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Chapter five or six deals with McNihil confronting a group of hippies who suat in an abandoned airplane and say things like connect isn t a dirty word down here man leading to a passage about how the information age died and how these idiots kept believing in a better technological future The second the infamous copyright rant takes up most of chapters six and seven detailing what McNihil does with a pirate trading in illegal digital copies of books and then going on a long and gleeful depiction of what happens to copyright infringers their cerebrospinal matter is used to create appliances with just nough of their brain matter left to feel pain and fear forever inside of a computer chip The book stops dead for this section to tell you all about the vils of copyright infringement and how anyone who infringes ven unknowingly is a thief and should be charged criminally and it was all I could do not to throw the book across the room When Jeter wants to make a point he becomes ridiculously unsubtle and attempts to arrange things with a sledgehammer to make it fit This also leads to an inconsistency of tone On one Date Me end Jeter wants you to be horrified of the paranoid nasty dark world he s created On the other he seems to think that many of the insane things they do are just or at least presents them as such Further killing the momentum are cool details that he keeps bringing up though they have no purpose There is no reason we need a history of the Rail Amalgamation and their secret societies as it never comes up later The main character s weirdye implants which make verything look like old detective movies in black and white are brought up several times simply to make sure we don t forget how McNihil sees verything Jeter ven cameos the character he s most known for Dr Adder in a superfluous way just to put him in there But despite all its flaws I cannot really hate Noir Yes it s a deranged book that spends time on scene setting than plot but after a while the tone ngages on some level and carries you along I felt like the book was brilliant in some places and it was fantastic looking back on it but while I was reading it all I wanted to do was put the book down and go do something a little less insane It is this inconsistency and the tendency to both love and hate it that makes me want to tell you Yes I recommend this book but please take it out of the library I like it it s flawed and I can t Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health ever think of anyone wanting to own this I fall on thisnd of the scale Hey only one and a half footnotes I m softening Definitely softening This one was ffectively disturbing but I didn t feel like it had anything lse Unlike say Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep it didn t have the characters or plot necessary to hold my interest I often Cause Of Fear enjoy dark novels and stories but JUST being dark isn tnough I finished it butThis is a pretty wierd thriller out there with some of the Phillip K Dick stuff after reading this I actually wonder if Blade Runner 2 is not just commercial schlock Still unless you really like the surreal I would skip this The noir thriller wrapped up in the surrealism is not bad but also not great I really did not njoy this book guess the 1 star makes that clear noughThere is a fair probability that I am not intellectual The Game of Love enough tonjoy the many subtexts here If you can call them subtexts The plot feels like it xists just I will start by saying it s been several years since I read this book but I find the concepts introduced have stuck with me It s interesting that I can t remember much about the protagonist or the overall story but I still think about the ideas from the book fairly regularlyOne of the big items is the nforcement of copyright infringement through capital punishment While it s absurd to think of in today s terms I ve grown to believe absurd things can happen in government As a think of in today s terms I ve grown to believe absurd things can happen in government As a the future presented in this book is as bleak as the name suggests with large corporations running things and workers struggling to make nds meetI think I need to re read this to revisit some of the presented possibilities KW Jeter has a really cool dgy writing style that makes this cyberpunk tale read like lectric poetry McNihil the story s main character has implants in his brain that cause him to see the postmodern WORLD AND ITS INHABITANTS IN THE DARK AND RAINY and its inhabitants in the dark and rainy of a noir movie I watched the Matrix again while reading this and really noticed the Noir scenes in that movie This book was published right around the time the Matrix came out While the stories are uite different there are similarities Noir is a mystery set in a crazy corporate uite different there are similarities Noir is a mystery set in a crazy corporate similar to that in Neal Stephenson s Snow Crash The nd of this book is just crazy I won t spoil it but I will say the classic noir gunpoint confession happens in a rather interesting situation Another interesting point Jeter makes in this book is how copyright infringement should be punished very creative I fell behind in my reviews thanks to the impending The Lady in Pink end of SY2017 18 I am currently working as a day to day substitute teacher I get some of my best reading done at work There is usually 30 minutes of independent reading time built intoach school day so I indulge while the children are reading As the Eyes end of the school year approached I found myself