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3000 MPH In Every Direction At Once: Stories and Essays [Paperback]

Nick Mamatas , Zoe Trope

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23 Jun 2003
What if everyone actually was famous for exactly fifteen minutes? What if Joey Ramone could save the world? What if the spiritual enlightenment of saints and sages was a sexually transmitted disease? These are the fictions. Neon signs that predict a city's future. Companies paying people to insult their clients online. Edgar Allan Poe's New York is still alive, but not well. These are the facts. And they say speculative fiction and personal essays don't belong in the same book. Whether in the glossy pages of the men's magazine Razor or the stolen reams of office supplies that make up the zine The Whirligig, the writing of Nick Mamatas is your hitchhiker's guide to the new, and very weird, millennium. Don't know where the world is headed? Nick does and it's 3000 miles per hour in every direction at once.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff 25 July 2004
By James Maxey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nick's writing is as pointed and dangerous as a syringe on a seashore. Whether writing horror, essays, or humor, this guy knows how to pick his nouns and verbs for maximum impact. The only criticism of the book is one the back cover mentions--the book shifts gears between horror and humor and urbanscape essays in a mishmash presentation that reduces the impact if you read the book sequentially. The scariest story in the book, "Scarlett Women Watch TV Till Dawn" is backed up against the funniest story, "Travel Between Heavenly Bodies." Reading this thing is like being in the mind of a manic-depressive--or perhaps the mind of Nick Mamatas! Avoid the temptation to sit down and read everything at once--limit yourself to one story or essay a day to allow your brain to reset--and there's not one work in this collection that will fail to impress you.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffet of Good Lit Eats 12 Sep 2003
By Frank J. Marcopolos - Published on Amazon.com
This is a virtual buffet of good literary brain food that manages to remain accessible without weighing you down like a heavy starch diet. Mr. Mamatas writes mainly in the fantasy/SF/horror genres, but you don't need to be heavily into those genres to enjoy this.

The stories are entertaining, and the best ones captivating, while making you think about something in a way that you had not considered before. They remain brain-bound long after you've put them down.

Trope's intro is funny, too.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Collection 1 Aug 2003
By Nicholas Kaufmann - Published on Amazon.com
Mamatas is an exceptional fantasist. His stories reminded me of Alfred Bester, Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, and William Browning Spencer. "Joey Ramone Saves the World" is alone worth the cover price. Well written, thought provoking work from a talent to watch.
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written 14 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
There were some interesting ideas here, but the stories were written in a very inaccessible manner. The writer seems to be trying too hard to be "hip" and "cool" and at the end of the day, that's just boring. I only read about half of this book before closing it up and shoving it in a corner.
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