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Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity (Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity #1-3)

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Red is a chemical beta tester. It's a nice way of saying 'professional drug addict.'

But that’s not a problem: Everybody in the Four Posts is nursing an addiction to something. In fact, the city's entire economy is based on Presence -- a chemical hallucinogen that lets the user peek into history. Red’s talent for mixing new and interesting narcotic concoctions is usually go
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ebook, 269 pages
Published August 17th 2012 by Brockwar Press: The Fightin'est Press in the West (first published August 16th 2012)
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Sam Darley
May 17, 2013 Sam Darley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Putting the 'Dick' after Philip K.. Philip K. Dick-jokes? I don't know. I came to this book both as a fan of Brockway's writing for Cracked, and of science fiction in general. I really, really enjoyed this book, from the setting and premise, through the characters that make the story, to the style and humour with which it's done. With subjects like nano-technology and drugs that mess with time, it would be all to easy for an author to fall back on cheap deus-ex resolutions for every conflict, ...more
Derek Pennycuff
Jan 01, 2014 Derek Pennycuff rated it liked it
In my review of This Book is Full of Spiders I mention that David Wong somehow makes absurd things work within the context of the story. Brockway hasn't quite hit Wong's level of talent in this area. And I honestly think it may be the setting of Rx lacks grounding in the mundane world we find in Wong's books. Every element of these characters' lives is bizarre. Perhaps they respond in recognizably human ways (including accepting a lot of the most bizarre stuff as simply part of their lives). But ...more
Ty Davis
Rx is one of the most in depth science fiction novels that I've read in a while. The author went great lengths to explain how every bit of nano-technology and drug worked in the small world of the Four Posts. Despite it all, I never really grasped the concept about how the gas really worked in transporting people to different time lines. Nevertheless, the beginning and middle of the novel was fantastic despite the occasional area were things started to make no sense at all. What really brought ...more
Valerie C
Oct 04, 2014 Valerie C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a year since I've read it, and I can't get it out of my head. I'm not a fan of excessive in-world languages and slang, which make stories almost impossible to follow. In this case, we're dealing with a society so different than our own, that the slang made the story doubly hard to follow at first. But it kept drawing me in, and it's such a rich world that I can't seem to forget it.

Because Robert Brockway is a Cracked author, I've seen some reviewers comparing him to David Wong. While '
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Jenny
Apr 28, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
is a runner up for best cursing in a book.
Tom
Dec 09, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing
RX: A Tale of Electronegativity is easily the best science fiction novel I’ve read in the better part of a decade. While perusing authors recommended to those who enjoy David Wong, Carlton Merrick III, and Robert Jeremy Johnson, I discovered this novel, and downloaded a sample to my Kindle. I got through maybe five pages before I knew I had to buy this book. When introduced to a protagonist who has woken up in the sewers without pants or underwear as a result of being too stoned for pants to be ...more
Katelynn Sortino
Dec 29, 2015 Katelynn Sortino rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kerry
Sep 17, 2016 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down some of the finest world building I have ever read. However, I wish the plot had received as much attention. I spent the entire book wanting to know more about the world and not caring at all about where the plot went.
Dean Lewis
Oct 02, 2013 Dean Lewis rated it it was ok
This book was originally released as a trilogy. I loved loved loved parts 1 and 2. Intriguing world, good characters, fun writing style. But then came part 3. Most importantly in part 3, the number of narrators explodes, so I really lost my connection to Red, Byron, and QC. They felt like extras by the end of the book. Second, I hated the ending. The author did an excellent job building expectation and suspense, then... nothing.

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Casey
Apr 20, 2013 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It isn't everyday you find a book like Rx. From the oddly poetic prologue, irreverent characters, all the way to the exhaustive research that can be made very well evident in the amazing annotated version, this story delivers in ways I wish more books could provide. Rx takes place in a futuristic world where nanotech and drugs are a part of everyday life, leading to a complete shift in the nature of commerce, labor, and general human existence. Our protagonist Red is a beta-tester of new drugs - ...more
Amy Goalen
May 12, 2013 Amy Goalen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Let me just start off by saying that I don't normally read this genre of fiction (sci-fi), but I bought it anyway because I liked this author's column on Cracked.com. This book did not disappoint!

