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Gladstone, an emotionally detached thirtysomething with a dead-end job, wakes up to find the entire Internet has suddenly and inexplicably ceased to function. In this parody of an apocalypse, the first things missed are the humorous memes, flame wars, and pornography. Without YouTube, zombie-like fun-seekers force cats to do tricks. Craigslist becomes a plywood bulletin board full of ads on index cards. People fax in their search queries for librarians to answer for a fee. When a know-it-all psychic proclaims Gladstone the Internet messiah, he makes him a target for all those who either hope for or fear the technology’s return. Gladstone reluctantly assembles a highly likable cohort of disenfranchised online friends to join him in his search for answers, but since he is burdened by depression, his quest is just as much about finding himself as it is about finding the World Wide Web. Some dialogue here is obviously contrived as a vehicle for quips and sarcasm, but the punch lines are pitch-perfect. Anyone who spends time sharing jokes in web communities will find this satire irresistible. --Cortney Ophoff
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)
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 10 days 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 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love Gladstone as a columnist, but this book just didn't do it for me. The humor seemed a bit too forced and naming the main character after himself kept pulling me out of the... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Julianne
Very funny. Gladstone takes a ridiculous premise, carries it to its extreme, and leaves you saying, " Yep, that sounds right." The Rule 34 Club seems especially likely. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric D. Hansen
Brilliant concept and wonderful start to an amazing trilogyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The story reminds me of the show Revolution although instead of loss of electricity,the Internet mysteriously shuts down everywhere causing a ripple effect. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WeedingWainbow
I would give it 2.5 stars, if that were possible.
It's alright. The writing is fairly clumsy most of the time, which keeps it from being completely immersive. Read more
I absolutely adored this little slice of witty social satire and drama, which dares to ask - how would our society cope with the sudden loss of the Internet? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Packard