Nova Swing

Nova Swing

Book - 2007 | Bantam trade paperback edition.
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Vic Serotonin is a "travel agent" into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman who's nearly as unpredictable as the site itself - and maybe just as dangerous. She wants a tour just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts are leaving the site -- living algorithms that are transforming the world outside in inexplicable and unsettling ways. Shadowed by a metaphysically inclined detective determined to shut his illegal operation down, Vic must make sense of a universe rapidly veering toward a virulent and viral form of chaos... and a humanity almost lost.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2007]
Edition: Bantam trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780553385014
Branch Call Number: HAR
Characteristics: 252 pages ;,24 cm


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Jul 11, 2017

All in all I'm very uncertain about this book, I both liked and disliked it at the same time. I figured out the point of the book but then couldn't figure out the direction it was moving in. Then I figured out the direction it was moving in and couldn't find the point.

Sep 29, 2011

Read for our sci-fi club.
This has been described as space noir, a blend of sci-fi and film noir, with cynical heroes, a complex plot, and an examination of existential philosophy. The hero, Vic Serotonin, guides tourists into “the event”, an area of warped time and space. These tourists look to experience change without changing themselves, to redefine themselves from these experiences. Then Vic – and the Site Crime police – discover the site itself is generating new people, that wander the world outside, trying to define themselves out there. Trying, mostly failing, and then fading from existence. While the plot is complex, with jumps from reality to fantasy and back, I held in there. I enjoyed the tight prose itself, the phrases and images. True to it's noir roots, the story sees women as existing not as part of rationality. They prod and motivate the men, but are themselves inscrutable, until the very end where they are the ones to step forward.

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