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Titanium Noir (Cal Sounder Series)

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The first thing that strikes you aboutTitanium Noiris the heavily stylised prose, dripping with irony and sarcasm, dead-eyed and downbeat but also funny as hell. In the process of this rejuvenation, Titans also grow much taller and stronger, hence the name they've been given, like they are some kind of gods. Enter world-weary detective Cal Sounder, handed the case by the police because he has some previous history with Titans, and might be better able to navigate their enigmatic world.

Titanium Noir by Nick Harkaway: 9780593535363

BookPage is a recommendation guide for readers, highlighting the best new books across all genres as chosen by our editors.Titanium Noir [is]a funny, voice-y book full of fantastic sentences that, as the youths say, absolutely slap. If you’re looking for a page-turner with fascinating ideas, then “Some Desperate Glory” absolutely qualifies. The book itself is a propulsive, near-perfect blend of classic noir with current sci-fi - I found

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In other words, I appreciate how good and clever this book is but the fact remains I had to push myself here and there to continue reading it. Cal Sounder's Noirish style of commentary on his investigation into the death of a man that it shouldn't have been possible to murder served to integrate a complicated and intriguing murder plot and a view of a future world that made the gap between the really rich and the rest even more impossible to close than it is today.

Nick Harkaway’s Cal Sounder is everything I could want in a new sci-fi detective: he’s smart and resourceful, good in a fight, needling of power and capable of irritating damn near everyone he meets, and willing to risk everything he has to solve his case. That makes them hang together, and that causes trouble because they can't belong to one another more than they belong to ordinary people—but they inevitably do.

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