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Outrageous Fortune by Tim Scott
Cover Artist: Stephen Youll
Review by Paul Haggerty
Spectra Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553589856
Date: 24 June 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: We're re-running Paul Haggerty's review from our June 2007 issue.]

The first thing you need to know about this book: It's weird! In the first chapter our protagonist comes home to find out that his home has been stolen and a limpet encyclopedia saleswoman (she sticks to you until you buy) has just dropped from a combat helicopter to make him a deal he can't refuse. From there things make less and less sense. And yet they do. It's a city where neighborhoods are themed by music genres (classical, easily listening, white noise, etc). A city where the Zone Traffic Police have become all powerful. Oh, and a group of heavy metal bikers want our protagonist to help them kill god. Trust me, these things do fit together ... eventually.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In this outrageously funny, outrageously inventive debut, one of the most outrageously talented new writers to break onto the sci-fi scene in decades asks the most loaded question of all…

"Don't you hate it when this happens?"

…that's what the business card asks Jonny X67, dream architect to the rich and jaded. It's all the thieves who stole his house left behind. And if that weren't bad enough, a saleswoman named Caroline E61 drops from the sky to sell him a set of encyclopedias and won't take no for an answer. Can his luck get any worse?

In this rip-roaring roller-coaster ride through a brilliantly imagined future of paranoid absurdity, Jonny X will learn the answer soon enough when he falls afoul of a lunatic motorcycle gang nicknamed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a relentless Belgian assassin, and his own irate girlfriend. Traversing a cityscape whose neighborhoods are organized by musical genres, running into joke-telling elevators and holographic computer viruses, Jonny is about to learn what a nightmare it's going to be to get his old life back in a reality warping faster than the speed of the imagination. Outrageous Fortune heralds a marvelous new talent sure to be delightfully altering the minds of readers for years to come.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

(Source: Spectra)

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