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files Yarn, read online Yarn, free Yarn, free Yarn, Yarn eaeb4906b From The Neo Feudalistic Slubs And Cornfields Of Tane S Youth To His Apprenticeship Among The Deadly Saleswarriors Of Seattlehama The Sex And Shopping Capital Of The World To The Horrors Of A Polluted Antarctica, Yarn Tells A Tale Of Love, Deceit, And MemoryTane Cedar Is The Master Tailor, The Supreme Outfitter Of The Wealthy, The Beautiful, And The Powerful When An Ex Lover, On The Run From The Authorities, Asks Him To Create A Garment From The Dangerous And Illegal Xi Yarn A Psychedelic Opiage To Ease Her Final Hours, Tane S World Is Torn ApartArmed With Just His Yarn Pulls, Scissors, Mini Air Juki Handheld Sewing Machine, And His Wits, Tane Journeys Through The Shadowy Underworld Where He Must Untangle The Deadly Mysteries And Machinations Of Decades Of Deceit


10 thoughts on “Yarn

  1. says:

    A Christmas miracle has occurred Yesterday I wandered into the library nearby my parents place, which I still have a card for as I hoard them Lo and behold, I found two science fiction novels that I d unsuccessfully searched for in my own local libraries In this case, I d been looking for years, since reading the prequel, Grey Jon Armstrong writes bizarre and unique cyberpunk novels set in the world of high fashion The plots are a string of evocative set pieces and the characters largely cyphers, however the world building is exemplary I found Yarn better than Grey as it focused less on a love story and on the strange details of the feral city sized shopping mall in which it is mostly set The narrator, Tane Cedar, is a renowned tailor and much of the book is a flashback to his early years discovering fashion I liked the fact that most of his formative influences were older women The use of language is great throughout fashion is an all purpose synonym for fuck and the descriptions of clothes are always incredible Shopping in this future world is pretty intense A saleswarrior in a sky blue jacket, with short black hair and pyrite eyes, stepped before me The tides of darkness, shopper Fleece Swansdown I am your heart and your credit You will surrender with me before the ornaments of happiness and liberty Shiny leather boots rose to her hirsute crotch The heels were as sharp as pins One hour she said, as red numbers flashed inside the black beads of her choker If I have not assisted your material freedom and truth, the necklace will cut my air I m just looking She closed her eyes and when she reopened them the beads on her necklace flickered to 59 99 99, and began counting down Our shopping has begun My death has a moment and time She eyed me and smiled My life remaining is all to help you If you enjoy highly descriptive, atmospheric, offbeat sci fi and always want details about what everyone s wearing in the future, this could be the book for you.


  2. says:

    Armstrong spins a dystopian future that s perhaps focused on fashion than I personally could relate to, but if one goes with his premise, the result is highly believable and than a little scary It s the life story of a tailor, Tane Cedar, who grows up in the slubs Armstrong s writing is overflowing with coined words or new usages, reminding this reader of A Clockwork Orange and other masterworks of wordsmithing outside of Seattlehama In his future, the great masses of people toil in the countryside to extract and produce the base resources in Tane s case, corn for the cities The slubs are run like cults by cartoonish celebrities He escapes to Seattlehama, a shopping and sex mecca, where he plunges into his lifelong love of fashion and political intrigues surrounding M Bunny, the uber celebrity who runs both Seattlehama and the slub from where Tane came The book has two time lines, a present track where Tane tries to obtain the pharmaceutically powerful Xi yarn to make a coat for a mysterious former companion, and a past track which follows his progress from slubs and up the ladder through Seattlehama s corridors of fashion and political intrigue.It s fascinating work, but perhaps slow to get started The first half of the book is a masterwork of style, but it takes a long time for the characters to emerge from behind all the hubbub And I m not sure about the ending, which is very poetic, but tragic It s honest, but not satisfying A few aspects remain too unclear Perhaps a sequel is intended, but I m not sure that s what is needed either I d just like a little elucidation.Armstrong has some serious game, and deserves a readership You ll certainly find some important and frightening insight on our current world in his fashionpunk future I suspect this work will stay with me, but I think his best work could still be ahead.


