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Major Karnage Paperback – August 15, 2010
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And then the alien invasion comes. Karnage, a being of pure determination but with no plan of which to speak, goes forth into the fray.
Karnage is James Bond resourceful and plays life by ear which infuses the novel with spontaneity and surprise. We never know where the story's going because although Karnage can conceive of a goal, the steps toward that goal's achievement only occur to him on the fly. Along the way we get those smoke-sucking aliens as well as cultists, monsters, a police force dressed as cats and a Disney-esque company which runs the world. And as much as I've just given to you, there are still twists and situations of which you'll never dream.
This is wonderfully ridiculous, cartoony fun that WILL make you laugh, that WILL keep you reading and reading quickly. Zajac channels the spirit of Robert E. Howard for his action scenes and there are a hell of a lot of action scenes. The more mellow scenes actually begin to stand out as anomalies.Read more ›
There you have it. A review that doesn't try to be more than it is. Enjoy.
The title character inhabits what appears to be a world just different enough from ours to protect the author from trademark infringement suits. Initially kept in an asylum to control his hair-trigger temper, he escapes to go on many adventures and in the end (not much of a spoiler) save the world.
There’s not much subtle about this book. The protagonist is the good guy, and anyone who helps him is also a on the side of the angels. Everybody else is an evil villain. It’s that simple. (Foul language in itself doesn’t turn a hero into an anti-hero, folks.) Don’t waste your time looking for layers.
That is my main criticism of Major Karnage (which, again, I enjoyed immensely): that there’s no potential for divided loyalties or for things not being as they seem. If I were telling this story, I’d keep the reader guessing about whether or not Karnage really is crazy, the world really is under attack, and his “troopers” are actually figments of his imagination. But then it would be my book, not Zajac’s, and I’m sure he made the decision consciously. It’s a tradeoff, and I’m coming around to believing that Zajac’s 600-rounds-a-minute pacing was a better choice than all my nits about characterization and subtext.
Still in all, if you’re looking for a book to hold in one hand while you’ve got a can of beer in the other, this is the one you’re looking for. Enjoy!