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Gun Machine

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I provided this guide to some of our members. Some liked the book, some hated it. There was some good, spirited discussion about the serial killer’s mental state. Jana did a wonderful spread to keep our stomach growls quiet. I had 2 helpings of her apple crisp, and whipped cream. There is a progression in weight in Warren Ellis. Gun Machine is much better than ‘Crooked Little Vein’. I’m looking forward to much more from him.
Gun Machine (guide)
1. Native America: ‘A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual.’
‘A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan and who
may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City’s history.’


English: Bird's eye panorama of Manhattan & Ne...

English: Bird’s eye panorama of Manhattan & New York City in 1873 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


‘The Europeans had noticed that the Native Americans had seemed to place great value on
something called wampum…’  p-116
‘Bat tapped the screen with a jagged fingernail. These things were art and book and device.
(machine) John, wampum belts were memory.’ p-195
2. Buddies: p-52 on. How Tallow met, and started bonding with Bat, and Scarley. ‘I guess I
didn’t make myself clear,’ Tallow said. ‘You two are my new partners. And we’re solving this
case….’ p-63
‘Tallow, Scarley, and Bat tumbled out of the Fetch…’ p-107
‘The CSUs really had done an incredible, ingenious job.’ p-127
‘You are a lazy asshole, John, Scarly said, but she was grinning’ p-195
‘John. This is a direct instruction. You are coming to our apartment and eating with us…so
Talia offered to make dinner.’ p-249
‘What I want to know is where you get these magical powers that make Scarlatta happy, or at
least compliant, about working one second more than her scheduled hours.’ p-258
3. Urbanization Andrew Machen
 ‘Your plans for the building, sir?’
‘Knocking it down.’…’This isn’t just your job, is it?’ p-44-47.
Aer Keep p-165 vs ‘…Werpoes, It’s not safe.’ p-118  Emily and (see next)
4. Corruption
 Jason Westover, ‘The founder and CEO of Spearpoint Security. We go way back.’ The
assistant chief said it in that dismissive, it’s nothing way that meant it was not to be dismissed
and that it was in fact very important for everyone to know he knew wealthy and impressive
people.’ p-202,3
5. Corporate Police p-168 ‘So, said Tallow, I have two people from Spearpoint literally loading
my evidence into boxes and intending to drive it all to one of their storage facilities in two trips.’
‘Yeah. So Spearpoint trains us in evidence collection, and crowd control, and that kind of
thing. You know. Police work…(and) Ambient Security…You couldn’t do that, said Bat.That’s
your actual Big Brother shit.’ p-189 -190
‘That said, the same company that had a security system walk out of its depot and affix itself to
the door of a presumed serial killer is intending to look after almost all of our evidence
overnight.’ p-204
‘Yes, said (assistant chief Allen) Turkel. Well. It was a kind offer…’ p-204
‘Do you not understand what my company does? We’re going to take your job, Tallow.’ (said
Jason Westover) p287
6.Tallow ‘Tallow’s empathy extended to reading a situation and not a hell of a lot further.’ p-156
7. Mental Illness ‘I was building a ritual machine that, when completed, would do the work of
the Ghost Dance. When it finished and ran, or danced or told itself or whatever, it would
restore Manhattan to old Mannahatta, the island of many hills, and my people would return…In
my own defense, I was completely insane, The hunter (CTS) smiled.’ as opposed to ‘…an
unmedicated schizophrenic…’ p-306
‘Except that she’s (Emily Westover) got all the classic symptoms of an untreated psychotic
break.’ p-289
8. Form/Style
9. Characters
‘Why? Kutkha gurgled. Why? We do Business.’ p-218
‘Ms, Benson laughed. Andy Machen would be polishing my shoes if I still had Bae today,
detective. He was, and is, irreplaceable.’ p226
‘So you’d like to hear my sense of the case.’ p-231
First Deputy Commissioner, Wanda p-234
‘…I work for you?…’ p-268
Sophie, Mike, the other Spearpoint rent a cop (driver)
The grotesque, the military man, the child p-141, and on
10. Warren Ellis
Warren Girard Ellis (born 16 February 1968) is an English author of comics, novels, and
television, who is well known for sociocultural commentary, both through his online presence
and through his writing, which covers transhumanistthemes (most notably
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Woman Overbored? no way!

