Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win ...more
Michael Patrick Hicks is on my friends list. I don't add many authors and I tend to remove them if they act a dang fool. Thus I have a short list of them.
Michael has always come across as a quiet classy guy. He participates on Goodreads without ever coming across as a douche nugget. (Please take note you authors that act cray-cray)
Then I decided to read this book based upon my friend (another well behaved author) Ed's review. He doesn't give many five stars either so I was insanely cur ...more
Wow. Just... Wow. This is easily making my Best of 2015 list.
Revolver, by Michael Patrick Hicks, is reminiscent of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, Stephen King/Richard Bachman's The Running Man, and George Orwell's 1984. Yes, you read that correctly. I consider Revolver on par with all three of those classics. This novella packs one helluva punch. I'm floored, folks.
The piece is multi-layered and utterly thought provoking, but the writing is really the prize-winning pony ...more
Michael Patrick Hicks is one of those sneaky Goodreads authors that pretends to be an ordinary reader and rarely mentions his own books. Pretty slick, huh?
Anyway, Revolver is a dystopian novella reminiscent of Richard Bachman's The Running Man. Society has gone to hell in a hand baske ...more
REVOLVER is a tv horror reality show (sponsored by politicians of the state and paid for by viewers) where down and out on their luck citizens/contestants raise a minimum of $5,000 for their families resulting from their.......uhhh performance.
While this crazy futuristic man's world gone mad episode is being aired on a Jumbotron, the world outside the studio is in the midst of riots....or is it war? Anyway, the young woman being exploited presently has had enough and...more
What really struck me about this was Cara's pers ...more
With the political climate today, it's actually a good social commentary. Part satire, part cautionary tale, it's a worst case scenario if ...more
This novella straight up comes with a disclaimer at the beginning. Hicks warns readers tha ...more
This is an angry story, one that goes straight for the jugular in a most unapologetic but engaging way. 'Revolver' is a game show where contestants raise money for their stricken families before killing themselves on live television.
Despite its short length, 'Revolver' packs a huge punch. It's a sci-fi story with ...more
If that sounds like a brutal concept, wait until you read the story. Hicks pulls no punches, bringing in topics that include politics, sexism, elitism, r ...more
A terrific and brutally aggressive take on white male conservatives and where they might go under the right (horrifying) leadership. Think FOX NEWS: EXTREME
A girl is offered money that would go to her family to kill herself on the live TV program, Revolver.
This is a short piece, so I won't give anything away.
It is ugly, but sadly, there are people out there that would love to watch something like this.
Definitely worth your time.
I give REVOLVER 5 stars.
I've been reading great things about this short story, but I was still caught by surprise by the world Michael Patrick Hicks built in such a short page count.
Not only this is a extremely well written short story, it feels painfully real and scarily plausible, even in its crazier dystopian moments.
Definitely worth the read.
Revolver has been on my periphery for a bit now, simply because of the vitriol spouted towards it in reviews. I’ve seen Michael share some of the reviews, as the story seems to work a large segment of the population up.
Funnily enough, the book comes with a foreword warning you that you may not like it.
A lot of folks though read reviews regarding a book to see if they’ll want to check it out, so here’s my warning to those reading this (and I am ...more
Revolver comes across to me as the kind of story that many authors could pour onto the page when either angry enough, drunk enough, or both. Not that I mean to suggest that Michael Patrick Hicks was necessarily either when he wrote the story, but the narrator of the story being ...more
Warning, Revolver contains pretty much everything that people will find offensive: Language, Mentions of Rape, and belittling of women. With that being said, all of it (minus the language) was written for a reason.
The world has been turned on its head and Cara is given the chance of a lifetime to give her family a much-needed financial break. She just has to star on the crowd-funded hit TV series Revolver…
Patricia Santomasso provides the narration for Revolver and do ...more
The “stunning and harrowing” short story, originally published in the anthology No Way Home, is now available as a standalone release and features an all-new foreword written by award-winning science fiction author, Lucas Bale.
Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win a minimum of $5,000 for her family.
The state-run, crowdfunded series, Revolver, has been established by t ...more
In addition to his own works of original fiction, he has written for the online publi ...more