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Better Than Chocolate
by Bruce Golden (Goodreads Author)
Hunting down his partner's killer and investigating a pair of seemingly unrelated murders, SF Police Inspector Noah Dane stumbles onto a conspiracy that threatens all humanity. Chastity Blume, a celebrated talk show host known as "America's Favorite Virgin" discovers the sinister plot while searching for the mother she never knew. Along with Noah's new crime-fighting partn ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Zumaya Otherworlds
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I read this because I so thoroughly enjoyed two other books by this author. I was surprised, because Better Than Chocolate was so much different than the other books. This book is fun AND funny. Not that I laughed out loud a lot, but I was sure smiling throughout. It's full of quirky characters and odd scenarios, but the plot is played straight, as are the main characters, Noah Dance (San Francisco Police Inspector) and Chastity Blume ("America's Favorite Virgin"). Best of all is the character o ...more
Better Than Chocolate is a sci-fi mystery, with a plot that revolves around virtual reality, a Marilyn Monroe bot, and "America's Favorite Virgin," Chastity Blume. It's also a bit of a noir pastiche, and like many pastiches, runs the risk of collapsing under the weight of its own joke. Which, in my opinion, it does. I don't mind a book being a little cliched or contrived as long as it's done with a bit of style, but everything here felt rather heavy-handed and eye-rolling. Family man partner kil ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but the more I read, the more I was drawn into it. You have to approach this with the right mindset, because of its underlying satire. What I think the author is doing, is making fun of cliches, while at the same time providing an interesting plot and a whole assortment of quirky characters. While the climax is hilarious, it's written, as is the whole book, straight-forward and serious. It that sense, it's not like any book I've read, and may be why s ...more
So much different than other books I've read by this author, but great scifi satire. I can't say I ever read a book quite like this one by any author. It takes several scifi and noir clichés and plays with them--satirizes them, while running a very serious plotline. Reviving the persona of Marilyn Monroe as a celebudroid was genius--to have her converted to a police detective was inspired. Sex is one of the underlying themes here (but there's no sex involving Marilyn), and it's sex which is the ...more
Novelist, journalist, satirist, Bruce Golden's short stories have been published more than 100 times across 11 countries and in 15 anthologies. Asimov's Science Fiction described his second book, "If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce Golden's Better Than Chocolate." The same reviewer said of his novel Evergreen, "If you can im ...moreMore about Bruce Golden...