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Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model (Netherworld #1)

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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 corp
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Tor Books
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Feb 03, 2010 Marvin rated it it was ok
Received this ARC as a win from Goodreads. It is not a graphic novel as I thought but a 200+ page novel with occasional illustrations. Put out by Heavy Metal so you know it will be full of Sci-Fi, violence and sex. In other words, a hormonally challenged college boy should be the one reading this.

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
Christy Stewart
This is supposedly a cutting edge style of reading; half novel, half comic. What it actually is, is a simple large printed book with pictures. You might have seen others like this in the children section.

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
Nick Cato
Feb 08, 2010 Nick Cato rated it liked it
This is the first in a planned 3-book run subtitled "Heavy Metal Pulp" (inspired by the famous illustrated fantasy magazine), but note these AREN'T graphic novels; they're novels with plenty of interior artwork (this time courtesy of Justin Norman).

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
Jun 22, 2010 Mystique rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like pulp fiction
Recommended to Mystique by: ACR
Now, I'm conflicted. I have a hard time rating this book a three when I know I've rated actual literature with three stars, but let's be realistic: this book is what it is. I mean, this is clearly a book that one reads in an afternoon, in one's parents' basement. I mean, it's not going to change the way you view the world, it's not going to cure what ills the world, it's not going to prevent anyone from writing bad checks, pulp paperbacks go...really...NOT bad! There's an actual plot ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Marisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, first-reads, i-own
Intersting story. Good character. Some of the futuristic stuff did get a little confusing, but that could have been just me. I would have liked to have seen more pictures as well. I am definatly interested in reading more of the series once it comes out.
Feb 22, 2010 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teenage boys 20 years ago.
I won this book in a First Read's giveaway

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
U.L. Harper
Feb 28, 2010 U.L. Harper rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
Here's the thing. This is the sexy story of some cop who is trying to solve some case about some guy military guy or something who might have been important or bad or who really cares.

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
Oct 26, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
I laughed. I cried. It was the best thing since Cats the Musical.

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
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I'm unfamiliar with Heavy Metal magazine, so I had no idea what to expect from Pleasure Model. What it was is unexpected, delicious fun.

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
Dec 24, 2009 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
Here's one for all the horny fourteen-year-old boys. Sexy women, giant robots, and exploding heads--everything a young horndog needs. Added bonus: drawings of naked girls included.

Halona Skaggs
Feb 03, 2010 Halona Skaggs rated it really liked it
In the beginning of "Pleasure Model" you meet Angela who has been in hiding for the past 25 years from the killers who murdered her fiance. She is now "Mistress Julia", a dominatrix, living in New York. Her latest client is murdered and she barely escapes with her life but not before she over hears the killers talking and realizes that these are the same killers from decades ago and they've found her. She now has to find help with going into hiding again and this time she needs to remain hidden. ...more
May 30, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Pleasure Model
By Christopher Rowley
Publisher: Tor
Published In: New York, NY, USA
Date: 2010
Pgs: 238


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
Ted Henkle
May 14, 2016 Ted Henkle rated it really liked it
"Pleasure Model" by Christopher Rowley is the first illustrated novella in the Netherworld Series published by Tor Books and Heavy Metal Magazine back in 2010. This short-lived collaboration was branded as Heavy Metal Pulp.

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
Publisher's Weekly just doesn't understand pulp fiction.

"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
Feb 07, 2010 Paige rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. It was done in a new style of graphic novel/comic book look. There were some pictures on the pages that illustrated what was going on at the time. The artist, Justin Norman, has a wonderful way with pencils. At least, the pictures looked to be done in pencil. The plot was very interesting and I would be interested in reading the other two books that are to come from this series. Christopher Rowley creates his own futuristic world that comes alive as you keep up with ...more
Alex Telander
Sep 22, 2010 Alex Telander rated it liked it
Tor presents what they call the first “illustrated novel” with Christopher Rowley’s Pleasure Model, the first in the Netherworld trilogy. It represents a new partnership between Heavy Metal magazine and Tor books: “Heavy Metal Pulp will partner the top illustrators and designers from the iconic fantasy magazine with today’s most talented science fiction authors, blending the sensuous artistic style and graphic imagery of Heavy Metal with classic noir storytelling.” While I wouldn’t ordinary step ...more
I picked this up as a FirstRead, and was under the impression that it was a graphic novel. It was not, there were black and white drawings thrown in throughout the book, but it was a novel with some illustrations - not a graphic novel.

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
Feb 03, 2010 Natalia rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, first-reads, 2010
So I have to admit, this book was much better than I expected. After all, it's published by Heavy Metal - I was expecting sex, violence, and large-breasted women in metal bikinis. There's some sex, lots of violence, but they decided to pass on the metal swimwear for this book. Good call.

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
Feb 22, 2010 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First Read and was pleasantly surprised with the book, not being of a genre I read on a regular basis. The cover made it seem a lot more sexual of a story than it actually was. I guess it's made to attract the target audience of young males, but it mostly made me have to hold it carefully while reading it in public to avoid judging looks.

