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Posted April 8, 2014
SciFi noir at its best! I knew I was onto something epic when St
SciFi noir at its best! I knew I was onto something epic when Star Wars was referenced in the first few pages.
Alex Lomax is a futuristic gumshoe with an endearing penchant for old movies, topless barmaids, (one in
particular who has caught his eye and a tiny piece of his heart), and snappy comebacks. He is as funny as he is
fearless. Red Planet Blues started out almost ten years ago as a prize winning novella called “Identity Theft."
I am so excited that Robert J. Sawyer decided to give Private Eye, Alex Lomax a second chance in the lime light!
This book is such a superb romp on the red planet that I reread it for this review with the excuse that I needed to
check facts. The truth of the matter is that I may have fallen slightly in love with Lomax. His self-deprecating
humor amid murder attempts and mayhem have completely won me over. If possible, I’d hop the next
spaceship and journey to Mars just so I could hang out with Lomax and have a few drinks, cognizant of the fact
that I’d be buying. Sawyer’s delightful combination of action and humor make this suspenseful tale of crime on
Mars one of my top reads this year.
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Posted September 17, 2013
Sawyer took one of his short stories from Identity Theft collect
Sawyer took one of his short stories from Identity Theft collection and expanded it to a full novel. The first part is that exact story with Mars gumshoe Alex Lomax being asked by a "transferred" woman to find her missing husband who was undergoing a "transfer." A "transfer" is scanning a person's brain to make a digital copy which is loaded into a type of cyborg body (note: if you want to argue the moral aspects of this you should check out Sawyer's book Mindscan). Whereas the short tale ended with the wrap-up of that mystery, Sawyer uses it as the set-up to continue the story into a 356 page book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Lomax is a likeable character even if he is "dark" at times when he skirts the law and may off a baddie without a care or even set up a scene to satisfy the Mars (New Klondike) Police Department. In this book he has a type of Robot sidekick, Rory Pickover who is a tranfer of a paleontologist who is a fossil excavator looking to chart Martian fossils. The baddies that come at them want the fossils for commercial gain.
The book moves at a pretty rapid pace and Sawyer does try to employ some cliffhanger chapter endings to keep everything going for the reader. The science is a little week at times but just like the movie Total Recall, the reader simply does not spend too much time dwelling on things.
Overall one of Sawyer's better recent efforts, far better than his last one, Triggers.
Posted April 8, 2013
This books was full of suspense and much more. Lots of charm, sp
This books was full of suspense and much more. Lots of charm, speculation and humanism (even for the robot 'transfers') around the main action line made this book a very interesting read.
I like Alex Lomax, the noir private eye a lotas he was true to the old style movie/book noir with his humor and touch of classic camp.
This could make a very unique and fun movie with all it's action and personality.
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Posted April 29, 2014
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