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Cousin’s Club – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Warren Alexander

Warren Alexander’s Cousins’ Club is a satirical portrait of Jewish families in 1950’s New York. Convinced that her family is the least successful – and stupidest – Jewish family in America, the matriarch of the family declares that her next grandchild will be a genius. She devises a pact; the child will be passed from one family member to another so that he can learn all that each person has to teach him. What ensues is a colorful, hilarious adventure with over-the-top characters and a lesson around every corner.

Sometimes, Cousins’ Club tended to get carried away with its humor and slightly neglected conventional storytelling, making it difficult to decipher what is happening in some scenes and who is speaking in others. Also, despite there being a glossary of Yiddish terms at the end of the book, the lack of adequate context clues or reference to said glossary often made it difficult to follow dialogue when those Yiddish phrases came out to play. It is not evident until the end of the book that a glossary exists at all, and it doesn’t do much good at that point since the reader has already had to navigate the book without knowing of the glossary’s existence.

Aside from those slight mishaps, though, Cousins’ Club is a truly phenomenal read. Warren Alexander expertly blends a memoir-style narrative with satirical fiction, masterfully creating a work that is so absurd, it’s almost easier to believe it all rather than brush it off as the satire it is. The dry, sarcastic humor and eccentric, colorful characters are hilarious without trying too hard and often elicit real, out-loud chuckles. Each story, each family member, and each conversation is better than the last, making Cousins’ Club a constant page-turner. Cousin’s Club is an unforgettable literary experience, chock full of humor, creativity, and a family so wonderfully whacky that it’s guaranteed to leave the reader wanting more.

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The Tao of Apathy – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Thomas Cannon

The Tao of Apathy, written by Thomas Cannon, is a satirical portrait of the life, career, and trials of a mundane hospital worker. A new hospital administrator at St. Jude’s makes some disastrous changes, causing the employees to form a union to protest these alterations. Meanwhile, there’s a promotion in it for a kitchen worker named Bigger, but only if he turns his back on the union and thwarts their efforts. His friend recommends implementing the titular “Tao of Apathy,” but Bigger isn’t sure whether he can bring himself to actually use it.

For the most part, this was a unique and highly entertaining novel. However, The Tao of Apathy was a bit difficult to follow at times, as the narrative seemed to jump between different characters’ perspectives frequently and without warning. In the beginning, it was difficult to determine who the main characters were, since the first several pages acted solely as a long-winded introduction of many different employees. In terms of development, The Tao of Apathy has room for a bit of improvement.

However, what makes The Tao of Apathy so interesting is that, despite obviously being a satire, there is a certain degree of realism to the characters and situations. Any person who’s ever worked a job that they hated will find something to relate to in this book. Also, although much of the comedy wasn’t exactly subtle (take some of the characters’ names, for example), it never seemed overdone or tedious. Rather, Thomas Cannon’s use of dry humor was a nice touch that lent a unique flavor to the story. Cannon has crafted an intriguing, well-balanced, entirely different novel in The Tao of Apathy.

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Axel America and the U.S. Election Race

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Axel America and the U.S. Election Race

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Book Description:

Is it 1776, or 1984? No, it’s 2016 – though Axel isn’t sure.

Axel single-handedly runs Truth Live, a patriotic freedom-loving news site with a cult following. His obsession with the New World Order tests his relationship with his family, and in election year, those bonds are about to snap.

Rump is a major shareholder of Faux News, a multi-billionaire and possible future President. His name is known in every city and he has the CIA on retainer. However, his corporate machinations are under threat from Axel , who soon discovers the dark forces he’s been warning about are coming for him.

Set against the 2016 American election, this is the hilarious tale of a conspiracy theorist leading his family down the Illuminati rabbit hole, two children pushed to breaking point, and a corporate network versus a man of the people, stopping at nothing for total domination.

Note:

With the recent interest in Donald Trump’s audacious run for the U.S. Presidential election, Axel America exposes awareness on the hypothesis that perhaps elections worldwide are not as free as advertised, and perhaps serves a global agenda, rather than nationalised participants. This is a hot topic that has many citizens worldwide watching with baited breath, their hands close to their hearts, and concerns.


Andy Luke

Andy Luke was born in Belfast in 1973. His short stories ‘Absence’ and ‘Flesh Mob’ have both won awards. ‘Brand of Britain’ was featured in twice Eisner Award nominated ‘To End All Wars’. Luke also hosted and co-produced NV TV’s ‘Invisible Artist documentary’, and has written for BBC’s Newsjack comedy show. 

 


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Doors are open for the 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest! Deadline is 9/30/17

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Operation Cosmic Teapot

Open Case:

Operation Cosmic Teapot

Dylan Callan

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Book Description:

“A virgin birth? A virgin? Her?” God shouted at Freud while recalling his one night stand with Mary. Freud snorted another line of cocaine in celebration, believing that this story would help Nietzsche in his quest to fire God from Heaven Inc. Nietzsche, however, had other problems: the Norse gods were running amok on Earth, his board of directors were in a constant state of chaos, and syphilis pushed him into a past life that he would rather forget.

 


The Mastermind behind Operation Cosmic Teapot:

Dylan Callens

Dylan grew up in Delhi, Ontario.  From a young age, he showed an interest in writing; however, in high school, he focused more on creating music.  Dylan moved to Sudbury, Ontario to attend Laurentian University.  While attending, he wrote for the university paper, Lambda, as a columnist, then news editor.  His first book, Operation Cosmic Teapot, is available in paperback and digital download.

Learn more at www.cosmicteapot.net.

 


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