The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse

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The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse

The Gumshoe the Witch and the Virtual Corpse Welcome to st century Atlanta During your stay depending on your tastes you can cruise gay midtown I hear that the Inquisition Health Club has introduced manacles and chains to the aerobics class

  • Title: The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse
  • Author: Keith Hartman
  • ISBN: 9781892065056
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to 21st century Atlanta During your stay, depending on your tastes, you can cruise gay midtown I hear that the Inquisition Health Club has introduced manacles and chains to the aerobics class or check out the Reverend Senator Stonewall s headquarters at Freedom Plaza watch out for the Christian Militia guarding it, though or attend a sky clad Wiccan sabbat byWelcome to 21st century Atlanta During your stay, depending on your tastes, you can cruise gay midtown I hear that the Inquisition Health Club has introduced manacles and chains to the aerobics class or check out the Reverend Senator Stonewall s headquarters at Freedom Plaza watch out for the Christian Militia guarding it, though or attend a sky clad Wiccan sabbat by invitation only Avoid the courthouse, where the Cherokee have turned out in full war paint to renegotiate a nineteenth century land deal Also stay away from all cemeteries, at least until the police find out why someone is disinterring and crucifying corpses As you can tell, this is a lively novel, full of intricate plotting and engaging off beat characters Among the latter are a gay detective, a Wiccan family, an ambitious televangelist with an eye on the White House, an artist whose medium is flesh and blood, a Cherokee drag queen and then there s poor Benji, who would just like to make it to his fifteenth birthday, assuming the MIBS don t get him first or his Baptist parents don t ground him for life because his new girlfriend is a witch Picked as one of the eight best mysteries of 1999 by The Drood Review of Mysteries Winner of Two Spectrum Awards Best Novel and People s Choice Nominated for Two Lambda Awards Best Science Fiction Fantasy Book and Best Men s Mystery.

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    1. Res on said:

      The one where America is so culturally divided that there are Wiccan schools as well as Baptist ones. Drew Parker is a gay private detective, and his partner, Jen, a witch, is missing, and someone digs up a corpse and does something very strange with it. The future world is drawn in such broad, exaggerated strokes; it might work as an article-length parody, but at novel length, I don't believe it, and as a result, I don't believe most of the characters, either. It doesn't help that the book is m [...]

    2. Ulysses Dietz on said:

      Liked this a great deal. Well written, clever, fast-paced, a real nail-biter at times. There are moments of genuine darkness, and moments of profound emotion. The very complicated plot could be off-putting if you don't like that sort of thing - as could the multiple first-person POVs. But I was captivated and grew to like all the characters, except for one, who was hateful all the way through. Set in the future, but not too far in the future, we see an America not unlike what we know today, but [...]

    3. Tepintzin on said:

      I read this a good 15 years ago, and felt like reading it again. It's kind of a novel-length political cartoon, and very prescient in how possible it is to live in an echo chamber. There are actual Wiccan neighbourhoods and private schools, and these exist for other religions, and sects of same. Like ethnic neighbourhoods, only here it's deliberately constructed subdivisions. It was amusing seeing references to the Microsoft Network, which of course now absolutely exists. So some things are date [...]

    4. Paul Wooller on said:

      Batshit crazy! If you broke this book down you'd go mental. Far too many grammatical errors and at one point the years and ages don't add up. Also, due to the large amount of narrators in the book, its tough even for the sharpest of memories to remember what happened a particular characters in their previous chapters 100 pages back. BUT, if you go with the flow and just enjoy the slightly fantastical/futuristic murder mystery then you'll have a blast!

    5. Ryan on said:

      In the year 2033, in this near future mystery with elements of both Sci-Fi and Fantasy, the various cultures and subcultures in America are so divided, the country is ready to erupt into civil war. Religion has found a strong foothold in politics. Wiccan has achieved a level equal with Christianity. Abortion is legal. The gay gene has been found. And since Catholicism is the last major religion to believe abortion is wrong, most young gays are Catholic. It's a world that feels like it's on the b [...]

    6. Lori S. on said:

      Just how did the author keep them all straight? I bet he had a wall chart or something, with cross indexing. I'm impressed. This book is full of interesting characters. We get first person perspectives from the Gumshoe Drew Parker, his partner, Jen late into the book, the Chosen Benji, his girlfriend Summer, her mother the Witch (whose name escapes me), the Reverend Senator Zacharia Stonewall, the Artist, the Singer, the Cherokee Shaman, the Police you get the picture. Each has his or her own c [...]

    7. Brandon on said:

      "The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse" by Keith Hartman gives a fun look into the near future, where cultural differences have created a segregated society that is sitting on a powder keg. Keith Hartman has created a colorful cast of characters, and it's fun to see how their various stories come together. I was a little disappointed at how little Drew Parker had to do with the actual story, and I was sad to see a certain character die so suddenly. The story has LGBT characters and them [...]

    8. Delton on said:

      Enjoyable dialogue and convoluted, yet somewhat witty scenarios throughout the book made up for some of the clumsy writing. However, the overall *mystery* wasn't all that intriguing or engaging and at times it was hard to believe the 'Gumshoe' was some sort of seasoned and 'skilled' undercover detective. Although the chapters in the book tell the story from the point of view of (too) many characters, it still all felt somewhat like the same voice to me. Part Sci-Fi and part mystery, it felt lack [...]

