|One Fucked-up Book
I bought NVPFZ on a whim as part of the first order I ever placed with ChiZine Publications. Look at the title and tell me how could I not.
Some time later, an award-winning writer/editor/publisher told me that it was “one fucked-up book.” He meant, and I interpreted, this as a GoodThing(tm).
He was right and I am so very glad of it.
I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore when I saw that the damned prologue consisted of a single sentence. I don’t mean a Dan-Brown-nothing-is-happening-here two line chapter. I mean a William-Faulkner-is-a-pussy three and one half page monster of a sentence.
And it only got better.
NVPFZ and ZVSFA give us a new generation’s take on McLuhan’s “medium as message”.
These books need to be to be experienced rather than read and I have no doubt that some people will have a problem with that.
|Those Books Turned My Kid Into a Thief
The best part of these books is that my elder son liked them.
In fact, he stole NVPFZ from my TBR pile.
The boys and I were driving with my parents and we ended up in a painful Toronto traffic jam. Elder son squirmed in his seat and reached into his pocket. I expected him to pull out his phone or iPod to find some digital diversion.
He pulled out a book. Cool.
One of my books. Fucking cool.
Wait, is that really appropriate for a boy his age? Shut up! He’s reading. And he’s thinking.
While I wouldn’t recommend either of these books for a middle school reading list, my son read, enjoyed and reported on them for school (I am so very grateful for the openmindedness of his teacher)!
And then we talked about them. He may not have taken away the same things that I did, but he did manage to see beyond the intentionally obvious while appreciating the hilarious. We have had some cool discussions about these and other books as a result.
That, for me, is the absolute best thing that a book can do and merits more stars than I can possibly allocate.
The only downside is that the kid keeps stealing my books.