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No Dogs in Philly

(Special Sin #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Philadelphia. Elzi on every corner, cops just itching to crack a skull, and the Gaespora lordin' it up in their high towers while the rest of the filth dribbled down the sewer. Saru had a way out. All she had to do was find the girl, one skinny stray with blue, blue eyes—bluer than anyone had ever seen—and ten million fat bucks were hers. Except someone was killing blue-ey ...more
Kindle Edition, 147 pages
Published August 8th 2014 by June Day Press
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Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
H.P. Lovecraft's Epic Cosmic Horror Melded with Gritty Cyberpunk - A Favorite Combination

In many ways, I felt transported into a CALL OF CTHULHU tabletop game campaign I had played a couple decades back - gritty cyberpunk dystopian grimness liberally interspersed with epic, cosmos reaching mystical implications... and I loved it as I do this book. And now that I see NO DOGS IN PHILLY is labeled as "Book 1", I am quite eager to see the follow ups (I was hoping it wasn't going to be left at the endi
Hillary D
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up this book I was a little skeptical of a great sci-fi/dystopian story that was only ~160 pages. Ones this short do not normally have enough character development for me, as I LOVE character driven stories. I was VERY mistaken. In just a quick, ~160 page read, Andy Futuro paints a wonderful character driven novel. You don't learn much about any of the characters' pasts, but in this case that was the point, and it worked beautifully. The protagonist is a strong female PI, who ...more
Carl Nelson
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. An imaginative blend of cyberpunk, crime noir, and the metaphysical, No Dogs in Philly is an exciting and compelling read that kept me equally entertained and intrigued. The main character, Saru Solan, is a private detective in an amped-up and wrecked-out future version of Philadelphia. She is hired by the other-dimensional Gaespora to save a blue-eyed girl who is being sought by the vampiric Feasters--and the fate of the world rests in the balance as she avoids the clutches of hordes of co ...more
The Elves
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Andy Futuro’s No Dogs in Philly is a really good detective novel in the vein of Phillip Marlow and Sam Spade updated into a Cyberpunk reality. In it, the private detective Saru is hired by a corporation, possibly owned by Aliens, to track down a blue-eyed girl that is being sought after by another, possibly alien, group bent on killing her. The novel is gritty, raw and has all the elements of the old fashion detective story instilled with tech implants. It was interesting and mysterious from sta ...more
Sarah Jordan
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I met the author at an open mic in Philly and thought, woah...what a creative genius! When I found out he wrote a book, I bought it immediately. This book is for you if you like sci-fi, mystery or distopian fantasy.

This book made me think. I typically like positive, self-helpy books but I'm glad I gave this one a shot. Get past the beginning and it's quite the page turner!
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the doe-eyed woman on the cover fool you. That's Saru. She'll use that cattle prod on you if you mess with her. While not evident from the cover, she's enhanced with all the doodads that cyberpunk fans would expect of a near future sci-fi heroine. She's connected to the Net 24/7; has a pistol named "Betty" up her sleeve ready to go when adrenaline, pulse rate, and subconscious thought reach a critical threshold; and everything's subdermal. But just as her soft exterior belies the bad a ...more
Michelle E.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited when I got an email saying I won the giveaway. Now I'm jealous some other poor sucker didn't get it instead. It's in your face and vulgar every step of the way; the most benign things are rendered disgusting, indecent, and nausea-inducing.. The horror elements are the type that make you want to vomit instead of sending a shiver down your spine. I skimmed, to be honest; it was that or total abandonment, which is what I would have done if this was not a review copy. Even if you argue ...more
Teresa Vogt
The world needs Dogs and Gods..without a God you can't have good vs evil, without a pet you have to face it alone.

This review is from: No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir (Special Sin Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

I was asked by a young man named Andy to read his book.. Being the Mom of a Drew myself I couldn't quite say no. I also joked with him that it would be a sad world without dogs, but ours is a feline house hold. I have read Steam Punk, some in between thin
Grant Leishman
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Let me just say, in prefacing this review, that this particular book is so, so, far out of my reading comfort zone, that the three stars I allocated ut indicates a good read. I'm not denigrating the style or genre in any way, it is just so not what I would normally read, however, that being said, I did enjoy the novel, despite the ridiculously long title, no doubt designed to get higher rankings in searches. .

