Johnny Future

Johnny Future

by Steve Abee
     
 

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Turning thirty with zero dollars in the bank, no job nor prospects, sipping NyQuil and staring at the Los Angeles sky, at space, at nothing and everything—Johnny Future’s cool with that. He knows he must do something in this life, but he doesn’t know what. His grandmother, the only mother he’s ever known, is stuck in a nursing home somewhere.

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Turning thirty with zero dollars in the bank, no job nor prospects, sipping NyQuil and staring at the Los Angeles sky, at space, at nothing and everything—Johnny Future’s cool with that. He knows he must do something in this life, but he doesn’t know what. His grandmother, the only mother he’s ever known, is stuck in a nursing home somewhere. He hasn’t seen her in years. Inanimate objects, exterminator icons, street signs are all talking to him, telling him he’s got problems. He’s messed up, sure, but he’s gonna do something about it. He’s gonna get deep and go right to it. Self-styled “poem writer” of the L.A. vernacular, lover of all that exists, hopelessly unrepentant—because he doesn’t even know what that means—Johnny Future tells us about his world, his Hollywood, his Los Angeles, his struggle, and our future.

Steve Abee taps the well of broken hope and tattered heroism that sits beneath his nihilistic generation, transforming it into a heartening, hypersexual, punch-drunk tour de force ushering the drug narrative into the new American century.

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Editorial Reviews

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When a novel kicks off with Nyquil guzzling, the narrator is pals with a transvestite paraplegic named Baby Juice, and street signs all scream “Loser!” in his face, you know you’ve entered Steve Abee territory.

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The bottom line here is that the book is packed with sex, drugs, violence, and other overly stimulating vulgarities. It is less than 200 pages, so you really have no excuse not to check this book out.

Grammy award winner Beck praising Steve Abee's prose
The love-powered bullhorn blasting down from the altitudes.

http://www.thegirlandherbooks.com/review-johnny-future/
To me this felt like watching ARequiemfor A Dream a little bit. I think the writing style was the first thing to draw me in.

Publishers Weekly
Johnny Future, the drugged-out narrator of Abee's abysmal latest, lives on a skuzzy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. After a night of recreational Nyquil drinking, Johnny visits a friend and has the first of several hallucinations that will plague him throughout the novel. His wastoid adventures are the stuff of adolescent fantasy: he consumes many drugs, has many bizarre experiences, lands a job at a sex shop and ends up on a wild adventure with a stripper named America. Despite self-assessments like “I'm Johnny Future, small parking lot good creature of the sun, friend of man and beast, taco stand of love,” he remains a cipher, and the novel rests artlessly on his shoulders. The supporting characters fare no better and seldom rise above caricature: paraplegic transvestite Baby Juice is paraded for shock value, and America is a cliché vagabond Madonna whose sudden, soulful connection to Johnny is predicted by a fortune teller. This disorganized mess goes nowhere interesting and says nothing new. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849821513
Publisher:
MP Publishing Ltd
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.55(d)

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Meet the Author

Steve Abee began writing as an orderly at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica. He has previously published three books, King Planet, The Bus: Cosmic Ejaculations of the Daily Mind in Transit, and Great Balls of Flowers. He teaches middle school English and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

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