- By Matt Wallace

The Failed Cities Monologues

  • Title: The Failed Cities Monologues
  • Author: Matt Wallace
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Podiobook
  • The Failed Cities Monologues In a hardboiled dystopian future one major American city has been divided in two Separated by much than a river one side is an unfinished technological marvel populated by mega skyscrapers where the

    In a hardboiled dystopian future, one major American city has been divided in two Separated by much than a river, one side is an unfinished technological marvel populated by mega skyscrapers where the wealthy live, work, and play The other is a forsaken wasteland where order is strictly maintained by a rogue group of cleric soldiers known as the street preachers BuIn a hardboiled dystopian future, one major American city has been divided in two Separated by much than a river, one side is an unfinished technological marvel populated by mega skyscrapers where the wealthy live, work, and play The other is a forsaken wasteland where order is strictly maintained by a rogue group of cleric soldiers known as the street preachers But this dichotomy is about to change Slowly, quietly, clandestine forces are working to undermine the small piece of redemption the street preachers have brought to their concrete flocks In the face of watching their second chance crumble to dust, some will fight to stop it Others will kill to make it happen.A bold experiment in podcast fiction, The Failed Cities Monologues are told from the shifting perspectives of the characters who inhabit this world, twisted noir archetypes and cyberpunk warriors Their lives and their stories are linked together by conspiracy, fate and blood.

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    1. The Failed Cities Monologues follows eight disparate characters in a hardboiled cyberpunk crime noir dystopian future. Most are incredibly violent folk—the cast includes a pair of assassins, for instance—but each has additional layers to humanize them—probably the most relatable character is a pulp writer. The characters come from either of the titular cities, one the rich, corporate utopia and the other left to urban decay, but their lives are about to intersect with deadly consequences.A [...]

    2. The Failed Cities by Matt Wallace can only be described in one way: A work of art.Matt Wallace writes prose that is poetic in nature. The carefully chosen descriptions immerse you in this futuristic, dystopian America. The sights and sounds can be heard, seen and felt with every written word. The story follows eight individual people; a street preacher, a pair of assassins, a street fighter and wannabe author, a constable turned detective, a man thought to be a serial killer, a mediator, and a d [...]

    3. If you like e-readers, grab the $9.99 version while you can. I spent the $40+ for the special limited hardback edition and IT proved well worth it. Wallace's writing is top notch. Not a wasted word. He'd probably be annoyed if I compared the writing to Carver or Hemingway but I happen to think Carver and Hemingway know what they're doing. In THE FAILED CITIES, Wallace finds entirely new ways of showing the world. (Which very few writers can do.) He's also created a blood-stained toy box of chara [...]

    4. I listened to the podcast for this book and it kept me entertained during my work day.I love how raw and gritty this book is. It's like your favorite dive bar, that hidden gem that only you and your good friends know about, and that no one respectable would ever be caught dead in.My favorite monologues by far were the Feral Twins. Their raw brutality and own moral code made for some fascinating listens. The back stories that were intricately woven into the present monologues made these viscous k [...]

    5. Good story and I have no real complaint over all. For me it was just too many perspectives to juggle. So many characters, it felt at times that they were all vying for my attention that I lost scope of the main plot. They are monologues after all, and I guess I should have known that going into it, but I didn't choose the story based on multiple aspects, I chose the story based on the summary provided.It sounded compelling, I wanted to hear more, and I got more than I bargained for. If your into [...]

    6. Likes: Very well written. The dystopian and science fiction elements aren't particularly far-fetched, and are simply backdrops for a well-told story. The characters are entertainingly bad a--. Dislikes: Sometimes crosses jarringly into extremely graphic violence, which adds nothing to the story. The archetypal failed cities setting is fine, but if you're going to put them in the context of other places in the real world, at least give them a name.

    7. The story takes places in a dystopic future and flashes between a number of different viewpoints in a nasty little urban war. Each person has their own story in this tale and even the bad guys are a bit sympathetic at times. If the story has a flaw, it's that it wraps things up too quickly. As soon as you've gotten to know everyone it's all over, and you're left wanting more.

    8. An amazing dark dystopian look into a near future. Matt delivers new interesting characters that you become attached to early on. While the world of the failed cities is not one I'd like to live in Matt manages to keep the storyline from falling into the bleak hopelessness that often befalls dramas of this type. I wanted to keep reading when I hit the last page.

    9. Some of my favorite storytelling in a while. Pulpy, lurid, hyper-violent, then at times surprisingly humane. Multiple viewpoint characters are juggled and intertwined masterfully. The writing is excellent, and the production quality matches it. Original music, excellent voice talent. This audio production has it all. I'm a fan.

    10. This is fantastic. This is a dark audio fantasy set in an interesting and realistic world. The plot is set entirely around the characters, and while none of them are likable at all, it's their flaws that make them interesting.

    11. Wallace has a way of mixing noir and sci-fi in a way I've never seen anywhere else. His characters run deep without needing a ton of description - he leaves a bit of mystery, even when it's first person. Can't wait to see what else he comes out with.

    12. Incredible tale about 8 lives, 2 cities & 1 story. Most excellent voice acting I am on my 3rd time around because I love the voicing of all the characters 'The Maven' being my favorite. Incredible situations, this will paint a fantastic picture in your mind.

    13. So good I'm publishing this as a limited edition hardback through The House of Murky Depths. Putting my money where my faith is.

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