  3. says:

    Re posted from Normally when I m about to review a book I ll stare at the screen for a moment and reflect on the plot and characters, and what worked for me and what didn t Yeah, that s pretty much impossible with Yarn Whenever I think about this book my brain gets bombarded with neon colours and techno music So I guess you could say that the book made a strong impression, but it s all rather bewildering.Bewildering is a good word to describe Yarn Armstrong doesn t give the reader even a second to get acclimatized to his setting, it s BAM GO from page one The book is set on what I m pretty sure is Earth, but way way way in the future Fashion has become the driving force of everything, and huge cities have been built in the pursuit of it Top fashion designers are rule like monarchs, and followers of differing styles happily murder each other in the streets Written out like that it sounds a little ridiculous, but Armstrong flings it all at you with in such a frantic, adrenaline fueled way that you find your self just going with it There s no time to stop and think, and it results in an impressively immersive reading experience.Armstrong labels it fashionpunk, and as much as it bugs me to see the suffix punk tacked on to everything, it fits Fashion is as integral to this world as steam engines are to steam punk, or computers to cyberpunk Actually, I would say that Armstrong embraces it fully than many authors do in their respective punk genres It s most obvious in the book s slang, which is extensive and fashion related Fashioning in place of fucking is one that tickled me for some reason Armstrong offers no help in deciphering what the hell everyone is saying, and it s not until quite a ways in that you start getting the hang of the vernacular.The only thing that stops it from being just too much to deal with is the fact that the main character, Tane Ceder, is as much of an outside as we are He s just as dumbstuck as the reader, so you feel as though you are least not alone in your confusion It s an effective technique that stopped me from giving up in the book s early chapters The book jumps between two time periods, the present in which Tane has become a major designer, and the past wherein Tane, who grew up tending corn, comes to the city for the first time.The plot is interesting, and manages to not get overwhelmed by the frenetic setting Actually, the plot is pretty complicated as well I ve sitting here for a while trying to sum it up and I just can t There are all these seemingly disparate threads ha, threads, see what I did there that come together neatly and awesomely at the end There s the murder Tane witnesses There s conspiracy theories and assassination attempts There s the mysterious death of Tane s father, and what the faceless corporation that owns the sinister cornfields he grew up in has to do with it There s the hunt for a banned type of wool which works as a powerful drug There are gang wars between rival fashion houses And there s a love interest, of course, and an adventure in an air balloon made of some fantastic material.Really, there s a whole lot of everything Reading this book was like chugging three cans of red bull and going white water rafting while looking through a kaleidoscope.Truly insane And also pretty damn brilliant.


  4. says:

    is a standalone prequel to Jon Armstrong s novel Grey, set in a dystopic future where fashion is literally do or die.A well woven taleYarn begins with a mission A former lover the girl who got away stumbles upon the studio steps of the renowned tailor Tane Cedar She demands a dangerous deed of him a custom coat crafted from the illegal and addictive Xi yarn As Tane embarks on a quest to obtain the now elusive Xi, a parallel story emerges, disclosing how Tane rose from his job as a yarn thief to a successful, top designer These two threads past and present are woven together with masterful skill and twists galore, revealing, to us and to Tane, what he is really made of.One small qualm I had regarding the presentation is that the present Tane s Xi quest is indicated by italics As the book progressed and the past and present converged, I grew to understand the choice for such an indication, but large bodies of text presented in italics were hard on the eyes and I was tempted to skip them Thankfully, the tale is so fast paced and engaging that I nonetheless devoured every word.Front row seats to Seattlehama and beyondThe young Tane, a slubber boy who knew nothing but corn and poorly constructed t shirts, is thrown into the mad city of Seattlehama When we accompany Tane on his journey into Seattlehama, we experience the same eye opening awe, confusion, arousal, and fascination as he does This is a fully immersive experience complete with striking visuals, culture, and language.Armstrong invents a new dialect, warTalk, as barked out by saleswarriors A sampling N ow that you have seen majesty, you will retreat and live in the lint below your automated knitting contraptions Go or I will release the blind snakes of your gut When dueling saleswarriors draw out their sharp knitting needles, it s 40% amusing, 60% frightening, and 100% original The only drawback in Armstrong s razzle dazzle approach is that some of the twists and turns, while clever, carried less emotional heft than I would have expected But the punk suffixed genre prides itself in cool, of which Yarn is the epitome.Pure dedicationYes, Yarn is cool, but it s a cool imbued with passion I loved that fashion rules this world, and that brands not only identify clothing but also people Each brand inspires allegiance as well as declarations of war upon all other brands As one character professes, don t let anyone ever tell you that fashion is superficial It s the only thing that distinguishes humans from the critters Why should you read this book Don t be intimidated if you re no fashionista no technical knowledge is required to enjoy Yarn Read Yarn to witness the genesis of fashionpunk Read Yarn to know who to thank when you begin seeing a wave of artistic and stylish costumes at conventions Read Yarn so you won t kick yourself later.


