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.
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.
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The performance was great, Christy Romano really nailed all of the characters and various accents. The story was pretty underwhelming, the plot was great for the first half, but as it got closer and closer to the end it becomes more like a mad scramble to pull loose ends together and ultimately just feels like a cheap cop out.
It's been a while since I've come away from a book and thought the ending ruined the whole thing, and that about sums up my feelings here.
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I had avoided David Wong books under the impression that they were mostly horror, but picked this one up on a whim - I am really glad I did. This was an excellent near-future thriller that felt like a comic book movie, one that was not afraid of some (lightweight) satirical social commentary, but is mostly about slick gangsters, super villains, McGuffins, and excellently written dialogue. It is also surprisingly funny, to the degree that I actually laughed out loud a couple of times.
Holding it together is the amazing reading of Christy Romano, who does character voices on par with the best readings I have heard on Audible, and brings even the most cartoonish of the characters to life. This important because, while the central figures in the story are well-rounded and interesting, many of the characters are a bit light on motivation, existing mostly as foils for jokes or action. There is also occasionally some dissonance in the contrasts between the (occasionally horrific) violence described in the book and the frequent use of humor in the face of disturbing scenes.
These are relatively minor flaws, since the book is at its best when considered as a comic book in novel form - I really enjoyed it.
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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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What disappointed you about Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits?
I LOVED "This book is full of spiders". It was probably one of my highlight books so far this year. I can't get John dies in the end in my country so I was thrilled to find another David Wong book. But it really flopped for me. You have to suspend belief regardless with David Wong books, as I'm guessing absurd comes with the territory. I think that in the 4 hours I listened to, I cracked a smile once. At that point, I didn't care either way what happened to the main character. About then, it was time to stop.
What could David Wong have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I'm not sure. Some other reviewers loved it, so it worked for them. It started out promising, followed by stupid decisions, and then characters that were unlikeable.
Would you be willing to try another one of Christy Romano’s performances?
Not a. chance. One of the, Worst. readers I've ever listened to. Stopping at random times, and sounding like she was finishing a sentence, when it was only half done, made it such an irritating listen.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
A mixture of boredom and irritation.
Any additional comments?
This is only the second book of David Wong that I have tried, so I would probably try others if they were available, but this just failed to meet expectations.
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story: grabbed me by the lip and proceeded to reel me in, by the time the hook was in deep enough I was dragged through a extremely boring middle, and a deus ex machina ending.
Wong did have a few really awesome concepts and an amazing voice for the script, but it just wasn't enough to hold up the narrative.
narrator: I enjoyed her voice for awhile, but soon I began to dread her interpretation of character's. voices as she read. i felt that most villains in her mind were annoying nerds with a mean streak instead of menacing psychopaths, and the Big Bad's voice was the apex of annoying.
Her pronunciation was on point though, and her diction left nothing to want otherwise.
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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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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.
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it's like a competition of what impossible crazy thing can happen next. as much as I liked his other books I found this one was a struggle to finish
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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.
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I went from: 'Meehh' to 'not bad' to 'wow' to 'what the hell! Awesome!' and had really fun with this book. Read it, it's worth every penny.
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Sehr durchdacht, satirische Soziologie und voller unerwarteter Wendungen. Nichts für den Durchschnittsleser. Was andere Autoren des Cyberpunk vergeblich zu erreichen versuchen, schüttelt David Wong spielerisch aus dem Ärmel.
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