It has snippets of what you can grasp as a world you know, combined with the unknown horrors of the aftermath of what can only be described as a war gone horribly wrong. The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. When he's not writing, he spends his time being the husband of a brilliant lawyer and the dad of two small children who are secretly bent on world domination. . It recounts his relationship with Elizabeth Soames, whom he meets as a youth studying martial arts under the tutelage of Master Wu. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and Romantic Epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of - among other things - love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. Nevertheless, The Gone-Away World is an impressive feat of imagination and a wildly exuberant ride.
Recommended for those who like original sci-fi with some well-worked characters. The story largely focuses on the lives of the narrator and that of his best friend, a member of the company. The struggle between the two eventually converges with the protagonist's efforts to oppose the misdeeds of Jorgmund in the Go-Away War's aftermath. The weapons, however, produced an unanticipated after effect. Wu's school, the Voiceless Dragon is the mortal enemy of the Society of the Clockwork Hand. Apparitions, as well as whole individual persons, appear out of nothing.
A kind of order is restored via the Jorgmund Pipe, which purifies the air and allows communities to develop and for which our hero and his friends work as a troubleshooting crew. Words clearly come easily to Harkaway his father is ; perhaps it runs in the family but he tends to lose sight of the plot and his duty to the reader. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and geek nirvana, The Gone-Away World is a story of - among other things - love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. Publication date June 2008 Media type Print Pages 544 Hardcover The Gone-Away World is a novel set in a post-apocalyptic world crippled by the 'Go-Away War'. In love with names, riffs, stories and language, this is a good-natured, underedited, serio-comic take on war, ecology, capitalism and human nature, loosely gathered around the development of its central character, who is semi-adopted by the Lubitsches, wins a place at university, is captured and threatened for associating with subversives, struggles to find work and eventually joins a special-forces unit, which is how he comes to be fighting in Addeh Katir a lush, faraway place nonetheless reminiscent of Iraq when the Go Away Bombs start to fall, decimating the population. They grew up together, they studied kung-fu together, they rebelled in college together, and they fought in the Go Away War together.
Harkaway treats it with a realistic yet imaginative manner, with unpredictable twists to the story itself. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. Now, with the world in shambles and dark, nightmarish clouds billowing over the wastelands, they have been tapped for an incredibly perilous mission. Contrary to what you may have heard, the title really is the hard part. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye.
They are quickly followed by something worse, something that unleashes monsters from the human imagination. Excessive and garrulous, this is nevertheless something of a tour de force, energized by set pieces, many of them involving fights, and sustained by inexhaustible imagination. Gonzo Lubitch and his best friend have been inseparable since birth. Harkaway displays talent with his big, butch, bravura first book, if not yet the ability to distinguish the wood from the trees. Still, any author who has come up with the beautifully silly plan of melding a kung-fu epic with an Iraq-war satire and a Mad Max adventure has to be worth keeping an eye on.
The results are often horrific. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. A bubbling cosmic stew of a book, written with such exuberant imagination that you are left breathless by its sheer ingenuity' Observer The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Wikipedia citation Copy and paste this code into your Wikipedia page. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem. As the company sets off, the unnamed protagonist starts thinking about his past, from the day he first met Gonzo.
The Stuff takes the form of whatever those present are about. He likes Italian red wine and lives in a bit of London where the taxis still have a horse at the pointy end. First published in June by , it is the first novel written by. I'm not a big fan of first-person stories, but this one held me until the end. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. But they quickly realize that this assignment is more complex than it seems, and before it is over they will have encountered everything from mimes, ninjas, and pirates to one ultra-sinister mastermind, whose only goal is world domination. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.
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