Like Plastic by K

I picked up this interesting piece of fiction on my Kindle at the recommendation of someone on Facebook.

So what is Like Plastic?

Like PlasticA story of manners, of offence taken and honour restored. Meet nightclub owner Alexei Shakirov, bored and warped scion of a Russian billionaire and brother to the beautiful Anna. Alexei has a fetish for collecting an unusual trophy from the women he drugs. After Megumi falls foul of him she calls her cousin Roku in Tokyo to help her. He and his beautiful wife, Yuko, go to London to right the wrong done to Megumi. Roku, a comic book devotee, looks to his hero, Brett Plastic, for inspiration. What would Brett Plastic do? A hero famed for his superhuman niceness, Plastic would show Alexei the error of his ways, through well-reasoned argument and politeness.

But as Roku knows, Plastic moved into darker territory as his comic book series progressed, and when all else fails, sometimes force is needed. As things escalate it is time for the women to step in and sort things out. This updating of Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock” first appeared as a serial online novella where it developed a large following in Japan as well as in the English-speaking world. The new version published here will appeal to fans of Japanese fiction, Manga, Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson, and to anyone with a sense of the absurdity of modern life. Visit www.likeplastic.com to find out more.

It is a quirky little story. A contrast between the calm, cool modernism of Roku and Yuko and the old school brute force and ugliness of Alexei. There is the, ahem, “unique” hook of what kicks off the story and Roku’s quest to return his cousin’s honor.  But after that it is a sort of arch but self-aware comedy of manners.

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Wool by Hugh Howey

I picked up this little gem after someone recommended it on Facebook.  I like short, unique stories and this seemed to fit the bill.

Here is the blurb:

Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside.

Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you’ll get what you wish for.

Hmm, sounds interesting … click, and I am reading it on my Kindle.  My only regret? I wish I would have bought he Wool omnibus edition, then I could have just read all five stories in one edition.

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