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Chandler Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson Healthy amounts of black humor and speculative tendencies will appeal to fans of Charlie Huston Nick Tosches Duane Swierczynski Victor Gischler Robert Ferrigno and early Jonathan LethemNathan Larson is best known as an award winning film music composer having created the scores for over thirty movies such as Boys Don’t Cry Dirty Pretty Things and The Messenger In the 1990s he was the lead guitarist for the influential prog punk outfit Shudder to Think This is his first novel Larson lives in Harlem New York City with his wife and s. Iwanted to love this book Because librarian But it just kinda somehow creeped into pretentious literary dudes club writing which I should ve seen coming from the book blurbs Oh well It was written for a different audience than moi

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After a flu pandemic a large scale terrorist attack and the total collapse of Wall Street New York City is reduced to a shadow of its former self As the city struggles to dig itself out of the wreckage a nameless obsessive compulsive veteran with a spotty memory a love for literature and a strong if complex moral code that doesn’t preclude acts of extreme violence has taken up residence at the main branch of the New York Public Library on 42nd StreetDubbed Dewey Decimal for his desire to reorganize the library's stock our protagonist who will reappear in the next novel in t. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegallyI know I know you haven t been seeing very many reviews this year from our buddies at Akashic Books which is because they simply haven t been sending very many books this year and that s a shame because it seems like every time I pick a new one up by them at the very least it s still okay but much often some of my favorite reads of the year Take this most recent double header for example the soft apocalypse noir thrillers The Dewey Decimal System and The Nervous System by former Shudder To Think guitarist Nathan Larson which turns out to contain one of the most inventive post apocalyptic milieus I ve ever come across and I read a lot of post apocalyptic novels two tales concerning a black former soldier with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who has recently moved into the New York Public Library with the goal of manually reshelving all its books within a Manhattan that after an endless series of coordinated terrorist attacks in the near future has voluntarily emptied to roughly one tenth the population it once was like The Yiddish Policeman s Union these use simple crime novel plots as a sly way to explore this expansive alt history universe even while layering in an ultra slow reveal concerning Deweys actual past the terrible eugenics experiments performed on him by the US military and why it is that he can t remember any of it despite still having an autonomic sense memory of how to speak Korean for one example or how to kill a man with his bare hands for another Two of the most legitimately exciting novels I ve read in a long time these had the rare ability to completely suck me out of my daily reality while I was in the middle of reading them something that doesn t happen to me much any now that I read 150 books a year and I always take that as an extremely good sign taut genre actioners that belie the usual tropes of their genres and which will undoubtedly be making our Best Of The Year lists come DecemberOut of 10 97

