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Bullet Gal Paperback – 25 Nov 2016
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A new millennium pastiche of every noir motif there is but done as a stylized, digitized, mind-bending visual rhapsody thatll leave you feeling like youve been slapped in the face by a French femme fatale. --Graphic Policy
About the Author
Andrez Bergen is an expatriate Australian author, journalist, DJ, photographer and musician, based in Tokyo, Japan.
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this book ...was a mess.. i seriously considered giving it one star but i am willing to concede that perhaps i would have understood this book better if i had read the others set in the same universe. although the author claims this is a standalone book so really it shouldn't matter.
the first half of this book was just completely confusing. i could not figure out what was going on. it seemed like author had just taken a bunch of random comic book references and american culture from the 40s / 60s and jumbled them all together along with a lot of british and sometimes australian slang. and none of this worked as any kind of cohesive world building - it literally just felt randomly and jarringly thrown together.
then in the middle of the novel we find out 'why'. [SPOILERS] the entire world is this video game that lee [one of the characters, or should i say eight of the characters because oh yeah he split himself into eight people in the game because *obscure comic reference*] made to hold the consciousness of a dead girlfriend or something? and he literally just threw in any random inspiration thing he wanted. which fine that is probably how some random guy would make a video game, but it still doesn't make for interesting reading. and we get a whole chapter explaining this [probably the longest chapter of the book]. and by 'explaining' i mean he just lists a ton of comics and books he likes and ripped off into this game.
and then after that big reveal ...nothing really happens? i mean at one point a character named brigit is trying to kill mitzi [the main character] for ...whatever reason. but she just disappears about 2/3 of the way through and we never know what happened to her. and then 6 of the 8 lees are trying to mess up the city and mitzi and the other lee are going to try to stop them but then the story just ...ends? i was like surely there is supposed to be a sequel but it says finis but it is at best a cliffhanger and at worst a totally incomplete story. [SPOILER] also like are all the superhero characters other people from the 'real' world? nothing is explained adequately in this book
to top it off, i just hated the writing style. there were TONS of sentence fragments everywhere and while i know it was a stylistic choice i still found it very hard to read. someone in another review thought that maybe they didn't like it because they don't really like comics, but i do like comics and still thought this was awful. it wasn't so much of an homage as much as a weird jumbled sub-par rip-off where the author apparently just wanted to name drop all the 'obscure' comic stuff that he knows. awful.