Saturday, November 27, 2010

At Budokan - Alastair Reynolds

Novelette

Number of words : 8100
Percent of complex words : 8.6
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 10.6


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 7.7
Flesch : 72.9
Flesch-Kincaid : 5.7


PEOPLE

Buddy Fox

A music promoter and entrepreneur.

James Hetfield

Singer with Metallica.

Jake Addison

Buddy's old partner and creator of Derek.

Derek

A Tyrannosaurus Rex that can play rock guitar.

Rachmaninov

A composer.



PLACES

Sea of Okhotsk

Body of water near Siberia.

Helsinki

City in Finland, where rock dinosaurs are made.

Copenhagen

City in Denmark.


MEDIA

Metallica

A heavy metal band.

Extinction Event

One of Derek's songs.

Rise of the Mammals

Another of Derek's songs.

Ghoul Group

The world's first all-dead rock act.

Godzilla

A fictional giant Japanese mutant radioactive firebreathing dinosaur.

Robot Metallica

Artificial tribute band.

Giant Robot Metallica

Really big artificial tribute band.


ORGANISATIONS

Morbid Management

Buddy and Jake's music company.

Gladius Biomech

Did the scientific work to make Derek.


FOOD

JD

Jack Daniels, a whisky.

Mammoth

As airline food, tastes like chicken.


VEHICLES

Antonov

An AN-225, the largest plane ever made, built fifty years ago for the Soviet space program.

Maglev

A hovertrain.


ANIMALS

T-Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex, a dinosaur. Also an extremely expensive food.


TECHNOLOGY

Gibson Flying V

A brand of guitar.

Motor homunculus

Map of human brain function, according to how much volume's given over to a specific task. Looks like a little man with huge fucking hands.


CONCEPTS

Dorsal premotor cortex

Associated with the brain planning a sequence of body movements.


PLOT

Buddy and Jake are two music industry guys that run a management company that creates acts. Having run out of normal band ideas, they make one out of dead people. Eventually all artists want a better deal and not to be so screwed over, so they have to keep moving on. Like licensing robot replicas of Metallica to play around the world. Then Giant Robot Metallica. Which doesn't go so well, due to well, Giant Robot Rampage.

Metallica is not pleased and Fox is drowning his sorrows and trying to keep the nightmares and lawsuits at bay having dissolved his partnership.

His old partner Jake has an idea, however. He takes Buddy to what he has done - grown a T-Rex with hands so that it can play guitar.

Works very nicely and does well. However, even dinosaurs start to improvise when they rock. So it is go with it, or move on again.


4.5 out of 5

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