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FREE DOWNLOAD Ø Bad Voltage ï Life is cheap in riot torn Paris, and no one knows it better than the Livewires, a doped out gang of bio enhanced delinquents When Lynx, a Livewire, becomes involved with an Uptown heiress, their relationship sparks a war between Uptowners and Downtowners that could completely destroy their city Left to my own devices, this is the kind of crap I would write all the time unadulterated cyberpunk drivel, filled with profuse drug use, sassy cynical characters, unabashedly gushy prose, and strews of earnest, embarrassing cool futureslang essentially, Neuromancer fan fiction The fact that Bad Voltage s inspiration is Neuromancer is no secret Case from Neuromancer gets name dropped once, and I have the suspicion the character on the cover is supposed to be some badass version of William Gi Left to my own devices, this is the kind of crap I would write all the time unadulterated cyberpunk drivel, filled with profuse drug use, sassy cynical characters, unabashedly gushy prose, and strews of earnest, embarrassing cool futureslang essentially, Neuromancer fan fiction The fact that Bad Voltage s inspiration is Neuromancer is no secret Case from Neuromancer gets name dropped once, and I have the suspicion the character on the cover is supposed to be some badass version of William Gibson.There s plenty of other inspirations that get trotted out too along with cameos by Clint Eastwood as the President and Johnny Rotten at a rave, there s Michael Moorcock s Cornelius as an arms dealer and a character named Chthulu I really groaned when Burrough s Dr Benway showed up as a sort of major character That was a bridge too far Bad Voltage is certainly an intelligent and well written enough novel, though, especially considering it s essentially a pulp adventure story But then again being cyberpunk and science fiction there s always that urge to see Bad Voltage as some prediction or warning or a mirror image of the world as it was when it was written Of course, if you look at it for too long you would see it s all smoke and glammy mirrors it doesn t really have anything to say, it s just a breezy, fun ride It could ve used some skimming of fat, and it was hard for me to feel sympathetic toward its bisexual statutory raping dreadlocked junkie music snob crustpunk anarchist protagonist, or his supposed disgust at one horrific act of spoiled depravity, especially when it just seemed as insane as everything else in his world But it was clear at least to me that the author enjoyed his world, as the maps of Underground France in the back of the book along with a list of albums including works by Einsturzende Neubaueten and Joy Division and the provocation If you liked the movie, this is the soundtrack would imply So you can imagine my surprise that when I looked the author up, expecting him to have gone nowhere, I found he had instead wrote ONE other, farrecent book called the Kindly Ones It was written in French and it s about World War II and apparently it s quite famous and successful Not only that, but apparently Mr Littel is now embarrassed by his to date one other published novel, namely Bad Voltage To which I say lighten up, asshole I would ve killed to have published a crappy cyberpunk novel in my early 20 s Has a writing style that conveys the setting without muddying the meaning A decent historical background provided as you read However, a little to live in the moment, followed by what seemed like character change, but ultimately wasn t, making the story kind of unsatisfying. Part of the popular mainstream response to cyberpunk writers like Gibson and Sterling, this pulp cyberpunk novel rehashes most of the technocultural, cybercultural tropes of late 80s sci fi including near future urban setting this time Paris , youth culture, drugs, techno music, high speed chases, jacking in, gang warfare, and downloaded consciousness However, as I write about in my dissertation, Littell s Bad Voltage offers an interesting counterpoint to Gibson s Neuromancer in how it deals Part of the popular mainstream response to cyberpunk writers like Gibson and Sterling, this pulp cyberpunk novel rehashes most of the technocultural, cybercultural tropes of late 80s sci fi including near future urban setting this time Paris , youth culture, drugs, techno music, high speed chases, jacking in, gang warfare, and downloaded consciousness However, as I write about in my dissertation, Littell s Bad Voltage offers an interesting counterpoint to Gibson s Neuromancer in how it deals with the embodiment disembodiment binary and how it incorporates queer queer of color characters into the mix