Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

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A Winner of the 2016 Alex Awards

Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.

An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.

Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.

A young woman from the trailer park.

And her very smelly cat.

Together, they will decide the future of mankind.

Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's dumpster on a hot summer day.

This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you'd want to follow.

Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250040190
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm

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isaachar
Nov 10, 2018

A fast paced, super charged, hyper violent story that is true to it's title. The story begins in a somewhat noir fashion, giving you an image of a grim but believable near future. It doesn't take long before the story progresses towards insanity at a frantic, breakneck pace. I mean that literally, necks (among other bones) get broken. I read this book expecting the same kind of passive dry wit and comical gore of Wong's other books, the John and David trilogy. The gore is here, but the humor is a few shaders darker, which fits the story perfectly.

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ScorchingSun
Aug 06, 2018

All out sweaty craziness.
With the populace depicted here so depraved and uncaring, it's a hard chore for the reader to cling to the few pockets of decency among the characters.
Nevertheless, the snazzy, rocket fire action and nutty humour is a fun ride.

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ryleigh92
Dec 27, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. If you enjoyed the John Dies at The End series but want more of a Scifi/Superhero vibe versus the paranormal/dimension traveling, This is totally the book for you. I also enjoyed the female lead.

It was Hitchhikers Guide (Absurdism Scifi) Meets Quentin Tarantino (Excessive Flashy Violence) Meet Blade Runner (Futuristic Wild West Vibe minus Robots). It was definitely an interesting peek into the future.

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Ichijo
Jul 15, 2017

“IF ZOEY ASHE HAD KNOWN SHE WAS BEING STALKED BY A MAN WHO INTENDED TO KILL HER AND THEN SLOWLY EAT HER BONES, SHE WOULD HAVE WORRIED MORE ABOUT THAT AND LESS ABOUT GETTING HER CAT OFF THE ROOF.”

Yeah... that pretty much sold me and I was not disappointed with the rest.

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athena14
Dec 04, 2016

Page 219: Zoey shivered and said," I think I'm in a straitjacket somewhere, imagining all of this." That was my reaction, too. After awhile, the comic bookish violence got boring.

My favorite line was on page 9: "The car swerved to miss a single cow that was lazily grazing in its path. It mooed at her, probably telling Zoey she should turn her headlights on."

ArapahoeCatherine Aug 29, 2016

Two words: Stench Machine! Okay, a few more...I loved this! Darkly funny and irreverent, there's lots of action and some tongue-in-cheek predictions for how today's problems could play out in the future.

mvkramer Jul 11, 2016

I guess I'm officially sick of books that try too hard to be "zany". Quit at page 48.

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Mrs_Gentile
Mar 14, 2016

Such a fun and funny book. Can't wait to see this turned into a movie!

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Feb 03, 2016

This is a movie waiting to be made (hopefully not by Michael Bay). A rip-roaring yarn of an illegitimate heir riding out the storm her dead father has created. I really COULD NOT put this book down until I had finished it. Not as gory as his other books.

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paul1
Dec 19, 2015

A funny read about a potential near future dystopia. For fans of Mr. Wong "Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits" is a departure from his previous work. More science-fiction, but be not afraid, the writing still has the Monty-Pythonesque trademark seen in "John Dies at the End".

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paul1
Dec 20, 2015

“This whole thing happened because I got up last night, because my cat got hungry and I had to go find a fork, and I stumbled into that conference room and saw Will and Ling and their cop friend messing with a severed hand.” Budd said, “A severed what?” and Andre said, “Your cat eats with a fork?”

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