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The Age of Sinatra

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
After the most recent Forgetting, Ohle's luckless protagonist Moldenke is in possession of only his name and the bare facts of his former life. He finds himself cruising on the Titanic through a bizarre alternate reality where elective deformation is a fashion trend, neuts and human settlers do their best to live together in relative harmony, and the only available sustena ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Soft Skull Press
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Nate D
Dec 03, 2012 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: neutrodynes and the electively deformed
Recommended to Nate D by: new statutes blaring over Radio Ratt
If the future is so disgusting and racist (towards neutrodynes), than why is David Ohle such a weird pleasure to read? This is almost comforting in some way, even as the often-dubious characters are tossed at the mercy of an arbitrary legal system and spurious government decisions. Perhaps its their perseverence -- or resignation, though persevering resignation -- whatever the awful state of a world which never really rings entirely untrue or unbelievable. We can get through this, really. Sidewa ...more
L
May 05, 2009 L rated it it was amazing
I can't decide whether to write David Ohle a fan letter or to go to his house and punch him in the face, because I can't stop thinking about a lot of things he wrote and it has made my life really confusing.
Charles Dee Mitchell
May 18, 2014 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-sf
For the first several sections I thought Ohle was just going to pile weirdness onto weirdness, but soon I fell into his created world and realized that this was a book about people just getting by on getting by, dealing with what their society tosses their way, whether it's elective deformation surgery, worms in their stools, or strange growths from their chins. There is no plot to speak of, perhaps because so much of what happens in this world is arbitrary, but it makes for an enjoyable read. A ...more
Jcshumate
Feb 27, 2013 Jcshumate rated it it was amazing
The scene where Ophelia Balls makes the mating Neut "dirty talk" to her:

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She lay on the pallet, trying to relax. "Talk to me, to get my egg bag to open."

"Yes ma'am...The simple, two-lobed neutrodyne liver produces a flammable oil in sufficient quantities to make our urine, once denatured, a practicable fuel for lamps and cooking."

"Oh, my."

"After the first Forgetting we gathered outside windows and watched settler families at supper, carefully observing table manne
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Richard
After the most recent Forgetting, Ohle's luckless protagonist Moldenke is in possession of only his name and the bare facts of his former life. He finds himself cruising on the Titanic through a bizarre alternate reality where elective deformation is a fashion trend, neuts and human settlers do their best to live together in relative harmony, and the only available sustenance is stomach-churning fare. Everyone agrees the Stinkers are troublesome and something must be done. President Ratt not onl ...more
J.P. Hansen
For me, the jury is out on whether or not this book is the equal of Ohle's early 70's classic MOTORMAN. It is decidedly different. We have the same protaganist, Moldenke, but this time the alternative reality connects to our own — Titanic, President Kenny, etc. — but these quickly disengage from their original contexts. The Titanic is not going through the North Seas. Various aspects of the Kennedy assassination and the conspiracy theories pop up, but they never coalesce around a definable image ...more
Thorne Clark
Jan 26, 2012 Thorne Clark rated it it was ok
Motorman is on my "reserved" shelf of mind-blowing books. This sequel is on the other side of that fine line (between what and what I'm not sure) that Motorman pulled off so brilliantly. Big chunks of it reminded me of Dr. Evil's "meat helmet" monologue in Austin Powers -- funny in small non-sequitur doses, but difficult to use as a baseline for constructing an alternate reality. And yet, I will probably still read Pisstown Chaos if I can get my hands on a copy.
Dddddwwwww
Jun 04, 2015 Dddddwwwww rated it did not like it
oof this is disappointing. oof. oof, ohle
Mark
Jun 03, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
david ohle does excellent distopias. discontinuous sequel to 'motorman', in this book the ever-hopeless moldenke finds a love who isn't really interested in him (it's ok, he's not really interested in her either), gets accused of some fairly heinous crimes (it's ok, he has some waivers. maybe not quite enough), and slowly devolves into a lesser being (no worries, dr ferry is on the case).

Derek
Oct 15, 2007 Derek rated it really liked it
Mondenke returns from The Forgetting even more disenfranchised than ever, with bountiful neut gland eating, oozing flocculus (never has sex with alien life forms been so appealing) and other guilty pleasures umbrellaed under an absurdly random judicial system. And now I'm finding out there's yet another new one from Soft Skull, Pisstown Chaos. Holy Ohle!
Ryan MacDonald
Aug 24, 2007 Ryan MacDonald rated it it was ok
Had to put it down. I loved his 1st book Motorman, this one just tried too hard to surpass it.
myredsquirrel
Mar 23, 2014 myredsquirrel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Intriguing, confusing, repulsing and higly entertaining - I really enjoyed the read.
Brent Hayward
Dec 05, 2009 Brent Hayward rated it really liked it
The best genre book I have read in ages. Weird, beautiful, and funny.
ds white
May 23, 2008 ds white rated it really liked it
good but not as good as motorman
LaTanya McQueen
Nov 28, 2008 LaTanya McQueen marked it as to-read
I want this book so badly.
Patton McGinley
Sep 06, 2011 Patton McGinley rated it liked it
Not as good as Motorman...
Brandi
Jun 10, 2012 Brandi rated it it was amazing
YES.
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David Ohle is an American writer, novelist, and a lecturer at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. After receiving his M.A. from KU, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1975 to 1984. In 2002 he began teaching fiction writing and screenwriting as a part-time lecturer at the University of Kansas. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, the Transatlantic Review, Paris Review, and Ha ...more
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