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Reviews of Mark’s work and reviews that Mark has written about the work of other writers and creative types. He generally only reviews stuff that he likes, so don’t look here for snark.

Midwest Book Review: The Fridgularity is “highly recommended”

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Woo, great review news — the Midwest Book Review, which is one of the few well-respected review outfits used by librarians and archivists that still reviews independent and small press books — has given The Fridgularity a glowing review:

“The Internet is accessible by more and more things, even when it may be that it isn’t the best idea. “The Fridgulairty” is a science fiction adventure following Blake Given and his web-enabled fridge which has chosen to take on the world by shutting off the internet, and Blake has to deal with the sudden disappearance of the once so vital internet, while trying to live life as a human being. With plenty of humor and much more, “The Fridgularity” is an exciting, sci-fi view askew, highly recommended.”

I was intrigued to see they’d listed it under SF and Fantasy, not humor, so the book is clearly working in that genre. You can see it here, and check out MBR’s whole website here.

Alltop comes highly recommended, by its mother. Photo by AlwaysBelieve on DeviantArt.

The obligatory Fridgularity review roundup post

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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.”

And there’s Michael N’s take on if The Fridgularity is “Re-Birth” of the Internet in his review: “Mark Rayner has created a very funny yet serious work along the lines of a Max Barry novel (see Company, Syrup, Jennifer Government).”

I also enjoyed Charlene’s take on the Literary R&R blog.

And while we’re at it you may want to check out the interview I did with LitBridge on writing & satire.

You can get The Fridguarity at most online bookstores, in paper and Kindle formats. Other ebook formats coming in February! And if you’be been waiting for it to be available in multiple ebook formats, you can get Pirate Therapy and Other Cures now on Smashwords.

Alltop has advice on how to make you laugh. Photo by John Morgan on Flickr.

Film Review: Transfer

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.

It’s currently showing on Netflix.

A bloody funny book, plus giveaways

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…

You can get $3 off the cover price right now, details below. Or buy here on Amazon.

And secondly, if you’d like to check out my first novel, The Amadeus Net, you can enter in the Goodreads giveaway!

Alltop is always bloody funny, but it can’t help the way it looks.