This story reminds me of our book club book discussion of ‘Woman Overboard’. The author was at our house, she’s a friend of members, Carol, and Bob. She described the writing, which involved converting from first person to third, and vice versa, or vice versa, I can’t really remember. The relationship with her older husband was a factor for this brave woman who never learned to swim, and who was afraid, very afraid most of the trip. It didn’t sound like a very enjoyable way to travel. It reminds me of travelling cross country on a motorbike. Why anyone would do it is questionable, I still don’t know why anyone would find that attractive. Some people must enjoy a challenge, no matter how unrewarding it may be. The author just seemed to like writing about her perspective of it. From her website, http://www.womanoverboardbook.com/ : CAMILLE GANNON CANNOT SWIM. In fact, she suffers from a gut-wrenching fear of drowning. At the peak of her professional career, her husband, Peter, reveals his lifelong dream of circumnavigating the world on a sailboat, with Camille as first mate.
So begins a nearly two-year saga where Camille must suppress her fears and dreams and find the will to accept a life of isolation and her own inadequacies as a sailor. Living within the confines of a 44-foot sailboat, experiencing the awesome power of nature on the open sea, and enduring the intrusion of crew members along the way, she struggles to support Peter as they island-hop across the South Pacific. While landfalls and shore leaves are fascinating adventures, cruising is not all blue lagoons, sunsets, and tailwinds. Yet Camille’s anxiety slowly evolves into confidence in her abilities as a sailor, a wife, and a woman.
Woman Overboard will resonate with all women faced with the choice of enabling the passion of a beloved mate when doing so means personal sacrifice and confrontation with their fears. The memoir is a warm-hearted glimpse into the life of a cruising couple as they discover the true meaning of bon voyage.

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It seems like it was just yesterday ( Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk )…

When we had our last book club meeting. maybe it’s because it was last Saturday. It was easier to find Bob and Carols’s place because our sun was still up in the desert Southwest. They had good food, and drinks to sustain our discussion. Jackie started off with why this book inspired her interest in it. It’s not easy to hold up the mirror to ourselves regarding our corporate sponsorship of war, and business, while discussing how the survivor soldiers in these battles are damaged. Author, Ben Fountian, went for a snapshot of current American sociopolitical life, and got one, warts and all. Was Billy Lynn a hero? Did he have PTSD? What did Fountian think America’s relationship to our veterans is? Good questions we talked about. 

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Shadow of the Winded

Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote a long, epic novel in Shadow. There were long stretches of development of relationships stressed by the long Spanish civil war. Book lovers, and history  buffs rubbed elbows with Barcelona, and romantics in this well developed long story. It was wrapped up neatly, as life is sometimes, with some sadness and regrets. The survivors bore their scars, and the dead were buried. Jackie and Dave were wonderful hosts, and it was difficult with it being a family visit time.

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Leslie did a great job hosting, after coming back from her trip to Ohio. Bob H. brought a CD with the vocal from the opera from the book, We discussed the purpose for, and the meaning of existence. Muriel Barbery is an amazing 44 year old, married, philosophy professor/author. She hit a pretty good triple for this popular book. While we didn’t find it flawless it is very discussable. We touched on her other book with the same ‘set’, Une gourmandise in French, translated and titled as Gourmet Rhapsody in english, since we usually bring stuff from researching our books. The book was made into a French feature, the Hedgehog, or in French, Le Hérisson, which is available on Netflix, and helped me understand what happened. It’s a good book that expresses how like minded brains can find each other, and what they can teach each other, and why it makes sense to try to connect. We did it again tonight with this book. Well done book club!

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The Man Who Loved Books too Much

We had our book club at our house last night. We discussed ‘The Man Who Loved Books Too Much’, by Allison Hoover Bartlett. Some liked it, some didn’t think too much of it. It was about a guy who stole books (a lot of books!), why, and how he did it. And the price he paid when he was caught (more than once going to prison).  I picked the book. Sue and I had some nice cheese her brother sent, veggies, and salmon and crackers, chips and dip. We polished off some wine, and had a triple chocolate cake for dessert. I listened to this book on CD, which I borrowed from our local library. Coincidentally I downloaded the e book version of it from our library today. I wanted to download it to my tablet, but couldn’t so It went to my HP laptop. Oh well, I’ll keep working on that- to get it to my tablet. I have a meeting with a local library techie later this month. We went to an art show at La Paloma Resort, and there was a bookseller there. We talked about the book we read, and the book business.

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