War Blanket

War Blanket The city is on its knees drowning in flood water middle management counterfeit cigarettes and USB desk toys The heat is unbearable and the enigmatic War Blanket is on everybody s lips When a serie

  • Title: War Blanket
  • Author: Samuel Astbury
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The city is on its knees, drowning in flood water, middle management, counterfeit cigarettes and USB desk toys The heat is unbearable, and the enigmatic War Blanket is on everybody s lips When a series of prophetic visions show it buried in the ice, a young couple head to the frozen New North to find it.

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      Samuel Astbury is a chronic malingerer from Manchester, England who enjoys smoking cigarettes, running with scissors, and writing asinine descriptions of himself on social networking sites.

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    • “I was feeling pretty anxious on the day the pavements cracked.” That’s the first line of Samuel Astbury’s War Blanket, and it does draw you in. In fact, what has happened is that the protective smog that has shielded the narrator’s city from the worst of the growing heat has cleared, with consequences.War Blanket is set in a near-future dystopia. Much of the world has become less viable because of climate change. We’re in a large city, possibly in the north of England, but it’s no [...]


    • Astbury slices a bit of life from a stunning, unique post apocalyptic world in "War Blanket". Readers are immersed through the narrative of the main character. Because of the point of view and how much control Astbury has over the specific physical and emotional details given to us through his main characters eyes, I felt like I was a denizen of their world. I had to remind myself to be distant and analytical, so I would have some criticism to offer. This quality of writing is what I have come t [...]


    • I loved the first quarter of the novel with its literary prose that painted a bleak, apocalyptic vision of a probable future. The narrator experiences the decline of civilization, all while finding aspects to ponder and appreciate as he drifts along in a life of increasing solitude. In the second quarter, romantic love enters the scene. The narrator does not desire a relationship, yet when he meets a young woman, a social worker, he cannot entirely let go of his need for companionship.Near the m [...]


    • It is post climate-change Britain. The landscape is bleak and so are the people. There is a marked Asian influence, reminiscent of a rainy Los Angeles in ‘Blade Runner’. The nameless hero of this book doesn’t seem inclined to do much of anything, but when a boy in a refugee camp goes missing he is driven to seek the organisation behind the disappearance. After receiving messages through his ancient analogue television, he is pointed in the right direction by a series of meetings with myste [...]


    • A perplexing protagonist War Blanket by Samuel Astbury is a dystopian fiction taking place in England and Greenland, in a world altered by climate change. My favorite parts were descriptions of landscapes and economic relationships (e.g. East-Asian boss - English employee). The unnamed protagonist and his girlfriend, Angie, embark on a journey, not to save the world but perhaps a part of it. Astbury has created an edgy world as per the following:"I walk among them through the metropolitan boroug [...]


    • Astbury introduces the pale, grey, caustic world edging towards extinction due to climate change and the numb hero trapped within it in the opening lines. From there on the chapters lay out a detailed portrait of ‘the industrial wasteland’ that the main protagonist feels is a ‘beautiful shit hole’. The 30-ish man is living a dazed - almost robotic - existence in a land past its prime that lacks the vibrancy, energy and brightness that he once knew. People are fighting over resources (wat [...]


    • The author has a distinct voice. It is a few stages after “steampunk” and is an acquired taste. “This vertical city teems with algae, neon, glass, wet bamboo, pitchers of warm, shit beer, one-armed Eastern European barmaids, elderly Malaysian conmen dressed-up like Santa Claus, thread vein prostitutes rooting through the automated recycling bins.”“An old Romani lady tapping her feet and playing the squeezebox placed a curse on my head as I passed by her Perspex burger stand.”The main [...]


    • I enjoyed the voice of the main character in War Blanket as he introduced his bleak future world. Some of the dystopian –ness of it was fairly subtle, and drew nice parallels to our own current society. I also really liked all the gentle humor regarding his job and his employers.The book did suffer from quite a few typos, weird punctuation, and strange word choice (all the uses of “pace” instead of “walk,” for example, and the numerous repetitions of “minute” for “small”). I al [...]


    • A maelstrom of description in a shaky universe that changes minute by minute. This universe is anti-world. Non-world. A future world where all the negative tendencies—political and industrial--of today are realized in a new and dreamy unreality.There’s the fleeting Angie who is either a love interest or not. The search for a Mrs. Abe. Despite intense flurries of description no sense of place is accomplished. Yet the energy pulses on. There’s a compulsive hurry, a thrust that starts nowhere [...]


    • “This vertical city teems with algae, neon, glass, wet bamboo, pitchers of warm, shit beer, one-armed Eastern European barmaids, elderly Malaysian con-men dressed-up like Santa Claus, thread vein prostitutes rooting through the automated recycling bins.That is one of my favorite lines of this book. It gives you a very concrete idea of the kind of environment the narrator is walking you through. The beginning of this book was very slow for me. It took the first three chapters for me to really a [...]


    • War Blanket takes place in post-climate change Britain. The author paints a bleak picture of life that is predicated on the pitfalls of today's world. Life has become a near solitary endeavor for the main character. Although he does not desire companionship he finds himself drawn to Angie, the sort-of love interest. Angie is a social worker who sees the daily human destruction of refugee camps that are over run. The MC sees visions in old analog technology that brings him to the idea of War Blan [...]


    • Although it isn't quite the equal of 'Cloud Storage', this book features the same relentless pacing and amazing descriptive ability. It follows a somewhat more traditional narrative, and for me, in comparison, falls slightly short of Cloud Storage. However, the book is still vastly more engaging than anything else I have read in indie circles all year. I think this is evident from the very first page. I look forward to the next one.


    • This novel is a great example of the dystopian genre. It has captivating descriptions of the scenery and the author does a great job of making the energy and hustle and bustle of the world he has created come alive. The characters have real depth and I really enjoyed the witty epithets of the main character.



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