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Low level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank not an alien encounter when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced if bumbling extraterrestrials And boy do they have news The ent. I can imagine Rob Reid writing with a copy of Mad Magazine or Cracked on his desk if not for comic material ammunition for spit wads perhaps Fiction needs a funny bone but my patience has its limits and like having to sit in front of the class clown Year Zero exhausted mineIn a nod to The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Year Zero begins with a thoroughly average Earthling who realizes his planet is facing annihilation for bureaucratic reasons Nick Carter cue the first of many Backstreet Boys jokes works as an entertainment attorney in Manhattan Facing certain termination by his boss Judy Sherman due to lack of original thought Nick is visited by a young woman dressed as a Catholic nun and a dope who looks like a mullah Giving the names Carly and Frampton the pair have confused Nick with the Backstreet Boy and assume he s partner at the law firm ruthless litigators for the music industry There s a lot of explaining in this book so Carly and Frampton explain that the universe has been pirating Earth s music since 1977 when a broadcast of Welcome Back Kotter was intercepted and the theme song brought ecstasy to billions of beings 1977 is known as Year Zero when Earth s pop music changed life everywhere Carly and Frampton get it get it are Perfuffinites a race that have gained fame as interstellar concert performers lip synching Earth s pop music They re concerned that by our arcane copyright laws every being in the universe owes us 140000 for each illegal download Certain parties would prefer to destroy the planet rather than pay upIntergalactic adventure or lack thereof ensues with Nick receiving assistance from his neighbor curvaceous musician Manda Shark and cousin a capable creep who Nick refers to as PugwashI downloaded a copy of Year Zero for Kindle because the first several pages did sound irreverent and fun Reid demonstrates a great deal of acumen about music copyright law and the gears of a cutthroat law firm hired to enforce it My favorite sections simply dealt with Nick s ne er do well poker player versus his boss of brass balls Judy Nick is clearly a Mary Sue a nice guy like the author whose only flaw is being a bit vanilla and the attention that Nick s red hot musician neighbor lavishes on him stretches believability Manda such a fun character and I wanted to see what happened to her next Year Zero is a joke based book and I hate jokes Black Sabbath references or digs at reality TV are fine but what I love is humor based on character humor that comes from some sort of reality even if it s Ghostbusters reality Reid fires pop culture jokes at a clip of one per page and after a while I just wanted that to stop I wanted to spend time with characters I liked and enter a strange universe that stimulated my imagination This book fails to manage either This isn t so much a novel it s a wit delivery system loaded by the author and fired at the readerThe special characters and punctuation in Year Zero annoyed me The novel is littered with footnotes at least four per chapter revealed at the end of each chapter Footnotes took me out of the story practically directing me to the table where the author of the book was signing copies And the uestion marks never cease to end So what do we do now said Manda after a long pause Call the FBI The air force NASA Forget showing versus telling this is showing versus asking and telling Even worse

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Year Zero

E Big Bang The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe We humans suddenly own everything and the aliens are not amused Nick now has forty eight hours to save humanity while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.. It starts off really funny but not gonna lie I got kinda tired of the joke after about the halfway point Like seriously I should have written this review earlier because I find it hard to have an opinion any Like two months after watching a mediocre movie or television episode and someone asks you How was that and you re like Uh it was okay I think I mean I finished it so it couldn t have been bad

