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A Fistful of Nothing: A Dieselpunk Noir Novel (The Hollywoodholes Sonata, #1)

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The Great Depression never ate the country alive. WWII refuses to put out its raging fires. Every major city across fifty states has been blown sky-high by blitzing.

This is 1952, America.

The only choice the denizens of a war-torn Los Angeles have left is to plunge into the deep dark of the metro tunnels and make a new life in the ruins of the subway rails below--with
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jane Denton
Dan Glaser’s new novel A Fistful of Nothing follows a retired private eye beneath Los Angeles and into a miasma of betrayal and murder. Our story opens in 1952, ten years into World War II. Due to Axis firebombing, many Angelenos have retreated into the Hollywoodholes, shantytowns built from Art Deco bric-a-brac inside the abandoned L.A. subway. This setting has a lot of potential, and I look forward to Glaser’s returning to it in future novels.

A doomed love affair is a hallmark of the noir
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Andrew Hudson
One of the things that gets noticed about Steampunk(or of which it is at times accused) is a tendency for slightly though deliberately stilted prose, convoluted sentencry, and an almost-but-not-genuinely-authentic lexicon featuring words that, for all their satisfying flavour, probably never existed in fact; quite as though it is each author's duty--nay,pleasure--to imbue a sense of pseudo-Victoriana upon the text itself, and not merely the narrative therein.

A bit like that opening sentence, in
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Heather Heffner
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
"DIESELPUNK"— post-steam, and pre-cyber punk, characterizes A Fistful of Nothing, quite well, as this is the 1950s set in a distorted underground Hollywoodholes. The atmosphere and time period run together with cinema-like quality, and if you’re going to embark with Jim on his investigation to solve two brutal murders, then you’d better brush up on your 1950s lingo: “For a habitual pantywaist, the hopped-up shitkicker threw a nasty right hook into Jim’s side, and the alarming jab stung like salt ...more
Sarah Zama
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dieselpunk
‘Fistful of Nohtings’ is set in an incredibly noir, dieselpunk place. An alternative Los Angeles of 1950s, where WWII never ended, and actually came to the US and wrecked havoc on the city. Part of it sank into the ground and people found shelter in there, a maze of tunnels and cave-like places. Outdoors Los Angeles, constantly bombarded and at war, is no place for human beings.
Even if, someone could argue, the Hollywoodholes aren’t either.
In this place of darkness, the underworld has mostly
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Timothy
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A love letter to the classic detective story – with equal parts film noir and dieselpunk flair – this is brash, take-no-prisoners prose and dialogue with enough bon mots and banter to conjure images of Bogart and Cagney on every page. One hell of a read.

Glaser constructs a postmodern noir paradise to set his story against, the Hollywoodholes, that just begs to have its every corner explored. His cast of broad characters constantly scheme circles around each other in an endless web of conspiracy
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Flo
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
While looking for Dieselpunk books I've stumbled across a fistful of nothing. Now my expectations, being the first dieselpunk book and thought about something more along the mad max line, have not been satisfied. However due to the interesting use of language I will push the rating from 3 to 4 starts, my recommendation to anyone non native english is to buy an ebook version to look up words with more comfort.
Without spoiling anything the book was missing atmosphere, I would have wished for more
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Tanner Swanson
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely an amazing debut novel. The story is solid and once you start reading it, you will most likely have a hard time putting it down. I don't feel a need to write a description of the book in this review because, that is what the description that the author wrote is for. If you're a fan of noir films or detective novels, or even the video games bioshock (any of them, take your pick) and/or L.A. Noire, this book is definitely for you. Very steampunk!
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Dan Glaser originally hails from Fargo, North Dakota, where he first crafted his affection for storytelling. Also an independent filmmaker, he cut his teeth on the feature-length crime thriller "Pinching Penny" (2011). The film can be found through Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and many other venues. Glaser currently lives in Los Angeles, California, in a matchbox studio apartment near the L.A. River. It ...more