Pretty darn good, gritty, hardboiled, noir detective story with a hint of scifi. Feels like The Wire meets Se7en, with a little William Gibson on the side, a scene or two evocative of Robocop and Silence of the Lambs, and a history lesson that nods to a Neal Stephenson approach. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to more from this author.
While the reader's voice was certainly well matched to the "gritty and hard boiled" feel of the novel, the voice characterizations were all too similar and inflected in such a way that I had a hard time differentiating the cast of characters. For the "movie in my head" a Denzel Washington as from Book of Eli or Man on Fire would be perfect in the lead, but the rest of the cast can't all be "the black guy from The Wire" (relax, that's a joke - the reader Reg Cathey is just that). I am just saying that all of the voices sound the same, and you have to pay very close attention to the he-saids to follow some of the dialog. Bronson Pinchot (reader for Matterhorn) on the other hand, for example, disappears into his characters, of many ethnicities and regional dialects, without even a trace of Balki. PLEASE DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU it's definitely a great story and worth a listen or read.
Plenty of blood and graphic violence, if that's not your bag.
Yes. It had twists, turns, doublebacks, and lots of research went into it that he shared without being didactic. The ancient history of Manhattan fit smoothly into the narrative.
Ellis wove new (to me) ideas into the narrative and still was able to keep it naturalistic, unlike his work in other genres.
No. He reminded me a lot of George Guidall, who did excellent work in the first version of American Gods.
I normally listen to books with a fantastical aspect to them, e.g. zombie apocoplyses, space operas, etc., and was expecting a mind-bending story like so many of his others, but I was pleasantly surprised by the lack.
Reg E. Cathey was the perfect narrator for this story. The narrator made Ellis' writing even better.
The @#$% You robot had my sides splitting.
I laughed very much through this book. .
Ellis imagination is twisted and fun. I love his comic's especially Transmetropolitan His novels are just as visually spectacular as any work an artist has done in his funny books. I can't wait till he does more. I also wouldn't mind if he ever finished his New Universal Story..... I know its been ages but damn I need some closure.
I typically hate stories with unlikeable and boring main characters. It's particularly bad when the reader is not very good. The reader uses the same voice for all characters and moves between them without pause. Only got a few hours into book before I ended the suffering.