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Jason Pargin

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Grimdark Magazine #24 (2020) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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1975-01-10
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I love all Jason Pargin’s books. They’re a combination of dark comedy and action/adventure. Unlike the “John Dies at the End” series, which is horror-comedy, the “Zoey Ashe” series focuses on futuristic science fiction. More specifically, “what if Las Vegas was turned up to eleven?”. And thus it is an examination of political and social issues, especially when they come into conflict with human nature and desire. This particular book has three central facets. One is an election (and what those parallels are), second is a music festival that reminded me of Woodstock ’99, and a third is a murder mystery.

All this takes place in a blanket of social media and influencer culture, where we are our own Big Brother. In this city, humanity is at its most hedonistic. How do you cultivate an economy of vice? Between events, there are what I call “author has social arguments with himself.” Which is fine–I write the same way. I set one character against each other to examine both sides of an argument and end up solving nothing. But asking questions is the goal, not solving them. Especially when one of the questions is “who is responsible when your followers set a detractor on fire and you didn’t tell them not to.” (Obvious parallel to the Jan. 6 insurrection is obvious) But that’s the point of the book–using science fiction as the lens to examine our present and to ask questions about it. Because our present determines our future. Highly recommended.
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theWallflower | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 5, 2024 |
I remembered only the premise from reading this back in 2009. What I'd apparently forgotten is the directionless, episodic nature of these tales, and how they don't ever seem to sustain their energy or resolve satisfyingly. Also the frequent, casual use of the word "retarded."

Pargin (Wong) makes a lot of progress as a writer between this and "If This Book Exists...." I'd intended to relisten to the whole series, but this is making me re-think.
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yarmando | 175 andre anmeldelser | Feb 1, 2024 |
You might well think that a book about parasitic, trans-dimensional spider-like parasites taking over your brain would not be humorous. In other hands, you might be right. But David Wong manages to take a thriller-adventure and by virtue of brilliant narration turn it into a literal laugh-out-loud novel. Now I need to go read the prior book, [b:John Dies at the End|1857440|John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)|David Wong|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1189289716s/1857440.jpg|1858059].
[Audiobook note: excellent reader].… (mere)
 
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Treebeard_404 | 64 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Another action novel from David Wong featuring an unpredictable plot and a great touch of humor.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 26 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |

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