Sleepless is a cinematic book. You can't help but see all of the action playing out right in front of you as you are eating this page-turner alive.
Everybody is tough as nails in true Huston spirit, but the wild, dark near-future setting throws everything off balance and leaves you wanting to immediately find out what happens next when you finish the last page.
An absolute must for fans of hard boiled fiction, and a fine addition to the science fiction field as well.
Huston has had a great talent in portraying violence and it's a real pleasure to see him really stretch his talents to a new level in this new work. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't make the list for Hugos this year..
So I'd read Huston's first book (Caught Stealing -- also very good) a while back and didn't know anything about this one going in. His first book was total, like, gritty plup/noir crime novel. Not knowing what this was all about going in, I was kinda surprised.
On one level, it's still a pulp detective novel. But it's set in a near future dystopia (albeit one more SNAFU than Orwellian). Interestingly, the main character's state of mind starts degrading with the decline of his health. This adds additional interest to the narrative.
Upping the ante for interestingness, the story unfolds as a third person narrative following the main character, first-person journal entries from the main character, and a first person narrative from a different character's perspective.
These various narratives all wind up tying together and working very well.
So yeah, if you're into near future dystopia, biological disasters, or pulp detective novels you oughta take this one for a spin.
Was looking forward to this book, as I really enjoyed the Henry Thompson trilogy, and liked to a lesser extent the Joe Pitt Case files, but this was ok and was written in different style than the others. It was ok where I would recommend the Henry Thompson trilogy and Joe Pitt Cases, I wouldn't highly recommend Sleepless, it reminded me a little like the story in
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