Hilarious. Now I'm searching for all the Robert Sheckley I can get my hands on. This is social satire sci-fi that takes several jabs at American culture of mid-20th century. John Hodgman's narration is superb. He could read obituaries and I'd be rapt.
Political and technical "what-ifs" abound in this story of a man and his gun, but the interesting concepts are failed by dull narrative (not narration). Echoes of Heinlein's "Moon is a Harsh Mistress," but I never understood what was at stake for the characters or the world they live in: something about AI run amok, communist mercinaries, and a shock-jock anarchist? I found the characters indistinct and predictable Action sequences are few and not engaging. Narrator does a fine job, but I finally gave up on the story with just a half hour left.
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