Year Zero

Year Zero

A Novel

Book - 2012
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on American pop songs ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), resulting in the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang and bankrupting the whole universe. Nick has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly. Thankfully, this unlikely galaxy-hopping hero does know a thing or two about copyright law. Now, with Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick has forty-eight hours to save humanity--while hoping to wow the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey Ballantine Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780345534514
9780345534415
0345534417
Characteristics: xii, 357 pages ;,22 cm

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Haldenj
Oct 18, 2016

A clever concept that will be dated quite quickly. The writing is very poor and could have used an editor and grammar check.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jun 01, 2016

Very interesting read! Nick Carter is visited by aliens who REALLY appreciate Earth music--they think he's "THE Nick Carter" of Backstreet Boys. Turns out the entire universe loves Earth music, and because of galactic copyright laws--we will soon be destroyed. What follows is a silly romp to save the planet. If you enjoy your sci-fi on the light and funny side, pick this one up today.

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tocch101
Oct 06, 2015

Addictingly fun, a modern Hitchhikers Guide. Absolutely must read.

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micahkolding
Sep 29, 2013

This book starts out with a reasonably clever hook, and then spends the rest of its pages utterly refusing to admit that there's just not much to it. Roughly a third of the book is devoted to explaining away obvious plot holes, another third is devoted to building an only-mildly-interesting universe, and the last third is interminable foot notes. Unfortunately, all of the aliens and sci-fi and attempts at humor that the book throws at us simply cannot disguise the fact that this is little more than a dry legal battle and a tirade about how the music industry is screwy. Plot points are brought up and cast aside; tension is introduced and quickly thwarted; eventually it feels like every other line is "At least we bought ourselves some time" until the unstimulated reader simply cannot care anymore. A note to the author: readers don't want to watch people "buying time" over and over again. They want to see problems and results, so that it doesn't feel like the bought time is being so bought at their expense.

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ayub
Jun 18, 2013

A very good book well written and surprisingly very funny

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JohnPartyka
Oct 09, 2012

...AND the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional LEGAL industry.

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rene1951
Jun 28, 2012

Description in review make it sound like a very funny book. Good cover illustration!

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