Sewer gas and electric book
Book review: Sewer, Gas & Electric (Public Works Trilogy) by Matt Ruff — Benjamin's blogPost a Comment. Book reviews. Okay, the rundown is as follows. This is a sprawling, crazy work about a great white shark, homicidal robots, eco terrorists, and overstuffed with insane twists and turns. The good is that there's a rich world full of colorful characters and a very "comic book" kind of feel to the overall proceedings that works in its favor.
ISBN 13: 9780446606424
In the year , as a crew of steelworkers work on the construction of a new Tower of Babel, the brainchild of billionaire Harry Gant, Harry's ex-wife Joan Fine, assisted by a resurrected Ayn Rand, sets out to solve the murder of a Wall Street takeover mogul. A comic writer and Information Age social satirist of the first water, Matt Ruff has one of the most fertile imaginations you'll come across, and the confident chops to string the fruits of this inventive intelligence together. The story is set in a near-future Manhattan of mile-high skyscraper construction projects, eco-terrorism, man-eating mutant sewer-dwelling white sharks and even more dangerous corporations. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Aspect.
Sewer, Gas and Electric: THE PUBLIC WORKS TRILOGY
Advertisement In the year , billionaire Harry Gant likes to construct tall buildings. His latest is to rise over a mile high, in Brooklyn. The source of much of his wealth comes from the sales of the Gant Automatic Servant. One of these has apparently killed a Wall Street take-over artist who was investigating Gant Industries. Joan Fine, Harry's ex-wife, is hired to solve the murder -- though not by Harry.
Very much in the absurdist tradition of Pynchon, Heller, Robbins, and Vonnegut, this is a mad romp through a future that Ruff admits is the present in drag. High above Manhattan, human and android steelworkers are constructing a new Tower of Babel for billionaire Harry Gant. Accompanying her is Ayn Rand, resurrected from the dead and bottled in a hurricane lamp to serve as an unwilling assistant. Other characters in this extraordinary novel include submarine ecoterrorist Philo Dufrense; a Volkswagen Beetle possessed by the spirit of Abbie Hoffman; and Meisterbrau, a mutant great white shark running loose in the sewers beneath Times Square—all of whom, and many more besides, are caught up in a vast conspiracy involving Walt Disney, J. Edgar Hoover, and a mob of homicidal robots. Ruff has joined the small ranks of contemporary fiction writers who matter. The boys and the horse seem not to have enjoyed the experience, but the alligators throve on it.
As the world's wealthiest man, Harry Gant, erects a sky-high building, bizarre life forms wage a war in the city's ever-expanding sewer systems, led by Joan Fine, Gant's ex-wife, who is working incognito as a heroic commando. Read more Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item Very much in the absurdist tradition of Pynchon, Heller, Robbins, and Vonnegut.