Gun Machine

English: Looking south from Top of the Rock, N...

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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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