Blueprints of the Afterlife

Blueprints of the Afterlife

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Baker & Taylor
It is the future. The end of the world is no more than a distorted memory. A sentient glacier has wiped out most of North America's cities. Medical care is supplied by networked and human nervous systems can be hacked. Abby Fogg is a film archivist with a niggling feeling that her life is not her own. And she's right. Al Skinner is a former mercenary for the Boeing Army, who's dragged his war baggage behind him for nearly a century. Woo-jin Kan is a virtuoso dishwasher with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Olympics medal to prove it. Over them all hovers a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle who puts people in the right places at the right time- and it all culminates in a full-scale replica of Manhattan under construction in Puget Sound.--From back cover.

Perseus Publishing
From the ?wickedly talented” (Boston Globe) and ?darkly funny” (New York Times Book Review) Ryan Boudinot, Blueprints of the Afterlife is a tour de force.

It is the Afterlife. The end of the world is a distant, distorted memory called ?the Age of F***ed Up Shit.” A sentient glacier has wiped out most of North America. Medical care is supplied by open-source nanotechnology, and human nervous systems can be hacked.

Abby Fogg is a film archivist with a niggling feeling that her life is not really her own. She may be right. Al Skinner is a former mercenary for the Boeing Army, who’s been dragging his war baggage behind him for nearly a century. Woo-jin Kan is a virtuoso dishwasher with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Olympics medals to prove it. Over them all hovers a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle, who sends all these characters to a full-scale replica of Manhattan under construction in Puget Sound. An ambitious novel that writes large the hopes and anxieties of our time?climate change, social strife, the depersonalization of the digital age?Blueprints of the Afterlife will establish Ryan Boudinot as an exceptional novelist of great daring.


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In a future world decimated by a sentient glacier and corrupt nanotechnology, a film archivist, a former mercenary, and a virtuoso dishwasher are manipulated by a man who is overseeing the construction of a Manhattan replica in Puget Sound.
In a future world that has been decimated by a sentient glacier and corrupt nanotechnology, a film archivist, a former mercenary and a virtuoso dishwasher are manipulated by a man who is overseeing the construction of a Manhattan replica in Puget Sound. By the author of Misconception. Original.

Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802170910
Branch Call Number: SCIFI BOU
Characteristics: 430 p. ;,21 cm.

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JohnnyTooGood
Jun 12, 2014

A great work. It reads more like a collection of interrelated short stories than an epic. It is not cut and dried for you, but trust me, events and characters are interrelated and the novel is worth the investment. In a scene right out of the gaming world, a dying and rotting sun (Mario world, anyone?) looms overhead, Boudinot describes the protagonist fending off wave after wave of the undead, while leveling up and gaining new weapons, all while the sun passes away attracting roving flocks of sea birds and sanctuary must be attained before the next advancement.

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melvidge
Apr 11, 2012

Love science fiction but not this book. Read a couple of hundred pages waiting for something to happen and gave up...

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Morde
Mar 20, 2012

The characters are strange, the plot feels out of control, but I was struck by how much of a Seattle feel I got from this book. Different facets of the city felt clearly represented and I just wanted to know more: what caused the Era of Fucked Up Shit, what could the Bionet could really cause people to do, or not do. A must read!

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Mar 20, 2013

It is the Afterlife. The end of the world is a distant, distorted memory called "the Age of F***ed Up Shit." A sentient glacier has wiped out most of North America. Medical care is supplied by open-source nanotechnology, and human nervous systems can be hacked. Abby Fogg is a film archivist with a niggling feeling that her life is not really her own. She may be right. Al Skinner is a former mercenary for the Boeing Army, who¿s been dragging his war baggage behind him for nearly a century. Woo-jin Kan is a virtuoso dishwasher with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Olympics medals to prove it. Over them all hovers a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle, who sends all these characters to a full-scale replica of Manhattan under construction in Puget Sound.

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