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The Fridgularity Paperback – October 19, 2012
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About the Author
Human-shaped, simian-obsessed, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, massively-bestselling wannabe, Mark A. Rayner is a writer of satirical and speculative fiction. His previous works include two novels (The Amadeus Net & Marvellous Hairy) and a collection of short humorous fiction, Pirate Therapy and Other Cures. By day, Mark teaches his bemused students at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (at the University of Western Ontario), how to construct digital images, web sites, and viable information architectures that will not become self-aware and destroy all humans. By night, he is not Batman. His cats, however, are. You can track Mark online at his website, where the offer of cake is purely pro forma: markarayner.com
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Not only were religions, the Internets, cosplay and other various lifestyles brought to play or kill, every game, book, or movie of the
sci-fi genre is presented or argued or laughed at.
I rarely say this: EVERYONE should read this. Especially those born to the computer era. Whovians and those who don't leave home without a towel, Tekkies, or those afraid to talk near their computers for fear of Also sprach Zarathustra will finds themselves in the state I have been in since I started reading this treasure.
Dear Mark A. Rayner, I am so sorry it took me so long to get around to this book. Just like I loved your Pirate Therapy and Other Cures and The Amadeus Net, Fridgularity will stay with me for a long time. I intend to read them all again sometime. I can't wait for my husbands and other friends to read this so I can laugh with them as them read the gems of humor throughout the books. I hope to read Marvellous Hairy very soon. Thank you for enriching my life!
The book was great. Aside from the fact that it happened to have taken place quite near to where I am in Canada, this frankly laughable premise evolved into a dammed good sci-fi read, written with great humor but the fact that it has great humor doesn't take away from the fact that it's a dammed good sci-fi read! I found myself making time to read as opposed to reading when i had time. The story lasted a good number of pages, and well, it's actually quite hard to give you a round up of what the story was because it's so well crafted, but essentially a new form of computer life much like the HAL9000 but with a good many more neurosis evolves and contacts the main character through his internet enabled refrigerator. I know what you're thinking, but seriously, give it a chance and stay with it. I really very much enjoyed it!!
`WE HAVE DECIDED THAT YOU MAY CALL US ZATHIR.'
Poor Blake Given, resident of Canada. All he really wants to do is join the creative department of the advertising firm where he works, and go out with Daphne who also works in the same firm. And then his refrigerator starts communicating with him. Is it just a bad dream? Why has Zathir chosen Blake, and what does a post-digital world hold for Canada (and the rest of the world)?
People quickly join one of two groups: those who worship Zathir as the new Machine God, and pledge allegiance to `The Speaker' Blake Givens, and those who join the Singulatarians led by Lord Peter P. Sona. The younger generation, who grew up with the internet, find the adjustment hardest, but `playing' Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook helps. A bit.
`They were cyber-zombies. The digital undead.'
Meanwhile, as the world moves from digital to analogue, Zathir appears to be a collection of very different entities, with different levels of interest in and tolerance for the human persons. Zathir chooses to speak only to Blake, and only through his web-enabled refrigerator, with a variety of fonts (a cue denoting mood and speaker) and interestingly idiosyncratic grammar.
Will the world return to normal? Will Blake ever get to date Daphne? Will Zathir triumph?
`I wish I had been there. To think, the Singularity starting in a fridge.'
I mostly enjoyed Mr Rayner's latest novel. Every so often, I'd be distracted by an appliance and worry about the emergence of the Singularity. And I'd try to remember life before the internet, Twitter and Facebook. And I'd worry - a little bit - about 1984. But then I reminded myself that (so far) it's only fiction. This is a terrifically enjoyable novel - for those with a sense of humour. Once I picked this book up, I really couldn't put it down until I'd finished. Mr Rayner: you've done it again!
Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this book for review purposes. I also bought a copy on Kindle.
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