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Shopocalypse by David Gullen


by David Gullen

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I read this book over about 2 months while waiting at appointments. The first third was really frustrating. Parts would have (small) similarities to other stories and writing styles, the chapter openings reminded me of Asimov's Foundation series and for some reason that really irked me. Once I calmed down and started looking at the book on it's own merits, I was really delighted. The author calls out consumerism and takes it to an extreme. The parallels to current society continue to astound me, and every few weeks I read a news article which reminds me of something that happened in the story.

Overall, I enjoyed it greatly and look forward to re-reading it in a few years. ( )
  Callipygea | Feb 23, 2014 |
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to read this book, but as many have reviewed before me, it turned out to have too many characters and subplots. I was unable to finish it. The author does have an awesome imagination and it would be cool to see what he comes up with in the future if he narrows down some of his plots and takes time to concentrate on just one or two subplots. ( )
  jurai2 | Feb 11, 2014 |
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I'm looking forward to reading this again soon; I think my rating may go up. In the near future, America IS the evil empire, bent on destroying the world. There are great characters, some very believable and likeable, some way over the top crazies, plus a muscle car with an AI emerging into self-awareness. What a strange and entertaining book, full of dreams, violence, idealism, humor and a lot of inside jokes, references, technobabble and silliness. I know I missed much, hence the need to reread. Maybe next time I can slow down; this was a hell-bent, hair-raising, gulp-it-down, hang-on experience, impossible to explain or put down. ( )
1 vote KAzevedo | Dec 3, 2013 |
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Book Info: Genre: Speculative fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of speculative fiction
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, torture

My Thoughts: This was a really strange book, and I ended up reading it much more slowly that I normally read books. There was just so much going on that I kept needing to stop and process for awhile. On the one hand you have the caper aspect of the story, which involves Novik and Josie (and Benny and Mr. Car and then Marytha) doing their best to crash the economy, which is currently being bolstered by the administration urging people to buy, buy, buy. Then there is a huge conspiracy/dystopian element from the US administration, doing their best to take over the world. There are aliens (or are there?), and the talking car, and crazy weird weapons.

This world is very different from our current world in a lot of ways. For instance, in this future, it is “cool” and sexy to be heavy. Morbidly obese women are the superstars of the day. The pop group Bariatric Babes, and Palfinger Crane's daughter, Ellen, are held up as icons. The global temperature is higher, which has led to many low-lying areas along the coasts, and small islands, being flooded. In response, the EU has gone green, and Canada has planted a lot of trees, as have people in the Amazon.

Some of the things I found quite funny, such as some of the crazy rants that Novik and Benny went on under the influence of the drug on the money. I had one particular one highlighted to share, but my Nook is not working properly, so I'm not able to copy it out. But there is some very funny stuff there. Mr. Car is also very funny, especially when he goes out on his own and we keep hearing the rumors from various blog and magazine articles.

The idea of the para-humans is very cool, although I don't know how realistic it would be. There would need to be significant changes made to various creatures to allow them speech, for example. But it was a cool idea and one I enjoyed.

The US government is scary in this book. The president is crazy, and has surrounded herself with more crazy people. Another scary thing is the Meeja technology, which as nearly as I can tell is basically an artificial reality system.

The characters are wonderful, all very well developed. If you like speculative fiction, especially with some great characters, and a plot well balanced between character development and action, check out this book. Very enjoyable.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Novik and Josie have a lot of catching up to do. Two years he's been in jail; two years she's been waiting. They never want to be apart again. A stress-filled encounter with some "Old-fashioned Boys" at a chain eatery turns their best of intentions upside-down; they're now on the run and in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and over 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder. Welcome to the Shopocalypse. ( )
  Katyas | Nov 10, 2013 |

This is a big book with big ideas and lots of plot. It will take you some dedication to finish it. It’s not that it is badly written, quite the opposite in fact, it is that the breadth of plot is staggering and takes some getting used to. There are a lot of ideas in here and a lot of characters, most of whom have their arcs fully explored. It could be seen as rambling and incoherent but if you stick with it there is a point that you’ll suddenly go “aha” and get it. I’m guessing that the bad reviews on here from the early reviewers never reached that moment. Once you’ve had that moment though you’ll really want to get to the end and find out what happens to all of the many characters: from the president of the USA and her coterie of weirdos and warmongers to Novik our main protagonist and his friends who are trying to change the world, from “Mr Car” the talking super car, who gets all the best lines, to the richest man who has ever lived and many more besides. There is a not so subtle allegory about consumerism but if you concentrate on this you miss out on all the other fun stuff that is much more subtle. There is an occasional Vonnegutian feel, there are certainly references to Douglas Adams but it is very much its own thing and introduces an interesting new voice to SF. There are issues with it, I’m not denying it, but not to the extent that it is not hugely enjoyable, even if it does take a bit of an effort to get there. There maybe a couple of character arcs too many, the story about the wife of the richest man seems a little indulgent and could have been cut without losing much and is also possibly the least satisfactory of the multiple storylines. However on the whole these are minor quibbles. If you try it stick with it, it’s worth it.

Overall – Very accomplished debut from an interesting new voice, looking forward to what he does next. ( )
  psutto | Nov 5, 2013 |
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