06 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Grave Digger Blues by Jesse Sublett

I really really wanted to like this book, the description is totally something that would ordinarily be up my alley. I read about 10% of it, got bored… moved on to another book… went back to this one, got to 45% and called “Uncle”. I usually only give a book 20% to hook me in, but — like I said, I really wanted to like this book. It just didn’t happen.

I thought perhaps it was because I wasn’t reading it with the multimedia so I installed it on my Fire, but I think that just took away from the story, if I’m being honest. Perhaps I’m still too much of a purist with my reading, but I don’t want all that other stuff cluttering up my reading – it’s distracting and gets me off the plot instead of enhancing it. I don’t like reading on a tablet anyway – for several reasons, but one is that all the notices popping up keep me from actually reading – instead I’m playing my turn at whatever game — So, yeah…

Obviously, I won’t recommend this to too many folks, but I think if you enjoy a heavy noir surreal thriller with some music thrown in, then you might like it. Read a sample chapter first, if available. It may or may not be your bag.

New, upgraded edition, with photos and graphics. Not your average eBook, this surreal post-apocalyptic crime novel is hot-wired with over 100 haunting and sexy photos and graphics. The narrative is hypnotic, hardboiled, feverish, and funny. Welcome to the USA in the near future, the last summer before the end of the world. A right wing Republican coup and terrorist strikes have decimated the social infrastructure. The digital world is 90 percent gone. Only a handful of elites have cell phones, and making a call on someone’s land line can cost plenty. The power grid is shot. Our guides to this blasted world are Hank Zzybnx, a damaged war vet, private eye and hit man, haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, and The Blues Cat, a jazz musician on an endless series of one-nighters, beloved by strange women, shadowed every step the muscle men of his nemesis, Big Clyde. Grizzly bears and alligators have invaded the cities. Weird epidemics ravage the land. Crime is rampant. Nightlife in bars like the Morgue, however, is booming. Envision Mad Max crossed with the Weimar Republic, to the tune of Mack the Knife played by Tom Waits. The Blues Cat, tired of roaming, yearns for the one thing he can never have–a quiet life and a loving wife. Hank searches for clues to his fragmented past. He rarely sleeps, and never dreams.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2013: 8

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