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Apocalypse Now Now (2013)

by Charlie Human

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Baxter is in trouble. He needs to save his girlfriend and decide to either protect the world or rule it, but he is just an ordinary teen in South Africa-- if ordinary means being the leader of a rapidly growing porn ring at school and discovering you might be both a serial killer and powerful warrior seer hero in an underworld filled with mythical creatures and zombie spider prostitutes. Will his life ever be normal?

They say this book is “…Neil Gaiman meets Tarantino,” and I agree-- only I would add a bit of Rowling too. Outside of that, Charlie Human is a force of imagination that can hold his own.

It is a clever, laugh out loud, cringe-inspiring tale, filled with characters and settings that burn their weird supernatural personalities into the brain.

Not literature, but a raw, darkly funny romp through old genre territory made new again. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Follow it up with the second book in the series, “Kill Baxter.”

This review and more at annevolmering.com. ( )
  avolm | Aug 8, 2016 |
Full Review at Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/11/09/audiobook-review-apocalypse-now-now-by...

This was a book that intertwined things I absolutely loved with elements that kind of pushed my tolerance limits for weirdness. It created a dichotomy for me while reading. Dark humor. Yes, there were so many lines in this that had me laughing out loud and feeling like I absolutely loved the book. Then it would switch and I would focus on the strangeness in this story, and I would be less sure. Some of the weird worked well for me. Porn star named Rumpelforeskin? Yep, I’m good with that.But some other elements, I wasn’t quite as taken by, but in general still liked.

This book was interesting in the way it was presented. We all know narrators can be unreliable. So, when a character interacts with the supernatural world others are oblivious to, and his family thinks he is going insane, who do you trust? The narrator (who may just be delusional)? The therapist he is seeing? Other characters that, for all you know, may or may not exist as you are getting them through Baxter?

Overall, this was a fascinating, absolutely hilarious, and bizarre book. It may have pushed my weirdness threshold at times, but the enjoyment I had from Baxter’s personality more than made up for it. ( )
  tenaciousreader | Jul 25, 2016 |
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There are questions that run through your head when you find out that you're a serial killer.
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A wildly entertaining journey into Cape Town's supernatural underworld. Baxter Zevcenko is your average 16-year-old-boy. If by average you mean kingpin of a smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, and a possible serial killer who suffers from weird historical dreams. He's the first to admit that he's not a nice guy, but then, in high school, where's the percentage in being nice? That is until his girlfriend, Esme, is kidnapped and all the clues point toward strange forces at work.… (more)

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