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Posted December 14, 1999
Creative new realities in textual form!
Lethem's Amnesia Moon is a brilliant masterpiece which blinds its reader with textual supremacy rivaling that sought by a ten megaton nuclear blast. Like his earlier novel, Gun With Occasional Music, Lethem's Amnesia Moon focuses around a single 'tech noir' hero who sets off on a journey of expectacious wonderment which begins with the fact that Chaos realizes his own reality is simply a fragment which is part of a marvelous post-turn of the Mayan calendar world. Beginning in Hatfork, Wyoming, a town filled with post-apocalyptic mutants the novel takes a sharp turn towards an even more disasterous possible future when the characters realize that they border a green mist. Not simply a Deadlands:Hell on Earth type world, Lethem's myriad of post-apocalyptic realities take on a sort of rainbow like hue, especially when considered against his earlier work, Gun, with Occasional Music. Now Gun, as I like to refer to it, was a melodic masterpiece which, like the book Who Censored Roger Rabbit, deals with surrealistic animal intrusions from other realities beyond our perception and ken. BTW, has anybody noticed how much each of these plots seem to resemble most M:TA campaigns, especially since the journey of Chaos through a transformed neo-apocalyptic New West could easily be seen as the story of the awakening of a neophyte mage and Gun could be seen as about an individual who lives in a world in which out -of-control technologies spawned by the evil Pentex have pushed him to the brink of insanity and to a point where he and his musical gun are increasingly marginalized by the bio-technologically altered critters which surround him in his little world of Forgettol-induced amnesia and hallucinatory states. In fact, its easy sometimes to forget which Jonathan Lethem novel you're reading and drift back in time back into Gun while reading through one's first-print paperback copy of Amnesia Moon. In 1992, when Lethem first brought Gun out it was little noticed, except where I live, where for some reason it recieved widespread critical acclaim, especially from local booksellers in the area. In Amnesia Moon though, Lethem puts a techno spin, as it were, on what could otherwise be seen as a sort of retread concept. All in all, I would consider Amnesia Moon to be an excellent book and one well worth reading, particularly as it occupies an important place in the hallmarks of San Francisco underground literature and is well worth reading in both its hardback and paperback printings. BTW, I not only enjoyed Amnesia Moon, but I also enjoyed hanging out with Lethem on his chat group Head Space on Hotwired and this message is also intended all of you out there know that, centauri is back!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2010
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