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Published: Tor Books - November 3rd, 2015
Made to Kill is a hard-boiled, pulp SF thriller with Ray Electromatic, the last sentient robot, cast as an analog Philip Marlowe, who solves cases by day and turns hitman at night, when his memory tape gets switched by his boss, a chain-smoking supercomputer named Ada. Rip off your E-ticket and take this thrill ride, filled with black comedy, sultry femmes fatales, Soviet spies, and secret weapons of mind control. At stake is nothing less than the American Dream, cast in false light upon a silver screen. I loved the way Christopher took the retro SF tropes and filtered them through the lens of Raymond Chandler, parodying Chandler’s language and gritty noir style while capturing its essence in his weird comic love note. The odd choice of setting the book in alt-’65, despite the fact that everything but the date screams 1940s, makes cold war fears and McCarthyism’s chilling effect on Hollywood the real boogeymen of the story. As Ray hurtles down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the grit and glitter blow back from existential themes of moral culpability and identity, making this pulp fiction a worthy read. – Rob
What I found most interesting was a comment from Adam Christopher. When asked what lost manuscript he would most like to find, his response was “Raymond Chandler’s long-lost, and quite nonexistent science fiction novel.” Despite Chandler’s documented disdain for the genre, Christopher’s quest to write such a book made reading the novel even more interesting to me. – Linda
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Published: Thalia Press - September 12th, 2015
You’ll never watch the Food Network shows the same way after reading Beat, Slay, Love, as the members of the Thalia Press Author Co-Op (Lise McClendon, Katy Munger, Kate Flora, Gary Phillips, and Taffy Cannon) mix together a heady mixture of reality television, misbehaving foodies, murder most-creatively-foul, and determined sleuths. Some of my favorite scenes took place in a fictional La Jolla eatery, but I might be just a bit biased. Delicious over-the-top fun! – Maryelizabeth