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The Oblivion Society is a smart, hip, fun, ride through our worst cold war nightmares. Read it today. You won't be able to put it down. -- Michael Gallant, Editor,

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976555956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976555957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Alexander Hart is the author of "Caster's Blog: A Geek Love Story," the tale of one improbable year told as an online journal; and "Walkin' on Sunshine: A Quantum Physics Sex Farce." His apocalyptic comedy novel "The Oblivion Society" was a 2008 IPPY Award gold medalist.

Marcus has also written for television, including episodes of Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Lab Rats."

When he's not writing, Marcus enjoys playing roller derby with the Drive-By City Rollers and icing injuries.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Kaelble on November 5, 2009
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The Oblivion Society is a book of contrasting writing styles. The book jumps from especially gritty realism to what is almost Looney Tunes cartoon, both in setting and in characterization. Unfortunately, instead of blending, they give the book bipolar mood swings. In some situations, the two extremes manage to gel together to take the best of both worlds. In most situations, though, the styles are such polar opposites that it's jarring to see them together.

Out of the two, the setting is the most forgivable. On the gritty realism side, the author has clearly done his homework. Most of the effects of the nuclear devastation can be so realistic that they're almost too gruesome. You can tell that Marcus has a pretty good picture of what he's writing about with such lines as, "A nuclear detonation causes a disc-shaped hydrodynamic front of radially expanding gases in the atmosphere." The depiction of what happened to the two people they find in the store is unnerving in its specificity. And then against that backdrop, you have radiation causing effects straight out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The characters themselves say that some of what happens violates the laws of biology and physics. I cannot suspend my belief enough to include what is essentially Godzilla when the author has gone to so much effort to present the nuclear disaster in such great detail.

That's not to say that the setting is entirely believable even when it tries for realism. The characters drive for over a thousand miles, as far as I can tell, and they find nothing. Apparently every single thing has been destroyed for one thousand miles, except for the highway and a gas station.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Elgin on September 12, 2007
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I'll admit that I'm not too much of a book person, so it's not easy for me to digest reading anything, much less 363 pages of anything. Oblivion Society managed to capture and hold my attention through five people's journey through one post-apocalyptic nightmare. The characters are well-developed in a subtle yet important fashion from the beginning to the end. Hart's attention to detail evidences itself throughout. His claim to fame may well be his generously-scattered, late-nineties, pop-culture references, which come in quantities closely approximating a treasure trove for geeks. The humor in this book is mostly laugh-out-loud clever, with the occasionally obvious roll-your-eyes pun thrown in for good measure. Such humorous posturing is a welcome comic relief in contrast to the circumstances of the book.

Oblivion does a good job of describing in great detail the surprising transformations that occur. It's impossible to give examples without spoiling the book. Hart provides such phenomenal word pictures of events that you've never seen, you may actually believe you've witnessed them.

The book does have a fault, in that the first three chapters tend to drag out and make the book seem longer than it is. This stigma, however, does not extend into the fourth chapter and the pace is justified for the remainder. Still, even with the slow beginning, the groundwork for the rest of the book is well laid and the investment of the reader's time is a small price for such a great reading investment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Holcombe on June 12, 2006
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I'm not really a science fiction person. Reading "The Oblivion Society" was the literary equivalent of the astonished and exhilarated feeling you get after your fervent sci-fi friends drag you to the latest cult classic and you find yourself earnestly enjoying it. This book has the intensely caricatured characters of a superhero comic, the spine-tingling suspense of a horror film, and the explosive special effects of a top-budget adventure, all mixed up in a sincere and original drama... and it works! Vivian Gray is an inadvertently alluring lead heroine and her friends set you laughing from start to finish - the only infallible way to take a sojourn from reading your copy of this book will be to loan it to a friend! (You might not get it back.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nitasha on April 2, 2010
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I really did enjoy reading this book. Having read John Dies at the End by David Wong, I was eager to dive into another end-of-the-world farce. And Marcus Alexander Hart definetly delivered. However...there were some times when I began skimming just so I could finish this book.
Vivian Gray, a supermarket cashier/stocker, and her somewhat lazy mooching brother, Bobby, his bestfriend, Erik, Vivian's co-worker, Sherri, and some random douche that Bobby met at his favorite bar, Trent, are the only survivors of the nuclear holocaust that destroyed their city of Stillwater, Florida. As they set out on their wacky adventure, in search of other survivors and cities that may have escaped the carnage, they encounter the true extent of the unintentional nuclear war.
I got several laughs, a couple of grunts of annoyance, and a few scowls of disbelief from this very funny story. Marcus Hart did a very good job in fleshing out his story and characters-- the only problem with the latter is that he seemed to stick with what he started out with.
The book is more character driven than plot driven, which is great, only that, the characters don't seem to change much (other than physically) from where they started out at. Rather than go through each of the main characters I'll just pick out the one that was so outlandishly unchanged by the end of the story-- despite all that the group had gone through and all that had happened to him and all that he had seen-- it made my stomach hurt with the sheer stupidity of it.
Trent; the douche in the bar. In an effort not to give too much of the story away, I'll just say that when he's first introduced he's portrayed as being a poseur who has no self-awareness and an apparent identity crisis.
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