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Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Narmer's Palette (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098690242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986902420
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Minister Faust is a long-time community activist, writer, journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and martial artist in several disciplines. As a member of E-Town’s anti-fascist movement in 1990, he and other youth marched on a Nazi skinhead gang house, the hub at that time for a series of violent assaults. Confronted there by skinheads with guns, Minister Faust held them back with nothing but the power of his words. Thus began a speaking career that has taken him across Canada and before crowds in the tens of thousands. Minister Faust taught English Literature in E-Town junior high and high schools for a decade, and later worked as a mentor and trainer for the Keshotu Leadership Academy, an Africentric organisation whose manual he wrote. A radio broadcaster from 1989 to 2012, Minister Faust hosted Africentric Radio (formerly The Terrordome) for 21 years, for which he interviewed luminaries such as Tariq Ali, Molefi Kete Asante, Martin Bernal, Noam Chomsky, Chuck D., Austin Clarke, Angela Davis, Karl Evanzz, Tom Fontana, Glen Ford, Nalo Hopkinson, Reginald Hudlin, Ice-T, Janine Jackson, Michael Parenti, Ishmael Reed, Gil Scott-Heron, Vandana Shiva, David Simon, Scott Taylor, and many more. As a radio and print journalist, he went as far as the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, DC, and to the Ain-al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, to collect stories and hear directly from people living and making history. A maverick novelist increasingly described as one of the finest voices of his generation, Minister Faust is the author of the critically acclaimed The Coyote Kings, Book One: Space-Age Bachelor Pad, and the Kindred Award-winning Shrinking the Heroes. He refers to his sub-genre of writing as Imhotep-Hop—an Africentric literature that draws from myriad ancient African civilisations, explores present realities, and imagines a future in which people struggle not only for justice, but for the stars.

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Minister Faust is a long-time community activist, writer, journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and martial artist in several disciplines.

A lifelong fan of science fiction, his earliest memories of the genre were watching Star Trek: The Original Series in black & white and having his mother read to him from Robert Heinlein's Red Planet.

After deciding to become a comic book writer and artist when he was ten, he secretly changed his ambition to science fiction novelist after glancing through the glossary to Frank Herbert's Dune. He'd planned to become an ecologist so as to gain Herbert's ecological depth, but before his first university class switched his entire enrollment to English Literature, having concluded that learning to write was more relevant to the career of a writer, and that going to endless lab classes at 7 am for four years would likely be hell on earth.

As a member of E-Town's anti-fascist movement in 1990, he and other youth marched on a Nazi skinhead gang house, the hub at that time of a series of violent assaults. Confronted there by skinheads with guns, Minister Faust held them back with nothing but the power of his words. Thus began a speaking career that has taken him across Canada and before of crowds in the tens of thousands.

Minister Faust taught English Literature in E-Town junior high and high schools for a decade, and later worked a mentor and trainer for the Keshotu Leadership Academy, an Africentric organisation whose manual he wrote.

A radio broadcaster from 1989 until 2012, he hosted Africentric Radio (formerly The Terrordome), for which he interviewed luminaries such as Tariq Ali, Molefi Kete Asante, Martin Bernal, Noam Chomsky, Chuck D., Austin Clarke, Angela Davis, Karl Evanzz, Tom Fontana, Glen Ford, Nalo Hopkinson, Reginald Hudlin, Ice-T, Janine Jackson, Michael Parenti, Ishmael Reed, Gil Scott-Heron, Vandana Shiva, David Simon, Scott Taylor, and many more.

As a radio and print journalist, he's gone as far as the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, DC, and to the Ain-al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, to collect stories and hear directly from people living and making history.

A maverick novelist increasingly described as one of the finest voices of his generation, Minister Faust is the author of the critically acclaimed The Coyote Kings, Book One: Space-Age Bachelor Pad, The Alchemists of Kush, and the Kindred Award-winning Shrinking the Heroes. His latest is War & Mir, Volume I: Ascension.

Minister Faust refers to his sub-genre of writing as Imhotep-Hop--an Africentric literature that draws from myriad ancient African civilisations, explores present realities, and imagines a future in which people struggle not only for justice, but for the stars.

