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Et alone a literary style piece of Science Fiction That Works Slattery S Spaceman fiction that works Slattery s Spaceman is a stunning if not astonishing piece of fiction the kind of book ou want to read over and over because each time Attirance Criminelle Tome 1 you doou ll find something new that ou missed before the kind of book that reigns in the pulpy goodness of the Golden Age of science fiction and comics with a style that will draw in readers of Thomas Pynchon and E L Doctorow in my opinion and based upon a limited exposure to those writersSpaceman Blues takes off with the disappearance of Manuel Rodrigo de Guzman Gonzalez the boyfriend of Wendell Apogee Wendell isn t willing to accept that Manuel is simply dead and sets out to find out what happened But in doing so he finds himself chased by alien assassins and the unexpected hero to an underground society stricken with fear by the destructive force of beings that have in store for the Earth than they are letting onWith a diverse cast each with their own stories and connections Spaceman Blues is a rather unusual and exciting read Every sentence seems packed with important information and Slattery s style manages to wander into the lives of his uniue characters while still pushing the story forward that wandering rarely harms the overall integrity of the story For such a short novel Spaceman Blues does so much it takes our main character from being just a man to a superhero digs into the lives of a multitude of characters each with uniue back stories and personalities and gives respect to the pulp literatures of the last century by taking them to a new level while still engaging with their classic natureReaders of Spaceman Blues may see interesting mythological parallels too The plot itself feels like an allusion to the story of Orpheus with Wendell descending into an underground world in search of his lover in much the same way as Orpheus had There are interesting parallels to Biblical figures too particularly the four horseman These elements add to the depth of the work giving it rambling and aimless most of the time the descriptive punch took forever to get to and would often lead to #My Own Mind Wandering #own mind wandering and even forgetting who was thinking or speaking i wasn t even sure who he was writing about in certain places because of the way pronouns were usedi certainly do not enjoy the writing style but some things about the story and characters are keeping me going little bits and pieces glimpses of something something that might not be what we expect something surreal even i m hoping to find out that the out of focus passages in this book are on purpose and are supposed to reflect some inner plight of the protagonists rather than just poor writing styleNopeI cared for none of the characters when i knew which one was being written about and saw no point in the story Wendell the protagonist becomes some sort of superhero who is able to take on alien badasses and calls himself Captain Spaceman Somehow We re never sure how just that he trained with the Ciphers haven t a clue Never will Not horrible by a long shot but not my cup of tea From the first section of the first chapter Slattery astounded me Spaceman Blues rocks with the people of New York City bringing heat from cold steel and concrete In the actions of thousands of unnamed characters the city itself comes to life The characters who are named experience a surreal odyssey full of longing passion music death and of course impending alien invasion Spaceman Blues goes up on that too light shelf of books I ll read again and again just to find out how the authors do what they do Go read and enjo. D in browns and grays and sparked by sudden fires Spaceman Blues is a literary retro pulp science fiction mystery superhero novel the debut of a true voice of the future and a cult classic in the making.

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R name is probably cited often But the passage shows the kind of imagery that reminds me of how Ross Macdonald would conjure up a place with detailed and delicate descriptions He used this sparingly whereas Mr Slattery uses it often and without diminishing the effectThe book is full of strong fiction human emotions and the colors sounds and smells of a fantastic melting pot But it is not all fiction The author weaves in real places cults history Like obedient soldiers they all serve his needs bring this book to lifeThe plot is both old and new It has many sub plots that flesh out the characters It combines familiar elements that can be compared to other books stories and films but they have not been combined in such a way before As I wrote above the pacing is precise ou never wish for a slow passage to uicken nor a fast one to slow downIs it fair to write a short review about a short novel I could easily find to write but I ve run out of superlatives If this hasn t been enough then let me point out that a master writer and personal favorite Harlan Ellison has applauded it as well Oh and it s worth every bit of a full 5 Now read it for ourselfPS I can see that a fair number of people have reviewed this book and liked it but no one really LIKED it ie no fives that I saw Is it that I m losing my mind No I think that I saw all of the threads that everyone else commented on and concentrated on the whole And Not The Parts not the parts think the synergy that this book embodies is writing at its highest level Not the Moby Dick or Tale of Two Cities kind of writing both of which I like but a dynamic melding of story plot and characters that few books accomplish let alone strive for In the end its IMHO for each of us This is mine This book really straddles whatever arbitrary lines people keep between science fiction and literary fiction Imagine if somebody took the first chapter of V about the sailors carousing around the city and o o ing around and built that into a jazzy loose narrative about New York You d be close to the idea of Slattery s debut which is filled with thrilling prose Sure at times it s a bit much there s not one common verb in the book everything s exploding or burning or melting and the protagonist Wendell Apogee starts from an intriguing man out of his depth and too uickly becomes Amazing Badass Hero But overall it s an enjoyable read and one I d recommend to anyone looking to pepper their ideas of the apocalypse with underground cities and great parties It s literary science fiction for sure especially the underground search through floating science fiction for sure especially the underground search through floating part The prose is flowery and the allusions to great works obvious I think Slattery is very well read and eually well educated and he wanted me to know it It is a good adventure arn packed with things exploding It d make a good movieBut the reading is sort of a Canterbury Tales goes to Inferno many interesting individual tales along the journey to the center of the apocalypse The Apocalypse has a broken heart A difficult book to explain Cryptic and charming and filled with humor and beauty and love And constantly a surprise around the corner One doesn t expect in a book stylistically modeled after SF s New Wave to find such a great action packed climactic battle Yet Captain Spaceman s fight with the Four Horsemen is truly brilliant The denouement afterwards is a little lacking but satisfying and disturbing and puzzling as it should be It s not often that one comes in contact with a truly literary style piece of science fiction with superheroes trench coat aliens and underground floating cities Fights and chases; an underground city whose people live in houses suspended from cavern ceilings; urban weirdos and alien assassins; immigrants the black market flight riots and religious cults Painte. ,

