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  1. Chris Chris says:

    Ambient is a ragged love story set in a corporate dystopia of the future It's a cross between Escape from New York and The Space Merchants The language used especially with the revolutionary subculture is vivid expressive and entirely original Additionally the dialogue and narrative are heavy with delicious irony Beyond a shadow of a doubt this book is a must read for its language its dialogue and its ironic bleak hud look at a dystopic corporate future


  2. Nicholas Barone Nicholas Barone says:

    This book is a mixed bag It's the first book of six so far set in Womack's acclaimed Ambient New York setting It's also Womack's first novel Published in 1987 it appeared at the tail end of the Cyberpunk movement and it shares a lot with that subgenre Not so much of the cyber but uite a bit of the punk overpopulated dystopian corporation dominated society etc The setting is very intriguing Womack's over the top run down New York is a character unto itself The actual characters not nearly as interesting although they aren't horribly done The plot of the book sadly isn't all that compelling this is by far the books biggest weakness On the other hand the biggest strength of the book is its prose particularly the dialog Womack's character's speak in a dialect that is a joy to read two dialects actually One for the general populace and another used by the Ambients deformed outcasts So even though the story didn't pull me along I still enjoyed reading the book just for the joy of hearing the dialog in my head Over all the pluses and minuses balance out to a 35 I anticipate that his later novels will be significantly better as Womack hones his craft


  3. Angus McKeogh Angus McKeogh says:

    Definitely had it’s own vernacular sort of in the vein of Trainspotting it took a bit of time to get the gist of the language Outlandish and crazy concepts mixed into a dystopian society set in the future How many times can someone be double crossed and how depraved has society become I’ll certainly carry on with the Dryco novels but could absolutely understand why someone would uit after starting this one too Mixed emotions


  4. Tony Tony says:

    This thirty year old debut novel has been sitting on my shelf unread for probably about twenty years I think I picked it up right after enjoying Womack's post Soviet book Let's Put the Future Behind Us At the time I hadn't noticed the tagline across the bottom that proclaims this An American Clockwork Orange which is a pretty hefty expectation to set I suppose it or meets the superficial criteria for the tagline which is to say that it's set in an ultraviolent dystopian future in which everyone speaks in a heavily stylized slang The titular ambients are basically a subclass of genetically deformed victims of a nuclear plant leak one of whom is a bodyguard in New York for one of the wealthiest men on the planet That man is the scion of the founder of Dryco a conglomerate that basically controls what little government is left in America and by extension must have a controlling interest of the world economy The founder lives in seclusion in Westchester County and might be going slowly mad and the bodyguard is ordered to kill him This seems like the perfect scheme for him to elope with his boss's mistress an ambient who is particularly proficient in the Rollerball style death matches by which Dryco symbolically engulfs punier corporations Basically stripping away all the stylistic flash it's a classic plot of two people in service to another but in love with each otherThe problem is that it's both kind of boring and the world it depicts doesn't really make much sense It's boring in that the plot takes forever to set up and start moving which is only amplified by the stylized language since it takes a while to parse and get used to the rhythm of it Which then makes getting immersed in the world that much harder and opens the doors to uestioning it For example the NYC of the book is crumbling and broken into zones with various militias and prone to just complete anarchy In such a place anyone with any sense and the means to do so would wall themselves up in a fortress Instead the heir to the planet's largest fortune is chauffeured through this chaos by a driver of dubious reliability with a lone bodyguard Another minor example is that in this world where the economy has effectively collapsed somehow people still subscribe to cable television with 19 channels including sports and reruns of Dobie Gillis There's just too much that doesn't make sense and all the flashy violence and language can't compensate The author wrote a later book called Random Acts of Senseless Violence that is chronologically earlier in the same setting and might actually be better as it details the city's collapse into anarchy Try that one first and if you enjoy it then give this a whirl


  5. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    This was a really brilliant piece of science fiction or maybe cyberpunk possibly dystopian fiction? Or maybe just plain excellently written fiction Choose your flavourWe follow O'Malley our fairly content fairly well adjusted by the standards of his day main character as he goes about his day he is the bodyguard for a top ranking corporation executive one of a powerful family who basically can do whatever they like O'Malley is grateful for his job he does not know where or who he would be otherwise in this world where people can have anything done to them with no repercussions this violently lawless society where anything goes for some people and nothing is given for othersThe only thing that O'Malley is dissatisfied about the only thing he really craves is Avalon his boss's concubine? Sex slave? or similar In order to get Avalon he accepts an insane offer from his boss who is thinking along lines of patricideThis story is so well written it is virtually timeless the clever use of invented slang as was done in Clockwork orange means that the language does not date it The society is so outrageously unlike our own that the reader is given no option of dating events based on anything they know It is an incredibly addictive readI would caution people who do not deal well with violence that it is not for them I would also say that if you HAVE to know the meaning of each word you read it might drive you insane because the slang and concepts are ones you have to learn by context as you read I loved this but I know some people did not deal in Clockwork orange there is even here Apparently one of a series but you would never know it This book forms a perfect novel in its own right reading it you are never even aware that it is a # in a series you have to log on to goodreads and read up on other Womack books to find out I will definitely be seeking out of them nowAlso it is not a fast read; it took me several days to finish it a long time for me Because of the writing style you have to immerse yourself in it for periods of time to get the hang of events It is so very very worth doing so thoughAny lover of any of the genera I mentioned put it on your to read list straightaway