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EnterCational.... this book was not only one of the best novels I have read in a long time.
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The writing is elegant,insightful,very expressive,poignant and even humorous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Crowder on June 29, 2011
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Expectations are a funny thing. For the sake of this analogy, consider Starbucks as an example. In my mind, speculative fiction, urban fantasy in particular, has been a lot like Starbucks. (I agree there are exceptions, of course, so untwist your chainmail BVDs.) A coffee purist might be quick to dismiss the ubiquitous coffee purveyor; bitter, over-roasted beans, calorie-laden menu, a macchiato that is anything but. However they have mastered two things: training the world to drop a five-spot n a cuppa joe, and meeting expectations. True, they might not be the platonic ideal of COFFEE, but it will be the same when you order it, whether you order it in downtown Seattle or the Great Wall of China. Likewise, it seems that urban fantasy has been largely a brooding loners, predominately Caucasian, confronting supernatural threats of a European nature -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Like Starbucks, it fills the need but rarely excites me for long.

Granted, it's a tortured analogy.

So, Mr. Coffee Snob, what does this have to do with this review?

Everything.

The Alchemists of Kush by Minister Faust is no Starbucks. In fact, it blew my expectations clean out of the water, so much so that I hesitate to call the novel speculative fiction at all! This, despite the fact that the bulk of the book is split between two parallel stories with 7,000 years separating them. In one set of alternating chapters, Faust tells us the story of Hru, a boy who survives the destruction of his village only to encounter the Swamp of Death and the forces of the mysterious, and aptly named Destroyer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Komm on March 16, 2012
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Minister Faust's moving story should - no, MUST be read. His skill to paint a scene with words is inspiring and unparalled. Aside from his gift, he has written a story of great import: his message is one that readers should feel honoured to share. Do NOT miss this important novel; it is sure to become historic.

-Kelly Komm, award-winning Canadian author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ayesha Gibson on July 23, 2013
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Found it a little difficult to get through, but kept going because there's certainly something there. It may be the writing style that made me feel a little distanced from the characters. The two stories do not gel as much as the synopsis may make a person think. I see the metaphorical link, I just didn't find that the connection between the two narratively harmonious. Sinking into the world of Alchemy and modern Kush was fun and certainly opened up my curiosity about it. The focus that it draws to the individual experience of refugee living, forced immigration and cultural identities is more than worth an extra star. Makes the problem more human and sets a scene for individual consideration of solutions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kahunwa on June 15, 2011
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Is this a great novel or what?
I really love the fact that you dont have to start from the beginning of the novel to really start the story.
In each chapter there's somewhat kind of a new story but are all interrelated. This is a MUST read. There is so many things you can learn...The Alchemists of Kush
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sondjata on June 15, 2011
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This is the latest book by Minister Faust who's last book The Notebook of Doctor Brain was my intro to his literary prowess. This particular entry takes a very different literary turn in terms of tone and style. And I like it. Not that it reflects badly on Dr. Brain. This is simply a differently styled book which underscores the talent of the "good minister" as I like to call him. Without giving too much away, this is a book of two stories. Actually it's not. Well it is and it isn't. like the Kushite kingdom from which it draws from the book contains many layers of stories wrapped up in prose that is very poetic. As a matter of fact if the book hadn't been so long I would have thought it a long poem. This is a book that I would strongly suggest that parents of teenagers obtain and force to read. At gun point if necessary. No not really. My Mike Huckabee impression aside, I believe that many young people will benefit from a read of this book and are likely to relate to the characters.

It's been 3 weeks since I've finished the book and I'm still contemplating the scrolls. Pick up the book and you'll know what I'm speaking of. Trust me, I'm not the only one diggin' it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Macdem on June 15, 2011
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I have been an avid fan since his Coyote Kings novel and have been eagerly awaiting another novel and it doesn't disappoint. A truly epic story with a rare unique Canadian sensibility, I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aissa on June 15, 2011
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In his new book, The Alchemists of Kush, Minister Faust sheds light on the struggles of African Canadian youth in a way few other books have. The readers are given a glimpse into the world of these young men, their struggles and their triumphs. With half of the story set in what is known as Edmonton's Kush, it could not be any more personal. Weaving together stories from different times and places in a way that comes together brilliantly, this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lester K. Spence on June 15, 2011
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This book represents the first modern Pan-Africanist coming-of-age story, bringing together the traditional components of the Hero's Tale with a rich understanding of Ancient Egypt and contemporary realities for diasporal youth. The characters jump off of the page as he deftly moves back and forth between Ancient KMT and contemporary Edmonton. As an African American with strong USA biases, I would never have imagined that one of the best black male writers of my generation would come from Edmonton. Go figure.
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