I'll admit to being fairly old-school when it comes to genres. Until recently I had no
Rich Hart
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sci-fi, fantasy, horror paints bleak future for humanity. Yet despite it's dark themes (I normally like things with a much lighter tone) I genuinely enjoys this book. Their is a compelling lore which unfolds throughout the story, serving to give some insight into the larger universe this story takes place in.

At a first glance, there seems to be very few redeeming qualities about the main character Saru; ill tempered, detached, selfish (which is not surprising given the world's s
Review copy provided by the author.

In dystopic/futuristic Philadelphia, Private Investigator Saru is tasked by a superhuman business corporation to find a young girl who carries the only weapon that can fight an encroaching eldritch enemy. No Dogs in Philly is, obviously, a busy mishmash of genres: cyberpunk, dystopian, noir, urban fantasy, and Lovecraftian--never boring, but not always successful, and no greater than the sum of these parts. Saru is such an unlikable and unconvincing* anti
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Creeped Out  
I picked up a copy for free on Amazon.  This book has more than 50 reviews, many quite positive. It's the author's only Amazon entry and the first of a series.
It lives up to its claim of being Lovecraftian cyberpunk noir. The detective noir is well realized, the cyberpunk, appropriate. As for the Lovecraftian bits … well, they creeped me out.
Our heroine, Saru, like many noir detectives, makes steady use of whatever alcohol she carries o
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
No Dogs in Philly cannot be contained within one genre. It's a dystopian, detective, adventure, supernatural, graphic novel all rolled into one. In my opinion it is also reminiscent of noir, in that the style and language Andy Futuro writes in reminds me of the film noir detective movies of the 1940's.

The story follows a young woman named Saru who is a private detective (or mercenary?) hired to find a missing girl. The cast of characters is diverse as is the environment in which they live. I would ha
Okay Futuristic Crime Noir Fantasy Set in Philadelphia

Author Andy Futuro, when asking me to read his self-published novel, “No Dogs In Philly”, said it was cyberpunk, comparable to anything written by William Gibson. No it isn’t, and nor is it worthy of comparison with Gibson’s work. Instead, it is much more a Philip K. Dick-like fantasy novel combined with classic 20th Century American crime noir, and one that isn’t nearly as memorable as the best from Dick. Futuro introduces reader
A tough-as-nails PI heroine traverses a dystopian Philadelphia, searching for a blue-eyed girl with a dog that may or may not be a god's avatar. The story is as gritty and deep and dense as our heroine Saru is bad-ass - she's constantly connected to the net, has internal body modifications that can detect poisons, a gun named Betty up her sleeve, and no lack of compulsion to knock out anyone who gets in her way. She's not a very likable person (witness when she tells a potential victim that she ...more
- Found the MC unlikable at times.
+ Unconventional plotline and characters for a cyberpunk novel (A good thing)
- Needed some more explanation of the world and its lore (Example: I only have a vague idea of what an Elzi is, how they function, or what they look like)
+ Very gritty stuff
+ The horrfying moments are actually horrifying
- Characters backgrounds needed more meat (Example: Ria and Saru despite being very important)
+ Good knowledge of Philly landmarks and loc
Sheila Paigly
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

No Dogs in Philly is a sci fi, horror, detective novel. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. It was short enough that I read it all in one day, even if it did mean I stayed up late reading. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who is looking for something a little different to read.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book even though I'm usually not a sci-fi fan. Andy's way of writing is very stylish and the story catches you immediately. I've found the ending too abrupt but I liked the book as a whole.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was looking for Science Fiction when I ran across Andy Futuro's "No Dogs in Philly: A Cyberpunk Noir (Special Sin Book 1)" while the Kindle version was free. So, I grabbed a copy. Unfortunately, the book belongs far more in the Horror genre than in Science Fiction. So, take this review with a grain of salt since the book is of a type I generally dislike. As to the story, itself, I flat-out do not like the protagonist. Heck, I don't like a single character in the whole thing. Every one of them, ...more
Mike Rasbury
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cyberpunk, sci-fi, kindle
Billed as a Lovecraftian Cyberpunk thriller with a tough female lead, I was instantly enticed as those are three of my favourite things.

