Author: Paul Pope.
Genre: Fiction, graphic novel, science fiction, cyberpunk, futuristic fiction, dystopian fiction, romance.
Publication Date: 2002-2003 (2005 compiled).
Summary: The setting is urban maze of 2038 Manhattan, where sex obsession and the lengths society goes to satisfy has become extreme. Pope follows six principal characters, all of whom know each other in some fashion, and who are linked through the strip club that’s at the center of the book. Strel manages the dancers. Strel’s ex, Haitous, is a fighter who returns to New York after a year away, trying to get back together with Strel and their son. Strel wants nothing to do with Haitous, but he wants her back so badly that he’s willing to give up fighting – after one more fight that promises a big payout. Strel’s cousin, Eloy, wants funding for an art project he’s working on. Kim tends bar and ends up taking a great deal of interest in Eloy, who struggles with the age-old conflict between having artistic integrity and compromising a bit in order to get some money to continue. John, a busboy at the club, meets Daisy, a new dancer, and is instantly smitten with her. Daisy has no interest in getting involved with John, but he eventually breaks down her barriers and the two have a torrid affair.
My rating: 10/10.
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