It’s been a rough year, 2016. So at the beginning of this last full month before the official onset of the apocalypse, we’re grateful at least that everything’s coming up normal. As in Normal, by Warren Ellis. Which is, perhaps, appropriate—Ellis is after all the man now being credited for having predicted Trump, etc, twenty years ago in Transmetropolitan.
But Normal is actually a book of right now. And while we can’t promise that the future now looks incredibly rosy for us humans (and others), there are few bright spots for us to point out: The book made the Indie Next List for December (it’s “1984 meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” says Randy Schiller of Left Bank Books in St Louis—see, rosy!) and one of Amazon’s Best Books of December (“a mind-blowing morsel of paranoia…or prescience” according to Amazon’s Adrian Liang)—and, in fact, one of Amazon’s Top 100 Best Books of the Year!
But for all you internet nerds actually visiting our website, the brightest spot of all is the news that the one and only John Hodgman agreed to lend his dulcet tones to the audiobook edition of Normal. You can watch Mr. Hodgman in the studio recording it, above, or you can listen to an extended excerpt of the audiobook right here:
Or of course, you could just take Mr. Hodgman’s advice directly and get off our website ASAP and off to somewhere you can get yourself a copy of Normal before it’s too late. Because who knows what the future holds…
This book is brilliant, mordant, weird, sobering, and great. Put it in your future. https://t.co/IcjBPNmGDl— John Hodgman (@hodgman) December 1, 2016