You want to know what really irritates me? Book reviews. You know what really, REALLY irritates me? Amazon book reviews. I bought my tree copy of Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits at a book store, but I bought the audio copy on Audible.com. The reviews made this book sound dreadful, boring, and rambling, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I feel bad for authors that write a decent series and then branch out and write a stand alone book. Like Ernest Cline (although Ready Player One wasn’t a series, people expected Armada to be a part of that universe…), J K Rowling (who writes as a man in her adult mysteries), or David Wong (who wrote John Dies at the End and the follow up novel This Book is Full of Spiders). This book is actually a good book and while you can tell Wong wrote it, it’s nothing like JDatE, which is a good thing. Really.
He writes from a woman’s POV, and I admire authors that write from the perspective of the opposite gender and that do it well. Wally Lamb did an excellent job in She’s Come Undone. Wong really masters it in FVaFS. He’s also funny, creative, techy, off the wall in a way that only Wong can get away with, and his story flows smoothly even with heavy plot and dialogue. Some reviews claimed that the main character got lost in all of this, but I think that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Any self respecting nerd, geek, robot, person deserves to read this book. Sit back, brew some coffee (you’ll get it if you read it…) and enjoy a book written for the senses. Think of it as a nerdy, watered down Bleeding Edge (by Pynchon).