Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure gI received this book through Goodreads First ReadsThis book reminded me a lot of The Road with the nameless characters and locations However the structure worked for that book I m not so sure it worked as well with this one One of my favoriteenres is dystopianpost apocalyptic so I was really excited that I had the opportunity to read Above the Ether However I was a bit disappointed with how everything came together Yes there is some sort of tie in with all the characters by the end of the book but it s a long confusing time to et there At once achingly beautiful and terribly sad To say that I m a climate fiction fan never sounds uite right to me because they re usually disastrous human extinction events that completely untether modern civilizations and I find them fairly terrifying but I am drawn to them So this is a non formatted book that jumps from part of one story to another while there is no connection until the end of the story if then this is a world that has been destroyed by the deterioration of the city because of the lack of jobs and the loss of production
AND REPAIRS PUBLIC WORKS WERE DELAYEDrepairs public works were delayed the roads bridgeslevees and canals began falling apartBarnes inflicts his people with some bizarre ecological disasters such as when one city is swallowed up by dandelions but after reading how many of the characters came to be on the road they are all stuck on a highway that is below sea level When they are caught in a heavy rain there is a massive pile up on the sub surface road when the local levee collapses the road becomes a river rising to sixth feet in depthpeople from the north side of the city come to the aide of those from the south side who were stuck in the flooded highway the story is incomprehensible at some points or so convoluted flooded highway the story is incomprehensible at some points or so convoluted I can t understand why you would spend time figuring it out Read something else Thank you to Eric Barnes and Arcade for a copy of Above the Ether which I won in a Goodreads iveaway This is a dystopian novel set in our near future In it our Earth is so polluted and changed through This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World global warming that the weather has become deadly and unpredictable Different characters all unamed travel across country This novel was very bleak and dark The end offered somelimpses of humanity and kindness but it was so Scouts grim it was toughetting through I was interested in many characters and I found a couple appalling If dystopia is your The Organ Grinders genre I think you d like it If like me you only read it infreuently be warned it is not a warm and happy future that Eric Barnes envisions There are so many things I want to relay about Above the Ether by Eric Barnes that I am not uite sure I canive this book the justice it deserves Set in the near future we are thrust into the liv I enjoy dystopian enre all these different ways to end the world as we thrust into the liv I enjoy dystopian enre all these different ways to end the world as we it Climate is one way to o Popular enough to command its own subgenre climate related science fiction can be very compelling possib. Here is a mesmerizing novel of unfolding dystopia amid the effects of climate change in a world very like our own for readers of Emily St John Mandel's Station Eleven and Margaret Atwood's The Year of the FloodIn this preuel to Eric Barnes's acclaimed cli fi novel The City Where We Once Lived six sets of characters move through a landscape and a country just beginning to show the signs of cataclysmic changeA father and his young children fleeing a tsunami after a massive earthuake in the Gulf A woman and her husb. Ing their route and a restaurant manager just doing his job as best he can These disparate people move by happenstance and necessity toward an unnamed city where they converge in a crisis finding hope in the midst of despairNothing and no one has a name People are described solely by the roles Every location is unnamed leaving it to us to situate it in our own cultural eography So why is it so compelling Why did I read this in one sitting skipping dinner and reading to the end I think we value what we work forI remember being taught to put a notecard over the bottom third of the text while I was studying covering the serifs that make reading easier My professor explained that if I was forced to engage and infer while I was reading I would remember what I studied better He also said in the end I would learn to read faster He was right There is this idea in pedagogy that instilling a desirable difficulty in the work makes it easier to remember The concept of desirable difficulty might not be related to writing but I think it captures the magic of Above the EtherIt is as though Barnes took the writing advice of show don t tell to its ultimate expression He won t even tell us who is who and in some chapter fragments it can be hard to tell But that effort makes us engaged So much is unexplained we must bring ourselves into the reading process We cannot just sit back and read We have to think while we readWe care about these people because we have worked to know them and their situation We understand the catastrophe because we had to integrate our own experience Add to that the prose that is as simple as a hymn and as musical There is poetry on these pages as well as Silver in the Wood great understanding of humanity and compassion for the human conditionAbove the Ether is painful in many ways especially since this dystopia seems inevitableiven our desire to consume the inheritance of the next seven enerations all in one It feels rounded in the reality of likely outcomes and human potentialAbove the Ether will be released June 11th I received an e alley from the publisher through NetGalleyhttpstonstantweaderreviewswordpre beautiful lyrical painful savage I loved this book and couldn t tear myself away from it But it s all too real Above the Ether by Eric it s all