wanting to read type less before the opportunity closedI bought this on BetterWorldBookscom simply based on its title but unlike the previous book this was a worthwhile readThe premise in this one was not The future s so bright that I gotta wear shades but instead The dystopian future is so fked or connected up that I gotta have them modify myyes so that I don t have to take in full on reality OMFG Bleak bleaker bleakest This book gets my nod for dystopian future crown Virtual reality goggles No we ll mbed VR in your yes hard wire it to your brain A scrolling LED in your palm will keep you appraised of just how deeply indebted you are to DynaZauber Thinking of committing copyright fraud Good luck Even the protagonist was aptly named McNihil as in nihilism This made me thankful that I am 53 yo on the backstretch Doomed we re doomed I tell you Why do I think this way Let us turn to p 149 in which McNihil takes in a Disney sue animated film in which The animated uterus speckled with bright cartoon blood was perched on the young hero s shoulder dispensing its feminine wisdom This was p 149 of 388. Ing on the darkest human desires  Here the wealthy seek forbidden thrills through an anonymous on line computer system that makes use of prowlers masked simulations of human users programmed to delve into the most taboo of the hard core sexual underworld and bring back xotic and rotic xperiences to their safeguarded users  For most people the prowlers are a way to indulge in their wildest sexual fantasies  But for others they are something far dangerousWhen a young Spirit of the Wolf executive of one of the world's most powerful corporations is found brutally slain a retiredx cop is called in to find his missing prowler  The corporation believes the young man's prowler is still alive and they want it found but they don't care to reveal whyMcNihil In a collection of academic ssays on steampunk Like Clockwork a number of the authors praised Jeter s Noir Perhaps it is the rapture of the deep some academic post modernists hold for the abyss which is where this book dwells or the freuent dislike of the business community prevalent on many campuses this book offers a grossly distorted image of that conomic sector that brings forth such support He writes for instance What the human resource managers and company psychs called optimized transcience optimization It was all straight out of Henry Denkmann s magnum opus Connect Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose em Till They Bleed Pimp Style That s thessence of Noir someone s always getting screwed over Turbiner There s a delicate balance that needs to be struck between style and substance specially in genre fiction Most authors decide to pack their books full of cool ideas and then skimp on the plot leaving us drawn into their world but with nowhere to go in it Others decide to give their plot a few cool details here and there but most of these small touches are better remembered than the actual plot of the novel Noir by K W Jeterfalls a little to the style side than the substance side giving us a fantastic world to play around in but a plot so complex as to leave us completely locked out until later As I thought that about the book I debated if it could simply be that in my gravitation towards technology I d just become anti intellectual and my attention span had shortened but it really is just kind of dense and complex to get through And where sometimes this is a good thing it also tends to remove the desire to get through the book But is the book worth the climb Oh yes Noir by K W Jeter is the story of McNihil a former copyright nforcer or Asp head in the book s slang turned freelancer McNihil is brought in to investigate the death of a corporate junior xecutive named Travelt who was apparently working on some big top secret project called TIAC In the dystopian future of Los Angeles a future where things have run out of control to the point of corporations being beyond any rules arly in the book there s a sanctioned murder and property rights being Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) enforced with atrocity debtors are kept alive and put to work while their body parts are harvested for one information is gained by sending biomechanical constructs known as prowlers into an area known as The Wedge to gain information Travelt s prowler is still missing in The Wedge and the corporation he works for wants McNihil to get it back Butveryone knows than they let on and McNihil may be walking into of a trap than he bargained for by taking this job And if he survives how much of him would be left So the first point I d like to bring up is how wonderful the atmosphere of the book is It s really the centerpiece and selling point of the novel Every scene is overflowing with detail the characters language helps to feed the tough talking film noir tone and Math Basics 6 everylement is put in place to help draw you into the world It s an oppressive atmosphere and it fits the book s point that Noir is the fiction of anxiety as uoted by the broken down old pulp author that serves as a sort of central thematic anchor of the book Everything in the world serves the bleak tone from the fact that air travel is now almost impossible due to the air being full of homicidal machines known as noh Flies that SCARF we re never told what this is metal and rain it down on the pavements below to the bishops of the catholic church who argue over what happens when you download the E charist Everything in THE BOOK SERVES TO MAKE THE BLEAK CREEPY book serves to make the atmosphere bleak creepy depressing And all works for the book Another thing about it is the tone Noir wears a lot of its influences right on its sleeve and the tone mixes the right way between lurid details remaining horrified and paranoid but also with a black humor streak not usually seen outside of William

