Excellent novel. I listened to the audible version read by Dan Stevens, who gave a fantastic performance. Fleming manages to create a character thatExcellent novel. I listened to the audible version read by Dan Stevens, who gave a fantastic performance. Fleming manages to create a character that is both one-dimensional and multilayered, and is one of those authors that seems to have no weakness—character, plot, style, ideas, he delivers on all fronts. Both Bond and Le Chiffe are far more savage than they are in the film. The conclusion is still with me, days later, one of those endings that explodes and makes you look at the story from a completely new perspective. Highly recommended....more
An entertaining thriller set in the American wilderness. Great villains, great character development, and a tense plot where things keep gettingAn entertaining thriller set in the American wilderness. Great villains, great character development, and a tense plot where things keep getting worse. The author obviously did a ton of research which gives the whole thing authenticity and you'll walk away with a few pieces of knowledge about wilderness survival, the kind you hope to never need....more
This is the kind of thing I want to see more of from the author publishing world.
MM:LWR is set in a future where America is under the control of aThis is the kind of thing I want to see more of from the author publishing world.
MM:LWR is set in a future where America is under the control of a megacorporation of retail department stores. Whole sections of the country have been "boxed up," their populations relocated or exterminated and the neighborhoods abandoned, because the stores there were no longer profitable. The class system is a giant gap between minimum wage employees and management (and higher up, the executive level). There are communities living under the threat of being boxed up, whispers of brutal prison camps out west, walled-in communities where managers and office workers are guarded by machine guns, terrorist cells who want to put and end to the whole thing, and our characters, who are trying to eek out a living and find a place in this world.
What I Liked: The world building. I've always had a fondness for megacorporations in sci-fi, and I'd rank this one up there with Weyland Industries from the Aliens films. I'm serious. The concept is brilliant and the author packs in all these odd details about the operations and structure and organization. This is also done on a much smaller scale, when you visit characters' apartments and houses and you see the stuff they own, how they live day to day.
I also love how all the places that are mentioned in the early parts of the novel become the locations in later parts. The story doesn't leave much at the periphery. You're reading and you think, "Oh, that's a neat idea" and a hundred pages later, you're there.
There's plenty of TV-MA content in here too, though the story isn't gratuitous. But when sex happens, it's awkward and messy but still fun. And the violence is often times ugly and unheroic.
What I Didn't Like: The punctuation and grammar is not standard, but I'm all for creative license and I got used to it after about fifty pages. The plotting is sometimes too convenient for my taste, events happening to jump forward to something else. The protagonist, Alex, frustrated me at times, but his behavior is always true to character.
All of this was easy to forgive, though, because the book was so interesting and entertaining.
Final Thoughts: I read this about six months ago, and what I'm remembering as I think back is that this book gives your brain a lot to chew on. About economy, relationships, friends, lousy low-wage jobs, promotions. I spent my early twenties in retail and a low-wage office job, and this book manages to encapsulate a lot of stuff I was thinking about during that time in my life. Definitely recommend if you're a fan of dystopias, megacorporations, or did any time in retail. ...more
I don't want to say too much about the plot because there is a lot of joy to be had in the unexpected twists and turns (even the first ten or so pagesI don't want to say too much about the plot because there is a lot of joy to be had in the unexpected twists and turns (even the first ten or so pages manage to go places that took me completely by surprise). The story features an ensemble cast of odd characters, but centers on a person who is very out of their element, and involves moonshiners, satanists, and warring factions of the supernatural. The author weaves in bits of philosophy, social commentary, and dark humor, and the writing style (which always seems on the verge of spinning out of control, but never quite does) propels the story forward at a fast clip.
I laughed out loud a few times. This is the type of odd, violent, funny, highly entertaining book that I want to see more of from the self-publishing world....more