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Going Shogun

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Lovable loser Chris waits tables by day and dreams of making something better of himself by night. Dreams of starting a café that he can call his own. Dreams of climbing the social ladder, maybe finding a girl. Falling in love. But under the almighty, oppressive rule of The Board and their divisive caste system, it's nearly impossible. That is until his super-geek pal and ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 3rd 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 26th 2012)
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Audiobook version published in 2014
Performed by DJ Holte
Duration: 6 hours, 19 minutes.

Set in a future America with strict caste system, Going Shogun is a buddy story and a heist story with a bit of romance thrown in.

Chris and Forklift are waiters at Wishful Thinking, a trendy restaurant that mixes odd combinations of flavors like gravy-flavored ice cubes, banana mustard and wintergreen tomato popsicles. The customers can't seem to stop coming in and business booms eve
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ABR's full Going Shogun audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

You are either going to really get a kick out this book or hate it. Lindsey has put an enormous amount of energy into creating a strange and lighthearted dystopia. The world sucks, but everyone finds a way to make it work for themselves. It was tough going to at first, but sticking with the story was worth the effort. One of the main characters, “Brick” has created a language that no one understands, even
Morgan Chalk
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Going Shogun is a white knuckle roller coaster ride through an almost comic book dystopia. It was like Brave New World and 1984 got slapped upside the head with a heap of Catcher in the Rye and Marvel Comics. It's humorous and witty, but sophisticated on another level.

Mr. Lindsey has a way of turning prose into an almost visual art. The characters are almost unbelievable, except he just simply makes you believe. You get into the heart, mind, and soul of the protagonist, and his com-padres. He pa
G.F. Skipworth
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read this book shortly after its release. It's style and genre run outside my norm, but I was immediately taken with it, and had a wonderful time with it to the end. Hope your experience is the same.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Going Shogun is a dystopian-set thriller, abound with varying speech styles and multiple sub-cultures. Lindsey does an excellent job quickly spinning up a post-modern era complete with a corrupt citizen ranking system that dictates how people live their lives.

The story centers on Forklift and Brick and their quest to utilize pirate internet access to buy their way into a higher citizen rank. They have a great plan together when their initial contact turns out to be problematic. Everything from t
Philip McClimon
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book! I got it as a free offering and took a chance. The characters, plot, and pacing combined to make an immersive story that I could not put down. To me it feels like a young adult version of a Guy Ritchie / Quentin Tarentino / film noir mashup. The concept of the dystopian world is a nice unique twist and there is a nod to Bradbury and FAHRENHEIT 451 in there too. Lots of fast action and intrigue with a dash of poignancy and brave heroism thrown in for good measure. So gl ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a great story! Sort of The Parker Grey Show mixed with Ready Player One and bits of Cloud Atlas. Could definitely be a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very creative story and I did not want to stop reading to sleep. Interesting twists and turns affecting well created characters.
It's the future, and yet good old human nature still exists, so we have all the greed, desire, betrayal, etc, that makes us tick. Seems strange but it really isn't. I love the weaving of history into the "why's" of this world.
Thanks for a great read, Ernie.
Jamie L
I didn't even know he was a local writer when I selected this book (Bend, OR)!
Hope it's fun. My current read (which is about to be moved to another column) is somewhat disappointing.

Having a REALLY hard time getting into this book. I want to like it (support local artists!), but I'm just not feeling any of the characters. Still plowing through...
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore this book! I received this in the mail just a few days ago (won it in a Goodreads giveaway) and started reading it immediately. It's a fun, heartwarming read with delightful writing. Absolutely loved it.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some typical dystopian themes and unsubtle references to oil dependency, etc. But not heavy-handed. Entertaining read.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
fantastic pacing with some nice slight of hand plot twists.
John Hammer
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was very surprised by this book. It's short yet somehow packs a big story in. I love the dialog, especially by the character Forklift. Very entertaining to read
Jay S
Due to "slang" I dropped reading this book. Not worth the trouble to read further.

Tastes may vary.
Karina M.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
WOW! was the only way I could describe this book. It has an amazing plot that I wish the book was longer. I love the dialogue in this book. It is amazing.
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Ernie Lindsey grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, working on the family farm and reading, and has spent his life telling stories to anyone that will listen. He currently works as a freelance writer and is the author of five Mystery & Suspense novels and numerous short stories. When he's not writing, you can find him tackling the gigantic To Be Read list on his Kindle or ...more
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