It is barely any of those things, if at all. It is apparent that Mr. Futuro has in fact read cyberpunk fiction before, but only managed to gleam its near-future dystopian setting. Hardly at all are any of the thematic hallmarks of the genre (transhumanism, the impending deterioration of society, growing ever disconnected, etc.) present.

Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
(Disclosure: I received my copy of this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway)

No Dogs in Philly is a mostly solid story mixing detective noir, cyberpunk, and lovecraftian horror. Private investigator Saru is hired to track down Ria, a young woman haunted by visions of a phantasmal dog, who is being pursued by the servants of a malign god. The plot was compelling, but I felt it had some significant issues at certain points: not enough exposition about certain aspects of the world at the beginni/>No
Lee Harding
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was like reading William Gibson for the first time (which I did back in 1987).
A little uncomfortable with the culture, names and places, but once it started rocking along the rails -
Katy bar the door!
The character development was very good and once I quit trying to direct the background and just settled into the story it took off and captured and held my attention.
Lots of concepts to challenge the reader and hold the reader's interest.
A fine effort
Tobyann Aparisi
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tobyann by: 25
I won this book from Goodreads for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I found it to be well put together, the characters well defined and the story moves smoothly. This book is very different from my typical genre, but I found I still enjoyed the story and the drama that unfolds in it. The main character is rough around the edges type and yet pulls this story off. The world the story takes place in is chaotic yet it works for this story. A page turning quick read this story will n
This book took me so long to read, and I really don't know why. I kept putting it down, and picking other things to finish (or, well, start) first. It's not bad by any means - it's well written, a good blend of the different genres, and I really liked the protagonist, but it just didn't grab me the way I was hoping for. I might give it another shot in the future, cause it was pretty short, but for now, it's more a "meh."

I will say, though, that if you are a horror person, the Lovecra
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in a goodreads giveaway and it was worth the price. I did not find it especially Lovecraftian, Cyberpunk, or Noir but I read No Dogs in Philly nonetheless. It seems more suited to people who enjoy horror movies like Saw, than to readers who appreciate atmospheric writing and character development.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
won this book in a Goodread's Giveaway. Not really my cup of tea. I am not into fantasy type novels. Searching for a blue-eyed girl being followed by a dog. Didn't make much sense out of it. Almost didn't finish it. Would probably be enjoyable to those who love fantasy books.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started out really interested in the story, but it became more and more convoluted and I started to lose interest around mid point. I think a little more character development could have helped me feel more connected to the outcome of the book
*I won a copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway, fantasy
**I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed this a lot more than expected! I was putting off reading this, mainly because I don't read a ton of scifi and I don't even know what cyberpunk is, to be completely honest. I don't really know how to describe this book. It's a very strange mix of dystopian scifi + fantasy + a detective story + horror, but somehow it kind of works. I'm not 100% sold on this, and it was really apparent at times that this was written by a man ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read!

Characters were fresh and the story really had a Noir feel to it.
I LOVE the twist ending!

Highly recommended for fans of Noir, Cyberpunk, and Old Gods.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read, kept me flipping the pages.

Has it all, but the ending seemed rushed. Bit confused - what happened with the slow god's play for world domination?
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Andy Futuro is an American writer of speculative fiction, which has been variously categorized science fiction, cyberpunk, horror, noir, metaphysical, absurdist, and dystopian. Futuro's Special Sin series follows a strong female protagonist as she battles aliens, AIs, clones, corporations, psychics, and mutants, on a quest to avert the apocalypse. Futuro's influences include Neil Gaiman, William G ...more