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Author: Richard Calder
ISBN: 0312130457
Language: English
Pages: 206 pages
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: St Martins Pr (June 1, 1995)
Rating: 4.8
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Richard Calder (born 1956) is a British science fiction writer who lives and works in the East End of London. Dead Girls expanded into a trilogy of books. Since 1992, he has produced a further nine novels, and about twenty short stories

Richard Calder (born 1956) is a British science fiction writer who lives and works in the East End of London. He previously spent over a decade in Thailand (1990–1997) and the Philippines (1999–2002). Since 1992, he has produced a further nine novels, and about twenty short stories. A theme running through his work (such as in the 'Dead' trilogy) is agalmatophiliac male lust for young female gynoids, as well as the darker undercurrents of British national culture.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Falling in love with Primavera, a half-human, half-gynoid blood drinker, Ignatz Zwakh enjoys the adventure of a supernatural lifetime.

Dead Girls is a science fiction novel by British author Richard Calder, first published in the UK in 1992 (HarperCollins) and 1995 in the US (St Martin's Press). It was his début novel. The novel is the first in Calders 'Dead' trilogy, and is followed by the novels Dead Boys and Dead Things. The novel was written in 1990, soon after Richard Calder had taken up residence in Thailand. He was living in Nongkhai, a small town on the Mekong River, overlooking Laos

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Falling in love with Primavera, a half-human, half-gynoid blood drinker, Ignatz Zwakh enjoys the adventure of a supernatural lifetime, until his beloved Primavera is infected with a deadly magic dust.

St. Martin's Griffin. Richard Calder wrote these novels while living in Thailand. He currently lives in London. His most recent novel is Cythera, and he is at work now on a new book. St.

Nanoengineers have unleashed machine consciousness. Revenge does not account for it: Something infinitely more sinister has happened.Only Primavera and mad Ignatz Zwakh know what power is really behind the microbiotic army dedicated to overthrowing the human gamete. But Primavera's dying. Can they reach Dr. Toxicopholous before the CIA or the pornocrat Kito or their combined assassins and nanomachines reach them?
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I stumbled across this title while searching for Sci-fi books set in Thailand. From the fist page, I was blown away. Calder's prose is intense cyberpunk-beat at its best. I am happy I didn't read this in the 90's when it came out or I would have judged it as being a William Gibson knockoff. Personally, I think Calder is better than Gibson as a writer. I wish I knew more about Calder. From what I can gather, he lived in a remote part of Thailand-near Laos for several years and wrote this book. I live part of the year in Thailand as well, and his take on the future dystopian Bangkok That he calls "The Big Weird" is delightful. This is a description of the Nana Plaza of the future: "...The Big Weird: a pornocracy of copyright ponces and technopimps; an island simmering with the bootlegged flotsam of Europe's shipwrecked past; an apotheosis of all that was fake."

You'll either dig him as a wordsmith or hate him for being verbose. I choose the former.

Recently, "The Windup Girl" has received huge attention for being a sci-fi novel set in Thailand. It does not even come close to What Calder achieved with this trilogy. Hopefully more authors will write books like this in the Thailand/Sci-fi genre. I tried. Got mixed reviews, but I will try again.
Richard Calder's DEAD GIRLS breaks new ground in a once-innovative literary movement that has unfortunately become stagnant in recent years. All of you cyberpunk fans are familiar with William Gibson's NEUROMANCER, and although we all owe the inventor of cyberspace a debt of gratitude, it is obvious that Gibson's brilliant novel spawned a slew of imitators seeking to capitalize on the popularity of hard-edged futuristic prose. Calder is different. This is not prose at all, this is high-voltage poetry; this is rampant, blood thumping word art. I couldn't stop reading. Don't bother trying to dissect the proposed technology in DEAD GIRLS, or waste energy researching the occasional windy vocabulary word, just absorb the ambience. Grant Calder his post/retro-apocalyptic-adolescent-vampire premise. Somehow he makes it work. Just be happy he let you tag along for the ride.
The title for this review is a four word summary provided by a classmate in a seminar this evening. It nicely encapsulates the problems many of us had with Calder's effort.
The first book is the strongest of the three, spending most of its time focussed on a rather twisted story of young lovers on the run. The second book is the weakest of the three, spending way too much time on the central theme of the eroticising of sexual torture and death and working through a mind-numbing series of permutations and combinations of same. The third book tries to tie together the various shreds and bits of plot scattered among the bits and pieces of dead girls and boys from the first two books and, ultimately, fails. The conclusion of the trilogy ends up being a series of explanations for the events in the books, some more or less absurd than others. The ending, after all of the suffering portrayed in the trilogy, is trite and unsatisfying.
Calder's plotting is a weak point, but his writing style is interesting. If the journey is the reward, the telling of the story in the Dead trilogy is at least a partial reward. He covers much trodden ground (Naked Lunch, Videodrome, Blade Runner, American Psycho) in some new and interesting ways. His vocabulary left me scrambling to look words up.
In the end, the absurd plotting and overly long presentation made "Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things" a disappointment.
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When I do read sci-fi, my preference is for near-future stuff set on our existing planet, which is why I picked this up after reading about it somewhere. It's a great debut, and the first in a trilogy (followed by Dead Boys and Dead Things), which I didn't realize until the end. The story takes place a little less than a century in the future, where nanotechnology and robotics and human nature have combined to create a virus that threatens all humanity.

It seems that in London, when young girls hit puberty, they are transformed into a form of vampiric human/nanotech hybrid/robots called "gynoids" or "Lilim" or "dolls". They have a blood lust toward men, and may also have various telepathic and telekinetic powers. For the safety of humanity, London has therefore been sealed... but there are ways out. One doll who made it out is Primavera, with the help of her boyfriend Ignatz. They made it all the way to Thailand, where they've been surviving as contract killers for hire.

We learn all this via flashback chapters, which are interwoven with their current woes, as various interests come gunning for them. In a sense, the plot of the story is less interesting or important than the overall wild vibe of this vision of future Earth, as well as the themes of mortality, sexuality, love, and humanity. It's a both fascinating and chilling version of the future, full of colorful language and characters. It's also short and sweet, so it's not a huge commitment to try out. Once I catch my breath, I'll try out the next in the trilogy. I'm also curious to see the graphic novelization of the book, which recently came out.
Won't go into a long drawn out ramble to demonstrate how clever I am as a reviewer. Suffice it to say this is some of the most brilliantly original writing in the Sci Fi field in years. The first book is the best, 2nd not as good, third harder to stay with - and yet, really worth finishing. Calder has an amazing capacity to create vivid images for the reader and empathy for the characters, none of whom are likeable per se. If you like the idea of Nihilistic punk-rock sex-doll vampires and lots of mayhem - with a very twisted JG Ballard flavor - written in impeccable prose, check this out.