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Felix and the Sacred Thor by James  Steele
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it

James Steele's debut is an epic fantasy adventure where a lowly peasant receives a powerful weapon and becomes a hero to save the day. It takes place in a futuristic capitalist society, but it has all the trademarks of classical fantasy. The hero is Felix, a customer service rep, and he is tasked with saving the world from exploding toasters. His weapon is the Sacred Thor, which is a horse phallus. Much of the story involves Felix running around slaying toasters and leveling up his weapon.

Felix's world is also very interesting, with a lot of cool sci-fi ideas. Food is transmitted through the air, and the radiation is so thick in places that you can gain hundreds of pounds via exposure. The economy is driven by endless droves of workers who went to college, study useless vocations, and spend years standing in unemployment lines. Everyone is graphically exploited and they're usually thankful for it. It's an insane view of capitalism, education, and the modern workforce that makes a lot of really good points.

On the downside, the narrative has a jerky rhythm that makes it a little hard to settle into the story. There are some pacing problems and some sections of text seem unnecessary. Still, it's a funny hyperactive sci-fi story that turns the "epic quest" genre completely on its head, with plenty of smart and ridiculous musings about the state of the average laborer in a terrible economy. Read it while you're waiting in line for that dream job at the floor sweeping factory.
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