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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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  • Claudia H
  • 03/03/2016

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.

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  • Global
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  • Z. Richardson
  • 16/11/2017

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.

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  • BadAndy
  • 10/04/2017

Insufferable characters and disjointed themes

I am typically a fan of Wong's not-so-subtle humor, but this one missed the mark. While fart jokes and silliness juxtaposed with life or death situations are typical of Wong's, many of the gags in this book felt forced or out of place. I just didn't laugh as much as I did with "John Dies" or "Spiders." Also, the theme seemed to revolve around the resilience of feminism in the face of unrepentant misogyny. Although the effort was earnest, I don't think it landed as intended. The main character was a bit flat and came off as indifference peppered with poor foresight. While she overcame some significant challenges, it was mostly due to dumb luck or the actions of others. The rest of the cast seemed tightly focused, but trudging through the story from Zoe's perspective felt like a chore. Even the detestable villian was slightly more layered than the protagonist, even though he was a shallow husk of misogyny personified. Overall, the setting, supporting cast, and interesting themes of the story were notable, but they were all held back by an uninteresting, sometimes insufferable hero.

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  • withherownwings
  • 29/01/2016

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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  • Michael J. Marziale
  • 25/08/2017

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.

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  • Global
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  • George
  • 10/10/2015

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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  • Global
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  • Jordan
  • 06/08/2018

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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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Matthew
  • 06/08/2018

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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  • Mark Carper
  • 20/04/2018

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.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Scott S Lokey
  • 15/03/2018

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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  • Bayern
  • 27/10/2015

Wait for the beginning to be over!

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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  • Der hilfreiche Versuch
  • 07/11/2018

Oh Boy

This book is just awesome. Trailerpark Attitude meets futuristic violence. Ich barely could Stop Hearing it. People who knew the books from David wong wont be dissapointed. Its the same HP. lovecraft meets Douglas Adams stuff, just more futuristic.

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  • Sven Sooksomtin Wilutzki
  • hamburg
  • 02/03/2017

Hardcore Cyberpunk mit soziologischem Humor

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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