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Dr. Identity (Scikungfi Trilogy Book 1) by [Wilson, D. Harlan]
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Two hundred years in the future, academia is infested with loafing professors who routinely send their android doubles--or "'gangers"--in to teach their classes, and bored "student-things" keep awake only by ingesting ephedrine-laced doughnut holes. At Bliptown's Corndog University, the practice of android substitution leads to mayhem when Dr. Identity, the 'ganger for English professor Blah, accidentally murders a prominent student-thing. To cover his tracks, Dr. Identity methodically slaughters the entire English department and flees with the stunned Professor Blah on a jetpack over Bliptown's sprawling cityscape. How the ever-resourceful Dr. Identity and his hapless charge navigate the surreal and bewildering technological landscape of Bliptown while evading the ubiquitous "papanazi" militia fills out the plot of Wilson's madcap, macabre black comedy. Along the way, readers meet rudely intrusive newsmen, mechanical bug-eyed monsters, and an aspiring papanazi known only as Achtung 66.799. Wilson's sardonic, riotously imaginative vision of the future holds a mirror up to our own increasingly chaotic society and makes provocative entertainment. Carl Hays
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"Madcap, macabre black comedy...Wilson's sardonic, riotously imaginative vision of the future holds a mirror up to our own increasingly chaotic society and makes provocative entertainment." -- Booklist

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  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press (January 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Known for his surreal short stories, this is Wilson's first foray into novel writing, and he pulls it off without a hitch. The book is set in a city of the future where trends come and go at the speed that it takes a bullet to leave a gun. It's the sort of place where the box set for a season of a television show would be released a minute after the first episode is finished broadcasting. And most of the inhabitants are disguised as someone or something else.

I can't recall a book (or movie for that matter) more violent than this one. It puts the kill count of any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie to shame. But the violence is cartoonish rather than disturbing.

Most of the book is a chase sequence with the occasional pit stop. Dr. Blah Blah Blah is a hesitant Mallory Knox to his Mickey - Dr. Identity, his android simulacrum who teaches is literature classes when he's not feeling up to it and has been programmed with the balls to do everything that Blah feels the urge to do but never does because of his inhibitions. In this case, it's all about murdering the people who get on his nerves. Dr. Blah must be very easily annoyed.

Pursued by the Papanazi, a group of maniacal photographers competing to give the public what they most desire - snapshots of the "Dystopian Duo" in action, the two criminal take us on a whirlwind tour of the city, a locale that throws science fiction, fantasy, and surrealism into a blender and mixes them into a hangover cure where anything can happen after you take your first sip.
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What did I think, Amazon? What did I THINK? A few chapters into this and I wasn't thinking, as much I was panicking. Then eventually came some thoughts through the adrenaline-rush of emotion: Just who exactly is this D. Harlan Wilson? And more pertinently to the panic, how did he know about my personal academic existence - or my student-things - to capture it all so perfectly in this bizarro vision of Corndog U, Dr. Blah and his colleagues? What else did he know?

The start of this was like reading about my last semester, yet he wrote this thing in 2007 - or prior! Is D. Harlan Wilson a time lord? Is he watching over my shoulder right now, taking notes for his next expose? Or is that his eyes I see peeking under the door. Maybe that's just the neighbor's cat again? I don't know. I just don't know. For all I know D. Harlan Wilson is just as fluffy as Mister Tittles. He's certainly just as enigmatic. I found his webpage on the Internet, but I don't know if that all is reality either, if he exists at all, if he is human, or Dr Identityesque. Heck, I read this thing on a Kindle, not even physical, feel-it text and pulp, just some electronic ether that vanished and appeared with each flick of a finger. So I'm not even sure if this really exists or if it was just my imagination. So many books. D. Harlan Wilson has messed with my head, and this novel was one wild ride. From photos I know I was going bald prior to starting this. Otherwise I'd pin that on him too.

The beauty of "Dr. Identity" is just how close to real it seems. Yes, it is bizarro fiction, chocked-full of absurdity. It feels so odd, weird, and foreign, passing at breakneck speed like a crazy-assed dream.
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I am simply drunk on words after studying this paper monolith extracted from a timeline of raw information, free from the shackles of prestidigitation and the eternally recurring Hero Cycle. Though Wilson's philosophical and hypertextual riffs and digressions can still be found in this one, they flow so well against the backdrop of this intellectually honest action movie/buddy comedy that you don't even mind the detours through the Schizoverse where you can watch the Ids of every single person in the universe die for eternity or Littleoldladyville where imaginations are sold to experimental college students in all colors, styles and models, and even ebonics have attained brandhood under the rule of technocorporations.

I also found a codification in this incredibly verbose tome of why exactly Wilson practices his technique in the style that he does:

"The primary reason for this aesthetic is flagrant: such a broken, scatterbrained multiperspectivalism will reflect the fragmented, schizophrenic, technosocioeconomic landscape of the comic’s diegetic reality. Under this auspice, I have the freedom to be atemporal and alinear at will and nobody can hold me accountable for not piecing together a coherent, edge-of-your-seat, empathic, hyperformulaic story."

"The only narrative factors I care about are description and dialogue. Everything else is bird s***. Plot especially. Plot is for plaquedemics."

For those curious, plaquedemics are bad.
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Plaquedemic and professor at Corndog University Dr. Blah Blah Blah sends his doppelganger, Dr. Identity, to teach a class for him, ending in disaster as Dr. Identity kills a prominent student. As Blah tries to figure out what to do, Identity takes the first steps toward a holocaust of epic proportions. Can the Dystopian Duo evade the scores of bounty hunters, the Law, and the Papanazi on their trail and continue their holocaustic ways?

Ever read a book and feel like your brain has been sexually assaulted? That's how I felt after reading Dr. Idenity. Dr. Identity is Snow Crash with a jetpack on its back, absurdism turned up to 111, crack igniting its bloodstream, and a stream of severed and mangled limbs trailing in its wake.

D. Harlan Wilson protrays a dystopian world of useless academics, trends that move at light speed, and a mass-media even more brainless they currently are. Dr. Identity acts as the raging Id of Dr. Blah Blah Blah's repressed ego, taking him on an odyssey of ultraviolence.

I can't hope to mention all of the things I loved about this book. I caught references to a lot of favorites, like Neuromancer, Snow Crash, the Hyperion Cantos, and all sorts of comics and movies. I loved that the Bobafett model of jetpack was the best on the market, that Bug Eyed Monsters attacked people who spent two much time shopping in Littleoldladyville, and that Dr. Blah Blah Blah read a Hardy Boys novel while Dr. Identity was murdering one of his student-things. Funny how both of my two most recent Bizarro reads mentioned The Hardy Boys.

That's about all. I'm drawing a blank on what to say next. Suffice to say, Dr. Identity is one hell of a Bizarro thrill ride and should appeal to fans of Philip K. Dick, cyberpunk, and distopia.
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