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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Robert J Sawyer Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889954100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889954106
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,643,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"DiChario's well-imagined postapocalyptic world containing only the strangest remnants of our society is a bizarre and funny facade that belies the fascinating depths of thought the novel makes readers plumb while enjoying a charming coming-of-age story."
-- Booklist

"A hilarious and surreal quest. . . One of the most original and entertaining novels I've read so far this year. . . DiChario can be compared to Kurt Vonnegut or early Douglas Adams, but he's pretty much sui generis. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to his next one."
-- Sci-Fi Weekly

"Using Iroquois myth and tradition as a touchstone, DiChario skillfully roasts our materialistic and gluttonous society. Danny's journey from his homeland to the mythic Valley leads him to civil war, love and loss, hermitage and pyramid schemes. Science fiction is often called the genre of ideas, and Valley of Day-Glo is no exception."
-- McNally Robinson

"Nick DiChario's Valley of Day-Glo is an absurdist curiosity that should appeal to anyone whose sense of reality is a bit off center."
-- Analog Science Fiction And Fact Magazine

"If you enjoy humor along with your post-apocalyptic speculation, if you like Monty Python or Douglas Adams, or if you simply like science fiction or fantasy good enough to transcend the boundaries of genre, then do check out Nick DiChario's Valley of Day-Glo, then go find his previous and equally fine novel, A Small and Remarkable Life. You will be glad you did."
-- SciFiDimensions.com

About the Author

Nick DiChario's first novel, A Small and Remarkable Life, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and received a Hugo Award honorable mention. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Year's Best Science Fiction, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century. He lives in Rochester, New York.

More About the Author

Nick DiChario's short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies in the United States and abroad. He has been nominated for the Hugo, HOMer, and World Fantasy awards, and his first two novels, A Small and Remarkable Life (2006) and Valley of Day-Glo (2008), both received nominations for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year.

Nick's many jobs have included paperboy, construction worksite gopher, dishwasher at a Catholic seminary, creative writing professor and workshop instructor, indie bookstore owner, education director for a non-profit literary center, and, most recently, writer/editor of corporate communications. Nick earned his master's degree from Empire State College in New York, and he occasionally writes articles for Philosophy Now magazine (a U.K. publication). His first novel has been optioned for film.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BLK3333 on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A back cover blurb that compares this story to Vonnegut mixed with Douglas Adams is right on target. I loved this book. It was page after page of funny, post modern satire poking fun at everything from popular film titles to multi-level marketing in a wacky post-apocalyptic romp.

Imaginative, bizarre and an absurdly unforgettable story.

I wish I hadn't read it so I could read it for the first time again!
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Valley of Day-Glo is the story of Broadway Danny Rose, a member of a confused Iroquois nation that has forgone traditional names for names ripped off IMBD. Except, they're not getting them off IMDB, because that doesn't exist anymore, you know, with the bizarre ecological apocalypse that has destroyed Western civilization and all. (Purportedly a nuclear war, but I don't know, the landscape seems unlikely.)

Apart from living in a wasteland, Broadway Danny Rose suffers from erectile dysfunction, an overbearing mother (appropriately named Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe) and that age old problem, doofus protagonitis.

You may have missed the lecture on doofus protagonitis in your survey of English literature. It is the syndrome suffered by protagonists in satires. Think Don Quixote, think Gulliver, think Yosarian. You see, they tend to be unable to control what is happening to them, though they may be able to demonstrate their humanity to the reader as the author messes with him. Danny is one of the latter kinds of doofusi, and this is one of the things that will keep you turning the page -- you just want to see how this whole thing is going to turn out for Danny. You really hope it's going to be okay.

Nick DiChario is a talented writer, and he deftly takes us through his apocalyptic satire, which is at times absurd (the jacket cover claims it is in the tradition of Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut, but I think more of the latter), bizarre and entertaining.

Recommended!

A warning: don't waste valuable time trying to decipher the traditional Iroquois names. They're not all puns. If they ever do a second edition, they should put the author's note at the front, and save us all headaches, eyestrain, and the suspicion that we're idiots for not being able to figure it out.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By choals on December 19, 2011
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I received this item fast and in condition described. I love this writer. All of his books are so unique. He surely has a way of writing.
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