The characters are quirky and completely believable. There is always a slightly humorous undertone in the character dialogue and the incredible attention to fictional details kept making me think "This author either has one hell of an imagination or he's done a lot of drugs..." But either way it made f
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Nick
Apr 22, 2013 Nick rated it liked it
Interesting mix of nanotechnology and drugs, great world building. Reminded me of _A Brave New World_ with echoes of _Fear and Loathing_ and _Idiocracy_. I liked that Brockway included characters from different segments of the society so that you could see the weirdness of the different levels through the eyes of an outsider, even when it did get a little confusing sometimes. I didn't like Byron or Zippy, but I suppose that was intentional. QC and Victoria came across as a little flat, but I dug ...more
Remy
Jul 14, 2013 Remy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: disenfranchised robo-monstrosities
Recommended to Remy by: Cracked
Some of the best world building that I've read in a while. Also, I loved the characters. Having severely flawed people as main characters makes me really relate to them, being severely flawed myself. The plot was perhaps a little weak in comparison to the setting and protagonists, but only inconsequentially so. The whole thing reminded me a bit of Transmetropolitan, but the city here is a much more interesting extrapolation of our times. There are slums in the world today that I can almost ...more
William Weaver
Feb 26, 2014 William Weaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books by funny people. Humor books are usually bad because it's a book written to try and be funny by someone whose job is comedy, usually following a theme. Books by genuinely funny people - guys who know how to tell a story and a joke - are always so much better. Rx is a great read and I'm sorry it took me so long to get to it. The world is imaginative and the characters are engaging. Literally my only complaint is a relatively weak end relative to the overwhelmingly solid pace of the ...more
Scott
Aug 01, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Funny and creative sci fi book about a crazy future where everyone lives cramped together in giant 10,000 story buildings scrabbling in makeshift shanty towns between levels and nanotechnology is standard fare and everyone's hooked on this strange drug called "presence". You gradually lean what the hell is going on with a great page-turner story and fabulously lyrical cursing and descriptions of hallucinations and future tech and the violent and unpredictable slumdwellers. Pretty unique book.
James Ingraham
May 24, 2015 James Ingraham rated it really liked it
I really loved the not safe for work language. There's a ton of really creative stuff in Rx, not least of which is cursing. Some of it is non-sensical, and it goes off the rails at the end. Still, a thoroughly original, mostly believable near future dystopia that had me literally laughing out loud? Yes, please.
Luke
Jan 14, 2013 Luke rated it it was amazing
A kickass kinetic future built on drugs and the characters are still taking them. This is what happens when the urban sprawl doesn't stop, it discovers nanotech and becomes more insane and dense and dangerous than you could imagine. That's why you pay Brockway to imagine it for you and read the hilarious results.
Annelise Sexton
May 29, 2013 Annelise Sexton rated it liked it
ending was kinda rushed but good overall. author didn't feel the need to explain in detail all the sci-fi future tech characters used which i liked because sometimes it is nice to not know what is going on.
Julie
Jun 13, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
The do scriptures of the settings were astounding. I could see and feel and touch the same things the characters were. Some of the actions were not quite clear and could have used some more explanation. Still, I really enjoyed the story of this fantasy future world.
Nick
Feb 10, 2015 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm

Not quite sure how I feel about this one. Different and strange but in a pleasant and sometimes humorous way. A rereading may clarify some things but I'm not sure I'll ever get around to it or if I'll even ever really want to...
watson387
Feb 07, 2013 watson387 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Great futuristic cyberpunk sci-fi. Great characters, great story and all around great idea. The ending left a little to be desired, but was definitely fitting. Robert Brockway has proven that he's more than just a funnyman, he's also a very talented writer.
Kio
Jan 04, 2014 Kio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-english
While the language and such can be a bit crude, if you don't mind that, it's really a very interesting book, with good humor now and then in the story. All comes together pretty well.
Sarah Schroeder
May 07, 2014 Sarah Schroeder rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book! Well written, interesting, and exciting. I have not gotten too far yet as I just got the book but it is hard to put down.
Jp
Sep 06, 2013 Jp rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece of brilliantly written characters interacting in a huge and detailed environment. I heartily recommend it to anyone who likes scifi.
Paula Mcdowell
Jan 16, 2013 Paula Mcdowell rated it it was amazing
Was seriously thinking of sagging off work and lying in bed reading the rest of this book, clever and funny. Recommended.
Joanna
Jan 14, 2013 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Fantastic... One of the best sci-fi reads I've encountered in awhile. I literally couldn't put it down. It made for very rough workdays with only a couple of hours of sleep :)
Leigh Bellouny
Needs more world building

Book is well written, but takes place in a world that is never clearly explained. It makes it very difficult at the beginning to get into the narrative.
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