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Death Arms

(Doctor Adder #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 1989 by Grafton (first published 1987)
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Alex Sarll
The 'slow bullet' is a projectile which, once fired at you, will advance at a leisurely pace towards you - forever. It can bore through anything, eventually. And when it gets closer, it starts explaining that this is all entirely legal and your civil rights are not being infringed. On one level this is a piece of satirical tech which seems even more blackly plausible now than it did in 1978, when this was finished, or 1987, when it was first published; on another, it epitomises the ineluctable e ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third volume in Jeter's proto-cyberpunk trilogy. It's not bad, but the story felt underdeveloped to me, as if it was a plot outline that still needed filling in. It may have been the author's intention to keep the story barreling along and not weigh it down with too much complexity and exposition, but I found it too superficial. I never really felt the stakes, nor did I feel much interest in the characters. While the writing here is perhaps not quite up to the task, I am startled when I real ...more
Simon Mcleish
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in March 2001.

In many ways, Death Arms is very similar to Jeter's first novel, Dr. Adder. In both novels, an outsider from society with a remarkable father (in this case, an assassin) travels to the ruins of a wrecked Los Angeles where, among the bizarre people that he meets, he is able to come to some sort of understanding of who he is and what legacy his father has left him.

Death Arms is distinctly less successful, and less interesting to read (though in pa
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not pleasant content at all. Jeter usually features anti-heroes. But the ending... The last page is why I gave it four stars. I won't spoil it for you, but it re-interprets the title.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a truly wonderful warped look at near future life
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Kevin Wayne Jeter (born 1950) is an American science fiction and horror author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and paranoid, unsympathetic characters. He is also credited with the coining of the term "Steampunk." K. W. has written novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universe, and has written three (to date) sequels to Blade Runner.

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