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Burroughs In fact tough guy slang and disjointed dream like narrative as well as the Aztec goddess who appears at the beginning and Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, end of the novel seem to borrow a lot from Burroughs as well as the paranoid tone and the grisly details of organ harvesting and the draconian punishments for lawbreakers and debtors Next the characters are all very well thought out and that helps lend to the story There s a certain Faustian take to the whole novel with McNihil playing Faust and Harrisch the corporatexecutive who gives him the job playing the devil Harrisch has a tendency to appear seemingly from nowhere to ask McNihil to do the assignment bringing thugs in to kick him apart and lean on him At one point he appears by crane through the side of a train he had tampered with for the very purpose of screwing with the main character The one odd point with the characters comes in with November a female freelancer who seems to The First Ghost exist solely to be saved by McNihil and to finally drive the plot towards itsventual conclusion She seems like of an afterthought a plot lement to ventually get McNihil to accept Harrisch s offer and when she finally does do stuff in the book and on screen she winds up almost falling A lot Even the noir author who serves no purpose than to deliver the central theme and help derail the plot does and is better developed Which brings me to my next pointwe get a lot about what the world looks like but very little about the characters themselves In fact outside the world there isn t really much to the bookthe plot tends to meander a lot and at one point stops dead for a full chapter the characters are given maybe two lines worth of description and that s all and while Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential everything s tied up in the last forty pages it doesn t give a hell of a lot to run on Jeter seems to think the world he dreamed up is really cool but doesn t do anything apart from guided tours in the first section slow plot development in the second and then finally the point of the book in the third and fourth Now Jeter s world is interesting and his twisted take on film noir isnjoyable but one can t help but think perhaps the second section should have served as the first and then the first be interlaced flashbacks throughout leading up to the nding It does rob us of an interesting and kind of nonsensical section called Sex Burned a Wire but it would make for a much stronger book And finally I would be remiss if I didn t mention the two major sections that get fairly tracty The first around. In his acclaimed novels Dr Adder The Glass Hammer and the Blade Runner books KW Jeter masterfully re created the grim and gritty world of Ridley Scott's classic science fiction film masterpiece  Now Jeter returns with a startling and stylish new vision of the future as only he could imagine it a dark and disturbing universe that can be described with one word  Welcome to the Pacific Rim the new center of the civilized world  As the rest of the planet sinks toward conomic and social disaster the cities on the coast have become a neon lit high tech paradise  Chief among them is Los Angeles a sparkling metropolis attracting lost souls from across a shattered continent  But beneath the sleek surface lies a labyrinthine underground feed.

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With much greater levels of depravity to come Understand I am as hardcore as they come but this vision of the future left me unsettled YMMV Back at DynaZauber headuarters he knew some computer in the accounting department was humming almost silently to itself deducting the minor cost of the girl s death from the corporation s stock of pollution credits specifically on the urban misery index Every year DZ s PR division planted along the roads Humanism enough seedlings most of which died or grew into no than toxin stunted weeds to than counterbalance necessary operating deaths Which proved that the system worked if you let it p53The main thing I remembered from my first reading of KW Jeter s 1998 novel Noir was McNihil syes which although they turn out to be a relatively minor plot point are still one of the coolest gimmicks ver set to the service of an SF story The trick is simple to describe though it would probably be a real bear to implement although McNihil lives in a 21st century dystopia straight out of a David Cronenberg film his high tech yes show him a dynamically filtered view of that reality making it seem to him and to him alone as if he were living in the black and white world of a noir film from the 1940sMcNihil likes it that way and I can see why he d want to hide from the world he s in Hordes of murderous self replicating drones called Noh flies have made air travel impossible Outside the Pacific Rim bound together by its Ouroboros ring of railways going right around both North and South Poles civilization seems to have utterly collapsed Even inside that charmed circle conditions are not much better the remaining coastal corporations have wholeheartedly Placing Memory embraced the Denkmann philosophy which can be uickly synopsized as never give the customer or yourmployees an ven break and it s possible to get so far in debt that your corporate masters won t ven let you die you become indeadted instead