Atomik Aztex is a wildly enjoyable read, a super-stylised detonation of slick phrases, memorable scenes and some genuinely funny moments. This is a book that makes you want to read sections aloud to your friends just to hear the rhythms and punches of Foster’s sentences (you m ...more
Audacious, bodacious, hyperenergetic, imaginative, imagistically generous, interacting alt-realities, porous borders between eras. Reminded me of Philip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle), ultraviolent voice-driven Vollmanny pyrotechnics, Ishmael Reed (Flight to Canada, Mumbo Jumbo), with mucho "Junot Diaz" spanglish, vato. (Unlike Joyce at all, per some reviews on here.) Slaughterhouses and sacrifices. The most enjoyable novel I've read in a while. A total mindfugg.
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"This is a work of fiction." Did he feel the need to say this because the cover only says Atomik Aztex and not Atomik Aztex: A Novel? Was there any way anybody could have mistaken a book with this title for a work of non-fiction?
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Unfortunately, someone convinced the author that telling the Aztek part of the story--which is the bulk of the story, at least as far as I got--in four ...more
"probably in your World of the future they have discovered amazing stuff like DNA fingerprints, penicillin pencils, free jazz & fusion, 8-track tapes, San Fernando porno-Valley, I can't even imagine all the kool stuff they could discover in the ...more
People who write reviews of this book fall into one of two categories.
This is the most amazing book ever and this writer is BRILLIANT!!!
What The F$#@ did I just read?????
I'm firmly in the second category. I've never wanted Cliffs Notes for a book before this one. The note at the beginning of the book includes:
"Persons attempting to find a plot in this book should read Huck Finn."
Basically, when the Spanish crossed the ocean ready to take over Mexico, the Aztecs were ready. They killed
"In the alternate universe of Atomik Aztex, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders long ago. Aztek warriors with totemic powers are busy colonizing Europe, and human sacrifice is basic to economic growth.
Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is plagued by nightmares of a parallel reality where American consumerism reigns supreme. Ghosts of banished Aztek warriors emerge to haunt contemporary Los Ang ...more
themes, devices: nonlinear time, parallelism, literary allusion (strangely, to HUCK FINN), satire, colonialism, exceptionalism, war, corruption, modernity, labor disputes, wealth, slavery.
The author is a poet, and there is definitely that influence in it. The sentence construction is complex, rich, and streaming. The prose is lyric and dense. It reads almost like a long epic poem. the story itself is okay, and it was a little hard to get through, for me. But there is a lot to appreciate in here.
2010 American Book Award for World Ball Notebook