it is trying to do. Great. It is fun in parts. Great. But it's boring, to me. The characters weren't interesting and don't get me wrong they're not supposed to be. This is pulp...that I don't want to read. I'll say it again: I was bored that's why I put it do ...more
As a kid, in the time before parental advisory warnings, I would walk to the local convenience store to buy a copy of Heavy Metal magazine. I remember the illustrated magazine to be rather violent and sexually explicit. (Ahhh, those were the days.) I found this book to be tame compared to the magazine of my youth. Although I haven't picked up a copy of Heavy Metal in a long time, so the magazine may have also tamed down. In any eve ...more
Even though it's got a bit of a cyberpunk/sci-fi setting, it reads like a noir: gritty setting, sexy and amoral heroes, a strong sense of place, lots of shades of gray. The world building was just appropriate -- enough to give the reader a sense of what life is like without bogging anyone down with unnecessary details.
This is the first book in a series and I'm ...more
In "Pleasure Model," we meet Detective Rook Verner of the the Hudson Valley Police Department. He's assigned a strange murder case involving a high-profile victim. Upon investigating the scene, Rook and his partner discover a pleasure model, or "Pammy," was overlooked by the k ...more
The story is classic pulp: Good cop in a world gone bad. And the world is *bad* - An ex-president that shows up for a cameo is the worst kind of twisted pervert, senators are tied up in some kind of military plot ...more
By Christopher Rowley
Published In: New York, NY, USA
In a grim future world, murder seems to stalk everyday life. A cop in Hudson Valley catches a call out to a murder scene. Inside he finds General Manuel Sagacha, a man with blood on his hands from the Emergency. He has two witnesses, a pleasure model, an illegal gene grown human, and a missing dominatrix. All well and good, until his home is targeted by killer robots and a missile firing he ...more
It takes place in a futuristic New York with a lot of technology embedded into humans, much of it illegally. There is also a 'race' of people created in laboratories. The Pleasure Model is allowed extremely limited intelligence, but more than normal sex appeal and ...more
The story follows a detective on a murder case who very quickly gets in way over his head. Hes forced to turn rogue to keep out of the clutches of whoever is trying to kill him. The central clue here is that everyone is trying to capture, or ki ...more
The story is a noir set in a very bleak future, revolving around a cop who might be the only moral creature left in the furturistic Ne ...more
"Pulps were the successor to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the nineteenth century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines are best remembered for their lurid and exploitative stories and sensational cover art. "
Christopher Rowley, on the other hand, has a firm grasp of the genre.
Pleasure Model by Christopher Rowley, the first book in the Netherworld Series, is a fast-paced ...more
I don't think I have ever read a book with all the mini-illustrations every page or two.
They were interesting, but did little to add to the story. But it was still more than a lot of books give you, so I am counting it on the good side of the scoreboard.
The story was fast paced and interesting enough - no spoilers today but I will read the next two now too, so that has to be an endorsement of sorts.
I liked it well enough, I'd recommend it to people with similar sensibilities. I'll read the next two novels if only to see the end of the story.
I didn't realize Heavy Metal Pulp was a certain group or style of books. My husband was excited to see what I was reading, he reads those books.
So far so good. It's futuristic yet classic in that it's a detective story.
I really liked this story. His phone was the coolest. I was ri ...more