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His series gets by as bagman and muscle for New York City's unscrupulous district attorney Decimal takes no pleasure in this kind of civic dirty work He'd be perfectly content alone amongst his books But this is not in the cards as the DA calls on Dewey for a seemingly straightforward union busting jobWhat unfolds throws Dewey into a bloody tangle of violence shifting allegiances and old vendettas forcing him to face the darkness of his own past and the uestion of his buried identityWith its high body count and snarky dialogue The Dewey Decimal System pays respects to Raymond. What s not to like about a mashup of a post apocalyptic New York City noir and a black psychopathic hitman with OCD and amnesia This book hit multiple buttons like that for me I can see where some folks won t like it but it tickled my satiric funny bone while cleaving close to two genres of interestFirstly this book is a short 250 page read It s also physically artfully designed Despite being a trade paperback it has uncut sometimes known as deckle edged pages I d never seen this before on a paperback The soft cover also includes an interior front and back flap like would appear on a hardback s dust cover The book covers look good although the protagonist s Dewey hat shown on the front should be a porkpie cap and not a fedoraProse is likewise artistic Dewey s is the story s single POV Many sentences of Dewey s internal dialog are not sentences and there are intentional word misuses Military hospitalThe last time they had me up in one of these houses of horror I underwent a lot of bad shit said bad shit causing me huge memory gaps possible false memory implants as well as I suspect some sort of physical tracking device installed deep near a vital organ I would imagine as to be undetectableHowever external dialog is consistent with the noir genre It s a contemporary riff on the Chandler esue Some might find it too snarky for traditional noir Action scenes are well done I felt a strong Tarantino influence in themIf I have a criticism it s that the author doesn t fully take advantage of the opportunity for creating atmosphere than he does New York City doesn t feel completely like the ghost town that he could make itThis story contains no sex There are some drugs and a lot of violence Drug usage is Dewey habitually over self medicating himself on what I believe is a placebo Dewey doesn t drink although other s indulge Alcohol usage is sociable despite this being a noir story Violence was moderately graphic but not overly disturbing It includes both physical and firearms usage Nobody gets stabbed or cut Bloodshed ing is appropriate for the physical trauma However like in most fiction the protagonist seems to be able to take a superhuman amount of punishment and still keep on ticking Body count is moderate Except for the ultra violence this could be a YA read Characters include The Usual Suspects for a noir dramedy Characters include Spies politicians rich men a feme fatale hangers on thugs gangsters and what amounts to bent cops Dewey Decimal is the protagonist He s a black psychopathic hitman with OCD and amnesia It s alleged that he s been tinkered with by the Feds into a human Terminator but he forgot Decimal spends his time organizing the disordered books in the dark 5th Ave branch of the New York Public Library and running errands killing people for unelected District Attorney Dave Rosenblatt in exchange for his meds Rosenblatt is corrupt There are a gaggle of Feds guarding the empty city They re all corrupt too Yakiv Shapsko and Brian Petrovic are the spiesgangsters All the really bad guys in the story are either Ukrainian or Serbian I suspect they were the criminal nationalities du jour when this book was written in 2011 Iveta Shapsko is the feme fatale although Dewey is beyond having any sexual desire She s Yakiv Shapsko s ex wife She has skillz She may or may not be a bad guy There are very few good guys in this storyPlot is a stock gangland Federal government local government corruption in New York City story All this story s Usual Suspects want Dewey to kill one or of the other main characters mentioned above They all threaten to kill him if he doesn t At one point I figured out Dewey could save himself and get the girl if he killed Rosenblatt Yakiv Shapsko and Petrovic in a particular order That would have been too easy Easier still would have been for Rosenblatt either Shapsko or Petrovic to have just shot Dewey dead at any of several opportunities but that never happens either The story is really a shell game with Dewey trying to figure out whose the baddest guys and then shooting them World building amounts to near future multiple catastrophically destructive events than decimating properly means 110 the population of New York City The City is a ghost town inhabited only by The Rich the demi monde the Feds the rump of city government and those too poor stupid or crazy to have left There s no Con Ed water food or other normal city services other than the few services that the Feds have stood back up The rich and criminal elite have generators private security AC hot showers liuor hookers and sushi For the lumpenproletariat NYC is like Beirut after the Civil War I laughed that Trump Tower is still a going concern and appears in several scenes New York City geography is also accurate There are holes in the world building like where are all the electric cars getting charged but sometimes you shouldn t look too closely I NYIn general I was suitably amused by this noirpost apocalyptic NYC story Dewey s snappy badinage his snarky descriptions and characterizations were well done By keeping the story short the author didn t weary me with his uber hip just short of OtT narration This is no great work For example I felt the violence early achieved stylistic excess I can also see some readers not being comfortable with the anti hero protagonist and his place on the autism spectrum A black killer Rain Man with amnesia However I found it an amusing satire on the genresI will likely read the next book in this trilogy The Nervous System This book is somewhat like Already Dead Joe Pitt 1 my review a book you might also want to read


10 thoughts on “The Dewey Decimal System Dewey Decimal #1

  1. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as th

  2. says:

    Part of me wants to give this book only one star to punish myself for spending money on a book I ended up hatingI really wanted to like it The formula should have worked library references post apocalyptic new york hard b

  3. says:

    When checking out The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larsen over on I found out it is part of the Akashic Urban Surreal Series Unfortunately beyond that listing I can’t seem to find anything about this series beyond that it sort of exists I mean I guess the series title sort of explains it all but a little information on it might be nice In

  4. says:

    What’s not to like about a mashup of a post apocalyptic New York City noir and a black psychopathic hitman with OCD and amnesia? This book hit multiple buttons like that for me I can see where some folks won’t like it but it tickled my satiric funny bone while cleaving close to two genres of interestFirstly this book is a short

  5. says:

    there is a nice twist in this and the scenes suatting in nypl are nice and the character is going to re do the shelvingdewey system after the library and nyc have been messed up and practically abandoned after another attack they call it 214 i

  6. says:

    Nathan Larson has nearly drained the psychoses well dry in creating his character Dewey Decimal We are looking at OCD PTSD A

  7. says:

    12There seem to be a lot of dystopian novels set in New York post 911 out there but I really enjoyed this one In addition to being set post 9

  8. says:

    This is one of the books that kept showing up on my library recommendations throughout 2013 I was hooked by the story idea and the coverAs I was reading I was struck continually with the idea that this reminded me of something similar from a while agoWith a weird and wacky narrator with punches of violence and very dark humor it

  9. says:

    Iwanted to love this book Because librarian But it just kinda somehow creeped into pretentious literary dudes club writing which I should've seen coming from the book blurbs Oh well It was written for a different audience th

  10. says:

    Being my first dystopian book I was a bit hesitant as to what is what it was all about I had just learned the meaning of the word several weeks earlier but I was curious Let me just say if this is what dystopia is about I am hookedNathan has written this book in a way that made it really fun for me to read It was as if Dewey and I were in a room and he was telling me what was happening as it was happening Sentences were cut off thoughts

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