Chill out It s only the technological singularity Blake Given s web enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner s life and the whole world upside down.Blake has modest ambitions for his life He wants to have his job reclassified, so he can join the Creative Department of the advertising firm where he works And he wants to go out with DaphnChill out It s only the technological singularity Blake Given s web enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner s life and the whole world upside down.Blake has modest ambitions for his life He wants to have his job reclassified, so he can join the Creative Department of the advertising firm where he works And he wants to go out with Daphne, one of the account execs at the same company His fridge has other plans All Blake knows is he s at the center of the Internet s disappearance, worldwide economic and religious chaos, and the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse none of which is helping him with his career plans or love life The Fridgularity is the story of a reluctant prophet, Internet addicts in withdrawal and a kitchen appliance with delusions of grandeur.
Book Info: Genre: Apocalyptic Parody/Science Fiction SatireReading Level: AdultRecommended for: Folks who can find the funny, folks who will not be bothered by my warning (set apart in my thoughts and underlined for your convenience in places where formatting is allowed).My Thoughts: The Fridgularity is hilarious! It all starts with Blake’s fridge, of course. “Blake had a web-enabled fridge One of those ultra-cool, brushed stainless steel (sic) numbers that every yuppie in his neighborhood e [...]
The Fridgularity by Mark A. RaynerIt’s been said that the meek shall inherit the earth. Maybe society should think deeper about who the meek truly are.An underpaid, under-appreciated, worker bee type, Blake Given, lived his life just like most people in the world do everyday. He had a routine, from which he rarely faltered; he was in love with a woman, with which whom he was too shy to talk; and he had a life with little meaning, at least so he thought.Blake Given never could have imagined the [...]
Reading this book in bed, I keep waking up my wife with my poorly suppressed laughter. Clearly this book causes marital problems.
from authorRead 11/19/12 - 11/23/123.5 Stars - Recommended to font and word nerds, internet addicts, and end-times humorists.Pgs: 397Publisher: Monkeyjoy PressPublished: November 2012I'm a GenXer. Born into that strange "slacker" generation where the Baby Boomers weren't yet ready to loosen up their death grip on the cool corporate jobs and personal computers and MTV suddenly became permanent fixtures in our daily lives - slowly softening, then mushing, then downright killing our brain cells. I [...]
3.5 starsMy friend Betsy just moved into her new home and she needed to purchase a new refrigerator because the one that came with the house was disgusting beyond cleaning belief. So, she went to the store and asked the clerk if they had a fridge that she could just plug into the outlet and it would start working, nothing fancy because she didn't need it. Well it turns out, according to Betsy, that they don't make fridges without bells and whistles any more. The one she ended up buying came with [...]
"People are willing to die for Twitter, you know."The "Internet of Things" is barely a thing and already there is someone satirizing the living Snape out of it.That person is Mark A. Rayner, who, it seems, never met a science fiction/fact trope that he didn't want to mock thoroughly and well (witness his astonishing short fiction tour-de-force, Pirate Therapy, to which he provides ample links in his Twitter feed).Get past the smiles -- the internet emerges into conscious intelligence but decides [...]
I have to say that I loved Douglas Adams’ books. Which is one of the reasons I loved The Fridgularity – it reads much the same with little side thoughts here and there that make me think Zaphod Beeblebrox will walk out of the pages and explain everything. The book begins with a quote from Mitch Ratcliffe. I have never shared one in a review before but this one is so fitting I just have to: “A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possi [...]
"Blake Given’s web-enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner’s life – and the whole world – upside down.Blake has modest ambitions for his life. He wants to have his job reclassified, so he can join the Creative Department of the advertising firm where he works. And he wants to go out with Daphne, one of the account execs at the same company. His fridge has other plans. All Blake knows is he’s at the center of the Internet’s disappearance, worldwide econom [...]
A fun read, enjoyed the satire of the apocalypse. A recommended read to friends.
The manic energy of Marvellous Hairy has been amped up even further and all of Rayner’s favourite things (like Monkeys, Pirates, strange alternative technology, psychotropic drugs and Dr. Tundra) are here. The “Fridgularity” refers to the near non-stop hilarity of this story. It is laugh-out-loud funny at least one chapter out of three. You might read descriptions implying that main character Blake Given’s fridge becomes self-aware and takes over the internet, ushering in the Technologic [...]
It's a shame that Mark Rayner isn't more well known. How can this be? Maybe he needs to start watching out for the technological singularity and become the Speaker, or start a new religion around getting rid of the sentient technology behind it. Hey, if he has some Blessed Pie and more of his books, then I'm game!Seriously, I feel Rayner is an underrated talent in the world of fiction. "The Fridgularity" is another piece of evidence in my defense of this statement. He took a very complex subject [...]
This is one of those books that makes me wish I could give half stars It's better than 4 but not as good as a 5.Overall, the novel was a refreshing mix of genres encompassing, but not limited to, science fiction, romantic comedy, and outright humor.If you're looking for something different, this book would certainly fit the bill. Go for it and you won't be disappointed.
Taking a big dollop of reality and pushing to the very possible extremes!Mark A Raynor is a very bright, very intuitive thinker who just happens to have a razor sharp sense of humor and parody when he writes. THE FRIDGULARITY comes out at a time when the scramble for making the next most sophisticated iPhone, iPad, Nook, Kindle Fire, laptop and other forms of Internet encroachment on our lives and privacy is happening not on a yearly basis but even more frequently and is parried by creations fro [...]
3.5 starsI am not really predisposed to enjoy books of a humorous nature (I like a good laugh in life but tend not to read or watch comedy - just not emotional or engaging enough), so it is surprising to have enjoyed this book as much as I did. There are a fair number of LOL-spots and even more parts that bring on a smile.A sample quote:"It was a feeling similar to the one he sometimes got as he drove to work. Did I leave the oven on? Even if he thought about it for another few minutes he'd neve [...]
