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Download Year Zero Book à ¼ Rob reid ↠ Low level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank not an alien encounter when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced if bumbling extraterrestrials And boy do they have news The entire cosmos they tell him has beLow level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank not an alien encounter when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced if bumbling extraterrestrials And boy do they have news The enti I can imagine Rob Reid writing with a copy of Mad Magazine or Cracked on his desk if not for comic material ammunition for spit wads perhaps Fiction needs a funny bone but my patience has its limits and like having to sit in front of the class clown Year Zero exhausted mineIn a nod to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Year Zero begins with a thoroughly average Earthling who realizes his planet is facing annihilation for bureaucratic reasons Nick Carter cue the first of many Backstreet Boys jokes works as an entertainment attorney in Manhattan Facing certain termination by his boss Judy Sherman due to lack of original thought Nick is visited by a young woman dressed as a Catholic nun and a dope who looks like a mullah Giving the names Carly and Frampton the pair have confused Nick with the Backstreet Boy and assume he's partner at the law firm ruthless litigators for the music industry There's a lot of explaining in this book so Carly and Frampton explain that the universe has been pirating Earth's music since 1977 when a broadcast of Welcome Back Kotter was intercepted and the theme song brought ecstasy to billions of beings 1977 is known as Year Zero when Earth's pop music changed life everywhere Carly and Frampton get it? get it? are Perfuffinites a race that have gained fame as interstellar concert performers lip synching Earth's pop music They're concerned that by our arcane copyright laws every being in the universe owes us 140000 for each illegal download Certain parties would prefer to destroy the planet rather than pay upIntergalactic adventure or lack thereof ensues with Nick receiving assistance from his neighbor curvaceous musician Manda Shark and cousin a capable creep who Nick refers to as PugwashI downloaded a copy of Year Zero for Kindle because the first several pages did sound irreverent and fun Reid demonstrates a great deal of acumen about music copyright law and the gears of a cutthroat law firm hired to enforce it My favorite sections simply dealt with Nick's ne'er do well poker player versus his boss of brass balls Judy Nick is clearly a Mary Sue a nice guy like the author whose only flaw is being a bit vanilla and the attention that Nick's red hot musician neighbor lavishes on him stretches believability Manda such a fun character and I wanted to see what happened to her next Year Zero is a joke based book and I hate jokes Black Sabbath references or digs at reality TV are fine but what I love is humor based on character humor that comes from some sort of reality even if it's Ghostbusters reality Reid fires pop culture jokes at a clip of one per page and after a while I just wanted that to stop I wanted to spend time with characters I liked and enter a strange universe that stimulated my imagination This book fails to manage either This isn't so much a novel it's a wit delivery system loaded by the author and fired at the readerThe special characters and punctuation in Year Zero annoyed me The novel is littered with footnotes at least four per chapter revealed at the end of each chapter Footnotes took me out of the story practically directing me to the table where the author of the book was signing copies And the uestion marks never cease to end So what do we do now? said Manda after a long pause Call the FBI? The air force? NASA? Forget showing versus telling this is showing versus asking and telling Even worse

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Re cosmos they tell him has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” 1977 to us when American pop songs first reached alien ears This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since A science fiction book for people who normally wouldn't be caught dead reading science fiction and one that's directed with laser like focus at its intended audience Year Zero is entertaining enough for what it is but the book is trying very hard to evoke the spirit of Douglas Adams and not surprisingly it falls well short of that mark Add to that an irritating tendency to include pop culture references that are getting well past their time Rickrolling Gaga etc and flavor of the moment vocal tics as well Really? Zip it and you have a book that's going to feel very dated in about Well actually it feels a bit dated alreadyEven this would be fine if the book wasn't uite so desperate to pander to its intended audience Obviously a book like this should be entertaining but it's hard not to notice certain details Take for example the corrupt senator in the pocket of the music labels who happens to belong to the political party the book's probable readers would prefer he hail from even though he almost certainly would belong to the other party You know the one this book's 30 40 something likely to be loyal NPR listening readers probably belong to themselves But we might have found that upsetting so Reid obliges even if the result seems very unlikely and thereby misses a potentially biting opportunity for humor So it's not surprising that the book is getting positive reviews from the likes of BoingBoing it's not like they would ever ding a book like this no matter how it was written and you might very well love it too But you might want to sample the first couple of chapters before you take the plunge just to be sure you won't find it annoying than amusing

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Year ZeroThe Big Bang The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe We humans suddenly own everything and the aliens are not amused Nick now has forty eight hours to save humanity while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from hi I hated this book I think it has a brilliant premise but beyond that it just fails on everything else Poor writing bland characters boring world and old jokes Nothing in this book really worked for me and it was made even worse to find out the book is one long setup for an old uninspired not that funny and completely obvious joke at the end of the bookI think besides the bad writing boring characters poor execution and boring obvious jokes I think the thing that gets me the most is the world I've had friends that read the book and loved it tell me that the book is so self aware and that is the excuse for the world being so horrible That's crap Just because a book is meta doesn't give it an excuse to be that bad A self aware book still needs to be interesting and have characters I actually care about The characters in this book are all unbelievable and one note Nothing interesting or likable about them and they never change once throughout the bookI've also had people scoff at me when I tell them the universe the author created is so unbelievable it's bad I admit that's a funny thing to complain about in a sci fi book but the world is just so bad it takes you out of the story It's like the author looked at Hitchiker's and thought it would be a good idea to turn it up to 11 see he can use old jokes so I can tooI think the best example of this would be to look at the Harry Potter world and this world Strange fantastical things happen in the world and characters always act in odd ways but all those things are somewhat grounded Nothing is grounded in Year Zero and everything just kind of happens which makes for an incredibly unbelievable book that constantly takes you out of the worldAll in all this is just a bad book It's not actually funny The jokes are old The characters aren't interesting It tries too hard to be self aware and current but everything just falls completely flat