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In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.

Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city's surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a particularly crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe's father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She reluctantly joins their cause and helps finish what her old man started, tapping in to her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. And along the way, she might just have to learn how to trust people again.

©2015 David Wong (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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This whole city is a butt that farts horror.

I have read several books by David Wong before, and so I was very excited to start this one. A few minutes in, it was clear that it was in his usual style, that slightly vulgar, but still hysterical style that he wrote John Dies in the End, etc.

The story is in a futuristic place, where cars drive themselves and cell phones project holograms of the callers, but it’s still familiar enough that the characters can hit the Wendy’s drive-thru for some chili or botch an at-home hair dying job. Wong does a great job striking the perfect balance of the two. There are so many twists and turns, so hold on to the seat of your voice controlled car, and enjoy the ride.

Whether or not you’ve read any other books by David Wong before, this one will not disappoint, it’s a great book and a ton of fun to listen to.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

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meh story

it was "ok" but I guess the story is already dated, to a degree. I tried, I really tried to like it.
character development was lacking a lot of useless stuff was drawn out.
there were some surprise turns that helped shift the predictability of the story, but it just want enough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Like Stale Kettle Corn

You keep going because you can almost taste what it was meant to be, but in the end you're left feeling unfulfilled and maybe a little sick. It's unsubtke, not nearly as funny as it thinks it is, and the plot meanders from setpiece to setpiece with the thinnest of convenient justifications to excuse it. All in all, not great.

The narration is equally unsubtle, saddling every non-white character with a borderline racist ethnic accent.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Poor characters, lame humor, and AWFUL narration

What would have made Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits better?

"This city is a butt that farts out horror!" - Zoey Ash

"Have you not ordered the pizzas yet?"
"For the people that swarmed your car and made veiled threats against your mother?!?"
"YES! What is it with rich people thinking they can starve the poor into good behavior?!"
-Zoey Ash

I always finish a book once I start it, but I only survived eighteen chapters of this horrifying garbage. Those two quotes came within fifteen minutes of each other, and finally helped convince me to give up on this novel. Referring to this nauseating pile of thrown together nouns, verbs, and adjectives as a novel is as generous as I plan to be in this review.

Zoey Ash is about the dead on stereotype of a progressive, liberal early 20's millennial as you could dream up. Her character somehow manages to come across as spoiled, snobbish, naive, and disenchanted all at the same time. The progressive attitudes that she uses to justify her wildly inappropriate, reckless, and totally unbelievable behavior is downright infuriating, and her inability to grasp the significance of events or the facts of her situation are astonishing and flatly painful for the listener.

The other characters fare little better. From her cat, creatively named Stench Machine (is the target audience for this book 12 year old boys?) to the flatly boring and one dimensional Will Blackwater (named after a real world private security firm - again WILDLY creative), they serve as plot devices at best and sad little tropes for Zoey's tantrums at worst. There is no character development or growth arc. They're just hollow shells painted to look like characters we've seen in 200 movies before. Stack that in with the endless references to male privilege, rich privilege, and Zoey's totally unfounded air of superiority, and I promise you will find yourself reeling with disbelieve as you tilt from one ridiculously bad decision to the next.

Vibrant, dynamic, fleshed out characters and a heroine you root for, rather than against, would have gone a long way towards improving this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Wong again?

Not unless he was willing to pay me a considerable amount of money for the displeasure.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christy Romano’s performances?

NOT EVEN IF SHE PAID ME! For someone that started her career as a voice actress, Romano is a totally inept narrator. In fact, she may need to go back to school and take some remedial English classes. She doesn't seem to understand the use or intention of punctuation, and proper emphasis and inflection are totally lost on her. She sounds like a female Will Shatner impersonator, pretending to narrate a novel as part of a comedy skit. The narration is filled with random breaks and pauses that serve no purpose, and all of Zoey's lines come out snotty and disaffected. Her attempts at voice variation and accents are cringeworthy. A horrible Southern accent seems to be her preferred method for attempting to distinguish male voices. I truly do not have one positive thing to say about Romano's narration of this title.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, disbelief, boredom, more deibelief, confusion, irritation, and finally resignation.

Any additional comments?

Please. for the sake of humanity and our collective sanity, don't write a sequel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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violent, madcap, edge-of-bad-taste romp

True to David Wong's quirky, fast-paced, oddball, edge-of-bad-taste, addictive writing style, this book was a fun romp of a tale. It wasn't quite as good as John Dies at the End, but it was well worth a listen. Chubby 22 year old barista Zoey is snatched out of her plebian trailer-park existence and away from her 38 year old stripper mother, and thrust into a high-stakes adventure to determine the estate of her suddenly-departed very rich celebrity father. Everybody wants her as she is apparently the key to her father's wealth and to the secret behind robotic body modifications that give normal people super-abilities. Zoey had nothing but disdain for her father and his ill-gotten millions, and wants nothing more than to escape the madness - but no one is allowing her to walk away. Who does she trust and how will she worm her way out of this mess?

The plot is convoluted, twisty, violent, flashy, absurd, and moves along at breakneck speed. You barely have time to question the craziness of the plot and you just try to hang on and appreciate the humorous moments. Zoey, of course, has deeper reserves of survival instinct and intelligence than she knew she had, and in the end, manages to wrestle control of the situation.

The book is really violent and often the characters act in bad taste, but Zoey is a decently feminist lead character and manages to call out the (good and) bad guys on their failings and small-mindedness, and you find yourself liking her more and more as the book continues.

Christy Romano's audio narration is snappy and well-suited to this book. It helped me enjoy the story and kept me listening when I would have put a print copy of this book down.

