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Bieber's Finger Paperback – May 5, 2014
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Twana Burch is a lucky girl. Yeah, her brother is involved with a black-market cloning racketeer, and her mom is a junkie declining rapidly towards death. But Twana, who is the HUGEST FAN EVER of the mononymic popstar Bieber, happens to be present when the car carrying her musical idol explodes.
Now, I realize it might not seem like good luck to see yourmusical hero blasted into bits, but here's the key piece you're missing: Twanacatches one of the bits. Specifically, she catches Bieber's Finger.
What results is a madcap plan: Twana makes a deal with her brother's mobster boss that, in exchange for a chrome-plated rehab plan for their mom, Twana will hand over the finger and will also train the resulting Bieber clone how to be Bieber: she knows all the key information, because,after all, she's his biggest fan. This will allow the mobster to spin Bieber's death as a publicity stunt and return under new management, just in time to win the Pan-Galactic Prom Show.
Intercut with the story of Twana's and New Bieber'sadventures, we also follow a platoon of ice beetles from planet Hull. Theirhome destroyed by their species enemy, the Voles, these elite beetles aretasked with finding a new home for the entire race. Resuscitating a wreckedearth-origin exploration ship, the USS Arlington, and head into deep space.
The adventure continues in Funk Toast and the Pan-Galactic Prom Show.The ice beetle explorers have become a band called Poison Nickels, and by a bitof aggressive management and some musical piracy, they get themselves on to theprogram. Along with the resurrected Bieber and the Funk Toast band (areal life band here transmogrified into a science fiction analog, complete withband member biographies and portraits baked into the narrative of both books),the Poison Nickels get a slot on the Pan-Galactic Prom Show.
Will the popstar-cloning scam work? Will Bieber's boybandmateand murderer finish the job he started? Will Poison Nickels succeed in usingthe Prom Show has a platform for bringing attention to the plight of theirspecies, and get a new home for the ice beetles? Will anybody find love?
Craig Nybo's previous books have been small-townmonster-injected Americana. Here, the Wizard of Kaysville takes his love ofgonzo storytelling, injects it with his rock and roll savoir faire, shoots itinto outer space, and amps the volume to 11.
Well worth it.
D.J. Butler, Author
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From the Author
Bieber's Finger follows the journey of a superfan who clones her pop idol, teaches him to sing and dance and takes him to an off-world venue to play the ultimate gig. Here goal: revive Bieber's career and maybe experience a little teen romance along the way.
Bieber's Finger is not a Bieber biography book. The character named Bieber in this novel is referenced only by his last name.Although the character is an international pop idol, the Bieber dealt with in Bieber's Finger comes with a clean slated clone with no memory of his stardom.
Bieber's finger is my contribution to the growing pool of funny science fiction novels. I wrote Bieber's Finger in the spirit of DouglasAdams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the universe. I have been a long-time fan of funny science fiction characters such as Arthur Dent, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and,of course, Marvin the depressed robot. Why not Bieber?
With so many YA fiction books to read in the world, I felt that the young adult audience would like a good teenage romance book. Bieber's Finger is a funny romance book for young adults. Let's face it, there are so many YA fiction authors out there releasing status quo teen romance stories, I felt like the less-likely genres of cyberpunk and genetic engineering might be a perfect place to set a teenage romance comedy book.
The science behind Bieber's Finger comes from a place of comedy rather than hard research. There are human cloning books that explore in detail the wonders of genetic engineering. Nevertheless, Bieber's Finger, as a clean funny teen romance book that I believe can confidently take its place in human cloning books fiction.
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Taking place in a world(s) that is like our own but not our own, it blends two stories 1. is the bizarre aftermath of a teen idols brutal murder - a piece of him is left and retrieved by a super fan who gets him cloned. She then has plans for him to do a big comeback at the Pan-Galactic Prom Show = his is all perfectly reasonable right? 2. A dying race of Ice Beetles need help before they are exterminated and we follow their brave rescue crew on a mission that is half Seven Samurai half Hard Days Night - are you with me? We are in a heap of trouble by books end and it all has to wrap up in book two The Pan-Galactic Prom Show which I will be getting to post haste!
There were a number of lines I personally enjoyed that really boosted the overall character and storyline of the book. I won't post the specifics here to avoid spoilers, though. There was also a moment where I thought the story might unfold into something completely different, but luckily it didn't take that turn.
I sometimes wondered why Bieber was always addressed as such. Even by Twana, his biggest fan. I would have thought that she would have called him Justin, both to keep his identity hidden and because she knew him enough to be on a first name basis.
It should be noted that this is only book one, but for some reason I failed to notice that. Of course, I was pleasantly surprised when the audio-book finished with a "To be continued..." Though I would have loved to learn more about how Bieber was actually cloned- the processes and people involved. I suppose that's just one more thing to look forward to in the next novel!
I don't think I've ever read a book like this, and I hope others will enjoy it as much as I did.
As a second note, I listened to this as an audiobook. The author is an amazing reader! His voicing talent is exceptional. I honestly don’t know why he isn’t making his whole living reading audiobooks. It is among the best audiobook presentations I’ve ever heard.