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Cloud Country: An Epic Sci-Fi Fantasy Thriller (Special Sin, #2)

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The sequel to the OpenBooks science fiction best seller of monsters, Gods, and aliens, unlike anything you've ever read.

Well, that could’ve gone better. Saru had found the blue-eyed girl alright, but she’d blown up half of Philadelphia in the process. Whoops. Now she was a fugitive, robbed of her implants, relying on her “wits,” hunted by aliens, Gods, and the
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Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published April 27th 2016 by June Day Press
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David
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bizarro, fantasy
Cloud Country is the sequel to No Dogs in Philly and picks up within hours of its end. The story reads a bit like a bad acid trip version of Alice in Wonderland—I don't mean that as a complement. It's all about Saru wandering around aimlessly in real and imagined landscapes, encountering people, aliens, and monsters who want to do her harm. It isn't until about three-quarters of the way through that the point of it all was made clear. And that's far too long. If the first book hadn't been so good, I wouldn't have finish ...more
Cameron Kobes
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The series is a mix of cyberpunk, noir, dark fantasy, and Lovecraftian horror and follows a detective named Saru, a woman who fights crime in a gritty alternative version of Philadelphia. Her world includes brain-implanted internet streams, feuding cults, stray zombie-like creatures called elzi, and most importantly the conflicts between rival alien gods who see humans in a way much like humans see microbial cells. The story starts with her in the center of the devastation wrought by the events ...more
Cheryl M-M
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Special Sin series is an eclectic mixture of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction. In this book Futuro focuses more on the speculative fiction side of this series.

I have to admit I really enjoyed the first book No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir. Perhaps more so than this one, the mixture of the genres was balanced in a way that helped to create literary magic. This book lacked the same balance.

Saru blames herself for the destruction at the end of the firs
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Carl Nelson
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Andy Futuro's Cloud Country continues his story of hard-boiled private investigator Saru, whose exploits at the end of No Dogs in Philly led to world-shaking results. She's trying to cope with the aftermath of the previous volume, on the run and unsure of what to do next.

The strength of the series continues to be Saru; she's a fantastic anti-heroine who is easy to like even when she does very unlikable things. Her no-nonsense attitude is refreshing and searing, and kept me riveted all
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L.A. Veronie II
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"She rose to a totter, bare feet cutting on the broken glass and trash-the carpet of America-and stutter-stepped away." So begins the theoretical second life of Saru--everyone's favorite psychotic detective blessed with a terminally nasty 'tude. Hardcore doesn't begin to describe her (she digs dishing out crotch kickings), but as fate (and many gods) would have it, she may be JUST what Earth needs. Through the course of her brain-numbing sojourn, she encounters (or is encountered BY), alien cons ...more
Natalia Corres
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The next in the series, with anti-hero Saru, a scrappy mercenary who is not only a survivor, but a survivor with a conscience and the PMS attitude to go with it. At the start of this part of the story, picking up where "No Dogs in Philly" ends - she is weighed down by her feeling that she is somehow responsible for the spectacularly destructive ending of the first book. Her quest to figure out just who and what is responsible for her involvement, leads her on a complex trek into her own mind as ...more
Sheryl Painter
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I continue to be so impressed with this author! The storyline is so original with fresh and interesting characters. The main character is nothing like you've read about before! Andy Futuro takes you so many places, and nothing expected or predicted. I cannot wait to turn the page to see what next. After the first book, I wasn't sure what new could surprise me....but Mr. Futuro managed in spades! I quickly became engrossed in the story and just kept going. Entertainment all the way through, just ...more
Devin Anderson
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one quite as much as the first. It was more like being on a crazy acid trip and was really more fantasy than cyberpunk. I wanted more cyberpunk. I mean Saru didn't have her implants through this entire book.

Nevertheless, I like where it ended up and there is potential now for Saru to get back to earth now and have some excellent new adventures with some new and interesting friends.
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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