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Afterparty [Format Kindle]

Daryl Gregory
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It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide.

Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right.

A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a last chance to save civilization, or die trying.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 914 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 303 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (22 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HTJ03VG
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une expérience de lecture exceptionnelle 13 juin 2014
Par Guinea Pig VOIX VINE
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
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J'ai adoré chacun des romans de l'auteur, en particulier le fantastique Raising Stony Mayhall / L'éducation de Stony Mayhall et je m'attendais à une lecture de qualité. J'ai pourtant été très surprise par le niveau exceptionnel de la narration de ce roman : d'une brillance extrême, très drôle, très émouvant.

Pour la première fois à ma connaissance l'auteur prend la parole pour son héros - une héroïne. Ce récit, écrit à la première personne du singulier, d'une justesse étonnante, est incroyablement percutant.
Le personnage principal, Lyda, est atypique : une femme mûre, au passé étrange, à la personnalité pour le moins troublée et qui a la particularité d'être homosexuelle - un trait finalement pas si fréquent que ça dans les romans, en tout cas avec ce genre de traitement, tout en simplicité et en authenticité.

Le contexte est celui d'un futur proche, suffisamment décalé pour être dépaysant et suffisamment semblable à notre quotidien pour interpeller le lecteur à bien des niveaux. La principale évolution scientifique (outre l'extension numérique prévisible, avec en particulier l'usage omniprésent des "crayons" à écran étirable, descendants de nos smartphones, qui s'achètent par paquets comme des stylos Bic !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Questions about illusions (4.5 stars) 22 avril 2014
Par TChris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Afterparty begins with a parable, which seems appropriate for a book that is about the intersection of science and God. Daryl Gregory's characters offer a variety of viewpoints about the nature of religious belief -- some have faith, some don't -- but the novel is intended to entertain, not to persuade the reader to adopt a particular viewpoint. The entertainment level is high -- humor is easy to mine from the subject matter, the plot offers the twists of a low-key thriller with a bit of near-future technology, and the characters are pleasant company -- while the underlying themes permit minds that are open to inquiry to interpret the novel's serious side in different ways.

Afterparty's protagonist is Lyda Rose, who begins the novel as a patient in a mental health institution. Lyda's issues include a history of drug abuse, unresolved grief for her dead wife, and an invisible companion. A teenage girl is admitted to the institution who had been living rough on the street until she found God, a discovery that followed her ingestion of a piece of paper that Pastor Rudy called Numinous. Lyda holds herself responsible for Numinous and she holds Numinous responsible for a very bad moment in her life, although her memory of that moment is incomplete.

Numinous was created by Little Sprout, a research company that Lyda and her friends founded to develop a drug that would spur the brain's production of neurotrophins with the goal of correcting the conditions that cause schizophrenia. A side effect of the drug makes the user believe in some version of God. It also makes the user feel God's presence, often accompanied by a visual image -- in Lyda's case, an angel. Overdose, as Lyda did, and the visual image never goes away. Since Lyda is an atheist, a drug that induces a belief in God is supremely annoying to her, as is the sarcastic and quarrelsome angel. Tellingly, a child born to a character who used Numinous while pregnant experiences manifestations that have little to do with religion.

The engaging story requires Lyda to reestablish contact with her partners in Little Sprout. With the help of a paranoid schizophrenic (and former intelligence officer) named Olivia who befriended Lyda in the mental institution, Lyda tries to track down the drug's manufacturer. A mysterious and dangerous man in a cowboy hat named the Vincent also has an interest in Numinous. Of course, the explanation for the reappearance of Numinous is not as simple as it appears to be. Neither is the explanation of the mysterious event from Lyda's past. All the plot threads eventually weave together to create a fun, fast-moving story.

Despite its lighthearted nature, Afterparty considers serious questions. Is free will an illusion? Moral judgment aside, are we responsible for our actions? Do religions demand a belief in illusions? Is it possible for the imaginary to be real? Are illusions useful? Is religion (as Marx suggested) a metaphorical drug? Gregory allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions to questions that are not easily answered. Among its other lessons, Afterparty makes the point that the mind is capable of conjuring all sorts of realities and that we often lack the ability to decide which are objectively real, or even to understand whether objective reality exists. Perhaps the novel's most important lesson is that it is possible to disagree about profound issues -- even about religion -- without being rude.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Forget genre, this is literature 28 avril 2014
Par Martha Freeman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Daryl Gregory’s books are an argument for label-free literature. Those who claim uninterest in sci fi/fantasy do themselves a sad disservice if they pass up “Afterparty,” thinking it’s a genre book. What it is instead is literature – beautifully written, thoughtful and provocative – besides being a supremely entertaining and suspenseful mystery with both humor and heart. Many of the reviews already posted do a kickass job on the summary (this is a smarter than average group of reviewers – didja notice?), so I will only hit what I considered the highlights, which include Taliban granny druglords, a fried-on-meds gun-for-hire who loves only the miniature bison he raises in his Santa Monica apartment, a mute (but spunky!) child whose imaginary friends are more helpful than most, and an angel so magnificent (and powerful?) she seems to come direct from the Tony Kushner playbook.