"too real Above the Ether by Eric a highly recommended preuel to his climate change science fiction novel The "real Above the Ether by Eric Barnes a highly recommended preuel to his climate change science fiction novel The Where We Once LivedThe stories of six sets of vastly different characters are told in short vignettes set in the climate changed world Barnes first created in The City Where We Once Lived The weather patterns are unpredictable and violent while the round is poisoned and the The Second Cure government is unable to provide any assistance This novel covers the changes before that led to the world he created None of his characters areiven names rather they are named by a description We follow the stories of a father and his two children fleeing a tsunami in the Gulf an investor making money betting on disaste. Cist present The manager of a chain of nondescript fast food restaurants in a city ravaged by the relentless windWhile every night the news alternates images of tsunami destruction with the baseball scores the characters converge on a city where the forces of change have already broken a city half abandoned with one part left to be scavenged as the levee system protecting it slowly fails until in their vehicles on the highway that runs through it they witness the approach of what looks to be just one violent stor.
Eric Barnes Ê 6 SummaryLy because it s so tragically realistic In this book the lobal warming is very real and it is devastating realistic In this book the lobal warming is very real and it is devastating fires raising waters albeit not in a eographical proximity that would have been a practical solution to both tsunamis earthuakes storms and so on There is a city nameless as all things are in this book that is separated into a distinct North and South end one inhabitable one abandoned But people survivelike they tend to And it is their journeys through this scarred new world that comprise this novel The book is made up of separate occasionally intersecting narratives following
Different Survivors And Their Storiessurvivors and their stories of them are nameless but nevertheless distinct and compelling Although the lack of names does contribute to a eneral distance in the ambiance it is obviously a stylistic choice as is the clipped manner of dialogue and short almost staccato like sentence structure I enjoyed it in a way it provided a certain succinctness to the narration but for a dialogue it didn t work to the same extent instead making it seem like every single otherwise completely singular individual spoke exactly alike The other
thing is that the book and the stories within it seem very episodic like sketches sois that the book and the stories within it seem very episodic like sketches so actually proper plots It helps to know something inexplicably omitted in the description that this book is set in the same universe as Barnes previous book information I found out on GR after the fact Not sure if the two are seuential or merely parallel but maybe both provide a complete picture Or maybe both are just collections of character journeys It works as is especially if you re in a mood for a relentlessly bleak near dystopian future that s entirely too plausible for anyone following the news But it is all very one note very sad note uite heavy and probably not for everyone Gimmicks aside it s well written but words like entertaining or enjoyable wouldn t really be the appropriate choices to describe this book Not really climate sci fi either too close to reality It reads very uickly too But by no means an easy single sitting one afternoon read Thanks Netgalley Above the Ether takes place the day after tomorrow or so it seems An earthuake in the Eagle's Gate gulf at the same time as a hurricane creates an epic wave that devours theulf coast Never ending fires render communities unlivable Drought devastates farmland Dandelions and mollusks and nature in World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi general seems to have run amok Eric Barnes describes a dystopic future that is only a tick of the clock from our present a future where the climate catastrophe we have done little to avoid arrives And yet Barnes does not use the word climate once This is not a polemic this is a storyAbove the Ether follows six narratives a father and his kids fleeing theulf a husband and wife seeking their runaway son a callous investor checking out the potential for disaster dividends refugees finally etting their release from a border detention facility carnival workers work. And punishing themselves without relent for the loss of both their sons to addiction while wildfires slowly burn closer to their family home A brilliant investor assessing opportunity in the risk to crops homes cities industries and infrastructure working in the silent comfort of her office sixty floors up in the scorching air A doctor and his wife stuck in a refugee camp for immigrants somewhere in a southern desert Two young men working the rides for a roadside carnival one escaping a brutal past the other a ra.