Gun, with Occasional Music

Gun, with Occasional Music

by Jonathan Lethem
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Gun, with Occasional Music 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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It was an okay read. There were a lot of random things that the story could have done without.
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Toby_Gray More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Lethem tackles reality on a vector, not unlike how Kurt Vonnegut did, and with perpetual wry charm. In the future world herein portrayed, criminals are frozen rather than imprisoned, and thawed years down the road for a second chance. "Evolved" animals combine human intellect with their native animal characteristics. Lethem's main character, a human private detective, has as his nemesis a brutal kangaroo. Quite a kick! Chronic City and As She Climbed Across the Table are other Lethem favorites of mine.
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crazylilcuban More than 1 year ago
An excellent, excellent book. "Gun, with Occasional Music" is a sci-fi noir detective novel with a little bit of a dystopian future thrown in for good measure. Set in near-future Oakland, the book revolves around Private Inquisistor Conrad Metcalf in a time when questions are rude and require a license to ask, mind-altering drugs are provided by some semblance of a government, and evolution therapy means that babies become babyheads with their own culture and intelligence and that animals can be evolved to walk on two feet and hold conversation. There's even a gangster kangaroo and an ape P.I. Bad guys can be frozen to do their time, and guns sometimes come with occasional music. Clearly there's a bit of sci-fi involved in the premise, but it's great because it's hardly noticeable within the great detective story. There's a nice twist at the end, and all in all the book is a great read. Not five stars, but not too shabby at all. Ultimately, I thought Lethem's writing was just fantastic; the book sat on the edge between a fairly light-hearted mystery and social commentary, and his writing both kept me involved in the story and moved it along quickly.
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Murdock More than 1 year ago
This was strangely fascinating. It's nice to have a book that makes you think, while still staying fantasy-like.
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