Narrator Nick Sullivan serves this dialogue well, and has great fun with the accumulation of wisecracks. Lines like "The Bay View was a vacation spot for people vacating from their husbands and wives" are delivered with perfect timing, fitting for the kind of deadpan one-liners that are stock in trade of gumshoe narratives. If he perhaps emphasises the comic and cartoon at the expense of the story's darker undertones, then it is compensated by his well-drawn cast of characters, including a lugubrious villain and a tough-guy kangaroo hoodlum.
Although not as substantial as Lethem's two masterpieces, Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, Gun with Occasional Music clearly sets forth the author's predilection for genre-bending, being somewhere between Raymond Chandler and Philip K. Dick perhaps with a touch of Who Framed Roger Rabbit thrown in. Dafydd Phillips
In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny - and not so funny.
©1994 Jonathan Lethem; (P)2009 BBC Audio
"This colorful first novel is a fast and lively read, full of humorous visions and outlandish predicaments." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] sparkling pastiche of Chandleresque detective fiction displaced to an almost comical postmodern landscape." (Booklist)
"Marries Chandler's style and Philip K. Dick's vision...an audaciously assured first novel." (Newsweek)
Classic Private eye story set in a future where animals have been evolved into creatures that speak and do tasks that humans won't do any more.
How our hero Conrad Metcalf , not only deals with problems but with his addictions to legal drugs That is a part of the story and how he has his own personal blend.
Conrad Metcalf, he really pulled off all the character voices but you really felt Metcalf's angst.
A few laughs and some extreme reactions to some brutal murders but all in all a really good story. Well worth what I paid for it. (got on sale and would still recommend) excellent urban future fantasy.
SPOILER; I would love to see a second book about this character after he get's out of the freeze, in the future.......I hope.
I really enjoyed this book, although it's definitely not for everyone. It's a detective story (very Bogart) set in a world with much like Orwell's "1984". I loved it. The narrator is great!
I wrote this review because I thought the other review was a little harsh. Entertaining book in the Sc-Fi genre. Didn't think the reader did as bad a job as in the previous review.
...although, I'm not sure that I would say that it was good. Actually, I think the author may have written this book on a dare. At its heart, the book is a hard-boiled detective story. However, the author seems to go out of his way to insert the most bizarre and unbelievable events and characters into the story for no obvious purpose. As a result, his vision of the future often seems to be more of a joke on the reader than an actual place.
For example, at one point the protagonist goes to visit another detective who had previously done some work on the case. Only the other detective is a monkey. No particular reason. It doesn't really add anything to the story. The detective is just a monkey.
Maybe I'm missing the inner meaning of all the strangeness, but I doubt it. In the end, the plot was fine and characters were fine, but all the goofiness was just distracting.
I was prepared to enjoy this novel; I liked the quirkiness of what I did manage to listen to.
However, I disliked the narrator's delivery so much that I gave up listening after 2 hours. I kept hoping it would improve, but it never did.
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