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  • 02/2016
  • 978-1515029403 978-1515029403
  • 276 pages
  • $15.99
Ultra Kwon
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Latency Paradox of Barret Trufflehard
Ultra Kwon, author

What would Barret Trufflehard do?

Not a great dilemma goes by without Milton Grainjar putting himself in the shoes of his childhood hero. Milton has followed in the footsteps of a patriotic icon and become of all things, an enumerator. This, as it turns out, means knocking on the doors of apathetic denizens and routinely requesting a moment of their time to conduct a survey. And the best part of the job, he's told upon hire, it offers plenty of overtime. Only, this was not how he had imagined saving the world - a world where money expires, the dominant religion revolves around a corporeal deity, and every denizen is a consumer of a monopoly called the Ekonomy.

The media warns of the Jade Association, whose revolutionary doctrines endanger the Ekonomy and its subsidized institutions. Milton's objective is to track down the illegal conspirators and enumerate them. And he does, navigating from one enumeration to the next, dodging death rays and bureaucratic landmines to the best of his abilities, answering a call of duty without special privileges but with life purpose - a purpose he begins wondering if he could ever fulfill without losing it completely.

Latency Paradox of Barret Trufflehard is an atomic thrill ride on a prophetic whirligig of self-discovery, reveling in the commercialization of culture and politics, and its ironic effects on time... reality... existence... and the blinding pursuit of meeting institutionalized standards.

Reviews
When Inspector Amelia Pillowspoon tells Eldridge Kane, Lord Chief Executive Officer of the Ekonomy, “We’re all feeling the Latency Paradox of Milton Grainjar,” Eldridge is as baffled as the reader. Still, Kwon’s debut is wonderfully imaginative, clever, and funny in a madcap, just-go-with-it sort of way. Protagonist Milton Grainjar, a disgruntled employee of the XYZ government agency, lives to track down members of the secretive and illegal Jade Association, who (mercifully offscreen) eat babies and sacrifice virgins. But it’s not clear who are the true Jadeites—or who Grainjar is. Kwon’s knack for giggle-worthy names and inventive gizmos (a plutonizer, the Zwylx Q-Ten gurgle machine) work well with mild romance and themes that include totalitarianism, rival dystopias, and the true purpose of Grainjar’s blighted life. The plot doesn’t entirely make sense, but the book is a fun read, and comic fantasy fans will look forward to more adventures in this world. (BookLife)
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Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2016
  • 978-1515029403 978-1515029403
  • 276 pages
  • $15.99

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