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Random Acts of Senseless Violence

(1993)
(The fifth book in the Ambient series)
A novel by

 
 
With his vivid, stylized prose, cyberpunk intensity, and seemingly limitless imagination, Jack Womack has been compared to both William Gibson and Kurt Vonnegut - though Gibson admits, "If you dropped the characters from Neuromancer into Womack's Manhattan, they'd fall down screaming and have nervous breakdowns". Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Womack's fifth novel, is a thrilling, hysterical, and eerily disturbing piece ot work. Lola Hart is an ordinary twelve-year-old girl. She comes from a comfortable family, attends an exclusive private school, loves her friends Lori and Katherine, teases her sister Boob. But in the increasingly troubled city where she lives (a near-future Manhattan) she is a dying breed. Riots, fire, TB outbreaks, roaming gangs, increasing inflation, political and civil unrest all threaten her way of life, as well as the very fabric of New York City. In her diary, Lola chronicles the changes she and her family make as they attempt to adjust to a city, and a country, that is spinning out of control. Her mother is a teacher, but no one is hiring. Her father is a writer, but no one is buying his scripts. Hounded by creditors and forced to vacate their apartment and move to Harlem, her family, and her life, begins to dissolve. Increasingly estranged from her privileged school friends, Lola soon makes new ones: Iz, Jude, and Weezie - wise veterans of the street who know what must be done in order to survive and are more than willing to do it. And the metamorphosis of Lola Hart, who is surrounded by the new language and violence of the streets, begins. Simultaneously chilling and darkly hilarious, Random Acts of Senseless Violence takes the jittery urban fears wesuppress, both in fiction and in daily life, and makes them explicit - and explicitly terrifying. Paying meticulous attention to the evolving rhythm and syntax of speech, and their alliance with class and race, Womack demonstrates that woven into the mutable nature of language are clues to the dark and shifting potentials for the future of the society in which we live.

Genre: Science Fiction

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October 1995 : USA Hardback

Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Author(s): Jack Womack
ISBN: 0-613-92183-6 / 978-0-613-92183-1 (USA edition)
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September 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
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October 1993 : UK Hardback
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Author(s): Jack Womack
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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September 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence (Jack Womack)
Author(s): Jack Womack
ISBN: 0-8021-3424-6 / 978-0-8021-3424-0 (USA edition)
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August 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Author(s): Jack Womack
ISBN: 0-586-21320-1 / 978-0-586-21320-9 (UK edition)
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Author(s): Jack Womack
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