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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus

The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus
A Rock & Roll Novel from the World of Zines
By Wred Fright

Originally published as a series of zines. Emus is a tribute to the multitude of bands that never make it big, while it also speaks unintentionally to the larger subject of life as a young adult. This could be a story about any group of college age kids; smart, witty, energetic, uninhibited, irreverent, rebellious, and ready to party.
99.99% of bands do not make it, but are a crucial part of the backdrop of our social world when we’re young. Fright captures both the subculture and the larger culture brilliantly. Just like real life, a year goes by and a lot happens while nothing really happens. Point of view shifts effortlessly from character to character, while the persona of Funnybear dominates.
“Funnybear would think that George would be happy that Funnybear got the house a new roommate but nooooo. And Funnybear would think that George would be happy that Funnybear tested out the video projectors for him before his video shoot but nooooo. Funnybear gets yelled at by George for both things. Funnybear doesn’t blame George though. It’s all Adam and Eve’s fault. If they had just left everything alone, everyone would be living in paradise right now. Instead, Funnybear has to deal with ingratitude and narkiness, not to mention pride, greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth, although Funnybear doesn’t really mind dealing with lust, gluttony, and sloth. How’d those make the list anyway? Funnybear would edit the seven deadly sines down to four or maybe replace the ones Funnybear likes with some better, um, worse ones like stupidity, selfishness, and cockblocking.”
There are instances where the prose absolutely sparkles, strung together by the longer narrative that in it’s slowest parts are still above average and more than adequate. Extremely readable. No one should shy away for fear of not getting their money’s worth.

The book is $16 postpaid in the USA from ULA Press/Out Your Backdoor, 4686 Meridian Rd., Williamston MI 48895 http://www.ulapress.com/ 517-347-1689 jeff@outyourbackdoor.com. It's also available for the same price direct from me autographed and shipped anywhere in the world (usually the cheapest way) until I run out of author copies: Wred Fright, P.O. Box 770984, Lakewood, OH 44107 USA http://www.wredfright.com/ wredfright@yahoo.com.

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