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Punktown: Shades of Grey

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China Miéville called Jeffrey Thomas’ PUNKTOWN “something wonderful,” and Ellen Datlow proclaimed it “a brilliant collection.” Now, in PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY -- a brand new collection of stories -- Jeffrey Thomas is joined by brother Scott Thomas in giving voices to the citizens of this futuristic urban hell. In its dangerously alluring streets, you will meet: extradimensional monsters, murderous aliens, vampiric mutants, coffee-loving robots, confused clones, and war vets looking for one last, bloody battle to fight. Welcome: you are now entering Punktown. You are now entering the city that Publishers Weekly described as “equal parts H. P. Lovecraft’s Arkham and Blade Runner’s dark metropolis.”

Praise for the writing of Jeffrey Thomas:

Michael Marshall Smith, on Punktown: "Stories of great impact, a collection of which anyone would be proud to have written just one tale."

F. Paul Wilson, on Letters From Hades: "Jeffrey Thomas' imagination is as twisted as it is relentless. Every page...presents new and original horrors."

Brian Keene, author of City of the Dead: "In time he will, in this reviewer's opinion, be listed alongside King, Barker, Koontz, and McCammon."

Praise for the writing of Scott Thomas:

Ellen Datlow, on Cobwebs and Whispers: "One of the best collections of the year."

Brian Keene, on Cobwebs and Whispers: "A delightfully wicked read... Highly recommended!

Jack Fisher, editor of Flesh & Blood: "Scott Thomas writes like a rainbow on fire: his prose is colorful and elegant, his ideas dark and unnatural."

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 28, 2000 – Thomas is a very good wordsmith with a fecund and detailed imagination. In this collection of 10 short stories, seven original to the volume, he paints scenes from the dark and dystopic Punktown on the far-future colony world of Oasis. Gore abounds, severed heads and leaking entrails no less alarming because they belong to aliens or robots. Artists and industrialists in Punktown create their works in flesh--or something like it; gruesome has a different meaning there. The stories' appeal is to the senses, largely through violence and horror, but paradoxically, most of the tales are told through summary narrative. Fascinating as the events and conceptual inventions may be, they come to us dulled and mediated. Info-dumps abound--intrusive patches of information clothed as dialogue or shoehorned ad hoc wherever an explanation seems needed. The dialogue is generally torpid, devoid of character, often badly serving the plot. Except for a remarkable talent for impelling first sentences, the composition skills Thomas displays are crude. He manages here and there some interesting symmetries, as in "Wakizashi," where hara-kiri, childbirth, vegetarianism and capital punishment are all thrown into a fresh light in relation to an alien religious ritual. However, nearly all of the stories come off as mere assemblages, events, characters, themes thrown about, introduced without regard to dramatic structure and never penetrated or resolved. The best we get is a nicely set scene, well imagined, but with a splash of gore or a hollow ellipsis in place of a conclusion, and many pretty phrases, but loose ends everywhere. There is certainly great promise in this writing, but no great writing yet.
Punktown: Shades of Grey
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  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: Nov 07, 2011
  • Publisher: Necro Publications
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 291 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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