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Year Zero: A Novel
by Rob Reid
Del Rey, $25 hardcover $30 Canada,$15 trade paperback,$6 NOOK,$5 Kindle, 384pp
Release Date: July 10, 2012
This is a very amusing and funny story if you like rock and pop music and dislike the music industry and MS Windows. Every page made me laugh, chuckle or smile. It seems Earth is the only planet that makes good music and the rest of the universe wants the rights to play it legally, realizing they owe us lots of money for the use they've made of it so far, since the Year Zero of its discovery in 1977. The first person POV narrator is Nick Carter, a copyright lawyer, who is visited by aliens Carly and Frampton. They want to arrange for the music rights, also to thereby save the world from "self destruction." This is all framed in a satire that examines the issue of how much technological progress can any culture handle. Nick is helped by an alien(?) cat, an alien that looks like a vacuum cleaner, and his apartment neighbor Manda who he wants for a girlfriend. Will Nick get Manda, save the world, and give the galaxy legal music? It's so fun to find out. I do hope sequels get done, too. ~~ Mike Griffin
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