    9. Mark on said:

      I have had the Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse on my "to read" list for a while now, and I'm very glad that I finally got around to reading it. The story is very inventive, the characters are fully rounded and interesting, and the multiple POV storytelling really allows the reader to truly understand the full depth of the mystery.I think my only criticism would be that there was one POV character too many. Considering the title, I would have expected most of the tale to be seen throug [...]

    10. Vicki on said:

      This story was well written, with a few grammatical errors (not enough to make you crazy if that sort of thing bothers you). It was clever and fast-paced which helped considering the length. It was very exciting and intense at times. I kind of liked all of the P-O-V's and found it easy to keep track of who was who (you are actually told at the beginning of each chapter). No graphic sex, (view spoiler)[infact the mc doesn't even really have a love interest, more a "it-would-be-nice-but-wouldn't-w [...]

    11. Korgon on said:

      Oh, I adore this book. It's such glorious fun, written with love and conviction and sharp, dorky humour. Perfect for curling up with to reread when the world outside is getting me down.Set in a thoroughly balkanised 2024 America, it follows its much put-upon characters through a week of serial killers, riots, court cases and, of course, embarrassing crushes. Clearly a first novel, but I find the rough edges charming; they make the earnestness that occasionally bursts through a lot easier to enjo [...]

    12. Anne on said:

      Mystery set in a future conceived in the 90's. So far, 8 different first person narrators and counting. Possible time travelers have appeared. You wouldn't think it would work at all, but it did, all the way through. Finished in one fabulous afternoon. I totally enjoyed this. Not for anyone who takes their Moral Majority, New Age witchcraft or gay private eyes seriously, and there were no time travelers after all, just psychics. I figured out at last that it was like a comic book in prose, that' [...]

    13. Amy Weiner on said:

      This book kept showing up on automated "recommended" lists for me. I finally gave in and really enjoyed it. It is physically large, and it takes a little work to get into. The entire novel is told in first-person perspective, but who that person is changes from chapter to chapter. The stories really do cross each other, you just have to hang in there. Among the narrators of this future-Atlanta whodunnit are a police detective, a gay private detective, a Wiccan mom with a husband and two daughter [...]

    14. Mark Boltz-Robinson on said:

      OMG. Best first novel, ever. Hartman comes out with a leading book that at first seems disjointed. Each chapter is set in a slightly-future Atlanta, told from the point of view of the character archetype: The Gumshoe, The Witch, The Artist, etc. And slowly about 8 or so distinct characters and viewpoints are twisted together, with increasing rapidity to a singular moment of "Holy Fuck. Plot twist!" that I found brilliant. Re-read it again recently and it just reconfirmed how awesome it was.

    15. Sineala on said:

      A reasonably intriguing gay SF mystery set in the near future, in which the US is basically Baptists versus Wiccans and there are some grotesque murders going on. Not my favorite thing ever -- I think it has a few too many POV characters -- but the execution is really well done. Hey, I might even read the sequel someday.

    16. Trina on said:

      A bizarre and entertaining mash-up of speculative fiction, urban fantasy, and noir mystery that takes a number of current issues to their absurd extremes, from televangelism to Native American rights to psychic detectives. Much wittier and better plotted than many of the supernatural genre-benders that have recently flooded the market.

    17. April Cheek on said:

      An amazing book It ties together all the characters as magnificantly as 'A Confederacy of Dunces' And each character tells their story in the first person - which i see is a new trend with writers but Hartman was the first! This was a brilliant mystery that is considered SF because it takes place in 2024.Give it a shot you wont be disappointed!

    18. James on said:

      Full review here:jamesgenrebooks/2The mix of Sci-fi, urban fantasy, magical realism, and just plain humor is a heady mix, frosted with themes that are close to my heart, was just what I needed to get 2016 off to a good start.

    19. Linda on said:

      This is the oddest book I have read in a while. Part sci-fi, part mystery. Imagine a society with three main factions: the Baptists, the Gays, and the Witches. I didn’t like it after I finished reading it, but now looking back, I would recommend it.

    20. Angela on said:

      Turned out much better than I expected. Though the multiple first person thing did take a bit to get used to. Would have liked to see more of one particular character, but can understand why we didn't gt as much time with them.

    21. Sean on said:

      I couldn't finish this book jumped around too much for my tastes. I wish the author would have stuck with one plot and set of characters, instead of so many. It was hard to follow if you didn't read it all in one sitting (I assume).

    22. Trevor on said:

      According to the owner of Borderlands (the SF/fantasy bookstore in SF) this is one of only three books (along with World War Z and Little Brother) that everyone on the staff read, liked, and recommends.

    23. Drianne on said:

      I love this book. I'm not normally a fan of multiple POV switching like this, but this book is just so much fun that I don't mind. It's clever and interesting; definitely a must for sf and mystery fans.

    24. Mark Campbell on said:

      A bit too lengthy in my opinion, a lot of details but overall, a decent book!

    25. Patillades on said:

      Just awesome, it took me four days to finish it, I couldn't stop reading.

    26. Joshua on said:

      It was fun to read. The story was complex and you needed to pay attention to the chapter names, but over all it worked very well.

    27. H.B. Pattskyn on said:

      I'm re-reading this one and appreciating it even more than I did the first time I read it. Hartman is genuinely brilliant.

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