Saturday, June 25, 2016

REVIEW: Billy and the Clonesaurus


"The Whirling Fan of Death abruptly stopped spinning the instant it struck William 789-6's abdomen.  The chalky-white, pain-wracked face of 789 stared at them accusingly for about fifteen seconds before he finally succumbed to blood loss.  (Intestinal loss was also, no doubt, a contributing factor to the poor clone's death."


Billy & the Cloneasaurus
By: Stephen Kozeniewski

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publisher: Severed Press
Publication date: 6.22.2014
Pages: 166

Date read: 6.16.2016


Can you imagine what it's like to live in a world full of 6 million people just like you?  I mean literally - a world of clones, each a balding, middle-age man named William.  Add to that the fact that you live for only one year before you're sen to a machine that chops you up and feeds you to the next group of Williams being "born" that day.
            Things change, though, when something goes wrong and 790 lives past his death date due to an accident that leaves the machine in need of repairs.  That one moment leads to a series of moments - and questions - that change THIS William's life completely.

Having read Stephen's book, Braineater Jones, I went into this book with thoughts in mind, but really having no idea where this story was going (I will admit that I didn't even read the book description, but had stared at the cover for weeks on my Kindle... curious).  This definitely wasn't what I expected, but should have been, considering the off-beat humor that he has throughout Braineater.

I really enjoyed this book.  I like Billy and the other characters, and seeing how, even though they were clones, they had their differences.  There were parts that made me laugh, and other parts that made me just sit there at the Kindle and stare... or maybe glare is the word I'm looking for.  I also like how the story came together in the end.

If you're looking for a fun book that doesn't take long to read... or much brain use... and like a good chuckle, you should check this book out.  (And Braineater Jones, too.)

About the book:
Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else.  In his one year of life, he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters.  When 790's first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life.
            Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly.  Unlike other clones, he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence.  Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity.  Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct...
            Dark, haunting, and blisteringly satirical, Billy & the Cloneasaurus is the story of one "man's" attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.

About the author:
Stephen Kozeniewski lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie.  During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star.  He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor's is in German.

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