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  • George
  • Mount Vernon, AR, United States
  • 10-10-15

David Wong Does It Again

When I found out this wasn't a continuation of the David and John saga, I was slightly disappointed. This disappointment turned out to be unjustified. David Wong is great at weaving ridiculousness and humor throughout his stories. I would like to formally apologize for doubting him. The story was good, full of heartfelt moments, serious introspection into human nature, and Wong's trademark hilarity. The narrator did a great job of giving each character not just a voice, but a cadence and speech pattern that perfectly matched their personalities. Overall, it was a great experience that will make David Wong fans feel at home as well as appealing to fans of sci-fi and crime dramas. I highly recommend this title.

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Not as good as I was expecting

I love the John Dies at the End books, so I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I did not find this book to be as funny or interesting. I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if it had been shorter.

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Terrible, but could have been mediocre

The narrator, or producer, frequently pauses the narration regardless of punctuation, or context. It's incredibly irritating. Skip this one.

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Disappointing to those who like Wong's other work

After really enjoying the John Dies at the End series, I gave this one a try. Least likable protagonist I've had to suffer through in quite some time. Sure I don't expect anyone to react well when being thrown into this sort of situation, but this protagonist was never likable to begin with and after listening to about 4 hours of this I couldn't stand it any longer. Almost found myself wishing that she'd suffer an unremarkable death. Nothing horrible, just something to end her miserable existence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed the book overall, plot was thin in places.

Enjoyed it overall. Plot had some pretty big holes that were left open. Places where characters didn't do things you know they really would have.

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  • MRS BETH M JONES
  • 10-12-15

Bravo wong.

This was a great story for me. I was initially upset to find out that it was not the third book in the David and John stories. However here he has created a great new world populated by interesting characters. The humour remains sharp if a little childish, but if you like wongs work as an author and writer for cracked that's what you will enjoy. The narration on the whole was enjoyable, but at times a little inconsistent. despite this I would like to hear more books read by Romano. In short I now have two book series' to look forward to from Wong.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffrey Northam
  • 05-20-18

gripping and very funny

this is one of the best books I've "read " in a long time. defiantly one to listen to again.

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  • Louise O'Hanlon
  • 03-28-18

Fans of Wong from cracked won't be disappointed

I listened to this obsessively. As a long time follower of David Wong's work, it was thrilling to find out he's as dry witted, childish and engrossing writing fiction as he is pontificating about societies ills. As chubby woman who is no longer white trash due to a degree in humanities and a lot of delusion, it was great to see a well rounded, intelligent yet flawed person that I can relate to on a level I don't usually have the luxury of. Add that to an engrossing storyline, and you're in for a heck of a trip. Great vocal work too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-17-17

Hilarious and totally ridiculous

What did you like most about Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits?

action packed with moments of totally unexpected hilarity that sideswipes you. I also loved the fact that Wong wasn't trying to be realistic about ANYTHING.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Had to be Zoey, she isn't a cookie cutter perfect super model supermodel in disguise type, she's the most real and most genuine character I've come across in a long time. She's overweight, she hasn't had the luxury of a dental plan, she's just plain awesome.

What does Christy Romano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She's a good reader, none of her character voices put me off, interrupting the flow of the story, please get her reading more books!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

if you mean pmsl then yes, but teary eyed? hellz no!

Any additional comments?

The book, while shorter than I usually listen to, seemed to last longer than I was expecting as it was so very action-packed. So it 'took forever' in a good way. Wong has a fantastic sense of humour that pokes fun at the nasty voyeuristic side of human nature and the superficiality that goes hand in hand with it. The Coyote/Hyena/Piranha being a great example. This book is definitely on my re-listen list!

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  • Kamal
  • 10-31-16

Good, but not one of Wong's best

I love David Wong's books. I love how the main character is almost a whimsical mesh of 'don't care', sarcasm and wit. But, this book, although had that element wasn't as crazy, or tense or as weird as some of the other books.

Nevertheless, if you like witty fun books, this is defiantly worth a go. I will always buy and read / listen to all of David Wong's books. But John Dies at the End and A Book Full of Spiders i felt were better.

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  • ubaidu
  • 06-29-16

great world and characters but exhausting villan

really enjoyed this book the world it depicted was realistic yet fantastical and we'll research and the narration went a long way to help make the characters feel real the only downside is we spend to a bit too much time with the antagonist after a while he gets monotonous

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  • Gambino
  • 06-17-16

nice

This is overall pretty fricking good. Expertly read, with good character voices. Bring it on David wong

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  • Pete
  • 05-28-16

Not as good as JDITE or TBIMOS but fun nonetheless

Not as good as JDITE or TBIMOS but fun nonetheless. Good performance with consistent voices.

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  • Nikki
  • 04-08-17

ruined by narrator<br />

Great story, utterly ruined by the narrator who destroyed the clever writing by stressing the wrong words in the sentences.

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  • Chris A
  • 03-22-16

Fun

Really fun novel. Christy Romano does a great job bringing characters to life in this Audiobook

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-29-18

6/10

What would have been a great story was a bit spoilt by an average narration.
6/10

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-15-17

Awesome performance

A great future Tech story made awesome by a solid reading performance. Well worth it.

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  • Bianca-Jaye
  • 11-13-16

A really fun novel!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that the story kept dancing on the line between serious and silly! with some really shocking bits in between

What does Christy Romano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her character voices were spot on, I sometimes forgot that I was only listening to one person

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book had me laughing out loud at parts that not only surprised me, but the people sitting behind me on the bus...

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  • sharon
  • 10-15-15

Like the story, not so much the narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really - wish I'd read the hard copy

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Christy Romano?

someone with a better narrative voice and doesn't sound like she is reading to a 4 year old

0 of 2 people found this review helpful