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Red Spider White Web

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In the sealed city of Mickey-san the skies are still blue. There is no crime. No pollution. No one is unemployed and entertainment is the primary industry. In the tunnels below lies Dogton. Hard, dirty, industrial and restless with a subterranean rage, it's nightlife neon and garish. But surrounding all is Ded-Tek, grim, violent and predatory, with survival being the sole ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 29th 2000 by Wordcraft of Oregon (first published 1990)
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Salome Wilde
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Misha's complex, twisted, shamanistic writing guides us through a cynical, bleak near-future US where artists are exploited and the rich go through life with artificial reality helmets. The writing is rich and witty, the story is bleak and powerful. Feminism and race-consciousness permeate a cyberpunk novel that's a must-read for fans of the genre, especially those sick of all the white male sexism in the genre. ...more
Fraser Simons
""What do you know? Kimi ga nihonjin dewaarimasen. You're not human. You're not a man. You're not even white.""

In Misha's Red Spider, White Web (the only cyberpunk novel written by a Native American?) there is an unapologetic sense of creeping reality that will hook you from the start. People praise early cyberpunk for being speculative while being dark and gritty---showing the downside of our capitalistic excesses. But they often are critiqued for still showing this world from a clear sense of
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William Mansky
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a mess - but what a mess! As promised on the label, it's cyberpunk, but grimmer and grittier than even Gibson could manage it (than, the protagonist says in the back of my head, any white male English professor raised in comfort could possibly manage it). Technology, conspiracy, and even plot are secondary concerns, ceding place to the vivid characterization and, above all, the lurid, stream-of-consciousness, dream-like (and often nightmarish) descriptions of the world in which thos ...more
Christine
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
Like the main character, Kumo's, artwork, I found this book original, vibrant, and vivid. ...more
KC
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"...quite simply, everything cyberpunk should have been but wasn't, everything contemporary techno-dystopias should be but aren't. Instead of middle-class white men struggling with their love-hate relationships with dangerous but beautiful cybertoys, Misha offers society's most disenfranchised victims struggling for survival against the technotopic juggernaut. Instead of cyberpunk's typical anti-heroic misogynist-nerd, she gives us a feral female artist struggling to create something meaningful ...more
Dan Becker
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Outstanding, mind-warping, vivid. If you found A Clockwork Orange too much, stay FAR away.
Feral Academic
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don't know what to think about this book. It didn't quite feel like it resolved itself into a whole and compete work of art, but it's different and interesting and worth reading and thinking about.

I particularly liked the world built here. Loved the brutality and the joylessness of the brutality (I have a brand, guys). The sickliness of the artificial and the pollution of the real was not subtle but we don't go to cyberpunk for subtlety do we?
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Misha's first novel, Red Spider White Web, published by Morrigan Publications in England, won the 1990 ReaderCon Award and was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her prose has appeared in Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, America, and Canada. Her prose piece 'Tsuki Mangetsu' was used in a dynamic performance by two Australian composers and won the 1989 Prix d'Italia. She was formerly the ...more

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