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Year Zero: A Novel (edition 2012)

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Title:Year Zero: A Novel
Authors:Rob Reid
Info:Del Rey (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Loved it! Original, ingenious, and entirely funny. A smart and well plotted adventure for music lovers, science fiction nerds, and law enthusiasts alike. ( )
  mashiaraqcs | Mar 29, 2016 |
Not as good as "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but quite humorous and entertaining. Well worth the read. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
Not as good as "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but quite humorous and entertaining. Well worth the read. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
Not as good as "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but quite humorous and entertaining. Well worth the read. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
Not as good as "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but quite humorous and entertaining. Well worth the read. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
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..a lot like if Carl Hiaasen wrote American Psycho, but about the music copyright business instead of a bloodthirsty psychopath—if there is any difference. At least one dust jacket review wants to draw comparisons with Douglas Adams. But this isn't the dry British humor of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it's the full-bore American smartass variety (though it does tend to meander like an Adams book).
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An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.
Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .
 
In 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.

“Hilarious, provocative, and supersmart, Year Zero is a brilliant novel to be enjoyed in perpetuity in the known universe and in all unknown universes yet to be discovered.”—John Hodgman, resident expert, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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After two aliens reveal that the whole universe is addicted to humanity's music, has committed gross copyright violations, and is murderously unhappy with the resulting fines and penalties, entertainment lawyer Nick Carter has forty-eight hours to save the planet.… (more)

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