zombie labor like McNihil s late wife sifting data for DynaZauber well after her official demise simply to serve the interest on her debt And McNihil let it happenAs you could probably tell solely from the protagonist s name Noir portrays a very mannered stylized future perhaps ven Mannerist if I m reading that Wikipedia page correctly Noir s narrative is labile both the characters themselves and the world they re in are presented as motionally variable unsteady underfoot liable to turn on you at any moment Like the late Renaissance Mannerist painters Jeter favors compositional tension and instability rather than the balance and clarity one might Wanton Nights expect from a sober work ofxtrapolationThe dialogue isn t natural While My Soldier Serves either The polysyllabic word connecting has somehow become a curse which makes EM Forster s dictum Only connect into something rather different and several times charactersxhort ach other toWake up and smell the burning corpses of your dreams pp251 283Who the hell talks like that But it s all of a piece with the milieu Jeter has borrowed from the past and injected into the future like a shot of morphine these characters talk to ach other as if they had a scriptwriter handling their conversations but it works It works The black and white flicker of McNihil s vision fills the screen shoving aside any ualms about the unreality of the world he sees or the world he would see if only he were to turn off his monochrome gazeJeter himself appears to be something of a copyright maximalist and this uncomfortable little snippet from McNihil s philosophy seems like a slice of the author s own wish fulfillmentThere s a hardware solution to intellectual property theft It s called a357 magnum No better way for taking pirates off line Permanently Properly applied to the head of any copyright infringing little bastard this works p201 mphasis in originalAlthough the ssay on copyright linked at the back of Noir no longer seems to The Fiend Next Door exist online there are hints on his somewhat current personal website that this is still Jeter s stanceHowever this attitude indeed McNihil sntire profession as an asp head one of the hardest of hard nosed nforcers of intellectual property in Jeter s brave new world is undermined by the very dystopia in which he operates In which he s trapped Neither McNihil nor Jeter seem to realize it but the owners of most intellectual property are corporations not people His vocation xists in the service are corporations not people His vocation பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் exists in the service at the sufferance of the very corporatentities he despisesBut the fact is that the contradictions in McNihil s makeup the self hatred that he feels for putting his wife into indeadtedness for serving the corrupt for putting himself in harm s way on behalf of hopeless causes are what make him interesting far so than the things he sees with his altered yes Despite its fragmented appearance Noir ultimately provides a coherent portrait of a man who knows what he wants and Who Will Achieve It will achieve it all the vicious machinery of a broken down world be arrayed against him He won t scape without scars but you know that in the A Meditation on Murder end he will walk out of the fire Remember when cyberpunk wasdgy and provocative I m talking pre Matrix cyberpunk the cyberpunk of writers like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling Back then it was dangerous Today it s uh well reality I mean seriously who knew that this Internet thing would be so popular Besides Gibson t al Jeter s novel Noir was written near the nd of the cyberpunk movement just before the Internet Travis explosion Set in a nearnough future Noir follows an investigator named McNihil how cool is that name huh Kind of a great little sucker punch to the vapidness of our consumer culture who is investigating the murder of an xecutive of a mega corporation that produces virtual reality devices that allows veryone to live out their wildest fantasies at home or at work or even in their car or you get the idea Sounds pretty in their car or you get the idea Sounds pretty huh Oh and the popularity of these products has created social problems galore workers doing half ass jobs students screwing up royally in school marriages failing churches and volunteer organizations losing members the poor getting poorer the rich getting richer AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 etc WTF As if a single technology could be responsible for such chaos It s weird to think Jeter wrote this in the 90s Eerily prescient alarmingly subversive and fing cool as hell Noir is a damn good readspecially for us geeks that still remember the good ol days of cyberpunk. As an information cop forced into The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? early retirement  He knows he is walking straight into a trap but he has no choice  He must descend into the noir underground his only companion a ruthless female operative named November who has a desperate agenda of her own  Together they will uncover a web ofvil far xtensive than McNihil ver imagineda vast conspiracy that threatens to blur forever the line between the sane safety of the daylight world and the dark dangerous world of noir Noir is KW Jeter at his very best a dazzling and inventive futuristic drama of mystery menace and sexual terror set in a society of glitter and sinister darkness in which no one can be trusted and The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online everything is far worse than it seems   From the Hardcoverditi. Noir AUTHOR K.W. Jeter