Sort of Neverwhere meets Men in Black if that can be believed Wendell s lover Manuel disappears and rather than grieve and let go Wendell decides to dedicate himself to finding him even if it means giving up everything he is and traveling deep into New York City s underworld a city beneath the city populated by the forgotten and the city populated by the forgotten and dispossessed Oh and also there are some aliensThere was a lot I liked about this book Slattery achieves some very moving moments moments that say a ton about the relationships between people and about how hard but also how important it is to make a connection Unfortunately pretty much all of these moments happen between minor characters I #NEVER FELT LIKE I REALLY HAD #felt like I really had of a handle on Wendell to feel the full weight of his transformation and his journey Part of this I think is because I found Slattery s prose style a little difficult he employs lots of long loopy dream like sentences and they can be a bit hard to follow I also found the red herring of Manuel s past and personality very frustrating he s not in the end very important to the story at all but it feels a little bait and switch to me this holy grail at the end of the uest that not only isn t holy but is manufactured by Dixie Cup Maybe if Slattery had sold the ending better or even just differently Still a lot about this book is memorable and strange and beautiful and it says some interesting things about immigrants in America and about love It also has a pair of buddy cops named Trout and Salmon So much potential Hopefully I ll be able to return to it in a few ears and get out of it 30 stars Well written original and very very odd Certainly not everyone s cup of tea but I thought it was a pretty fun read Spaceman Blues is an exhilarating story that runs full tilt from start to finish That s not to say that there are no changes in tempo pauses where a character and reader can catch their mental breath or passages that back fill our knowledge of people or places But the book is so tightly woven that it feels like the rhythm of a racing heart You are swept along with emotion imagery and multiple perspectivesI found this book glancing at a shelf talk about lucky It s hard to believe it is a first novel I ve not read any of Mr Slattery s other work perhaps he is an accomplished short story writer and used those skills at crafting a longer work that is as dense as short fiction must be No matter how it was done it was done excellentlyIt s inherently unfair to single out any element but the use of language is superb Voices are poignant and descriptive with a minimum of words For example when one detective accuses his partner of liking the pathologist Dr Indira Gore he defends his reaction to meeting her by saying She is clever and she bears her unfortunate moniker with grace But I haven t done justice to the scene or the writer Here it is in his words and pacing starting with the medical examiner Gentlemen gentlemen lower our voices remember Deliciously Ella entre amis you re not suppose to be here Of courseou re right Doctor Indira Gore Dr G Yes that s right please don t bother with jokes or surprise It could be worse I know a Dr Slaughter who s a surgeon Now if ou have no uestions They exchange cards handshakes Gore s "HAND IS HUMID AND POWDERED FROM " is humid and powdered from glove and later Trout finds himself moving his fingers over his palm bringing his hand up to his face The tart smell of latex comes first then passes then there is a faint floral air carrying lilies sweet and full You liked her Salmon says She is clever and she bears her unfortunate moniker with grace Be uiet The sound bite about he. When Manuel Rodrigo de Guzmán González disappears Wendell Apogee decides to find out where he has gone and why But in order to figure out what happened to Manuel Wendell must contend with parties cock. ,

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