The Good Humor Man [NOOK Book]

Overview

A witty tribute to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, this surreal, futuristic narrative explores the highly topical relationships between obesity, government health care, pop culture, and body image. In a world where chocolate is worth more than cocaine on the black market, government-sanctioned vigilantes known as Good Humor Men patrol the streets, seeking to immolate all fattening food products as illegal contraband and summarily cancel the health insurance of any offenders. An evil nutraceutical company controls ...
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Overview

A witty tribute to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, this surreal, futuristic narrative explores the highly topical relationships between obesity, government health care, pop culture, and body image. In a world where chocolate is worth more than cocaine on the black market, government-sanctioned vigilantes known as Good Humor Men patrol the streets, seeking to immolate all fattening food products as illegal contraband and summarily cancel the health insurance of any offenders. An evil nutraceutical company controls the food market with products engineered to keep the population painfully thin, while a mysterious wasting plague threatens to starve humanity. An ex-plastic surgeon whose father performed a secret liposuction surgery on Elvis Presley may hold the key to humanity's future. Incorporating a colorful cast of characters-a civil servant with questionable motives, an acquisitive assassin, a power-mad preacher evangelizing anorexia, a beautiful young woman addicted to liposuction, and a homicidal clone from an experiment gone terribly awry-this satirical romp asks the question Can Elvis save the world 64 years after his death?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fox (Fat White Vampire Blues) pens a half-baked riff on Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 that imagines a near-future America where the government brutally enforces dietary laws through vigilante squads in repossessed ice cream trucks. When a raid on contraband cheese turns deadly, middle-aged Good Humor man Louis Shmalzberg, a former liposuction surgeon, predictably begins to question his vocation. When a pair of mysterious men demand that Louis turn over a vacuum jar of fat and stomach fluid removed during the botched lipo operation Louis's father performed on Elvis, Louis embarks on a contrived chase across the country, incidentally investigating a corporate conspiracy that's fast becoming a national health crisis. Fox's pseudosatirical premise could work as farce, but endless expository conversations and lifeless characters (including some eyebrow-raising racial stereotypes) make this contrived yarn unconvincing. (May)

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Booklist
Fox unveils more all-too-plausible bits of the future and has us laughing to keep from crying.
Electric City
Keeps the pages turning. I'd suggest playing "Heartbreak Hotel" and grabbing a bag of chips for ambiance.
From the Publisher

"Fox [also] tackles the SF thriller mode with panache. Can Elvis's belly fat save the world? Read it and see!"
Locus

“Fox unveils more all-too-plausible bits of the future and has us laughing to keep from crying.”
Booklist, starred review

The Good Humor Man is an intensely interesting, wild ride through a wickedly accurate depiction of the American psyche...a witty, incisive satire all on its own. By turns heartbreaking and mesmerizingly grotesque, The Good Humor Man is well worth the read.”
io9.com

The Good Humor Man is hilarious, trenchant, important, and the story of Dr. Louis Schmalzberg’s search for the jar of liposuctioned Elvis fat that may save America is impossible to put down. Andrew Fox writes like a combination of Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, and Molly Ivins....”
—Lucius Shepard

“A Fahrenheit 451 for the post-millennium, told with Fox’s magnificent evocation of place and twisted humor. Wonderful!”
—Kage Baker, author of In the Company of Thieves

“...keeps the pages turning.... I’d suggest playing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and grabbing a bag of chips for ambiance.”
Electric City

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616960759
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,076,803
  • File size: 393 KB

Meet the Author


Andrew Fox is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fat White Vampire Blues, described as “Ann Rice meets A Confederacy of Dunces.” Fox has been employed as a mime, public-safety advocate, playwright, and, after Hurricane Katrina, a part of FEMA’s Gulf Coast Recovery Office. His influences include Marvel Comics, Planet of the Apes movies, and Ray Bradbury novels.
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