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message 1: by Denise, Coalition Overlord (new)

Denise | 120 comments Mod
Goodreads description: "A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humor (think Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut) with a stunning futuristic vision (ᠬa A Clockwork Orange and 1984, with a little Mad Max thrown in) to give us an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship, and the apocalypse.

There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.

Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it—and save humanity yet again. But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo's life—and that of his best friend—than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World.

Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey, geek nirvana, and ultra-cool epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of—among other things—love, pirates, mimes, greed, and ninjas. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes—however unlikely they may seem."

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message 2: by Denise, Coalition Overlord (new)

Denise | 120 comments Mod
I could not find this book at Barnes and Noble. Might order it from amazon.com but don't know if I'll finish it by the end for the month.

Has anyone started on this yet?


message 3: by Brian (new)

Brian | 18 comments My local library isn't carrying it, and I didn't see it at my local BAMM either. I might have to pass this one up. It looks good though.


message 4: by Self-propelled (new)

Self-propelled | 40 comments I started on it but haven't got very far. I like the setting and the author is messing with conventions rather than slavishly following them, but I got the feeling he could have done with a stricter editor. After introducing the main character and the Pipe etc we're taken back to his childhood and university days, which dragged for me. A whole page on tupperware? I'm curious to see what he comes up with in the future but not sure this is one for me. I'd be interested if anyone else is really enjoying it though.


message 5: by Kristi (last edited Jun 01, 2009 10:36AM) (new)

Kristi (firefly99) | 27 comments I just started it a few days ago. I liked the introductory part, but yeah, I'm confused as to why we then went back in time. I find it interesting that the narrator/main character doesn't have a name. I thought at first it was because he is always in Gonzo's shadow, but where I am now the narrator is definitely his own person. I'm intrigued.... to say I'm enjoying it so far is not exactly true, but I'm interested to see where all this is going.


message 6: by Redteddy23 (new)

Redteddy23 | 3 comments Early on the authors digressions can be slightly annoying however they seem less irritating once you are two thirds of the way through and get to the unexpected twist. I loved the digressions and changes in tone (from action thriller to meditations on everyday objects to anti-corporate rant and so on).


message 7: by Kristi (new)

Kristi (firefly99) | 27 comments Finally finished this a few weeks ago. I actualy really liked it. The first 1/4 to 1/3 of it was hard to get through, but then it got so interesting! The whole concept of the twist was so mind-boggling... very cool.


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