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Farewell Horizontal [Paperback]

K.W. Jeter
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise Feb. 7 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the best of the free fiction I have downloaded for my Kindle. I have not read a lot of cyber punk and it took a while to get into the terms and culture described, but it was well written and
worth reading. The main character's continued stupidity was annoying at first and the story could be fleshed out more, but I enjoyed the book and would read more by this author.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping hard SF thriller June 6 2000
By John Peter O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jeter invented a truely wonderful world for this novel. The setting is a huge, cylindrical building that towers above the earth. Most of society exists inside the building but those who are outside society, on the edge, live on the outside of the building, on the "Vertical".
The novel's protagonist, Ny Axxter lives on this wall and tries to make a living as a freelance artist working with video and graffex. One day, he has what appears to be a stroke of good fortune and he thinks that he is on the verge of making it into the big time as a major artist.
At this point, his world starts to fall to pieces and he discovers that reality is not what he, and everyone else thought and that the major players in his world now want him out of the way.
While many parts of the world are unexplained, Jeter throws in enough in the way of technical details to make this hard SF and not fantasy. The writing style is very sharp.
Jeter is regarded by many as an heir to the mantle of the great P.K.Dick and this book is worthy of that regard. I always think that a sign of good writing is the quality of the pictures inside my head as I read and, on the measure, this was very good indeed.
Farewell Horizontal is a gripping read and I highly recommended it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one... April 10 2000
By Jon Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you only read one K.W. Jeter book then you are missing out on some of the most significant science fiction of the last twenty five years. Still, this is the one to read if one is your ambition. Astounding ideas, breathless surgical execution and the very best gusto an amateur can bring to the field, here wrapped in one pocket-sized package by a true professional. How many authors could pull off a motorcycle chase up the side of a building and still make you want to read more? Simply marvellous.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Dope June 2 2011
By K. J. Farrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I remember, when I read this at its publication, just grooving on the cover art (google it), and thinking, this is gonna be weird. And weird it was. Jeter posits a dangerous and peculiar culture, and if you're a fan, you understand he has much to say about the organization of culture and of power. So, we've got warring tribes, angels, and a protagonist who nurses a very bad attitude, kind of like when you worry a cavity in a tooth and it hurts, but at the same time there's the soothing confirmation of pain, you know? That's our guy. What's really cool is that this all takes place on the outside of the homeworld. It's huge, planet-size. And it was built, but we don't find out much about that. It's a thing that exists and is home to a civilization, and many have chosen to forsake the horizontal and risk it all living on the vertical. This is a very strange tale and one you should definitely read. K.W. Jeter was at the forefront of a certain cadre of science-fiction writer back in the eighties. Make his acquaintance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dec 10 2007
By David Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the best science fiction novels I have ever read. Original idea and concept together with good writing, good characters and good story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best cyberpunk I have ever read April 12 2013
By SciFiMagpie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was so upset when this book was over. It has everything. I loved the language and story. I was glued to this for hours and am dying to reread it already. The world is imaginative and vast. The technology is pitch-perfect for cyberpunk, too, but not at the price of character development. The media-res beginning and darting, flying pace make this a book to remember. Can I say that I adored it any more clearly? I really did.

In the interest of balance, I have to mention some verbose sentences and obvious audience exposition. The ending also comes rushing up to meet you too quickly.

Nonetheless, it is achingly good sci fi. BUY IT. I plan to read more by Jeter.
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