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Just Finished: Spaceman Blues by Brian Francis Slattery

What an unusual book Spaceman Blues was. I admit that at first, I was skeptical, and even suspected the title to be metaphorical, as the early part of the book described parties, neighborhoods, and musicians in great detail. But, I was hooked as the story’s mystery began to unfold.

When a man named Manuel Rodrigo de Guzmán González vanishes, New York City goes into mourning. Soon after, his apartment explodes, leading many to believe Manuel to be alive and in hiding. Among them are Wendell Apogee, whose love for Manuel leads him to stranger places than he could have imagined.

I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by this story, most of all by the author’s storytelling style. I can only describe it as an interesection between William Gibson and Kurt Vonnegut. (This may have been the author’s intent, as a the story contained a character named Trout.) He packs a lot of activity into his prose, creating an impression of something like a visual montage of a busy metropolis.

I’m looking forward to future books by this author.

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