Friday, May 12, 2006

sci-fi friday

here's a new thing i'm interested in doing and will try to maintain: highlighting sci fi books on friday. plus, you can hear more about fantastic newt. he reads about 3-5 sci fi (and the odd fantasy) book a week, and i'll tell you about his fave one every week. so this week he wants y'all to know about:

The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust

He's too busy reading it to write his own blurb. Plus, he hates being on the computer. (weirdo, huh?) So he has agreed this blurb from Amazon is catchy enough to share with you:

What do Edmonton, D&D, cannibalism, Star Wars, comic books, ancient African mythology, black culture, drugs, organic food, magic, and television shows have in common? They all play important roles in The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, a zany, stylish, and fun novel. Coyote Kings, the debut by Edmonton writer, teacher, and radio host Minister Faust, has a large cast of characters but mainly follows two roommates--Hamza, a former graduate student who's been reduced to working as a dishwasher, and Yehat, a video store clerk who invents insane gadgets in his spare time. They're stuck in a rut of self-pity and going nowhere real slow when a mysterious woman shows up and seduces Hamza by quoting his favorite comics and sci-fi films. (The only problem: she may not be human.)

newt also wants you to know the characters are introduced with D&D style "character sheets" with stats such as the character's knowledge of Star Wars v. Star Trek.

The author, Minister Faust, is also as fascinating as his book. Poetry slam master, community activist, CBC commentator, radio show host, playwright, and more! newt fervently hopes he'll write another book soon.

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