Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Last Week's Apocalypse Paperback – January 1, 2006
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Being paranoid provides no reason to doubt that They are not out to get you, as Lain's ambitious postmodern story collection proves. In homage to past warriors against totalitarianism, contemporary Winston Smiths battle the trap of capitalism's ever-receding promise of a meaningful life via meaningless work ("Instant Labor"). Picking among the castoffs of baby boomer consumerism, Lain's Gen-X protagonists desperately try to construct an identity in a culture where novelty undermines authenticity. The simplicity of sea monkeys ("The Sea Monkey Conspiracy") and the rigidity of the Cold War ("I Read the News Today") are the closest to fixed values that can be found, and even they are uncertain at best. Characters learn, via a malfunctioning holographic Jesus ("How to Stop Selling Jesus"), that salvation is not granted but attained. Lain intrudes in his narratives, exploiting metafictive devices like direct address and references to other stories, tying a character's quest for identity to his own quest to unravel the stifling logic of America's malled-in society. Distracting typographic tricks contribute to the atmosphere of uncertainty. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Lain takes full advantage of sf's surrealist possibilities, with results that one sometimes wishes were funny rather than disturbing and provocative. In one story, a man dismissed from the navy as crazy tries to reconnect with reality by labeling things; for instance, he writes "swimming pool" on a card he tosses in the water before he can dive in. In another, after a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India triggers a globe-circling current of lethal radiation, the narrator eventually splits in two, reflecting perhaps his determination to continue with wife and lover as before; they'll all die soon, anyway. In one of the best, a salesman of interactive Bibles learns "How to Stop Selling Jesus" when a holographic Christ insists he take his place on the cross. The forms of some stories are as outre as their developments; they're set in whole or in part as Q-and-A interviews or as a numbered list of propositions or one--sentence precis of famous books. Sf comes no stranger, nor for some, surely, more gratifying, than this. Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Timeless and insightful social and political critiques, hidden beneath the framework of wonderfully entertaining stories.