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Notes from the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel (The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy) Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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“An oddly heartfelt journey through the wasteland of a techno-collapse. Gladstone takes an admittedly far-fetched and off-putting story idea and breathes startling life into it. He gambles here, but he wins. Give it a read.” ―Patton Oswalt
“This is satire in its purest form: an exaggerated, filthy and ridiculous world - which happens to be exactly the world we live in. Gladstone has conceived and successfully executed a clever thought experiment that illustrates just how crazy the Internet has made all of us. Witty, profane and entertaining. ” ―Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
“Wayne Gladstone's satire is a high-concept page-turner brimming with LOL-worthy one-liners and observations about the web-addicted zombies we've become and the price we've paid for our sins. The best way to sum up the reading experience would be an emoticon that has yet to be invented.” ―Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
“Gladstone's novel makes it clear that losing the Internet would indeed be apocalyptic, but it would also be funny, thrilling, and would perhaps be necessary to remind us of who we really are. ” ―John Warner, Editor-at-Large of McSweeney's Internet Tendency and author of The Funny Man
“A story whose humor is matched by its insight into technology's effect on our relationships. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll beg your Internet provider to never leave you.” ―Frank Lesser, writer for The Colbert Report and author of Sad Monsters
“An amusing but thoughtful look at what might happen to our culture if the World Wide Web went down for good.” ―FantasyLiterature.com
“An acid cultural satire that skewers what we would miss most about the online world. ” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The punchlines are pitch-perfect. Anyone who spends time sharing jokes in web communities will find this satire irresistible.” ―Booklist
“If someone's going to slap down the Internet and our relationship with it, the last place you'd likely expect them to do it is in a book. But that's exactly the medium to which Cracked.com writer Wayne Gladstone turns to write a belly-laugh account of what would happen if: Someone stole the Internet.” ―Toronto Star
“With his sharp wit and Googlesque knowledge of the Web, Gladstone lays bare the ways viral communication has become the infrastructure of our economic and cultural identity. The conversations are vulgar at times, but then they throw us unexpectedly into the sublime. At its core, Notes from the Internet Apocalypse is a love story, which is why, even as our narrator spends a week in the Rule 34 club and finally makes a request, it will break your heart.” ―The Washington Post
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Unfortunately, "Notes from the Internet Apocalypse" is not a book I'm going to re-read. It has moments of brilliance and an interesting premise, but at its heart it's a confused and mean-spirited mess that's way too smug for its own good.
The titular Internet Apocalypse is a simple but devastating disaster -- one day the Internet simply quits working. Soon the effects of this technological disaster are felt all over the world -- the economy is in ruins, the US government starts the Net Recovery Act and turns New York City into a police state, and Internet-addicted "zombies" roam the streets, struggling to recreate their favorite websites in the real world. At the heart of this mess is unemployed widower Gladstone (yes, named after the author), who is keeping a journal of events that he hopes to post online should the Internet ever come back.Read more ›
Not exactly sure how to start, Gladstone (the character) sets out on a journey toward the truth to investigate the cause of this Internet Apocalypse with a small band of friends. On this journey, he navigates through real-life adapted memes, newly established dark-corners, and people from Reddit. And topped with an ending that leaves you considering at least a second read.
The writing is concise and fun and Gladstone (the author) shows he not only knows what he's talking about, but knows how to transform that into a compelling narrative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gladstone combines a satirical wit and a heartfelt sincerity with an awesome concept here - taking a look at our internet dependency and exploring the potential repercussions if... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lana
This was okay. Just okay. The internet is down and a guy thinks he might be the person to "find" it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Truman
I was surprised by how terrible this book was. Initially is was a mildly self serving and/or deprecating account of the days following the "Internet Apocolypse" and rapidly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy L Bowen
When the Internet goes down all over the world, a couple of virtual friends follow a rumor to find a place that is still online. Read morePublished 4 months ago by katherine tomlinson
I caught myself laughing out loud at the subtle hilarity and having to read certain parts a few times. I plan to read it again to more fully understand this genuine gem.Published 4 months ago by EBFSI
Can't wait to get the next one, quirky and off the wall it still touches on some pretty key points about thought to be inherent values in our society crumbling in the face of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer