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How does technology change what it means to be human? J.M. Porup is a journalist and futurologist who studies how exponentially-increasing innovation disrupts the social and political order. He is also the CEO of the LatAm Startups Angel Funds, a Latin America-based accelerator focused on scaling startups globally. He has covered computer security for The Economist, Bitcoin for Bitcoin Magazine, and the Gringo Trail for numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks. His award-winning novels and plays include The Second Bat Guano War, Dreams Must Die, Death on Taurus, and The United States of Air. Porup is a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's Advisory Board, a distributed think tank dedicated to preventing human extinction.
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What others are saying about Porup's books:
THE SECOND BAT GUANO WAR
"Absolutely insane. Very bitter, very real... Would love to see more stories like this."
"Don't go on this ride unless you're prepared to look into the abyss."
" Vulgar, obscene, repulsive, and just overall a very good story."
"What a great ride. Gritty and compelling!"
THE UNITED STATES OF AIR
"Had me laughing so hard that my stomach still hurts!"
"Porup takes a swipe at the war on terror in a manner that is original and avoids the blatantly obvious. It would be too easy for any writer approaching the same subject to employ a semi-realist Orwellian tone, but this novel takes the humorous low-road."
"Porup seamlessly addresses indefinite detention...The overrun surveillance state...The neverending War on Terror...And a frightening and ubiquitous NSA surveillance state that "wiretaps" your toilet instead of your phones."
"The puns also abound, as do the guilty giggles in this often excrement-strewn sleuther. A dark comedy."
FOOD-FREE AT LAST: HOW I LEARNED TO EAT AIR
"I laughed til tears rolled down my cheeks!"
"This diet has saved me so much money, I can now afford a bouncy castle in every room!"
"Great satirical book."
"I think I will get my Angel wings soon."
on Jan. 11, 2013 :
Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace "Horse" Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to criminals in Lima, Peru. Oh, and doing the odd favour for the CIA.
When his Agency contact, Pitt Waters, goes missing, Horse's desperate efforts to find his only friend lead him to a Buddhist ashram on the shores of Lake Titicaca. There Horse uncovers his friend's involvement with a group of Gaia-worshipping terrorists who want to kill off the human "disease" infecting the earth.
Can Horse find his friend in time? And when he does--will he want to stop him?
I haven’t read much fiction set in South America, scratches head……..err change that to none whatsoever, though I’m sure there’s something from Bitter Lemon Press on the pile that’s set in Argentina………..off now to look it up……….yeah – Rage by Serge Bizzio.
Well having contributed to several Lonely Planet travel guides for the region, the author has a familiarity with the locale and paints a vivid picture of the seamier side of Lima.
Porup introduces us to a variety of miscreants; a Chinese drug dealer, a corrupt cop, whores, a pick-pocket, a CIA assassin and Horse, himself – as in hung like a….
Horace, close to rock-bottom after losing his daughter and wife is surviving giving English lessons to criminals, trying to numb his pain with a daily cocktail of drink, drugs and soulless sex.
Meeting Pitt in a bar, brings him a small sense of purpose. Pitt, son of the American Ambassador and a clandestine operator for the agency befriends Horse and drags him into an agency operation.
Complications arise with Horse screwing Pitt’s mum and Pitt turning rogue. Horse seeking to find some answers encounters his wife in the sanctuary of a crazed cult, one with big plans for the world’s future.
Horse has to choose between allowing Pitt to complete his latest mission or achieving some measure of redemption.
The Second Bat Guano War is a decent read, depicting some of the less savoury aspects of life in a South American capital city. The characters whilst not always likeable are interesting and entertaining.
Porup throws in some history lessons as well, explaining the legacy of bat guano and the way it has shaped this part of South America. Some pithy observations on corporate America add to the blend.
On the whole, different but enjoyable. 4 from 5.
I read this one as a free download from Smashwords. It’s available from Amazon on Kindle and will be in print sometime soon.
Visiting Porup’s website he has a previous book out – The United States Of Air, which has attracted some decent reviews and which I might be checking out once I’ve put a dent in the TBR mountain.
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Douglas James, Jr
on Dec. 25, 2012 :
Wow. Avoid this one. A sad attempt at noir that just manages to sound like pompous twaddle, I only managed to get 70 pages in before searching for something written by someone with talent.
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on Dec. 01, 2012 :
as hard-boiled as hard-boiled gets...
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