Slaughtermatic

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Set in the blood-drenched chaos of Beerlight, "a blown circuit, where to kill a man was less a murder than a mannerism," Dante Cubit and his pill-popping sidekick, the Entropy Kid, waltz into First National Bank with some serious attitude and a couple of snub guns. Murderous, trigger-happy cops, led by the doughnut-chomping redneck police chief, arrive in force, firing indiscriminately into the crowd gathered outside. Surrender or capture is out of the question. Dante's beloved, the murderous assassin Rosa ...

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Overview

Set in the blood-drenched chaos of Beerlight, "a blown circuit, where to kill a man was less a murder than a mannerism," Dante Cubit and his pill-popping sidekick, the Entropy Kid, waltz into First National Bank with some serious attitude and a couple of snub guns. Murderous, trigger-happy cops, led by the doughnut-chomping redneck police chief, arrive in force, firing indiscriminately into the crowd gathered outside. Surrender or capture is out of the question. Dante's beloved, the murderous assassin Rosa Control — packing a not-so-small arsenal — prowls the streets, trying to engineer her man's escape. Will Dante slip past the forces of corruption and disorder to join his Rosa? What happens next is a tangled mess of reality and virtual reality.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Porter
While the body count is high, the tone is anything but grim, thanks to Aylett's wickedly funny commentary on this bullet-riddled, nihilistic metropolis and its inhabitants. -- New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Even if Britisher Aylett doesn't use William Burroughs's ruse of cutting pages lengthwise and joining mismatched halves, his first book to be published here remains a baffling exercise in virtual reality storytelling, nearly as hallucinatory as Burroughs' work. Dante Cubit and the Entropy Kid rob a bank for which digital prankster Download Jones sold them the virtual-reality schematic so that they could plan every move. But Download's schematic simulation turns out to be for the wrong building, as Dante and the Kid find out in the middle of their hold-up. Using an altered keychip (card swiper), Dante throws himself 20 minutes into the past and into the bank's vault. When Dante Two comes out of the vault, Dante One blows him away and so leaves "himself" (or his time-clone) behind as legally dead and Dante One thus beyond the law. Meanwhile, a contagion of squad cars bearing the bumbling racists Chief Henry Blince and Benny the Trooper arrives; Blince likes to make the crime fit the punishment and carries a Colt Demographic with a nine-inch barrel that can be set for age, color, and wage bracket. Dante wonders whether the heist has actually happened or just been portrayed or simulated in a sim crime environment. Should he and the Kid already be prisoners, Danny knows that a VR hive jail "ran the same twenty-four hours on a loop and that there was a burst of static at the reset. Anyone killed was resurrected. Anything damaged was restored. Like a kid's game." But then Dante Two returns, and.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568581033
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/16/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.39 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    Absolutely hilarious

    This book is one of my favorites. It's absolutely hilarious and not nearly as confusing or hard to read as some people seem to paint it as. It's fast paced and brisk with no down time. My only complaint is that the American edition seems to be too stuffy, trying to make it more serious than it is (as well as having a printing gaffe). It's an excellently written book, but it's a joke. It's for wiseass punks who stay up late at night watching black and white gangster flicks and cyberpunk movies from the '80s then unscrew the top of the salt shaker right before their best friend uses it at breakfast. Great stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Enjoyable

    As a Chuck Palahniuk fan, I gave Slaughtermatic a try. The premise of the novel is excellent in that it's something very much different from the usual thriller. At the same time, though, Aylett gets a bit hung up on certain parts, as if he's displaying too much literary muscle. Overall, it's a refreshing read.

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