The ripped-from-tomorrow’s headlines stuff about designer drugs’ being printed by everyman in the church storeroom didn’t interest me as much as it seems to interest other people. I mean, yeah, that’s gonna happen. What’s more fun to consider (and Gregory does) is the leveling potential. (Also, you might consider re-balancing your portfolio if you own a lot of Big Pharma.) In the end, the most profound question posed by “Afterparty” is not really whether God is just a manifestation of brain chemistry but whether it matters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A near-future sci-fi thriller that is quick, clever, and fun. 23 avril 2014
Par Eric Christensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory is a near-future sci-fi thriller that explores what happens when anyone can cook up a batch of the latest designer drug–or create their own–in their garage. Overdoses, mental illness, and crime are at the heart of this novel, but before I make it sound like a real downer, I should point out that AFTERPARTY is funny, clever, fast-moving, and the characters really shine. I tore through this book, and recommend it highly.

AFTERPARTY begins with a parable (one of many in the book) of a young girl who experiments with a new drug, the Numinous, and experiences the divine. But when she goes through withdrawal while in detention, she commits suicide (this is on the rear cover, so I consider it a minor spoiler–in fact, I’ll just say this now MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD.). A fellow patient at the facility, Lyda Rose, recognizes the girl’s symptoms.

You see, years prior, Lyda was a biochemist trying to cure schizophrenia. But when her startup was celebrating their successful drug and eminent payday, the co-creators were drugged. Terrible things happened, and they were left with a permanent reminder of their overdose in the form of a religious hallucination permanently hovering over their shoulder, or in Lyda’s case, an angel named Dr. Gloria. Understandably, they agreed to keep this drug from ever hitting the streets. And even locked away, Lyda thought that agreement was still standing.

Lyda manages to get paroled to figure out which one of the co-founders is releasing Numinous. We follow Lyda (and a former-spook who redlined on the drugs of her trade) from Canada to the American southwest, interacting with drug dealers who manufacture drugs using chemjet printers, make deals with full-time smugglers and part-time human traffickers, explore smart homes, and evade corporate-sponsored hitmen.

Along the way, readers also confront the limits and limitations of reality and perception. What is God if our perceptions are the result of chemical reactions? If there’s nothing beyond those reactions, is there free will? What if a person’s brain chemistry has been warped by drugs? What do you think, and what does the angel on your shoulder think? If there is disagreement, what does that mean?

AFTERPARTY is Gregory’s fourth book, but my first exposure to him, and I’m a new fan. The pacing is quick, the plot is tight, and the writing is quite clever. Chapter breaks are spiked with surprises or reversals that made me question and re-think what I had just read (putting me in a watered down version of Lyda’s hallucinatory world). His worldbuilding is also wonderfully done, extrapolating near-future communications technology, transportation, the democratization of drug-making, and more.

But it’s Gregory’s characters that I really enjoyed, particularly Lyda and Dr. Gloria. Lyda is driven by fear and regret, and it causes her to do some bad things, including using her friends for her own ends. She’s self-aware, and tries to rationalize or downplay her errors, or at least deflect them using sarcasm (that I found colorful, witty, and well-written). But even then, there’s only so much her conscience can take–even Dr. Gloria will fly away to sulk if Lyda goes too far.

AFTERPARTY is a quick, clever, and fun read. You’ll probably finish it in an evening or over a weekend. But it’s not a toss-away thriller. There are deeper issues here about technology, chemistry, and religion. And the way Gregory handles them kicks his novel up to a higher tier. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Could not put this one down 5 septembre 2014
Par Deidre512 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have never read a book like this. It rocked my world!

This futurist novel artfully blends drugs, religion, science, relationships, and business politics together into an impossible to put down read. Part sci-fi, part thriller, the character development and writing style is outstanding. I admired Daryl Gregory's ability to take a really unusual storyline and develop a richly complex plot that I could not stop reading.

In addition to providing entertainment, this book also made me pause to think about ethics, technology, and greed and the possibility of the plot coming true.

I recommend this book for those who like sci fi, current events, thrillers, or technology-based reads. It would also be a good (weighty) book club discussion for those clubs who like heavier reads.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I want mini bison! 6 décembre 2014
Par jenmoocat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Very enjoyable.
I appreciated how Gregory dropped you in the middle of his world and didn't spent a lot of time on set up or explanations. I appreciated that he assumed intelligence in his readers. And such interesting characters.... Simply drawn, but so interesting. A little let down with the ending of The Vincent storyline... In fact, the whole ending was a bit quick.... But the rest was a joy to read. I could totally see Vinnie's apt, with the grass and mini bison. Who thinks up this craziness for such a side character?! And how Ollie processed info while on her meds was something new and interesting. I want to spend more time with these characters!!!
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