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
Jun 01, 2016 Shelley rated it it was amazing
Am I the target audience for this book, nope. Did I love this book, oh good god yes I did. Having never read any noir fiction or Heavy Metal magazine, I had no clue what to expect from this book. The illustrations were fantastic and added an element of fun. This was a fast paced dark story about a rogue cop named Rook in a seriously messed up futuristic world of genetically engineered pleasure models, Fed robots and some twisted political figures. I don't quite understand where some think this ...more
Sep 14, 2013 James rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this. I mean, geez, look at the cover. Unfortunately this book follows the trend that many Heavy Metal Magazine releases do, as far as I am concerned, and that would be the tendency to have awesome covers with very little substance on the inside. Sure there are robots, cybernetic implants, and genetically engineered test-tube sex slaves but . . . it's not enough. Throw some real people into the mix and you would have yourself a dang story. The characters are flat, ya'll. Our ...more
Oct 28, 2013 AndrewP rated it liked it
I picked this one up after reading it was the first of a new line of 'Heavy Metal Pulp'. A pulp style novel printed by the Heavy Metal franchise. Although not a graphic novel as such, it is illustrated with a small 1" - 2" illustration every 3 pages or so.

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
Feb 03, 2010 glitrbug rated it liked it
What fun. Reminds me of back in the 70's when I'd be babysitting late and catch something racy on late night cable. More innuendo and carefully draped costume than now. The back cover describes the book as "combining noir fiction with fantastic art featuring the themes, story lines and graphic styles of 'Heavy Metal' magazine." Can't say that I ever ran into any of those magazines but I would liken this to an old Humphrey Bogart black and white movie with him as the slightly compromised police ...more
Feb 03, 2010 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It has been a while I've read a graphic novel, but I did enjoy reading this one. The illustrations were just enough to give a gentle push to your imagination without overwhelming it. The novel itself was a combo of Blade Runner meets John McClain. I'm not a reader of Heavy Metal magazine, but, I imagine, the regular readers should enjoy this. If the novel needed a rating, I would give it NC-17 for nudity, D/s, violence, and language. This is not a graphic novel for middle school children.

Apr 11, 2010 Jaime rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, own, first-reads, 2010
I want to start by saying that I won this book as a first-reads here on Goodreads. Go figure I, naive as I may be, thought that Heavy Metal magazine had something to do with music. Boy was I wrong and had I had known it was a sci-fi/erotica type of publication I most likely would not have entered for it.

All in all it was okay for a quick read. Personally, I feel that it is definitely more of a guys book but some girls may also enjoy it. It just wasn't really my thing. Most of it was pretty predi
Jan 31, 2010 Mindy rated it really liked it
I just received this book from the giveaway. Can't wait to read it. It doesn't appear to be the style book I usually read. It has some drawings and rather large print. I'll start reading it tonight or tomorrow.
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
Aaron Meyer
Nov 25, 2010 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was like reading a good action movie which comes in three parts. The illustrations peppered throughout the book remind me of the old zebra books from back in the day. The story focuses on a murdered retired general, his pleasure model and a cop who is trying to solve the case. Needless to say everything goes wrong, political and military involvement increases the stakes at hand, and just as the action is really getting going the book ends leaving you on the edge for the next volume. ...more
David Salcido
Jul 05, 2013 David Salcido rated it really liked it
A rollicking roller-coaster ride of a pulp novel that is like something Philip K. Dick would have written after watching three decades of highly adrenalized action blockbusters at the local cineplex, whipped together into a graphic, post-70s grindhouse stew. All that’s missing is Jason Statham in the title role and a driving soundtrack to make this the Heavy Metal movie that never was; except as it exists in my fevered imagination. A fantastic kick-off to the Heavy Metal Pulp series, ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Bleumoon rated it liked it
I was excited about winning this book on Goodreads. I used to read Heavy Metal magazine and was looking forward to this new type of offering from them. I was disappointed by the artwork, or rather the size of it. I was expecting a full page picture here and there throughout the book instead there are mostly 2x3" pictures on most pages. The story was set in the future and reminded me of the old Heavy Metal magazine stories I used to read. I was expecting more and felt disappointed by this book. ...more
Pleasure Model gave me everything I expected in the world of pulp fiction with great suspense and a few twists along the way. A good cop is forced to the other side of the law, a split minded dominatrix ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a Pammy, who has never given ‘pleasures’ despite that being her one and only purpose for existence, brings the two together.

As far as personal tastes go, I didn’t care for Rook’s affection for Plesur or for his mind to bed Soozie, the brothel own
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Christopher Rowley is a prolific writer of both science fiction and fantasy novels. He was born in 1948 in Lynn, Massachusetts to an American mother and an English father. Educated for the most part at Brentwood School, Essex, England, he became a London-based journalist in the 1970s. In 1977 he moved to New York City and began work on The War For Eternity, his first science fiction novel. He ...more
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