The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man by Dave Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Welcome to Pulp-Land! In more ways than one!
1. 3/4 of the novel is about a slow-simmering failed science-writer landing a cush job to write a book for a tech millionaire who bought a town. Add a bit of espionage and some funny interpersonal experiences with his new home and neighbors, and I still had a fun time wondering HOW THE HELL THE TITLE FIT IN. This is old-school SF technique, btw. Total pulp. :)
2. The last part is TOTAL freaky quantum superhero stuff with time travel, teleportation, and pretty awesome callbacks to the events in the first 3/4. I had a total blast with this particular pulp.
3. Pulpy! Like, literally. An explosion of biomass! PULP-LAND!
I had a good time. I didn't expect it to be like the Fractured Europe Sequence and I came into it expecting a light-hearted SF, and this is what I got. :)
Kinda like orange juice. Freshly squeezed.
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