  5. says:

    This was not, ultimately, a book for me.I say that right off the bat because I want to be clear that even though this will be a largely negative review, I am not saying it is a bad book There are some flaws, but I am sure that if I were the book s target audience I would have loved it.I must say next, though, that I am very good at keeping an open mind while reading, so I think my criticisms are fair criticisms of the book, things that objectively could have been done better to make a well rounded reading experience.First off, this is very much a cyberpunk novel, which means it has all the strengths and failings of that subgenre Both and strength and a failing is the way in which the plot is so typically cyberpunk lone honorable man trying to survive in a corrupt society, surrounded by women who work with him and women who work against him but all of whom want to sleep with him I expected that going in, and while it doesn t do much for me as a plot I can appreciate it when it s well done It isn t, really, here the characters are just too flat, and not even sexy enigmatic flat, just boring flat.It isn t straight cyberpunk though it s a brand new, author created derivative of cyberpunk called fashionpunk, and those fashionpunk elements are by far the strongest parts of the book The world is fascinating the way all of the technology is predicated on knitting and weaving probably makes no sense, but I didn t give a damn because it was just so, fucking, cool While all of the compound words creditwarrior, loveeffort, salescut, etc threatened to cross the line into preciousness, Armstrong kept them just the right side of that And the warTalk that runs through the first section of the novel is absolutely brilliant, the sort of language that you have to let skim over the surface of your brain so you can see the shape of it, because looked at head on it dissolves into meaninglessness.Unfortunately, as soon as Armstrong started putting all the pieces of his world together and getting the plot moving, it was a little banal There were several twists failed to surprise, and the big twist was one that I saw coming too but really, really wanted to think I was wrong because it s rather offensive not in itself, but because that particular twist has been done over and over again exactly the same way, and the pattern is offensive.So again, not the book for me.


  6. says:

    An often blackly humorous journey through one man s life where fashion rules I shall never look at knitting needles the same way again or sales assistants for that matter Ironic and satirical with just enough reality to send icy water running down my spine as I contemplate whether Jon s future may one day be non fiction After all, Aldous Huxley was not so far from the truth as he speculated about what the future might be like


  7. says:

    I m so glad I picked up this weird, fun book about fabric and why it s great.In a polluted, cyberpunk esque future, Tane Ceder has escaped the agricultural slubs to reach Seattlehama a towering city perched on the rim of a volcano where cosplay is de rigueur, entertainment is the overriding goal and fashion is life or death The book follows Tane s journey through the city s fashion industry, from errand boy to knitter to costumer But when he falls for a performer set on toppling the city s mysterious celebrity leader, he discovers that the world has danger and inhumanity than he could have imagined as a child in the corn and he s forced to choose whether to help tear it all down The worldbuilding in this book is fantastic Absurd in a way that gives it an almost fairy tale vibe and outlandishly creative The tropes will familiar to anyone who s familiar with cyberpunk all encompassing corporations, sprawling megacities, seedy underworlds but the fashion at the heart of it is deeply original The author clearly knows his stuff when it comes to textiles, and he captures the sublimity and absurdity of fashion in a way that just delighted me I m still puzzling over the ending, to be honest There are parts of the book that feel light and silly, but in the end it s definitely one that I ll be thinking about for a while.


  8. says:

    Silly Interesting world building, though.


  9. says:

