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Year ZeroAn Alien Advance Party Was Suddenly Nosing Around My Planet Worse, They Were Lawyering UpIn The Hilarious Tradition Of The Hitchhiker S Guide To The Galaxy, Rob Reid Takes You On A Headlong Journey Through The Outer Reaches Of The Universe And The Inner Workings Of Our Absurdly Dysfunctional Music Industry.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 Entire Cosmos, They Tell Him, Has Been Hopelessly Hooked On Humanity S Music Ever Since Year Zero 1977 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 The Big Bang The Resulting Fines And Penalties Have Bankrupted The Whole Universe We Humans Suddenly Own Everything And The Aliens Are Not Amused.Nick Carter Has Just Been Tapped To Clean Up This Mess Before Things Get Ugly, And He S An Unlikely Galaxy Hopping Hero He S Scared Of Heights He S Also About To Be Fired And He Happens To Have The Same Name As A Backstreet Boy But He Does Know A Thing Or Two About Copyright Law And He S Packing A Couple Of Other Pencil Pushing Superpowers That Could Come In Handy.Soon He S On The Run From A Sinister Parrot And A Highly Combustible Vacuum Cleaner With Carly And Frampton As His Guides, Nick Now Has Forty Eight Hours To Save Humanity, While Hopefully Wowing The Hot Girl Who Lives Down The Hall From Him.

Rob Reid is a writer and technology entrepreneur based in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, California He s the author of Year Zero Del Rey, 2012 a novel about aliens with a mad passion for human music He also wrote Year One William Morrow, 1994 , a memoir about student life at Harvard Business School and Architects of the Web Wiley, 1997 , which chronicles the rise of the Interne

!!> Read ➮ Year Zero ➲ Author Rob  Reid – Girlnailart.us
  • Audiobook
  • 10 pages
  • Year Zero
  • Rob Reid
  • English
  • 02 April 2019
  • 9780449009451

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 respect the bravery of Eoin Colfer Now there s an idea Rob Reid matches and often surpasses the wit and glorious absurdity of Eoin Colfer Year Zero not only paints a beautiful tale of the absurdity of our laws but packs the story full of excellent geeky nuggets both musical and Monty Python Plus there s some damn fine science fiction concepts packed in...

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    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 mine.In 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 ra...

  3. says:

    I had a great time with this very funny book, but a few things should be accounted for.1 You have to be a music nerd.2 You ought to have a healthy respect or disrespect for music copyright laws and the dimensions they involve.3 You must have a sense of humor.One really ought to be a must or most of the great references and jokes will be lost and it is entirely possible to learn and be impressed by the great solutions to the copyright kerfuffle here, so you could squeak by with number two, but I m gonna have to insist on number three That being said, this is a light and completely snarky SF about music Specifically, how the rest of the galaxy so completely loves our music that it has been secretly stealing every single song we ve produced to their great joy and as we soon learn, their great dismay because they respect the law Or at least, they apply that respect to the home world s system of laws where the art is produced, and this is where the biggest problem arises.Stolen songs here comes at a cost of 150k per song in damages Current estimation of damages across the galaxy is about 1 3 the total gross wealth of the galaxy Earth would be RICH AS HELL if it wasn t for that little spark ...

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    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 find, instead of a cat, a tiny standup comedian A little man yelling endless pop culture jokes on the same theme, all of them laboriously spelled out and followed with a Get it Get it That was my experience with Year Zero, a book I expected to love, but instead found savagely disappointing, and I don t use those words lightly.The disappointment is so brutal because the concept behind this comic novel is one of the best I ve encountered in SF it s pure genius.Aliens exist, and they have been watching us Since 1977, when our radio broadcasts were discovered by the wider galactic civilization, we have been the most famous, most loved species in existence.Why Our music It turns out we make the best music in the universe, so much better than anyone else that aliens initially...

  5. says:

    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 past their time Rickrolling, Gaga, etc , and flavor of the moment vocal tics as well Really , Zip it , and you have a book that s going to feel very dated in about Well, actually, it feels a bit dated already.Even this would be fine if the book wasn t quite so desperate to pander to its intended audience Obviously, a book like this should be entertaining, but it s hard not to notice certain details Take for example, the corrupt senator in the pocket of the music labels, who happens to belong to the political party the book s probable readers would prefer he hail from even though he almost certainly would belong to the other party You know, the one this book s 30 40 something, likely to be loyal NPR listening readers probably belong to the...

  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 and some aliens aren t so happy about that.NOTE I received this through the Vine program.Up 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 book.Why 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 it I 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...

  7. says:

    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 some...

  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 book.I think besides the bad writing, boring characters, poor execution, and boring obvious jokes, I think the thing that gets me the most is the world I ve had friends that read the book and loved it tell me that the book is so self aware and that is the excuse for the world being so horrible That s crap Just because a book is meta doesn t give it an excuse to be that bad A self aware book still needs to be interesting and have characters I actually care about The characters in this book are all unbelievable and one note Nothing interesting or likable about them and they never change once throughout the book.I ve also had people scoff at me when I tell them the universe the author created is so unbelievable it s bad I admit, that s a funny thing to complain about in a sci fi book, but the ...

  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 has a wicked satire of popular music, trendy television, our array of must have electronic devices, laws and lawyers and the improbabilities of space I probably can t describe the plot any better than any other reviewers, but I will say that all of the music related easter eggs hidden in the text there are hundredsI completely lost count and all of the supporting characters the mysterious cat, the girl next door, the copyright breaking alien colony, the pretentious cousin, the seething medusa lawyer boss, the vacuum cleaner were all quite hilarious in their own rights And the resolution...

  10. says:

    Book Info Genre Science FictionReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of humorous stories, science fiction, people who like music.Disclosure I received an ARC paperback copy of this book from the Vine program in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.Synopsis 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 entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity s music ever since Year Zero 1977 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 the Big Bang The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe We humans suddenly own everything and the aliens are not amused.Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he s an unlikely galaxy hopping hero He s scared of heights He s also about to be fired And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy But he does know a thing or two about copyright law And he s packing a couple of other pencil pushing superpowers that could come in handy.Soon he s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustib...

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