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Posted May 16, 2006
Murakami and Pynchon on Steroids
Readers picking up this book looking for Ben Bova sci-fi will be in for a shock. Saknussemm is aiming higher, harder, louder, wider, farther, and deeper all at once. In a dystopic America controlled by the Vitessa Cultporation, an amnesiac named Clearfather wakes up in Central Park with a mysterious phrase carved on his back and apparent mental powers. Is he the key that will end Vitessa's reign on America? Or is he a timebomb that will destroy us all? As Clearfather journeys across middle America in search of his past, it becomes obvious that Saknussemm is questioning and redeeming the power of the individual in a chaotic America increasingly infatuated with groupthink. Think Murakami and Pynchon on juice. Ambition far too rare in today's literary fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2005
Wow!!! Best read of Oct.
Many of the sources and influences are familiar but the end result is like nothing I¿ve ever read before. I would go so far as to say that this novel makes most works of contemporary fiction seem either scrawny or overinflated. One can only wonder where this guy¿s been hiding and what in the world he will come up with next because Zanesville breaks through all the barriers into a world of its ownWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
dark gloom and doom allegory thriller
He wakes up confused as he is not sure who he is, or why he is in the middle of what he assumes is a distorted Central Park, nor how he became middle-aged. He vaguely recalls some childhood moments though they are not lucid and even his humongous by even Deep Throat standard¿s maleness seems more like an anime. --- Dubbed Clearfather he travels across America seeking to find himself, but receives no assistance as the federal government has been outsourced to the monopoly drug manufacturer, Vitessa Cultporation. Instead he uncovers disposal sex, massive drug-addiction, combative mutilated lesbian motorcycle gangs, organ donors for breakfast, gay heavyweights and the probable creator, but no Clearfather. --- ZANESVILLE is an interesting futuristic picture that extrapolates the problems of current day America with two trends losing the drug wars (from within) and outsourcing the entire federal government (Mussolini would enjoy this vision). The panorama is bleak as groups battle one another for a crumb while Big Brother is the future corporation that takes on legendary cult status. The excess battle scenes take away from the prime hyperbole of connecting the dots of the age of Saknussemm with the troubles impacting Americans during the Administration of the first MBA president. Mindful of El Topo, readers of dark gloom and doom allegory thrillers will want to read this cautionary tale. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2005
A true headrush
There's more than enough intellectual bite to this for it to qualify as serious literature but the Fun Factor is way too high for the stuffed shirts and those who can't get laid. A man comes back from the dead to save America's wayward soul. A giant mechanical Oprah goes on the rampage, while a cartoon duck demands genitals and launches a new political party. There's kinky sex, a blues-strumming robot and an epic cast of crazies. College students, sci-fi fans hungry for a fresh take on technology and spirituality, and readers of contemporary fiction who are tired of pretense and 'memoir' will be drawn to this book like a magnet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2005
ZANESVILLE is a psychotropic theme park full of colorful characters, weird sex and mutant ideas. Set in a future America that at points feels all too contemporary, the novel establishes a bizarre and yet engaging mythology about who is really in charge, while at the same time revealing an intimate, personal story of self-discovery and the search for love. With a high octane writing style and a laser sharp eye for the ludicrous, Saknussemm achieves a whole that reminds one of the best work of Vonnegut and DeLillo while still delivering enough mainline science fiction pyrotechnics to keep genre readers happy. Both hilarious and disturbing, this is an impressive debut from a writer with a highly individual imagination.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2008
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