When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.
For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment.
But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club.
With the help of his friends - a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work - Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?
For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"
©2014 Wayne Gladstone (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
What started as a relatively unusual and tongue in cheek take on the post-apoc genre turned slowly into a fairly predictable plot line. I won't go into much detail, since to do so would expose spoilers, but... I just wasn't hugely impressed with the eventual delivery.
Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining book. At times extremely funny and, at others, terrifyingly sad. But it just didn't live up to the potential it started with. I'm not sure how he will be turning this into a trilogy, but I can honestly say that I *will* listen to the following books.
The performance was great, as was the sound quality. A good short listen if you like bizarre fiction which is close to satire. Adult themes are pervasive throughout, which certainly didn't bother me, but some may take issue with.
Worth a listen if your queue is short.
This novella was chock-full of nerd references, reminding me a lot of Ready Player One (which I loved). There are lots of IT insider jokes that I didn’t get, but plenty of other references for fanboys and fangirls of every persuasion. For instance, early in the novella two characters are described as playing “six degrees of Stanley Tucci because Kevin Bacon was too easy.” Later, when a female character breaks out a Battlestar Galactica quote, her geeky male companions try “to conceal our intense nerd arousal.”
The pop culture references never stop coming, and, as illustrated by the second example above, neither do the references to sex and porn. And while I do not use the internet to pursue either of those topics, apparently many people do. The internet apocalypse has cut off the supply of porn, and the book dedicates many pages to describing the new ways people go about satisfying their urges in its absence. If you have a problem with reading about those subjects, this might not be the book for you.
I expected the nerd references, and pretty much knew there’d be some off-color sexual content. What I did not expect was that there would be some damned good writing in between along with actual character development. The main character, who is quite likeable and serves as the reader’s guide to the internet apocalypse, slowly reveals himself to be a complex, damaged and deluded individual. Along the way, he analyzes the influence of the internet on our way of thinking in passages such as this:
“I miss the tiny dose of fame that comes from being online, where comments are tethered to content people are already reading and statuses appear instantly on your friends’ screens. There’s a comfort that comes from knowing people are already staring at the pond when you cast your pebble.”
I listened to this as an audio book performed by Paul Michael Garcia, who gave it just the right ironic tone, very reminiscent of Wil Wheaton.
I love technology and the thought of life without the Internet really intrigues me.
I haven't read any other Apocalypse-type books, so I can't really compare. I know most of those are really grim and serious, while this one was light and fun! You never guess what's coming.
I believe this is the first book I've listened to by Paul Michael Garcia. To be honest, I don't pay much attention to the narrator unless it's bad...and I have heard at least one or two that really put me off, but most are really well done. This was no exception...fantastic narration.
The only "extreme" reaction I had was the ending. Not sure it made me cry, but it was an absolutely unexpected and rather tender ending.
Short, fun read. Highly recommended for those of you that love the Internet...imagine life without technology. I wouldn't know how to get up in the morning. Food for thought, but you'll never see the ending coming (no peeking!!!).
Avid audiobook addict!
Almost unlistenable. The premise is interesting, and the take on it in a "South Park" episode was extremely amusing. This book is the opposite. The writing is bizarre and unfunny. Not recommended at all.
The last chapter gave me chills and gave me a lump in my throat. Laugh out loud moments are sprinkled throughout the book.
This is an extremely beautiful story about a man not only searching for the internet, but also himself and his purpose in life. Wayne Gladstone does an amazing job of painting a picture of a man who has lost everything, and goes on a mission to reclaim what was lost. Paul Michael Garcia does a wonderful job of making the characters and the punch lines come alive without sacrificing the emotion and the heart of the book.
It is set in real life world, and makes references to current culture. East flowing story.
Eh, it was ok. I think that it leaves a little to be desired, but overall fits well.
When he is finding Oz in the peep shows.
No, I worked it into my schedule. However, it was good for listening to when i was working out in the gym.
Good story, satisfied with it.
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