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Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy (Public Works Trilogy) (1997)

by Matt Ruff

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A computer-generated plague sweeps the world, killing every black person in sight. This is one of a number of doomsday events contained in this futuristic novel where mayhem follows mayhem. In another, a shark is creating havoc in New York's sewer system.

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Probably my second favorite book ever. Why? I am not sure. Perhaps the absurdity. Perhaps the fun. It's just a great book. ( )
  smallerdemon | Jul 5, 2021 |
Se Douglas Adams avesse voluto scrivere un romanzo Cyberpunk, sicuramente avrebbe scritto qualcosa di Molto simile ad Acqua, Luce e Gas.
Si perché, se guardiamo oltre i fuochi d'artificio, le trovate geniali e l'irresistibile ironia, ci troviamo di fronte ad un cupissimo romanzo cyberpunk con tutte le caratteristiche tipiche del genere: cospirazioni, multinazionali, intelligenza artificiale e protesi sintetiche. Un romanzo che fa solo finta di parlare con ironia del nostro futuro prossimo, insomma, ma che in realtà seziona con il bisturi del disincanto ciò che la nostra società sta velocemente diventando. Da leggere assolutamente. ( )
  JoeProtagoras | Jan 28, 2021 |
this dude definitely has pynchon's balls in his mouth
  quietype | Jun 22, 2020 |
This is the only Matt Ruff book I couldn't love, and I've read them all. It's his second book, written in Pynchon-style rather than in his own wonderful, distinctive voice. I'm glad he went back to it for all of his other books. I bet this is a great read if you're a Pynchon fan, which I used to be, but seem to have grown out of it. If I grow into it again I will definitely go back to this book. Fortunately for me he has a new book coming out in 2015, 'Lovecraft Country'. Can't wait.
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
I like Matt's stuff, and this book is indeed full of truly odd and whimsical situations and whatnot, but it felt more like a miss than a hit for me. Too much jumping all over the place every few pages, combined with a cast of characters that might fit with a Russian novelist, made it feel a bit like a slog.

That said, I did enjoy the story, but the structure, as mentioned above, was a turn-off for me. Still, if you like his quirky tales, I'd still recommend giving it a go. He's creative as hell, that's for certain. ( )
  Scott_Baron | Jun 13, 2017 |
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It's very strange for me to look at your generation. You see, we always had this idea that each generation was going to be brighter, cheer more for justice and more for peace. But my youngest son, who's 16, says to me, "Dad, you're so quaint and romantic. You think things are going to get better, that there's hope." he says, "but none of us believe this." And then he tells me how half the world is going to be wiped out by AIDS, how the polar icecap is going to melt, that the tropical rainforest will be gone in 30 years and we won't have any oxygen, which doesn't matter anyway since the nuclear holocaust is going to happen within 7 years, and if I'm a little doubtful about the dates, he says he can prove it to me on his computer...In my view, if the next generation is going to make some contribution it'll be the discovery of how you struggle for social change without having any hope. In the 60's, you see, when you jumped on the earth, the earth jumped back just like Einstein said it would. We knew we'd win every battle because every day we grew up. Every day was a new day and being on the brink of the Apocalpyse was romantic. But maybe this vision that you have is the more realistic of the two..."
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A computer-generated plague sweeps the world, killing every black person in sight. This is one of a number of doomsday events contained in this futuristic novel where mayhem follows mayhem. In another, a shark is creating havoc in New York's sewer system.

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