Nova Swing

Nova Swing

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Set in the unique world first featured in the award-winning Light, here is a story of love, murder, and intergalactic noir on the razor's edge of the imagination, as envisioned by the incomparable M. John Harrison.

Not far from Moneytown, in a neighborhood of underground clubs, body-modification chop shops, adolescent contract killers, and sexy streetwalking Monas, you'll find the Saudade Event Site: a zone of strange geography, twisted physics, and frightening psychic onslaughts. Vic Serotonin is an illegal "travel agent" into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman as unpredictable as the site itself--and maybe as dangerous. She wants a tour inside Saudade just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts have started leaving--living algorithms that are transforming the "real" world in unsettling ways. Pursued by a detective intent on collaring him for his illegal tours, and hunted by a gangster convinced that the travel agent has infected him with a rogue artifact, Vic must make one final trip as the universe around him rapidly veers toward viral chaos.
ISBN: 9780553590869
0553590863

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Ichijo
Jul 11, 2017

All in all I'm very uncertain about this book, I both liked and disliked it at the same time. I figured out the point of the book but then couldn't figure out the direction it was moving in. Then I figured out the direction it was moving in and couldn't find the point.

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ravensview
Sep 29, 2011

Read for our sci-fi club.
This has been described as space noir, a blend of sci-fi and film noir, with cynical heroes, a complex plot, and an examination of existential philosophy. The hero, Vic Serotonin, guides tourists into “the event”, an area of warped time and space. These tourists look to experience change without changing themselves, to redefine themselves from these experiences. Then Vic – and the Site Crime police – discover the site itself is generating new people, that wander the world outside, trying to define themselves out there. Trying, mostly failing, and then fading from existence. While the plot is complex, with jumps from reality to fantasy and back, I held in there. I enjoyed the tight prose itself, the phrases and images. True to it's noir roots, the story sees women as existing not as part of rationality. They prod and motivate the men, but are themselves inscrutable, until the very end where they are the ones to step forward.

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