- Gebundene Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Mulholland Books (5. August 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0316252638
- ISBN-13: 978-0316252638
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,8 x 24,1 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 214.396 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. August 2014
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"Is it too late to nominate a candidate for novel of the summer? . . . A paranoid, sarcastic and clattering pop thriller . . . Mr. Shafer gets the playfulness-to-paranoia ratio about exactly right. . . . He's got a sick wit and a high style. Reading his prose is like popping a variant of the red pill in The Matrix: Everything gets a little crisper. . . . Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a page-turner, yet many more "literary" writers will, I suspect, envy Mr. Shafer's tactile prose. His eye is hawklike. . . . Mr. Shafer has written a bright, brash entertainment, one that errs, when it errs at all, on the side of generosity, narrative and otherwise. It tips you, geekily and humanely, through the looking glass."―Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Shafer's savvy, sardonic take on our social media- and Big Data-worshiping society is as current as your Twitter feed..Just in time for your August beach trip, put Whiskey on your Amazon Wish List. As if they don't already know you want it."―Patty Rhule, USA Today
"Genius techno-thriller à la Neal Stephenson, powered by social-media info-conspiracy à la Dave Eggers."―Lev Grossman, Time
"No summary can do justice to the snap and smarts of this witty tale. . . . A clever book with an entertaining narrator just exploding with personalities."―Jenni Laidman, Chicago Tribune
"Zinging with wit and pop culture savvy . . . Shafer's writing is hip, wickedly hilarious, cutting edge, and ultimately concerned with old-fashioned notions of morality and redemption. . . His inventive, comic, dystopian semi-thriller restored my faith in fiction."―Mark Lindquist, Seattle Times
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Shafer is a graduate of Harvard and the Columbia Journalism School. He has lived in Argentina and Dublin, and has been a journalist, sometimes a carpenter, once a taxi driver and briefly a flack for an NGO. He now lives in Portland with his wife, daughter, and son.
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The most frustrating thing is that the book ends without any resolution. And I don't mean that it has an ambiguous ending-- it has an arbitrary ending, or, more accurately, it just stops dead in its tracks for no discernible reason. If there is a second volume coming, and I assume that there is, I don't think that I am invested enough in what remains of the story to care.
The bottom line: I enjoyed reading it, but didn't really enjoy having read it because I felt cheated by the WTF ending.
"The Whole Another Internet" thing is a necessary and emerging fact of our world to expose, explore, expand upon and assess. But it is here that the book is weakest, merely assuming an almost collinearity of effects, effects that are unproblematically categorized. So, in terms of actually exploring the complexities and probabilities "of a whole other Internet," Shafer just takes the whole thing for granted, in ways that I find to be less be, well, a bit lazy.
Character development is probably the strongest suit of the book, particularly in detailing the lives of the three main protagonists. But even so, we aren't given the chance to assess the characters and histories of the corporatist data-mining antagonists. They remain evil and larger than life circus clowns, with appetites and means to turn our world into a 21st Century digital feudalistic society.
Ultimately, the reviewer oversold the book. The reviewer, Garner, sold the readers on what the book was not and could not be: A thoughtful, imaginative, complex portrait of a world birthed by the emerging Internet of Things (the backbone of that "whole other Internet.")
In the end, we can enjoy the book for what it is, if we can discard the excessive claims of Dwight Garner. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is pleasant, but far less ambitious than Garner claims.
However, the book does have its problems. The story seemed a bit plodding and overwrought in places, and at times it felt like the author was milking the plot. I also found that three of the four main characters simply weren't very sympathetic. Two were falling-down drunks, and they were well captured, but wading through their drunken and/or stoned episodes got to be a bit much after a couple hundred pages. A third character -- a spy who worked for the US Postal Service (seriously) -- was so poorly devleoped that he just felt like a plot mechanism to bind the others together. The true protagonist of the book is a woman of courage and integrity that I enjoyed spending time with. Unfortunately, the story bounced around among the four characters, with each chapter switching to another point of view and a different story arc. It's a standard "thriller" trick (think Tom Clancy) that must work for many readers, but I have always found it contrived and halting. Just about the time I got engaged in the narrative, I had to switch to another character with a separate story from four chapters back that I'd lost interest in. Most of the book is written this way, and it got tiresome pretty quickly.
But the real problem with this book is that it has no ending. It's the promise of a story that never gets delivered. The book drags out a huge plot, gradually weaving together the lives of the four primary characters until it eventually brings them together, all the while building toward a monster climax that... never happens. Three of the characters are left running from the bad guys while the fourth one sets out on his mission to penetrate the inner circle of the monstrous enemy. And the book just... stops.
Tastes will differ, and you may enjoy books that end without endings. To me, they feel like a rip-off. This book is basically a set-up to get you to buy the second book to find out what happens... once the author has finished it, that is. At this point, I don't care what happens. It's not worth wading through another book to find out, and I don't trust the author not to push the resolution off to a third book. It may be a good way to sell books, but to me it lacks integrity.
By the way, in case you didn't know, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is military phonetics for WTF, which is shorthand for "What The F*ck!?!" And that's exactly the feeling I had at the end of this book.
Don't read this unless you're ready to fork over more bucks.
Should have been called "whiskey tango foxtrot -- Part 1" . Complete scam.