The unabridged version of Gun Machine is narrated by Reg E. Cathey and I don’t think they could have picked a better narrator for this gritty, hard boiled police procedural… . Ellis has populated Gun Machine with distinctively rich characters, characters I hope we will see again. Cathey extends the uniqueness of each character through his dynamic aural representations. I experience stories through all varieties of delivery and Gun Machine is a superb crime novel, but I’m especially glad I listened to Gun Machine. This is a top-notch audiobook and a sensational listening experience.
Did you know Reg E. Cathey reads the Gun Machine audiobook? Sample it here.
“A spiky, well-told conspiracy thriller … With Gun Machine, Warren Ellis established himself as a first-rate crime novelist with a distinctive voice and a knack for propulsive plotting.”—Gracias, San Francisco Chronicle.
“One of the reasons why Warren Ellis’s dystopian work is such a joy to read: the reader can see that what the author is describing isn’t just inevitable, it’s already happening.”—The future is here! 20SomethingReads reviews Gun Machine.
“Every cylinder of Gun Machine gets loaded with something for both casual readers and casehardened fans of the detective genre. The action, characters, structure, and syntax travel with the speed of photons and connect with the unsentimental impact of hollow point rounds. Until the very last page, Ellis pulls the trigger on each and every one—sometimes taking his time to aim, sometimes shooting from the hip—but always hitting his mark.”—The Brooklyn Rail reviews Warren Ellis’s Gun Machine. Thanks, Brooklyn.
“It’s that last bit that explains why we have guns. Not because of their simple availability or lethality—but because there is a pleasure to the rituals of gun ownership and the act of discharging weapons and the stories we tell about them. And I mean we: whether or not you own one, there are at least 270 million in the United States, probably more—one for you and one for me and one for every child. They’re going to be with us for a long time. They’re part of who we are now.”—Not a Gun Machine review, but a thinkpiece by Bookforum on America’s gun culture. Thought you all might find it interesting.
The Morton Report:One of the things that really struck me about this particular book was a strong sense of place as a living, breathing thing, a historical organism composed of both natural and man-made artifacts and creatures.
Warren Ellis:I was after that sense of standing on the surface of deep time, and history reaching up into the present world. Of American cities, I thought that could be done most successfully with New York.
The Morton Report:How different is working in prose from working on comics for you?
Warren Ellis:Remember, what you see in a comic is just the visible part of the writing. Beneath that, I’m describing every panel on every page in enough detail for the artist to understand what I’m looking for. In a book, however, I’m trying to evoke the image, so that it lives in the reader’s mind—which, perhaps counter-intuitively, requires less specific detail. Broad strokes, texture and atmosphere as opposed to blueprint specificity.
Rankin:I live on Edinburgh and set my work there. You live in England but tend to set your stories in the US. Why is that?
Ellis:I do find the country endlessly fascinating. It’s like a vast cultural oven. You put that many people in one place, with that many resources and that much freedom to elevate or destroy themselves, and then put it under pressure, and all kinds of weird and wonderful chemical events will happen. If there was a God, then America is something he would do if his television was broken: a constant source of entertainment.
“America does have its own weird ritual landscape and deep time. We just tend to think of it as only a couple of hundred years old. And even then, those few hundred years are pretty compressed stuff. So it actually began there, really, in a determination to write something that evoked antiquitous American strangeness.”—Warren Ellis answering “Where did Gun Machine begin for you?” in an interview with Suicide Girls. (Don’t worry, it’s SFW.)
“I’m presuming it’s still this deep-seated neurosis that the British are going to come back. I get that you have bears and things, but I don’t think you need assault rifles or rocket launchers to scare them off.”—Warren Ellis on America’s gun culture. You mustread the rest of the interview on latimes.com
“The hunter’s methodology, also containing elements of both past and present, is unlike that of any serial killer previously encountered… . Even though it’s early, Gun Machine is already one of the most impressive works of this new year.”—Alan Cranis, Bookgasm.com
"There is one New York and there are innumerable New Yorks"
The New York Journal of Books reviews Gun Machine:
A clever, clever story evoking the earthy darkness of the island’s long lost forests and illuminating it with a fiber optic flicker… . Here is a book anyone interested in the Big Apple should read—it is not only a hunt for an unforgettable killer, but a quest to exhume the many New Yorks that have evaded our eye.
“Gun Machine is a novel that never stops to draw breath. It’s a monster of a book, bowel-looseningly scary in places, darkly uproarious in others, and remorseless as the killer who hunts in its pages. Ellis never disappoints, but this is particularly good, even by the high standards of a Warren Ellis tale.”—