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Fun City Punch [Epub] ➞ Fun City Punch By James A. Newman – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The descriptions of the mad world he created are so cunning that they propel us back into our own desperate and crazy realities, Tom Vater, The Devil s Road James Newman writes with a flamethrower He The descriptions of the mad world he created are so cunning that they propel us back into our own desperate and crazy realities, Tom Vater, The Devil s Road James Newman writes with a flamethrower He s terrifically gifted and enormously energetic, Edgar nominated Timothy Hallinan A world of conmen,cheaters, schemers, wanderers, and the lost Shamus winning author Christopher G Moore A Fascinating hybrid of classic detective work and gritty ultra detail Ish Galvan Fun City PDF \ author of Blubber Island Hard boiled pulp fiction pumped up to the max Paul Brazill Imagine a world without cash A world with surveillance on every street A City where nobody trusts one another Welcome to Fun City It is corrupt to the bone and under the ever watchful surveillance system known as the Eye Money has been abandoned in favor of the credit system All citizens are required by law to carry hand held devises Joe Dylan is recovering from the government attitude adjustment program known as the Punch since his credits reached zero His adopted son Jimmy is missing presumed dead and his basement office is infested with contrarian rats When Dylan is assigned the task of keeping socialite artist Trixie Sloane on the straight and narrow his pursuit of her leads him down into a sub culture beneath the city where a vigilante Resistance force plan to strike out against the city before the last drop of human will and dignity is drained away.


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  1. Andrew Nette Andrew Nette says:

    Fun City Punch is the 5th book by Bangkok based author James Newman to feature the private investigator, Joe Dylan, but my first foray into the series For some reason, Thailand has developed a large cohort of expatriate crime writers At its best writers like Christopher G Moore and John Burdett this canon of work acts as a sort of unofficial history of the last two to three decades of Thailand s economic, social and political history Many of the remainder are sadly cliched and determinate Fun City Punch is the 5th book by Bangkok based author James Newman to feature the private investigator, Joe Dylan, but my first foray into the series For some reason, Thailand has developed a large cohort of expatriate crime writers At its best writers like Christopher G Moore and John Burdett this canon of work acts as a sort of unofficial history of the last two to three decades of Thailand s economic, social and political history Many of the remainder are sadly cliched and determinately of a type stories of expat men navigating the perils of Bangkok s sex industry A Western male waking up in a hotel room to discover the bar girl they took to bed the previous night has stolen everything they possess, is dead beside them, missing or some sort of mysterious key to sorting out their messed up lives, seemed a particularly popular trope for a while there.Fun City Punch navigates a strange and refreshingly unchartered course in Bangkok based crime fiction Dylon is your classic dishevelled, chaotic, cynical private eye for hire but Fun City, where he plies his trade, is a wonderfully bent, dystopian nocturnal reflection of modern Bangkok There s sleazy bars and sex for sale, as well as medical tourism and illegal drug consumtption Everyone is under constant surveillance, all citizens are required by law to carry hand held devises and individual attitudes are adjusted to ensure social order The story involves Dylon undertaking a number of cases a father hires him to find a wayward son, another client wants to know why his nephew committed suicide or was he murdered Add to this socialite femme fatale called Trixie Sloane and a shadowy resistance opposed to Fun City s attempts to regulate human emotion Dlyon s cases are an excuse for Newman to propel his character into a series of existential noir wanderings that are part Raymond Chandler, part Willian Burroughs I don t know what the previously 4 books are like, but I loved this one and will be checking out the others Recommended


  2. Tom Vater Tom Vater says:

    A detective should have facts, but sometimes, you just had to dance to the song playing on the jukebox, work the instinct routine, wherever it takes you James Newman is cutting his anchors and leaving the shore He probably sails under a black flag and his destination is rather undefined He s not concerned with heaven or hell, though both feature prominently in Fun City Punch, the most far out and radical in the Joe Dylan series.Newman started off writing about Bangkok Pattaya s dirty underbe A detective should have facts, but sometimes, you just had to dance to the song playing on the jukebox, work the instinct routine, wherever it takes you James Newman is cutting his anchors and leaving the shore He probably sails under a black flag and his destination is rather undefined He s not concerned with heaven or hell, though both feature prominently in Fun City Punch, the most far out and radical in the Joe Dylan series.Newman started off writing about Bangkok Pattaya s dirty underbelly and conjured up a great line up of demented reprobates who inhabit the night of one of the world s sleaziest, most lawless parts of the world that isn t in an actual state of war But times have changed since the publication of his earlier novels Fun City is no longer much fun.As Thailand moves towards becoming a tropical North Korea where people disappear or get thrown in jail for spurious reasons with increasing frequency, its leftfield chronicler is leaving his demi monde roots behind and is moving into heavier, darker and richer territory The writing isassured, the plot isdisjointed, the characters aredesperate and the journey isuncertain.In his fifth Joe Dylan outing, the story s location morphs into a kind of Beat netherworld, a dystopian universe where contrary citizens are hauled in for attitude adjustment sessions by a faceless, brutal government, a fantastical reality deeply embedded in a sense of literary despair.His protagonist Joe Dylan is a victim of state power but he is also a player, a lone wolf, an investigator who works on reflexes in a world in which investigations no longer matter His motor will keep on running until it can run no .But none of this is really important The power of Fun City Punch lies in the details, the rich language, the torrid corridors of verbal fireworks that lead into post modern echo chambers crammed with the screams of a thousand and one wasted human narratives This is where Newman shines like a dead star from another galaxy his descriptions of the mad world he created are so cunning that they propel us back into our own desperate and crazy realities Trump may become president In Newman s world, someone like Trump already has the top job and is pissing on all of us Follow me inside, Newman writes, I think you will find itcomfortable out of this sun Indeed


