Explosive Decompression Book Review

>Isaac Asimov meets Charles Dickens with a dash of Jonathan Swift…

In a world that is a science experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, scientist Audrey Novak awakes from a centuries-long sleep to discover that her work has been used to create an appalling world. Aided by commoners, bots, and another refugee from 20th century America, Audrey takes on the power elites on Earth and on the Moon in a novel that is equal parts adventure, science gone haywire, and rollicking humor. ?
A sampling of acclaim for John L. Sheppard
“Sheppard’s characters pretend not to be funny, to not be emotional, to not need each other, when of course, they are and they do. There’s a clarity to the chaos, the restraint, the vulnerability Sheppard creates, something so human and essential you can’t help but turn the page.”
–Entropy magazine
“…an easy affection for his characters and a sense of natural, unforced humor.”
“…You have a good time seeing someone have a bad time. It’s fun…”
–Padgett Powell
“…raw feeling and taut smart prose.”
–Sam Lipsyte
“The author grips you from the beginning, I couldn’t have put it down if I wanted.”
–Amazon reviewer

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to think of Explosive Decompression when I first started reading it.  It is in your face and shocking, but still funny and sweet.  It’s definitely genre-defying.  Calling it science fiction would not be enough. Explosive Decompression is a cross between a hardboiled detective story from the 1940s and a Buck Rogers serial, if Sam Spade and/or Buck were a foulmouthed tiny female scientist.

There is violence, nudity, swearing and sex scenes (although not graphic). These are all things I am not a big fan of in the books I read, but somehow it all works. I was also impressed by how well Sheppard wrote for a female protagonist.  I really identified with the “girly” part of Audrey, who loves pink and keeping her hands clean and being cute (something has plagued me for many years 😉

My only complaint about the story (tongue-in-cheek) is its portrayal of a future Canadian government.  Could Canadians every be anything other than nice?

I highly recommend Explosion Decompression for lovers of science fiction, political satire, and the generally irreverent (ala Christopher Moore).  A must read!!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

explosive decompression book review

John L. Sheppard wrote the novels After the Jump, No Brass, No Ammo and Small Town Punk.


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