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Automatic Assassin

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A cyberpunk space opera about Xolo, a man who replaced his conscience with a machine.
A routine assassination on a synthetic planet gets complicated when Xolo stupidly rescues some kids, gets a bomb in his head (that falls in love with him) and then winds up on the world of kings, brainslaves and electric zombies known as ‘Earth,’ where he is mistaken for a cosmic messiah.
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Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published (first published June 22nd 2011)
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Penny Goring
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wildly inventive bed-time story told by a savvy poet to a precocious space-monkey.

It's got fast-plot adventure, whimsy and outright piss-taking shot through with gorgeous observations and fabulous horrordreams of future. It's a cool ride with an unnerving end.

Marc Horne delivers hilariously cheeky sentences, like this:

'The panties of victory started to ride up over the waistband of retreat'

and casually and persistently drops beauties, like this:

'Enormous bloated seconds passed lik
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Berit Ellingsen
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An extremely funny and wild and poetic science fiction story. Lots of wit, interesting characters, wild locales, fantastic imagery, using and abusing (in the best way possible) old and tried science fiction clichees, while coming up with a lot of new ones. Like the main character's brain bomb, I couldn't help fall a little in love with the character and the story and the hilariously difficult circumstances he constantly finds himself in, and which he somehow manages to get himself out of. Favori ...more
Debbie McGowan
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Marc Horne has a touch of the 'Beat' about him, a quality that other reviewers have alluded to in their description of 'Automatic Assassin' as stock sci-fi adventure meets literary fiction. At times, particularly in the opening chapters, this quirkiness is more than apparent: it seems too deliberate, ill-conceived even - or perhaps no more than the simple consequence of clumsy writing. Yet, as the narrative progresses, the switch between brash colloquy and aesthetic metaphor is a highly effectiv ...more
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