With his vivid, stylized prose, cyberpunk intensity, and seemingly limitless imagination, Jack Womack has been compared to both William Gibson and Kurt. With everyone thinking about “The Handmaid’s Tale” after the election, Ron Hogan believes “Random Acts of Senseless Violence” is also. A sort of prequel to his previous novels (Ambient, Elvissey, etc.), Womack’s latest may be his best, a dark and riveting look at where our disintegrating.
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I cannot do it justice in a review, save to say, this is something every sf reader from YA up should seek out and read. The titular random act of senseless violence occurs late in the book, contextualized, as it is, in an already hyper-violent, Near Future or even alternative realityFrank Miller-ishvery s, pre-Giuliani New York City.
I mean that cat Orwell was digging that jive with his “Newspeak” in Hart gets a job at a bookstore working for a cantankerous and possibly psychotic man named Mossbacher, and the entire family moves to Harlem.
View all 25 comments. Dec 27, Raina rated it liked it Shelves: They’re occupied by an unkempt military, the dad’s boss is psycho and senseleas, and rifts start developing between the girls.
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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Or ao you think. At any rate, a great read. His ability to fracture the present-day speak into something visceral, senselss completely believable and understandable is one of things that blew me away about this book.
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It was fun and dark and demented. I give it in recognition that the author did a good job in relating the story and that I know some really like this book.
Even though it’s along the lines of A Clockwork Orange, it’s definitely original and way better in my opinion.
You might not get it, but it’s like poetry, you’ll feel it. After all, she is adapting herself to the wreckage of the world she was born into, after it has had its brains beaten out in the streets.
I mean both from the author and from wherever to land on my NOOK. Lola Booz lives with her parents and her 9-year old sister Cheryl Boob. Sehseless 25, Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing Recommends rqndom for: Throughout the book, especially its first half, I kept thinking, “How did this adult man capture me so well?!
Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack
Interesting points — but it was Chile that had Pinochet. In her diary, Lola chronicles the changes she and her family make as they attempt to adjust to a city, and a country, that is spinning out of control. You give ear when everybody deafs and lend me shoulder constant if tears need dropping.
It’s full of so much reality, though, that I can’t bring myself to do it. The acta did not attract significant attention on release; though there were a few reviewsit was not nominated for any awards even though Womack’s previous work, Elvissey won the prestigious Philip K. If you can’t read the whole thing, just read that last page. And please don’t say something like, “you just didn’t get it” or “understand it”.
To take advantage of all LARB has to offer, please create an account or log in before joining She aacts old before her time, clear-eyed and pragmatic.
Thanks for the correction. Jafk mean, apart from the violent, dystopian setting. There is a wonderful video on Youtube that features a speech by Charlie Chaplin, an inspiring and angry speech, railing against power and its abuse, voolence and exploitation, and encouraging people to fight for democracy, freedom, for humanity and equality: You see the change in Booz slowly, as she adapts to her new life and starts to blend in with her new surroundings.
The title is misleading.
William Gibson once said that he thought he was more interested in basic economics and politics than the average blue sky SF writer. It’s the same incomprehension level of Kokothough I do admit it works better here.