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Year Zero (2012)

by Rob Reid(Favorite Author)
3.57 of 5 Votes: 1
0345534417 (ISBN13: 9780345534415)
Del Rey
review 1: Enjoyed it, it really was very silly (Douglas Adams' style silly), but in a fun way. Felt like it finished-off rather abruptly, while the plot was concluded, the requirement for a long, almost unrelated epilogue suggests that he had further plans, which never quite fit into the final piece (in an afterword, the author in fact says it was only in the 2nd or 3rd draft that he was convinced to include a plot! You can tell.) Still, I enjoyed it all, and if the universe created wasn't designed to be pretty-much non-violent, it'd be fun to revist!
review 2: Had a blast reading this. It was full of humour and some nice science fiction ideas, and the overall premise was the perfect mixture of ludicrous and bizarrely plausible. The book could be described as a satire of
... more music copyright law, which is so comprehensive that when aliens in the book start making copies of our music they find out they end up owing all the wealth in the universe to us. It is done in a light-hearted and enjoyable way and, unlike other comedic books, genuinely made me laugh out loud. The writing isn't always razor sharp, but the characterisation is comprehensive enough, the references just about modern enough (in ten or twenty years, perhaps not) that I really enjoyed it. An excellent mid-revision book! less
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Amusing story about public sector unions and intergalactic copyright.
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