Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Currently Reading...

This book was mentioned on my SF Canada's list, by Dave Duncan and Nalo Hopkinson. They were so full of praise for it, I decided to pick it up.

The first thing that comes to mind with The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust is: disconcerting.

Faust uses English in a way I have never seen used before. This is not an experimental book (it's SF, by the way). I'd describe it more as poetic prose with a street smart rythm. And there is a rythm to this book, but it's not one I've ever read to. Faust's love of hip hop and his interest in Afrocentrism have obviously influenced his writing.

The setting is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (yes, that's right). The main characters, a dishwasher and a video store clerk who call themselves the Coyote Kings, strut through life in a befuddled state of genius, frustration, and emotional survival, until they meet Sherem, a beautiful, mysterious (alien??) woman who involves them in the search for an ancient artifact that collectors and cultists alike want to keep for themselves.

The story itself is fresh and imaginative, and the insight into the Canadian Afrikan culture fascinating. Not to mention, again, the excellent prose.

Well worth reading.

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