From Robert Brockway, Sr. Editor and Columnist of Cracked.com, comes The Unnoticeables, a funny and frightening urban fantasy.
There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is "you" gets solved.
Carey doesn't much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn't care about the rumors of tar-monsters in the sewers or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene - all he wants is to drink cheap beer and dispense ass-kickings.
Kaitlyn isn't sure what she's doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there's an angel outside her apartment. Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left.
There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It's up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.
We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.
©2015 Robert Brockway (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The Unnoticeables is comprised of three different stories. The first is told from the perspective of a deadbeat punk, living in New York City, in the late 70's. The second is a stunt woman / waitress in Los Angeles, in 2013. The last story is from an unnamed narrator, in an unknown time.
In each story, there are several creatures, The Angels, the "Empty Ones", the "Tar Men" and the titular Unnoticeables, all of which ultimately serve a being called 'The Engineer'.
As the novel progresses we learn the motives of these creatures and how the three different stories interlink. Without giving too much away, there are revelations about humanity, existentialism, abjection, etc, so if like David Wong's stuff, this will be up your alley.
Even if you are my familiar with Wong, or don't like his stuff, I would still recommend this novel. This is because Brockway excels in his description throughout this book. He paints a more vivid picture than Wong, or indeed a lot of other authors I have read / listened to.
In particular, the way in which Brockway describes some of his horror scenes is particularly harrowing! Again, without spoiling it, there are more than a few moments that had been grimacing or gasping. There is one scene, and you'll know it when you reach it, which takes place at a party in a mansion in Los Angeles, which will stick in my mind for a long, long time!
Thoroughly enjoyed The Unnoticeables and would read other work from Brockway!
Great concept but left me wanting. You keep waiting for some clarity, an explanation of exactly what is going on. I don't expect everything to be tied up in a little bow, but this left me feeling disgruntled. Not sure if there is a sequel, but it needs one. It's a mental "coitus interuptus".
"Gore, Profanity, and Fun, Oh My!"
Don't expect a whole lot of thought-provoking plot here, okay, folks? We're talking action. Don't expect much in the way of fully-fleshed out characters with grand, sweeping arcs. How about a guy who battles zombies (okay, okay, they're called "empties") but really just wants to get laid, or a girl who doesn't wanna have a metal instrument crammed down her throat and would like to make it as a stunt woman in Hollywood, if you don't mind.
There are twists here, blood and guts, humor and smart-assery galore. And if you don't take it all so seriously, it's definitely worth a Daily Deal.
Yeah, it does end on a Gee, Think There's Room for a Sequel? note, but if there IS a sequel a) I would indeed like to see a bit more put into it to satisfy the thinking man/gal, and b) a bit more character development. That would make it beyond credit-worthy too!
This book has a david wong style with its own feel. Very imaginative. Can't wait for more . In my top 5 adiobooks of the year.
"I loved it, so punk"
The noble nature of a nihilist punk and his quest to just do whatever so pleases against the unstoppable cosmic forces conspiring against him.
"enjoyed the performances"
The language and the performances were riveting. it was a book I was glad I listened to and one I wouldn't have discovered but for a daily deal. But the story itself was less satisfying. I didn't quite get the narrative arch.
"Not terrible , just predictable."
I would have given the story two stars but I could see the author improving with subsequent books.
The environments and tone were good. I enjoyed authentic references to non obvious old punk bands(Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs) and locations (Max's).
Unfortunately the plot was pretty predictable with everything being invincible until it wasn't.
"Very solid opening book for a series."
This book started out slow, I've been reading Brockway for years and I was fully aware of his twin loves (nostalgia and alcohol). So I have him the benefit of the doubt, one the pace picked up so did my interest in the book. Very weak start(which could be due to my unfamiliarity with the punk scene) very strong finish.
"A bad first"
This book has just become the first book I ever just turned off and stopped listening to. It is also I think, only the second book to warrant a review of the 100+ I have enjoyed. The first review was for a book I just had to applaud, this review is just the opposite. The characters and their actions and language just did nothing for me. I really did not want to invest my time into them. The narration was ok, actually given the material, it was the narration that kept me listening as long as I did. However, after an hour and a half I just had to turn it off. I don't think I will get anything else by the author, but I would not shy away from the narrator.
"Great, original, story..."
Nonstop entertaining, good, stuff. Original plot & charecters and downright hillarious. ("I am a whirlwind of genital pain!") Looking forward to the next book.
"Definitely Something Different"
The Unnoticeables was bizarre, violent, and occasionally gross... I think I liked it? It's hard to say, I'm mostly still digesting it, almost a week after finishing it.
If you don't like violence, profanity, and all around crass characters, this one isn't for you. If you don't mind those things and are intrigued by a different twist on grungy fantasy/supernatural, give it a go!
My biggest complaint is that because the story is told from the perspective of three characters, two of whom don't know what's going on, and the third is not exactly a reliable source for explanations, there's never any complete clarity around the events occurring. Sure, Carey and Kaitlyn make discoveries that advance the plot, but the overall "why," or even what the aftermath of their actions is, is never addressed. It does feel like that was a deliberate choice on the part of Brockway, though, so it's possible the book would benefit from having a friend read it as well - someone with whom the reader can discuss it, and come to their own conclusions.
Nick Podehl, Emily Foster, and Scott Merriman all did a great job with the narration. The recording was very engrossing, and it never felt like a slog to get through any part of it.
Overall, if the synopsis to this book sounds like it's up your alley, give it a shot. I'm glad I listened to it, even if I'm not sure how I feel about it afterwards.
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