Wow! Well, Mr. Somers, I am very glad to say that you have, however temporarily, REDEEMED YOURSELF!!! <33. I was so in absolute Thrall/Love with yoWow! Well, Mr. Somers, I am very glad to say that you have, however temporarily, REDEEMED YOURSELF!!! <33. I was so in absolute Thrall/Love with your Kates Series, best Fiction I had read in _years_, and best Contemporary Fiction ( Besides Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, and Iain M. Banks, of course ) I have possibly ever read. But you crapped all over it, starting in book four and crapulently crapping out in crap five. I was saddened. Did Mr. Somers get drunk of his own Success? I just didn't know...
But finally I picked up "Trickster" and again I am BACK IN LOVE!
Not only does Somers have a GENIUS for expressing what it FEELS like, to live in constant agony, with things always getting worse (as with Kates, and Myself), but in this Series he has tapped into something quite Profound and Serious, though I doubt he even *realizes* it. As an Academic Anthropologist I have studied and witnessed many Historical (& even Contemporary) Indigenous (& Upper Class Cosmopolitan ) Rituals involving the Primary Ingredient of BLOOD. Not always human blood, but blood non-the-less.
In this Series I see Somers' as someone connecting to the Collective Unconscious of Humanity, downloading Information he has No Idea what to do with, and Thus writes us these Magickal Stories. In an attempt, as it were, not only to try to come to grips with whatever information he has received, but also to Play with it, Expand upon it, Learn more about it THROUGH THE PROCESS OF WRITING, rather than simply " just trying to write an Entertaining book."
Well done, Jeff, well done AGAIN, and THANK YOU TRULY, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! These books have been my sole Companions through many difficult, difficult, Times, and NOONE, not even Bukowski (any more), could COMFORT ME MORE, than Your Miserable Characters ;)...more
7.12.10 - Fuck Yeah, It Finally came out! I had it on reserve and the bookstore just called me!
7.24.10 - Ok, I finally finished it. As an aside I must7.12.10 - Fuck Yeah, It Finally came out! I had it on reserve and the bookstore just called me!
7.24.10 - Ok, I finally finished it. As an aside I must admit that Jeff Somers (the Author) is now on Goodreads and was awesome enough to even answer one of my questions (and offering to answer anyone's questions!)... this makes reviewing one of his books a little weirder for me than usual because I now know him to be a cool guy, so I can't totally tear him a new asshole. That means I must now use "constructive criticism," maybe something I should have been using all along for my reviews anyways. Damn the Internet is fucking things up! Ah well.
This is the only book that I have actually bought at the bookstore in the last five or so years (besides "The Eternal Prison" last year and "The Book of the Law" as a present). Usually I prefer the library but I could not wait that long to read this, so I am very biased because I'm a huge fan of the Avery Cates books. I think it's the best new Science Fiction I've discovered since Iain M. Banks and William Gibson, though very different.
Maybe because I've reread the other three books so many times my view is skewed and I just know how Somers' writing is now, maybe Cates has already been through so much it would be taxing on any author to put him through more, or maybe the pressure to put out another Cates book made Sommers sloppy; but I honestly think this is the least of the Cates series so far (The "Eternal Prison" being the best). Some of the "surprises" in this one I saw coming from a mile away, the repeated references to past adventures in the other three books irritated me (I mean I'm a Cates Junkie, I don't need reminders!), and a few technical/consistency details seemed wrong and irritated me as well. But overall it's still the genuine article and it entertained me a lot this month, though I don't see myself rereading it like I do with the other three. I even kept myself from reading it all in one night and paced myself to keep the joy last longer.
I'm still a fan and was totally enthused to find a few Avery Cates short stories on Somers' web site (how come nobody told me sooner?!) and will definitely be reading the next Cates book when it comes out. I just hope it's better than this one. I love Cates so much I'd rather have him die and read a spin-off series about the life of Wa Belling or something than to see his books get crappier and crappier until there's nothing cool left....more
The detailed background illustrations are enough to justify this whole 3 book series, though the plot is deep with concepts to keep any healthy mind oThe detailed background illustrations are enough to justify this whole 3 book series, though the plot is deep with concepts to keep any healthy mind occupied. First read as a pre-teen, this Series, along with "Psycho," and "The Books of Magick," changed my character forever. Now, 20+ years, later i still feel the Pathos of "Carl Selz's" situation, and finished the series in tears. Way ahead of it's time, Hard Boiled helped to shape my world view and I heartily recommend it to anyone, any age, any time!...more
I do give this 5 stars. It takes a very dilliberate suspension of disbeleif to enjoy the subtle brilliance of this book, or it will just seem like traI do give this 5 stars. It takes a very dilliberate suspension of disbeleif to enjoy the subtle brilliance of this book, or it will just seem like trash. It is of the utmost difficulty to write a novel in the "to You the reader" form, but for me Clive Barker does it perfectly here. There were moments he actually wrote what I was thinking, giving me shivers, then commenting in the book on my shivers. Had I read this book when I was younger and on acid it may have caused quite a mania, but as an adult it was simply enjoyable. ...more
Very cool futuristic murder book. I was sceptical through the first few pages but the comic-book like images and story line pulled me in so strongly tVery cool futuristic murder book. I was sceptical through the first few pages but the comic-book like images and story line pulled me in so strongly that I found myself enthralled. Best sci-fi read in recent memory, where characters and plot cary the story rather than technology. Anxiously awaiting the next book by Sommers.
9/20/09 - 3rd time reading. My dark god pan! Will Avery Cates never stop soothing my miserable life?...more