Rock Manning Goes for Broke

Rock Manning Goes for Broke

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Vikings vs. Steampunks! Ice cream sundae hearse disasters! Roman gladiators meet vacuum-cleaner salesmen! Inappropriate uses of exercise equipment and supermarket trolleys! Unsupervised fires, and reckless destruction of public property! Nothing is off limits. Rock Manning lives and breathes slapstick comedy, and his whole life is an elaborate tribute to the masters, like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan. With his best friend, Sally Hamster, he creates joyfully chaotic short movies that are full of mayhem and silliness. But Rock and Sally are becoming famous at a time of unrest, when America's economy has collapsed and people are taking refuge in highly addictive drugs. America's youth are being drafted to take part in endless wars against imaginary enemies overseas, while at home, a fascist militia known as the Red Bandanas is rising to power. As America becomes more mired in violence and destruction, Rock Manning's zany comedy films become the escapist fun that everybody needs. Over-the-top physical comedy and real-life brutality collide, as Rock and Sally find themselves unable to avoid getting sucked into the slow implosion of their country. The Red Bandanas want Rock Manning to star in propaganda films promoting their movement, and soon Rock and Sally are at the center of the struggle for the soul of America. The trauma and death that Rock witnesses begin to take a toll on him. When a botched weapon test plunges the world into deeper chaos, Rock and Sally must confront once and for all the outer limits of comedy.
Publisher: Burton, MI :, Subterranean Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781596068780
1596068787
Branch Call Number: FANTASY Anders 2018
Characteristics: 122 pages ; 22 cm

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OPL_DavidD Dec 27, 2018

A story of amateur film makers trying to make people laugh in the face of the apocalypse. An offbeat account of ordinary people dealing with large scale tragedy in a way that makes sense for them.


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JessicaGma Apr 11, 2019

I didn't care for it, but I have a hard time with novellas and short stories. It is nominated for a Hugo, so stay tuned....

OPL_DavidD Dec 27, 2018

A story of amateur film makers trying to make people laugh in the face of the apocalypse. An offbeat account of ordinary people dealing with large scale tragedy in a way that makes sense for them.

JCLJohnK Oct 31, 2018

This book didn't capture me right off the bat. It seemed a bit scattered and insubstantial at first - weird for the sake of being weird. But there's a level of bizarre and disturbing that grows in the background as you read and it becomes compelling. It's also pretty funny and wonderfully kinetic. Oddly, this book reminds me of reading histories of tumultuous times. History tells the big picture stories but it can't really tell you what it must have been like for regular folk living through dangerous times: how people went about their day-to-day in the midst of everything. "Rock Manning Goes for Broke" accomplishes what history can't - it lets me feel what it's like to be a regular person living through big, dangerous events.

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