Pup Kult Stephenson

Is it just me, or did this feel a lot like a Stephenson novel?

It features the weird future of Snowcrash and the abrupt lurch of an ending of…

Well, pretty much every novel Stephenson ever wrote.

Not a complaint.  Just an observation.  Nick Cole’s first-person spycraft novels typically feature first person tales written in the present tense.  We’ve seen it in the Galaxy’s Edge series, the Wyrd novel that follows the spy-slash-lounge-singer, and now twice in the Soda Pop series.  It’s a heady feeling, reading his works, and Cole’s skills at manipulating the reader are legendary.  In this series, he does Ready Player One a step better by ditching the snark and ironic self-awareness and simply embracing the love of the IP’s that get referenced throughout the novels.

Good stuff.  The world will be a better place once Virus Films gets the scratch together and builds the army of technicians required to bring these films to life.  Of course, how they show all those Hollywood properties while keeping within the bounds of “Fair Use” should prove as interesting as the narratives themselves.  Once might almost say that doing so is half the battle.

About Jon Mollison

Jon Mollison was weaned at the literary knee of Tolkein, Howard, Moore, and Burroughs. He spent decades wandering in the wilderness of modern genre fiction, wondering when the magic and wonder went out of the world of dragons and space ships. In his darkest hour, he encountered a wise man who handed him the open secrets to crafting works that emulate the stories of the great authors who built the genre. They are easily summarized in but two words: Regress Harder. Now one of the twelve champions of the Pulp Revolution, his self-published works represent a more direct lineage to the tales of action, mystery, romance, virtue, and pure unalloyed adventure than the bland imitations churned out by New York City publishing houses in recent decades.
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