The Fridgularity

The Fridgularity

by Mark A. Rayner

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Overview

Chill out. It's only the technological singularity.

Blake Given's web-enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner's life - and the whole world - upside down.

Blake has modest ambitions for his life. He wants to have his job reclassified, so he can join the Creative Department of the advertising firm where he works. And he wants to go out with Daphne, one of the account execs at the same company. His fridge has other plans. All Blake knows is he's at the center of the Internet's disappearance, worldwide economic and religious chaos, and the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse - none of which is helping him with his career plans or love life.

The Fridgularity is the story of a reluctant prophet, Internet addicts in withdrawal and a kitchen appliance with delusions of grandeur.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927590003
Publisher: Monkeyjoy Press
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Human-shaped, simian-obsessed, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, storytelling junkie, Mark A. Rayner is an award-winning writer of satirical & speculative fiction. By day he is a university prof and by night, a writer of humorous, absurd and fabulist novels, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.)

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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Mark Rayner has created a very funny yet serious work along the lines of a Max Barry novel (see Company, Syrup, Jennifer Government). Blake Givens works for an ad agency. It is a ho hum life. Then one day his refridgerator screen starts talking to him. Apparently, the Internet has somehow evolved to a living being and the computer device that monitors Blake's food supply is the focal point. The new entity calls itself Zathir and has turned off all digital devices around the world and wants Blake to be its spokesperson to all the world's leaders. Zathir uses bad grammar and types in fonts that seem to annoy Blake in a humorous way. Blake will later enlist the aid of his co-worker Lyca to bring some sense back to his life and try to deal with the ever demanding Zathir. Meanwhile with the Internet and most forms of communication shut down people look for alternate means of entertainment. An overweight drunkard starts calling himself "Lord Sona" and starts entertaining people in bars with poetry readings. Other cults seem to spring up lead by one of Blake's co-workers, Will who miss Facebook and Twitter and invent manual means to post their statuses. The book is entertaining throughout and it is amusing when Zathir tries to inhabit human minds so it can experience human feelings but is totally turned off to human physical contact (think Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory). Rayner has created a very entertaining and fairly fast read. I have to look for more of his work.