    Somewhere after Akira and before Steamboy, the world of fiction fell in love with the punk suffix Cyberpunk, steampunk, magepunk if it had angsty youth and was in a world of high adventure it was punk Somewhere along the line, I think authors forgot that punk wasn t just a descriptor of young counterculture enthusiasts, but also a summary of a general plotline, where the protagonist was fighting against the status quo It might be a dystopian regime, a power superconglomerate or a shadowy secret society, but these kids needed something to rebel against Jon Armstrong did not make that mistake when he crafted his dazzling, self described Fashionpunk adventure, Yarn.Dazzling is a completely apt descriptor of the book Anyone who is remotely familiar with Japanese superflat style will recognize that familiar cadence in Armstrong s novel The descriptions come fast and hard and are built to both draw in the reader, while repulsing them In a futuristic society where fashion is the only game in town, everything is saturated in color, style and sex Beneath cities that are little than enormous live in malls, slubs toil in BrandClans dedicated to a single agricultural crop, supporting the grandiose super consumer society.Yarn is split into two stories, appropriately, woven together The story of Tane Cedar s past is the fashionpunk story of a young man who escapes the slubs only to get caught up in the whirlpool of fashion and intrigue that is the city of Seattlehama The second story is the present day Tane Cedar, a man who has risen to the apex of fashion as a master tailor, but one who has rejected the garish commercial supercites in favor of a private and personal clientele.In some ways, the stories are completely incompatible We know that the rebellion that drives Tane s past self ultimately fails because of the existence of the present story Tane s present self is very much a memorial to his past, and while he has achieved great success, it is within the bounds of the system he once attacked Still, both stories are compelling adventures, and even though the present Tailor has retired from rabblerousing, he easily springs into action for an old friend There s plenty of action here if you want that, but there is also this deep criticism, not only of our own society, but of the concepts of rebellion and responsibility.In some ways, Yarn is a light and entertaining read The bad guys are obviously bad, the good guys are appropriately counterculture and the whole thing clips along at a can t put it down pace However, the whole thing is bogged down by the incredibly detailed cloth speak that the book uses Science fiction readers may well be familiar with technobabble, but unless you have a background with textiles or fashion, be prepared to spend some serious time on Wikipedia looking up terms Of course, when the fashion gets high tech, the techno cloth speak is almost indecipherable At several points in the story, these high concept ideas come screaming in too fast to really process A notable example comes early in the book when Tane gets his hands on some sort of knitting machine that is best described as a cross between a NordicTrack and a loom Even after rereading the chapter, I still didn t have a clear idea of what the machine was doing, other than figuring out that somehow the yarn it was using was probably a liquid.Armstrong has created a really interesting little world here Speculative Fiction is a great medium to work in and Armstrong has certainly earned himself a place with Yarn and its standalone sequel Grey Stylistically, the book could use some work, but the problems with the prose stem mostly from a lack of focus Yes, the nature of the world of Yarn lends itself to the unfocused style of the book, but if Armstrong is serious about really addressing the Big Picture topics he s selected, he needs to remember to let the reader digest some of his bombastic text.


  10. says:

    is a standalone prequel to Jon Armstrong s novel Grey, set in a dystopic future where fashion is literally do or die.A well woven taleYarn begins with a mission A former lover the girl who got away stumbles upon the studio steps of the renowned tailor Tane Cedar She demands a dangerous deed of him a custom coat crafted from the illegal and addictive Xi yarn As Tane embarks on a quest to obtain the now elusive Xi, a parallel story emerges, disclosing how Tane rose from his job as a yarn thief to a successful, top designer These two threads past and present are woven together with masterful skill and twists galore, revealing, to us and to Tane, what he is really made of.One small qualm I had regarding the presentation is that the present Tane s Xi quest is indicated by italics As the book progressed and the past and present converged, I grew to understand the choice for such an indication, but large bodies of text presented in italics were hard on the eyes and I was tempted to skip them Thankfully, the tale is so fast paced and engaging that I nonetheless devoured every word.Front row seats to Seattlehama and beyondThe young Tane, a slubber boy who knew nothing but corn and poorly constructed t shirts, is thrown into the mad city of Seattlehama When we accompany Tane on his journey into Seattlehama, we experience the same eye opening awe, confusion, arousal, and fascination as he does This is a fully immersive experience complete with striking visuals, culture, and language.Armstrong invents a new dialect, warTalk, as barked out by saleswarriors A sampling N ow that you have seen majesty, you will retreat and live in the lint below your automated knitting contraptions Go or I will release the blind snakes of your gut When dueling saleswarriors draw out their sharp knitting needles, it s 40% amusing, 60% frightening, and 100% original The only drawback in Armstrong s razzle dazzle approach is that some of the twists and turns, while clever, carried less emotional heft than I would have expected But the punk suffixed genre prides itself in cool, of which Yarn is the epitome.Pure dedicationYes, Yarn is cool, but it s a cool imbued with passion I loved that fashion rules this world, and that brands not only identify clothing but also people Each brand inspires allegiance as well as declarations of war upon all other brands As one character professes, don t let anyone ever tell you that fashion is superficial It s the only thing that distinguishes humans from the critters Why should you read this book Don t be intimidated if you re no fashionista no technical knowledge is required to enjoy Yarn Read Yarn to witness the genesis of fashionpunk Read Yarn to know who to thank when you begin seeing a wave of artistic and stylish costumes at conventions Read Yarn so you won t kick yourself later.


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