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Ire cosmos they tell him has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” to us when American pop songs first reached alien ears This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since th. Nick Carter but not the Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys works at a law firm as a copyright assistant Life drastically changes when two aliens pop into his office and tell him the news Earth know owns the entire galaxy and some aliens aren t so happy about thatNOTE I received this through the Vine programUp until this morning I had every intention of reading this book until the very end But I had an epiphany I had absolutely ZERO interest in finishing this bookWhy did I stop at page 156 at the book that everyone is comparing to Douglas Adams brilliantThe Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy or Cline s amazing Ready Player One I ve loved both books I ve read Hitchhiker s twice once on audiobook once in actual paper form Ready Player One is the best book I ve read all year and my new top 5 favorite book So if this book is being compared to those great works of art why did I not finish itI think the biggest reason is because this book is most definitely NOT either book It s nowhere near as clever witty funny and irreverent as either book Instead this book is sophomoric clunky and mean The characters are 100 shades of stupid the prose is bland and emotionless the story is buried under legalese the footnotes made me stick a fork in my eye and instead of being satirical or funny the book is mean spiritedNick Carter is a 12 year old boy stuck in adult s clothing I can understand why he has to be clueless wasn t Arthur Dent but making juvenile jokes about petting someone s cat caters to the lowest common denominator Manda is like most women in stereotypical scifi books reduced to being a set of boobs Judy Sherman is a hideously caricatured boss even so far as to be nicknamed Cruella deVille REALLY And the aliens Carly and Frampton are so stuck in their roles one as the person who knows everything and the other as the stupid beyond belief idiot that I wanted to cry At least in Hitchhiker s Guide pretty much everyone was a moron And in Ready Player One the characters weren t perfect but they were likable and relatableThe story idea had promise Aliens coming to Earth trying for music rights Interesting no But execution wise not so much Much of the book is like one massive info dump in music copyright laws and given that the author was the creator of Rhapsody I m not that surprised I suppose if you are a lawyer or like legal thrillers you may not mind this as much as I do But I came in for a scifi novel not a legal thrillerWhat about the scifi aspect Pathetic Although there are some mildly amusing sciency remarks in the footnotes about the periodic table powers of ten designators there are ONLY mildly amusing sciency remarks in the FOOTNOTES FOOTNOTES What are FOOTNOTES doing in a fiction piece Talk about completely disrupting the flow of the book And half the time they could A have been omitted without losing anything or B integrated into the text and only ADDED humor to the situationNot once in the entire 156 pages I read did I laugh I didn t even crack a smile It s just not funny It s like a 12 year old tossing in every half funny thing he s ever heard and screaming LAUGH LAUGH IT S FUNNY And what jokes there are seem to be mean spirited jabs The senator nicknamed Fido because he s at the law firms beck and call The insults hurled at Clippy the Microsoft Word assistant The horrible racial joke about how all Koreans playing WoW are actually aliens Even the WoW scene seems to be making fun of people who play MMO s This isn t like the references in Ready Player One which may have been silly but at least they didn t outright insult people who play MMO s or video game nerds or people who like kitschy 80 s bands and TV shows and whatnot Here it comes across as someone with an axe to grindIf you are thinking this is like Hitchhiker s Guide or Ready Player One I would be VERY cautious when entering this Please if you consider reading this check it out from the library or at least find a place that has a few chapters and not just the Prologue which is pretty good for you to peruse before plunking down nearly 30 bucks Maybe you ll find you like this book and that my review doesn t reflect what you like at all But maybe you ll be surprised that this book is nothing like what it is touted to be and I can save you some money and time


10 thoughts on “Year Zero

  1. says:

    Nobody should ever be compared to Douglas Adams It's unfair Not to eulogise the dead but Adams is literally incomparable That's why I

  2. says:

    I can imagine Rob Reid writing with a copy of Mad Magazine or Cracked on his desk if not for comic material ammunition for spit wads perhaps Fiction needs a funny bone but my patience has its limits and like having to sit in front of the class clown Year Zero exhausted mineIn a nod to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Year Zero begins wit

  3. says:

    I had a great time with this very funny book but a few things should be accounted for1 You have to be a music nerd2 You ought to have a healthy

  4. says:

    Picture yourself as a child about to be given a kitten for Christmas Imagine your excitement as you approach the Christmas tree to find a meowing shaking present with your name on it The anticipation alone – that something special is about to happen – is electric Now imagine your face if you opened the box to

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    A science fiction book for people who normally wouldn't be caught dead reading science fiction and one that's directed with laser like focus at its intended audience Year Zero is entertaining enough for what it is but the book is trying very hard to evoke the spirit of Douglas Adams and not surprisingly it falls well short of that mark Add to that an irritating tendency to include pop culture references that are getting well pas

  6. says:

    Nick Carter but not the Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys works at a law firm as a copyright assistant Life drastically changes when two aliens pop into his office and tell him the news Earth know owns the entire galaxy

  7. says:

    It starts off really funny but not gonna li

  8. says:

    I hated this book I think it has a brilliant premise but beyond that it just fails on everything else Poor writing bland characters boring world and old jokes Nothing in this book really worked for me and it was made even worse to find out the book is one long setup for an old uninspired not that funny and completely obvious joke at the end of the bookI think besides the bad writing boring characters poor execution and b

  9. says:

    As I listened to the audiobook during a particularly long and grueling week of work this was a welcome and hilarious distraction from the technology grind Probably one of the funniest things I have come across in a while it

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    Book Info Genre Science FictionReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of humorous stories science fiction people who like musicDisclosure I received an ARC paperback copy of this book from the Vine program in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownSynopsis Low level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank not an alien encounter when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up a

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