LOVE, WAR & TECHNO by Himadri Ghosh (TreeSide), 143 pages, $17.99 paper. Rating: NN Rating: NN
Love, War & Techno could have been an interesting read. In 2020, Iraq war veteran Dom Philips is dealing with the aftermath of his experiences. He's become become paranoid about the CIA, where he's working as a population statistician.
Author Himadri Ghosh attempts to keep it as factual as possible, building much of the Iraq section around actual veterans' stories.
Unfortunately, his awkward, clumsy writing often reads like that of students trying to pad out an essay to reach a word count.
If you're wondering about the techno reference in the title, Ghosh is also known as techno music producer Teste.
He name-drops his alias and makes other techno references, which leads my next problem: why would people in 2020 listen exclusively to early 90s and 80s music?
If you're going to invent futuristic technology, you ought to come up with some futuristic culture, too.
In general, the flashbacks to the present and before 9/11 are much more readable and evocative than the section set in the future, where the author gets bogged down in pointless details about mundane computer tasks on imaginary interfaces.
But the real problem is the prose: it's a struggle getting used to Ghosh's convoluted sentences. He's trying to impart too many ideas at once and lacks focus.