  3. Matt Carrell Matt Carrell says:

    Futuristic novels often have a discouraging disclaimer they ask the reader to suspend belief and then embark on a tour of the author s weirdest fantasies At best you end up admiring the scribe s imagination, at worst you wonder what medication they re taking certain that no prescription was involved The back cover blurb might just as well say I ve made a load of crazy stuff up hang on for the ride In Fun City Punch James Newman avoids that trap and has delivered a genuinely dist Futuristic novels often have a discouraging disclaimer they ask the reader to suspend belief and then embark on a tour of the author s weirdest fantasies At best you end up admiring the scribe s imagination, at worst you wonder what medication they re taking certain that no prescription was involved The back cover blurb might just as well say I ve made a load of crazy stuff up hang on for the ride In Fun City Punch James Newman avoids that trap and has delivered a genuinely disturbing dystopia because, however outlandish the world he s created becomes, there s a thread of reality that can be traced directly to the world we live in now Fun City is a truly terrifying vision of the future but is actually an artfully crafted extrapolation of the present day As we delight in a cashless society where technology allows us to be in touch 24 7 Fun City depicts a world which should have us all saying be careful what you wish for Sure there s a price to be paid for convenience and the ability to reduce tedious tasks to a sweep of the finger but who s willing to pay with their freedom and privacy The author has also given us a novel which will satisfy fans of the series and those who might have a clue as to the town on which Fun City is based but also works for anyone picking this up as their first Newman novel My own recommendation, if you haven t read a Joe Dylan before, is to buy the lot and read from the start If you pick this one up first you re sure to want to read them from the beginning If you do you ll also notice that Newman doesn t work to a formula I recently read a UK crime thriller and enjoyed it so bought the sequel It was OK When I read the third I was sure I d heard it all before and wondered whether Microsoft had launched a Series Wizard Just type in a basic outline plot and the software does the rest It s like when you tell your granny you like her sponge cake you ll get it every time you visit That s not Newman s style at all When I saw the blurb for Fun City in particular, I thought he was taking a risk by shifting his character from his usual territory and projecting him into the future It was a risk but I m happy to report it paid off Highly recommended


  4. Paul Brazill Paul Brazill says:

    James Newman s latest spin on the private eye novel is a potent piece of futuristic noir Fun City Punch is winding and twisting tale that vividly blends Beat poetry and pulp prose to create something quite special.


  5. Dave Eisenstark Dave Eisenstark says:

    This is my third Joe Dylan novel after 3 and 4 I started late for some reason and cockeyed Joe never fails to entertain We re back in Fun City, privy to Dylan s hilarious observations The Punch of the title is a procedure to get back on the straight and narrow a forced intervention half de tox and half RE tox, somewhere between rehab and reeducation camp, which may involve a cranial implant in some cases The Punch is where you go when the drugs get in the way either your way or somebody els This is my third Joe Dylan novel after 3 and 4 I started late for some reason and cockeyed Joe never fails to entertain We re back in Fun City, privy to Dylan s hilarious observations The Punch of the title is a procedure to get back on the straight and narrow a forced intervention half de tox and half RE tox, somewhere between rehab and reeducation camp, which may involve a cranial implant in some cases The Punch is where you go when the drugs get in the way either your way or somebody else s Except after The Punch, you don t come all the way back, apparently Of course there s an underground fighting the forces of control in this case literally underground, at times reminiscent of H.P Lovecraft s netherworld The book s also in the tradition of Brave New World and 1984, and although the settings and the names of the drugs have changed, the oppression is the same Throw in some Kerouac and Ferlinghetti and Burroughs style prose and it s a heady mixture The story is wrapped in the trappings of Noir, but it s only the attitude really the characters, style and regret matter, not the story But for the record, it s about the several cases detective Dylan takes on, and their intertwining threads, but that s not the point did I say that the smack in the face is the new world we re bent on going to, without a thought Recommended


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