Blake Given’s web-enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner’s life – and the whole world – upside down.
Blake has modest ambitions for his life. He wants to have his job reclassified, so he can join the Creative Department of the advertising firm where he works. And he wants to go out with Daphne, one of the account execs at the same company. His fridge has other plans. All Blake knows is he’s at the center of the Internet’s disappearance, worldwide economic and religious chaos, and the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse — none of which is helping him with his career plans or love life.
The Fridgularity is the story of a reluctant prophet, Internet addicts in withdrawal and a kitchen appliance with delusions of grandeur.
Although The Fridgularity is a work of fiction, it may give a glimpse into our future when (and if) computers begin to take control. The characters (on the most part) are believable and the vivid images of twenty-somethings lost without access to their social networks is a scary concept. Humor is provided when Blake internally mulls over the characters he encounters and gives them humorous nicknames. Blake reminds me of Noah York’s off-the-wall comments in Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates.
The story moves along at a nice pace, however, there were a few scenes that bogged down in the last quarter of the novel. Overall, The Fridgularity was an enjoyable read with the right balance of drama and humor. This novel was an eye opener to what may someday be our future.
About the Author
Mark acquired his super-powers on the day he was bitten by a radioactive baboon.
His grandfather had taken him to a petting zoo near Mark’s home town of London (the other one, in Canada) and the ten-year old had been delighted to discover that there were monkeys. The only thing that would have made him happier was the presence of pirates, but the pirate petting zoo had been forced out of business earlier that year because of all the hook-related litigation.
Shortly after his mauling by the red-assed, Old World monkey, Mark began to exhibit his new super-powers. First mimicry, then copious hair growth, and finally, the storytelling. All three powers drove his family crazy.
Despite these gifts, he survived the 70s and 80s. (In fact, he is still pleasantly surprised that he was not vaporized in the mid-80s, though he never took the threat of global thermonuclear war personally, despite his encounter with the irradiated primate.)
Since then Mark has explored many storytelling media; the theatre, radio, print, and of course, the web. He’s had several plays produced, more than two dozen short stories published, and he has written two novels: THE AMADEUS NET (ENC Press, 2005), and MARVELLOUS HAIRY (Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink, 2009).
His own tale is currently set in his hometown of London, Ontario (Canada). He shares a home in Old South with his furry faux-progeny: Milo and Max, two Siberian maniacs. He also works as a freelance writer and web consultant, and he teaches at The University of Western Ontario, in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.
Author website: http://markarayner.com/
Print Length: 412 pages
Publication Date: Monkeyjoy Press (November 5, 2012)
4 out of 5 stars