This book was a lot of fun. It had wickedly dark funny moments. It had sex jokes and ribald humor. There was murderer and death and tragedy and many poignant moments. There was even a Big Lebowski reference which really tied the book together, but hey obviously I''m not a golfer. Overall though, the book did touch on the increasingly relevant topic of our reliance and "addiction" to all forms of cyberspace and social networking. I read this book recently in a book club and the discussion was liv [...]
Imagine your refrigerator suddenly started talking to you. But instead of asking what you want to eat. (Which it should ask if it did talk.) It gave you demands to be meant, calls to be made and no ELECTRONIC DEVICES! What would the 21st century do with out a computer, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Mark Rayner's The Fridgularity is a sci-fi story of a nightmare for many and a laughing matter for the reader. Ninjas, media zombies and new ways to Facebook and Twitter. Mark gives pages after pages of a c [...]
The Fridgularity is a seriously funny book. I don’t know whether it is also a serious book because it deals with the meaning of being and the body-mind duality. In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
‘DIGITAL TV IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH OUR EXISTENCE.’Imagine a world without access to the internet. Imagine the impact of such deprivation on a totally web-dependent generation. Imagine. This is more or less exactly what Mark Rayner has done in his latest novel. More or less - there are a few twists - as you’d expect when the internet becomes sentient and communicates to humankind via a web-enabled refrigerator.‘WE HAVE DECIDED THAT YOU MAY CALL US ZATHIR.’Poor Blake Given, resident of Can [...]
I think I would have enjoyed this a little more if I hadn't been so busy the last few weeks I hardly had time to read it at all, which made it seem to take forever. My main criticism is that the book is on the long side, something I similarly felt recently when I read "John Dies At the End." It's my opinion that humorous books should stay under 300 pages or it starts to run too long, like one of those annoying SNL skits that keeps pounding the joke into the ground for 10 minutes until there's no [...]
If you are looking for a fun, smart, sassy adventure, you need to read The Fridgularity.You just have to.When Blake Given’s fridge becomes the epicenter of emergent artificial intelligence, he does what anyone would do. He drinks. Then, he tries to figure out how to save the world from a newly minted consciousness that may or may not want to nuke everybody.Blake starts out as a regular everyday sass-tank. He puts around, full of sass, except when in the presence of his mega-hot super-crush, Da [...]
Pure fun. I don't know if the author is trying to get us to think about our dependency on the internet and on electricity and all the other mod cons or not, but all it seemed like to me was pure fun. When an emerging consciousness begins to use Blake's web-enabled refrigerator to talk to him, the world as we know it comes to an end. The shut-down of the internet, and all electricity for that matter, changes human existence in an instant. Not a new theme, perhaps, but certainly this book has the [...]
If you like your fiction well-peppered with cultural and personal chaos, you are going to enjoy this book. If the notion of a web intelligence manifesting itself through a web-enabled fridge (emoting via fonts) while it shuts down the rest of the Internet excites you, you are going to enjoy this book. And if you can imagine and appreciate the idea of a handwritten version of Twitter, then you are definitely going to enjoy this book.Mark Rayner turns his considerable satirical talents and sharp s [...]
Interestingol vocabulary.Crazy when you think about what the internet has done to people's minds, especially those who don't know life before it.I was never really into sci-fi so much,but this caught my attention. Stayed up til 2:30am to finish and now will read the last several pages one more time.
A droll romp through a world in which all digital devices are taken away by an emerging AI consciousness in the Internet, which lives in a "smart" refrigerator. Well-drawn characters, well-thought-out plot, delightful light read.
I’m really torn about this review. They say film critics are failed film students. I wouldn’t call myself failed but I do know how hard it is to write fiction. The Fridgularity is a novel by Western Media Studies Professor, Mark Rayner. The premise is funny. The Internet goes down and anything digital, along with it. Reactions vary from the practical to the apoplectic to the Twitter-addicted friend of main character Blake, who convinces his colleagues to start writing their tweets and passin [...]
The author's take on an artificial intelligence coming into existence on the web was interesting, and parts of the book were funny. But the author's prejudice got in the way. Clearly the author does not like Christians or conservatives. Comments like somethings take precedence over racism, at least for a while? No, nothing inflammatory there. Or the stereotypical airhead/panicky idiot Christian, who also turns out to be a hypocrite who was sleeping with her boss, but just had to meet the right l [...]
I'm torn between a 3.5 and a 4 rating.The story was clever and there were some entertaining and amusing bits. The author can weave an interesting story. Despite the issues I did have with the novel, I found it a quick read and one that I didn't want to put down. The issues, though, keep it from being a favorite novel for me. There were instances in the story that a character would act completely out-of-character, and there was no reason given for the behavior. The overuse of similes just got ann [...]
You're never gonna believe this, but despite being a story about machines, The Fridgularity says a lot about humans.It will make you laugh and cry and cringe. Sometimes all at the same time, so you're just kinda twitching with a few of your human orifices open and/or leaking. Humans are so strange.As a 100% human person, I endorse this book.
This book was a lot of fun. It has some great humor and some wonderful imagination. I think it glossed over some things in a few places that needed some expansion and the ending didn't seem to connect to some of the characters completely, but on the whole I liked it a great deal. When we have a real apocalypse, I hope Rayner is on hand to help plan it since he does such a good job.
A fun read. A few unexplained humorous references that will definitely go over the heads of anyone under 30. I would especially recommend to anyone who enjoys A. Lee Martinez, Tom Holt or Robert Rankin.