Loved Duffbert’s take: “One of the most entertaining and funny books I’ve read this year.”
Katy Sozeva has a rave review of the book at her blog, Now is Gone: “Rayner has a real gift for vivid (and hilarious) description.”
Kane Faucher also gives The Fridguarity a thumbs up in Read All Over Reviews, on Western News: “As any good science fiction does, Rayner presents us with the underlying critique of unbridled technological integration. And, hey, who could turn down a novel that stars a megalomaniacal talking fridge?”
A thoughtful review from Lori Hettler and her The Next Best Book Club review: “Go ahead, I don’t care what generation you were born into, try to live a week without being able to access the internet. I bet you use it more than you realize you do. And I bet by the end of the week you’d be biting your nails down to the nub… no email, no facebook, no evernote to jot down reminders for things… That’s the power of Fridgularity… the more you think about it all, the more scary it becomes…. Mwahhahahaha.”
Like all good science fiction, Transfer takes one technological change and hypothesizes what that would mean for society. And it does so very well.
The new technology is a process which allows the Menzana Corporation to transfer an old person’s mind into a young healthy body. The mind of the young person is not destroyed by this process, but the host personality is suppressed, and is only allowed four hours of consciousness per day. Set in near-future Germany, the protagonists are an old German couple, who still love one another deeply, and aren’t ready to see the end of their lives yet. The hosts are two young Africans, who have given up their bodies so their families in war-torn and impoverished countries can have a better life.
Transfer explores the issue of exploitation superbly, and with real humanity. With such a setup, you’d expect a screed against the way the rich rob the poor, the old cannibalize the young and how the Western world has fleeced the African continent. But it is not so simple. The hosts become entangled with the lives of their rich Germans, and the old couple, in turn, discovers more of their hosts’ perspective.
I found the resolution of the story unnecessarily dark, but it seems like I have that reaction to many German films. I guess they just like their endings a little more downbeat there, but if you’re okay with that, I’d highly recommend you check it out.
First off, I’ve got to mention this glowing review of Marvellous Hairy on Goodreads:
My God this was a bloody funny book, a funny book with a potentially insanely important message for our greed driven so called civilisation that has buried our inner monkeys so deep that even our dreams are lacking because of it. Read the rest here…
Kate Sherrod at Kate of Mind has a new review of Marvellous Hairy that I enjoyed. Here’s a taste:
…god damn, did I get a kick out of this whacked-out Tom-Robbins-without-all-the-half-baked-lyricism-esque sci-fi satire of a novel, which takes a firm stand against biotechnology firms and executives who think their wealth and power entitles them to play god without ever getting too didactic, because, well, how didactic can you get exactly when you’ve got a character whose main way of responding to tense or weird situations is to release a dozen macaques (and, once, a Komodo dragon)?