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Fallen Nation: Babylon Burning Paperback – August 7, 2007

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James performs in industrial rock concerts, bitches incessantly on his blog, skulks about in dark recording studios, and writes dystopian graphic novels and novels for a generation of disenfranchised drug addicts. Rumors of being a key member of a harem of feral lesbians are slightly exaggerated. He has written and produced podcasts for Disinformation, JIVE Magazine, Key64, Greylodge, and New Falcon Press, among others. He is the senior editor of Alterati.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Mythos Media; 1st edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419672657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419672651
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,465,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Curcio is a bewildered madman with a sledgehammer made of words. That's a bit long to put on a business card, so usually it's said "author" "editor" "creative director" or "cat-wrangler."

This checkered career of creativity/research/livestock management began around 2001 when he graduated Bard college with the world's most lucrative degree (Philosophy), and co-founded a media collective. That did surprisingly well until it didn't, so he moved on to LA to play in a band, and have "JOIN MY CULT!" published. This was a Burroughs-esque satire about 90s counterculture groups that no one seemed to recognize as satire. It didn't take long for conservative Christian groups to notice a book listed beside Timothy Leary and Aleister Crowley. Thanks to their warnings, soon groups of occultists were translating it for local readings. Anyone was given permission to appear for these as "James Curcio", though it's hard to know how many readings were actually given.

Several books and startups later, he's still keeping it irreverent, but has since developed a keener appreciation for fact. He lives with a harem of feral lesbians and lions somewhere in the mountains, probably.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harry Pottash on September 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Thick with both occult and pop-culture references "Fallen Nation" summons up echo's of Robert Anton Wilson's "Illuminatus!" trilogy. The book sets an aggressive pace as it follows the adventures of several gods who are seeking to reform the nature of reality and their own minds. If you are at all a fan of "American Gods" by Neil Gayman or Illuminatus! this book is one which you will surely enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack Schmidt on February 17, 2008
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Illuminatus, Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K. Dick and Neil Gaiman certainly all come to mind when reading Fallen Nation; Haruki Murakami and Alan Moore too. I love all these authors, but thankfully Curcio is doing something all his own here. He's not aping anyone else.

In Fallen Nation Curcio has dragged something unsettlingly out of the shadows of modern culture so we can examine its contours more closely. In the process we may note the hidden effects of oh-so-fashionable complacency, homogeneity, cynicism, escapism and post-modern irony just as his rebel-rousing characters must; and just maybe find a portion of the courage, tenacity, wit and humor they unfold in order to find both themselves and a better, more humane way of living.

If you liked any of the fore-mentioned authors then this book is for you. If you enjoyed his previous book, Join My Cult!, then you're going to absolutely love this one. It's a faster, more fun-loving and dangerous ride.

Curcio's prose begs the reader to live and love like there's no tomorrow... 'cause you know what? Your end, and the end of the American Empire may be coming sooner then you think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. on March 5, 2008
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How can I put this lightly? Fallen Nation is like Neil Gaiman's American Gods on an ayahuasca trip, while rocking out to the noise of Mushroomhead, with the lyrical subtext of Steely Dan. To all those that thought Curcio's Join My Cult! was good, this is James Curcio to the second power... with spicey mustard for added kick.

There has been a lot of comparisons made between James Curcio and Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K. Dick, or even a little Neil Gaiman. Throw those out the window - even my comparison above. If you're reading Fallen Nation with those comparisons in mind, you're not doing the book - nor Curcio - any justice. This is something totally new. Curcio's book is specifically meant to stimulate the missing art of storytelling and hijack the archetypes of mythology that have - for too long - been buried in your subconscious.

Curcio has stepped up his game since Join My Cult!. Fallen Nation is big on cultural warfare, but unlike the rebellious "teenage revolution" feel of Join My Cult!, Fallen Nation is the more mature sibling that knows which battles are best to fight, and goes in with a game plan rather than a grenade. This isn't to say that its tame; to the contrary, it makes it that much more powerful.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psuke Bariah on March 25, 2008
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Hunter S. Thompson's darkest fantasy - sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll bring down the forces trying to turn us into cookie-cutter people. Along the way there's some seriously hardcore philosophical babble that might make your head hurt if you're unprepared. But if you are, it will probably make you grin in pleased recognition: "A fellow travelor!"

But it's no Utopian vision. James Curcio has no illusions as to what the crumbling of the infrastructure would mean to most of us. (As most of us do, which is why so many won't question deeply). But the infrastructure (and thus those who comprise the infrastructure) aren't particularly benign. They can't be. Security, to their mind, is based on conformity and control, completely antithetical to the individual.

What's the answer? Perhaps there isn't one. Or perhaps there isn't just one. The question is: will we wait until the decision is made for us?
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