  6. Jim Leckband Jim Leckband says:

    Ambient is a dystopian noir novel set in the 21st century where Elvis is worshipped and New YorkAmerica has become a Hobbesian hell and a libertarian dreamland Owners own and rule and kill Ambients are maimed and deformed from a chemicalnuclearbiological experiment and the rest of humanity are just surface irritants to the owners kind of like nowIf you lived through the Reagan years when this written then it is easy to follow the extrapolations Womack has used to create this novel The Moral Majority the SALT meetings and mutually assured destruction punk attitudes and fashion and above all the hypocrisynarcissism of the Me Decade are used to see what would happen if the amp went to 11 on all that insanityBut what sets it above the usual hellhandbasket dystopian novels is the Ambients' lingo Womack has uite the poets ear for the vernacular that seems to have sprouted beautifully malformed from Shakespeare like Caliban While not as powerful as Riddley Walker I would recommend Ambient to fans of that book


  7. Met A Met A says:

    So I gave this book my fourth read through I still love it and recommend it I do think that you have to view O'Malley as an unreliable narrator The book is told through his eyes and his perspective is definitely colored So much of what makes the book is his observations I was surprised this reread at just how basic the plot was and also how much is packed into the last chapter like a sweet nuget of exposition at the center of a candyI'm resolved to read the rest of the series I'm just glad the future we live in is not the one of Ambient


  8. Verilina Verilina says:

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  9. Jim Golmon Jim Golmon says:

    This is one of the best books that I've read this year Wildly funny and eerily prescient the book was published in 1987 and is one of Womack's Dryco series Basic background info includes Dryco is the uber company that is in control than any other entity of everything that matters; its leader is the Old Man; Elvis has left the planet is considered a God by many and is referred to as E; most people are considered to be surplus folks who can be killed off with impunity and the military is the only real force maintaining the current system If the government of the US being run by businesses who are allegedly in control of those very same too big to fail businesses is your idea of dystopic reality this book should be right up your alleyExtremely well written I had to go back numerous times to just reread some passages out loud that just cracked me up I will close with one example of same The president's Food Commission reported that hunger in America had been eliminated among those who hadn't starved Dryco had done its part in the past to accomplish this goal Parcels of supplies had been airlifted to starving farm communities in Indiana at the Old Man's reuest nine months earlier That the supplies consisted of surplus diet pills laxatives and pictures of E was noticed before takeoff Not even the Old Man's foes claimed that the huge boxes were deliberately dropped into the midst of the crowds; they were


  10. Jon Mountjoy Jon Mountjoy says:

    An enjoyable book A freakish yet believable almost post apocalyptic world Humans are worth nothing Much death raping and pillaging Yet somehow he manages to draw a small thread through it all I enjoyed the odd language he creates which is used no than 20% through the book I’d say Things like“We kept alone Given wood for cake and stones for bread our way lined each morn with numps and nowls and gagtoothed pricksters all achant bespewing larkish cries of freak freak freak”The style of the book reminds me a little of William S Burroughs


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Ambient ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Ambient By Jack Womack ⚣ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk He auí una parábola cruel sobre una Norteamérica ue se ha vuelto loca vista a través de los ojos de la violenta y decadente Nueva York del siglo XXI donde el mundo de la riueza y los altos negocio He auí una parábola cruel sobre una Norteamérica ue se ha vuelto loca vista a través de los ojos de la violenta y decadente Nueva York del siglo XXI donde el mundo de la riueza y los altos negocios gravita sobre las bullentes y despiadadas multitudes ue atestan sin ley ni concierto las calles mientras acechando en la sombras se hallan los Ambientes una nueva raza surgida de un terrible accidente y a la ue se han unido muchos automutilados y ue detenta una subcultura propia con sus costumbres su religión y su territorioSobre este fondo apocalíptico se desarrolla la historia de O´Malley el guardaespaldas; Avalon la prostitutaexclava; Dryden el gran magnate ue odia a su padre Una historia contada al ritmo de un lenguaje futurista y particular una mezcla de inglés victoriano spanglish y rasta jamaicano para los Ambientes; una jerga orwelliana el sincopada y retorcida para los ejecutivos; el lenguaje militar llevado has sus últimos extremos para el ejércitto.