on October 30, 2012
It's not easy to classify this book. At one level, it's a comic mashup novel based on an old Tom Swift book, where Adolf Hitler and his father take the place of the Swifts. The ability of young Adolf to lead, invent and `be brave' is continuously funny, the plot being Hitler invents a zeppelin and while away on a trip is framed for robbing a bank, by none other than the local town bully: Young Winston Churchill. Hitler must race back to clear his name.
The events in this satiric parody will certainly make you laugh, but there are some very interesting and serious questions explored here too. The overall premise is in this alternate history, is there was no German Nazi right wing eugenics government, indeed, Adolf Hitler is not even German, but instead a young American `hero' type who actually fights a left wing eugenics takeover bid by Canada.
Real Canadian political leader and left wing eugenics supporter Tommy Douglas takes power in Canada in this version of history. He was an actual leader in Canada, who brought about universal medical care. In this alternate time-line, he becomes Prime Minister, and passes strict eugenics laws, like the Nazi Nuremberg race laws. Support for eugenics was very much alive among left wing intellectuals all over the world prior to the Nazi's usurping this belief, so it's not as strange as it sounds to us in today. Many of these supporters are re-created here. To say the least, this is a black comedy.
Also parodied are contemporary figures, like Al Gore and Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the whole birther story. There are a vast number of cultural references ranging from the historical to Beavis and Butthead and early North American communists.
This is not a book for those who can't handle a black comedy, but I for one enjoy them, and enjoyed this one. The author promises another in the series and I look forward to it.
on October 31, 2012
I don't know what to say about this book except that I liked it. There are no zombies, ninja's or vampires in this mashup novel. But there is Hitler, except he's a good guy. He fights the bad guys, who are out to establish a New World Order by sterilizing all the morons and idiots or locking them in concentration camps. Hitler is a young airship inventor who is framed for a robbery he didn't commit.
Lots of historical oddities are found in the book, for example the fact that there was a Tommy Douglas in Canada, in their Parliament, who brought about the universal health care we keep hearing about. He really was a believer in eugenics, but Canadians seemed to forget that when they voted him `Best Canadian Ever' a few years ago. There is a `Jack Bauer' like character in the book named Jack Beck, who is the grandson of the evil Prime Minister Tommy Douglas. In actual fact, Kiefer Sutherland is the grandson of the real Tommy Douglas.
Fun for those who like riff off's - so much riffing going on, from Bevis and Butthead to the Guess Who. From the movie Downfall, to Charlie Sheen's meltdown, and even from Being There, (my favorite film). There is a lot of subtle stuff in this book, I was more impressed when I slowed down as I read it. This book won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it will have its hard core fans too.
on November 5, 2012
A send up parody on Adolf Hitler, eugenics, modern social norms, and many people alive today. This mashup novel is set as an alternate history story, pitting America against Canada in a cold war against forced sterilization, Canadian concentration camps, Free Masons, GMO, the New World Order and teen bullies.
One of the funniest parts is how Hitler gets back at a young Winston Churchill. Lots of hilarious jabs at Canada. Reminded me of some South Park episodes, or Monty Python humor. Many, many little hidden-in-plain-site jokes.
The main plot is from an old Tom Swift book, in this case, Adolf Hitler, all American hero and inventor, builds a sort of Hindenburg airship and takes his two friends flying, and while away is framed for a crime. It's pretty funny to read about Hitler being the hero, but that's only one part of the humor. The rest is the new sub-plot weaved into the book, and the real life characters and incidents that are part of the new story.
I'm already looking forward to the next book. If you enjoy a good laugh, and some historical fun, you'll enjoy this book. It's not serious literature, however, it's written well, very funny, and it's evident that there was a lot of research put into the book.
on November 4, 2012
I have always been intrigued with the figures and characters of the 20s, 30s and 40s, so when I saw this book and read the description and other reviews, I knew I had to give this book a try. It is such an interesting mashup, with a different twist on what you'd think of Adolf Hitler's "life". There are some themes though that parallel what actually happened in history, which probably makes for the most interesting part of these types of mashup books -- you can see similarities, but yet the actuality is just a bit out of reach because the characters have been twisted.
I loved how the authors, in this other-world-version of history, brought Churchill, Roosevelt, Hitler and even Al Gore together in the story line -- it really makes the satire that much more intriguing. If you are looking for a different take on history, or even just an interesting adventure to dive into, this is the book!
Highly recommended. You don't see this type of creativity in every book. Like another reviewer said -- no vampires, no zombies, no pop-culture trends, just really excellent writing and story-telling.