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Dead Girls

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Nanoengineers have unleashed machine consciousness. Revenge does not account for it: Something infinitely more sinister has happened. Only Primavera and mad Ignatz Zwakh know what power is really behind the microbiotic army dedicated to overthrowing the human gamete. But Primavera's dying. Can they reach Dr. Toxicopholous before the CIA or the pornocrat Kito or their combi ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1992)
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Szplug
Mar 05, 2012 Szplug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Girls was a strange and worthwhile trip, a dropkick into an unappealing future Earth circa 2072 in which capitalism, triumphantly and gaudily strutting across the global stage, has conquered all-comers. The United States is the junior partner to a Japanese-led Pacific trading bloc, while Europe, flooded with refugees from the defunct Soviet Empire, has suffered from a catastrophic market-crash and the subsequent spreading of a plague that has affected its former number one export: AI-equipp ...more
Kyle Muntz
Dec 29, 2015 Kyle Muntz rated it liked it
If I'd read this book a few years ago I wouldn't just have liked it--it would have been a favorite. Now, though, I feel a lot more nebulous about it. The writing is incredibly lush, almost baroque, in a world that starts with the intellectual conventions of cyberpunk but injects them with a startling excess of strangeness, surrealism, and the grotesque. There are a lot of fascinating ideas, in particular... which makes it unfortunate that I had a lot of trouble overlooking the book's weaknesses. ...more
Tony
Nov 20, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it
When I do read sci-fi, my preference is for near-future stuff set on our existing planet, which is why I picked this up after reading about it somewhere. It's a great debut, and the first in a trilogy (followed by Dead Boys and Dead Things), which I didn't realize until the end. The story takes place a little less than a century in the future, where nanotechnology and robotics and human nature have combined to create a virus that threatens all humanity.

It seems that in London, when young girls h
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Mark
Jun 18, 2017 Mark rated it did not like it
Didn't enjoy this at all. Had enjoyed the graphic novel in the past but found this confusing and difficult to follow. Language strange and impenetrable.
S.R.
In Dead Girls, Ignatz Zwakh lives in a highly technological world powered by fear, sex and death. A plague that corrupts young girls by turning them into Lilim--vampiric nanoengineered dead girls--has swept the globe one metamorphosis at a time. Ignatz, as a schoolboy, falls in love with a Lilim, Primavera. Together, they discover the truth and tragedy behind the plague.

By the time I got around to reading Dead Girls, Dead Boys was a far-off memory that vaguely reminded me of women dying on spike
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Rachel Popham
May 17, 2012 Rachel Popham rated it it was amazing
These days, I'm not usually one for dystopic or gender-wars science fiction. But this book is the exception and the reason why the whole badly watered-down subgenres exists. What starts off seeming like an overly ornate piece of second-wave misogyny, with women-reduced-to-concept taken to some new scary level, quickly reveals itself to be a stunning display of genre acrobatics. The tone is less science fiction than classical social-commentary horror, specifically grabbing Bram Stoker's uglinesse ...more
Paul Frandano
Jan 24, 2015 Paul Frandano rated it liked it
Unsure whether anything I've read others have written on this is quite so. Still sorting out my own views here, apart from the certsinty that Calder has a pervy, word-besotted brilliance, his prose a hallucinogenic mix of jet fuel, crack, acid, and Joyce. Or jet-fueled Joyce channeling the Marquis de Sade on crack and acid..maybe I should take in the next two installments before trying to make sense of the experience.
Terry
Sep 26, 2010 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this isn't out yet but it'll be an awesome collectable graphic novel with eleven new pages not seen in the original pages of Murky Depths - where it was serialised - and now in full colour hardback. Just 100 numbered copies printed and signed by both the writer, Richard Calder, and the artist, Leonardo M Giron.
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
Aug 29, 2008 Dr. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pervert
Shelves: science-fiction
Even better than Cythera. Another jump into the Calder future with some of the same characters. Very, very, nice. Calder gives me a hard on (litterally), then makes me feel guilty, then makes me feel perverse, then makes me feel like an alien.
William Thomas
Jul 18, 2010 William Thomas rated it it was amazing
With scenes comparable to Gibson and the poetry of Bester, this book could do no wrong. Not cyberpunk, but technoir. A fast, achingly gorgeous and brutally written novel that defines my taste in scifi. As much a metaphor for the sex trade as it is for personal sexual relationships. Just beautiful.
USOM
Jun 06, 2016 USOM rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was pretty fast paced and full or jargon. It reminded me of a few other books I read (Wind up Girl, Neuromancer) and I think that made it a much more enjoyable experience. It was a pretty interesting topic for the world building as well as the unveiling of the plot
Kaley Buck
Jan 07, 2016 Kaley Buck rated it it was amazing
So different from anything else I've read, in a good way.
Scott
Oct 22, 2014 Scott rated it it was ok
WTF? Seriously, WTF? This made about as much sense as a music video with the sound turned off. Just a collection of weird images. I want the time and the money back.
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