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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Johnny Future, lover of all that exists, hopelessly unrepentant and quixotic, knows that life is calling him. He can feel it, man. Inanimate objects, exterminator icons, streets signs are all talking to him, telling him he's a loser.

His grandmother, Dolly Flowers, the only mother he has ever known, is in a nursing home. He hasn't seen her since she got sick, but with a sto
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing
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Miranda Marchese
This book is a hard one to rate, mainly because of the stream-of-consciousness drug-induced Hunter S. Thompson-esque writing style. There's also not much of a plot until the last 50 pages or so. When I'm faced with a novel that's tough for me to rate, I think I should go with answering if the book is a good example of it's genre, and in this case, it is- kind of like a modern-day Naked Lunch or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As that, it succeeds, but as a piece of literature that everyone can e ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is hard for me to review. I found it very hectic, and I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. Abee introduced so many new characters throughout the novel, and he introduced them in such busy settings that I had a hard time remembering who was who.

Johnny Future is certainly a memorable narrator, I’ve never read anything like it. I wouldn’t say he’s a sympathetic character. I wanted to slap some sense into him, however, I also could feel that he was at his lowest point and I wanted t
Suhail Rafidi
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
It’s blithering junkie Johnny Future’s 30th birthday and he’s broker than the ten commandments. He inaugurates the third decade of his life by developing a conscience, which happens when a girl who won’t have sex with him tells the lout to visit his ailing grandmother in the Sun Valley Assisted Living Home. Slogging through a miasma of drug induced inspiration, Mr. Future takes the girl’s advice. He falls in love with a stripper named America, steals a pimp’s car, and breaks his potty-mouthed gr ...more
Matt Falvey
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Channeling Hunter S. Thompson in the most frightful and delightful ways, Steve Abee's "Johnny Future" is absolutely hyperkinetic. Johnny Future's drug fueled dive into the seediest nooks of southern California as he sets about changing his dormant way of life is a mind warping road trip. Abee's anything goes prose is poetic, haunting, and downright disturbing in the best ways imaginable. A drug and sex fueled Don Quixote for Generation X. ...more
Julie O'Neal
Where do I begin? My head is still spinning from this book. Johnny Future is a junkie. He's high during this whole book and his thoughts go a million miles a second. It's a very depressing story as we go along with Johnny to get his next fix with his other lowlife druggie pals.

Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it was a decent read, it was too disjointed to even keep my attention at times. The main character is pitiable and interesting but he wasn't enough to save the book. There are good passages here and there, though. ...more
Johnny Rodriguez
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was Hunter S. Thomson-esque but not as cool. Def a little bit hard to read since its from the POV of a junkie but over all I enjoyed it.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
love it. it's going to be remembered as a classic. ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Junkie book about a junkie written as far the reader could tell by someone who has gotten wasted way too often. Parts of it are really funny, but a bizarre book none the less.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was like moving, f'd up poetry. And I mean that in the best possible way. Los Angeles. Man. Crazy world. ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a junkie's stream of consciousness as he goes on a quest to get high and save his grandma. I loved it. But I can see how it won't be everyone's cup of tea. ...more
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Steve Abee began writing as an orderly at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica. He has previously published three books, King Planet, The Bus: Cosmic Ejaculations of the Daily Mind in Transit, and Great Balls of Flowers.

He is also the author of Johnny Future published by MP Publishing, teaches middle school English and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

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