Saturday, April 02, 2005

Life During Wartime

Has anybody read Life During Wartime by genre defying Lucius Shepard? An endless war in an underdeveloped country(sound familiar) fought by burnouts with weapons so technologically so fancy you can't tell the warrior from the weapon. Writing dark and thrilling, a surprise on every page. Why this wonderful book is out of print, especially now that its relevance is at its height is beyond me. He's published several books since but none nearly as fresh and exciting as this one. Soldiers wear masks that allow them to track down enemies. They never take them off because the interface twixt hard and soft ware twists and maims the face they cover. I have the feeling Shepard has taken his share of psychedelics over the years. He's best understood by those whose synapses are stretched out extra long from nights of tripping. If you see this book at a used book store pick it up.

Mister Nouse

2 Comments:

At April 5, 2005 at 6:47 PM, Anonymous sarno said...

Paul--

Sounds cool! I just ordered it from ebay and will read it right away.

--sarno

 
At April 7, 2005 at 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Paul,
I finished Shepard's collection "The Ends of the Earth" a couple of weeks ago. Blew me away. You can still buy it new from Arkham House. The man is a national treasure....
Matt R.

 

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