Saturday, March 24, 2012
Love in the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott
Tim Scott’s Outrageous Fortune marked the debut of one of the most wildly inventive writers to hit the sci-fi scene in years. Now he returns with a hilarious yet poignant novel of love, loss, and itinerant appliances.
“New Seattle Health and Safety. Do not die for no reason.” This is the motto of a city so obsessed with the danger of sharp corners that it has almost forgotten how to live. But Huckleberry Lindbergh is about to find his trip to the city most decidedly unsafe. For a chance encounter leads him into the heart of a dark conspiracy. And in order to stop it, this former cop is about to do something so unsafe—so monumentally stupid—that its reverberations will be felt all the way to the Pentagon.
Soon he is on the run from more authorities than he has had hot meals, his staunchest allies a bunch of feral fridges that give new meaning to the words “chill out.” But sometimes a dose of chaos is just what the doctor ordered, and Huck’s quest to remain among the living teaches not only him but those around him the true meaning of survival . . . in all its forms.
This is another one I would never have finished in book form. Even listening I spent most of the time trying to figure out what was going on and where the author was going with the story. In the end it is a romance but a romance with a lot of satire in the story. The world building was unusual. New Seattle had appliances that talked, a mayor who was using his position to scare the populace into thinking only of safety and our hero who just stumbled into the whole mess.
This journey never looked like a romance headed to any destination.. Even so, it was fun to listen to and I would listen to another of Tim Scott’s books if I ran across one. If you like satire this book is for you. Just be aware, Love in the Time of Fridges is not your usual Science Fiction story.
Recorded Book published Love in the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott in 2008.