Koko Takes A Holiday

Koko Takes A Holiday

Book - 2015
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"Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an easy early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its simulated sex and violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, Koko finds the most challenging part of her day might be deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: London, Eng. :, Titan Books,, 2015, c2014
ISBN: 9781783298990
Branch Call Number: SHEA
Characteristics: 351 pages


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leah_p Mar 31, 2016

The cover of this one completely grabbed me. I thought, "This'll either be awful, or amazing, but either way I have to read it". It's like an action movie that speeds along with blood and bullets flying and well-placed one-liners. The world is fleshed out well in all its grittiness - to me it's like a mashup of Sucker Punch, Star Wars and Neuromancer (the book by William Gibson). An especially creative bit are the transcripts of commercials advertising The Sixty Islands. The plot is pretty simple but the rest of the world - depraved, corrupt, unstable - makes up for it. There was only one sour spot for me in the whole book: a key character has been diagnosed with Depressus, a terminal-in-that-world disease that mirrors what we would call depression, and at one point I felt jolted out of the narrative because it was as if everything paused so that Shea could ramble about his opinion on mental illness sufferers. The intention may have been to make that one character realize the ulterior motives of those in power, but as it is it just felt callous. Still, all in all it's a ton of fun.

Nov 11, 2015

Absolutely fabulous. Loved the pacing and the intricacies of the world in which Koko fights for survival. Could squick out the faint-hearted (what with ritualistic battle practices and all), but definitely a novel I would recommend to others (including those who normally don't normally appreciate science fiction). Looking forward to reading the sequel!

Jun 19, 2014

Oh wow, breakneck speed says one book blurb? Guess that fellow is still living in his mom's basement playing Tetris and has never gotten out yet? Would guess the author has watched plenty of TV and movies, and read very little in the way of actual lit?

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