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  • Title: Atomik Aztex
  • Author: Sesshu Foster
  • ISBN: 9780872864405
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the alternate universe of this glitteringly surreal first novel, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is visited by visions of a parallel world run by the Europeans, where consumerism reigns supreme Aztecs armed with automatic weapons, totemic powers and blood sacrifice conquer and colonize 1940s Europe, aIn the alternate universe of this glitteringly surreal first novel, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is visited by visions of a parallel world run by the Europeans, where consumerism reigns supreme Aztecs armed with automatic weapons, totemic powers and blood sacrifice conquer and colonize 1940s Europe, as ghosts of the world wars emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles.Atomik Aztex is a hilarious read A potent concoction, with influences from graphic novels, along with Ishmael Reed s Mumbo Jumbo, the paranoia of Philip K Dick and William Burroughs, and an outrageous cyber Aztl n mix reminiscent of Guillermo G mez Pe a.Sesshu Foster is the author of the critically acclaimed City Terrace Field Manual.
    Atomik Aztex In the alternate universe of this glitteringly surreal first novel the Aztecs rule having conquered the European invaders Zenzontli Keeper of the House of Darkness is visited by visions of a paral

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    1. Eight years after finishing this book for the first time I still get excited whenever I discuss it, pressing my copy upon friends and relatives with the wide eyed please read this entreaties of a newly saved evangelical Atomik Aztex is a wildly enjoyable read, a super stylised detonation of slick phrases, memorable scenes and some genuinely funny moments This is a book that makes you want to read sections aloud to your friends just to hear the rhythms and punches of Foster s sentences you may no [...]

    2. Audacious, bodacious, hyperenergetic, imaginative, imagistically generous, interacting alt realities, porous borders between eras Reminded me of Philip K Dick The Man in the High Castle , ultraviolent voice driven Vollmanny pyrotechnics, Ishmael Reed Flight to Canada, Mumbo Jumbo , with mucho Junot Diaz spanglish, vato Unlike Joyce at all, per some reviews on here Slaughterhouses and sacrifices The most enjoyable novel I ve read in a while A total mindfugg Read the complete impression here

    3. A stunning little book Its brutal violence and hypermasculinity wore on me, and it s nonlinearity might annoy a conventional reader But it has a tremendous amount to offer on the relationship between masculinity, empire, and domination It follows one protagonist in two very different realities in one, he is a communist labor organize at Farmer John s meat processing plant in Los Angeles in the 1940s in the other, he is a commanding officer in the Aztec army battling Nazi Germany In the later, A [...]

    4. I knew Sesshu Foster and I were going to have problems as soon as I read the note before the beginning of the book, which I will reproduce in full, because I think it gives a good sense of what Atomik Aztex is and is not about This is a work of fiction Did he feel the need to say this because the cover only says Atomik Aztex and not Atomik Aztex A Novel Was there any way anybody could have mistaken a book with this title for a work of non fiction Readers looking for accurate information on Nahua [...]

    5. I choose to read this because the premise sounded so interesting Alternate history in which the Azteks survived and thrived contrasted with a multiple reality structure in which the protagonist is confronted by a reality in which the Azteks did not and he works at a meat packing plant However, I didn t get the impression in reading the book that the protagonist in the 2 contrasting realities was the same person or was aware of his counterpart like I had anticipated I almost got the feeling that [...]

    6. Sadly, this book is probably really fun The conceit an alternate world where Aztec Aztek in the book magic not only repulsed the Spaniards but led to Aztec world domination coupled with a world spanning plot bringing our protag back and forth to our world where he works at a meat packing plant killing cattle all day sounds like great fun.Unfortunately, someone convinced the author that telling the Aztek part of the story which is the bulk of the story, at least as far as I got in four to seven p [...]

    7. Not really knowing what to say about this book, I will defer a bit to what others have said, so, please pardon me for a moment Many, or at least the three or four reviews I have read, have said this is a story of an alternate universe where the protagonist, Zenzontli, is at once in a world where the Aztecs have reigned supreme over the Spanish and have begun the colonialization of Europe I should mention here that I saw little if any evidence of this Yes, in his alternate reality Zenzontli did g [...]

    8. Moves between a few alternate universes, the main one being a world where the Aztecs booted out European invaders and are now busy in the mid 20th century kicking some Nazi ass over on the continent Lots of ramblings from a crazy Aztec warrior, like probably in your World of the future they have discovered amazing stuff like DNA fingerprints, penicillin pencils, free jazz fusion, 8 track tapes, San Fernando porno Valley, I can t even imagine all the kool stuff they could discover in the Future, [...]

    9. After 5 different attempts to read this book spurred by very enthusiastic recommendations from a couple of friends whose judgment I respect I have to admit defeat This is a book I cannot read

    10. If I could give this book 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 stars I would Thoroughly, even exhaustively profane, meaning it is about as sacred a text as texts go.

    11. People who write reviews of this book fall into one of two categories.This is the most amazing book ever and this writer is BRILLIANT What The F did I just read I m firmly in the second category I ve never wanted Cliffs Notes for a book before this one The note at the beginning of the book includes Persons attempting to find a plot in this book should read Huck Finn Basically, when the Spanish crossed the ocean ready to take over Mexico, the Aztecs were ready They killed the invaders and then we [...]

    12. I just started reading Sesshu Foster s really fucking strange book I should qualify that the fact that I think it is really strange does not mean that I dislike it As I am reading I envision Foster really enjoying being indulgent here with the idiosyncratic language of this idiosyncratic character who s become, I think, quite unhinged In the two realities he occupies in Foster s omniverse, it s hard to know where to ground myself Even in the world of 1942 East L.A which should be relatively fami [...]

    13. this novel is SO GOOD Here s the description from the publisher s website In the alternate universe of Atomik Aztex, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders long ago Aztek warriors with totemic powers are busy colonizing Europe, and human sacrifice is basic to economic growth.Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is plagued by nightmares of a parallel reality where American consumerism reigns supreme Ghosts of banished Aztek warriors emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles [...]

    14. Angeleno poet Sesshu Foster notes this truth before even beginning Persons attempting to find a plot in this book should read Huck Finn I enjoyed this whimsical, profane, and schizophrenic journey via a novel length prose poem, repetitive at times and squeezing out ever last drop of value out of cliches, adages, and mixed metaphors that the protagonist s simultaneously criticize Many attempting to read this book will likely be turned off early on by the style, language, lack of structure, and or [...]

    15. i left my copy somewhere made me hungry for octopus ceviche did not quite finish before mistakingly forgetting to take it with me after bailing on crazy making sublet house from hell also forgot amazing weird earrings, cardboard box full of hair nail clippings, and hush puppies reminds me strongly of that story in mcsweeneys 16 about girl with mangled legs, though it has completely different subject matter i feel like the writing is quite exactly the same caliber if that gives anyone a sense of [...]

    16. This book is an achievement It s not anything I could even approach And I think we now know that the author likes long lists.The author is a poet, and there is definitely that influence in it The sentence construction is complex, rich, and streaming The prose is lyric and dense It reads almost like a long epic poem the story itself is okay, and it was a little hard to get through, for me But there is a lot to appreciate in here.

    17. ok, the beginning of this book is so amazing that it really will blow your mind I mean if the Azteks did rule the world, chances are that it really would be like living in a slaughter house every day And What If you were also working in an abbatoir as well wouldn t the gore just be totally overwhelming and how much gore can one human take before the world becomes a totally frickin psychedelic gore fest Gory Not for PETA lovers.

    18. dark satire of imperialism and colonization set in alternate universe s where Aztecs overcome initial European invasion critiques war, myth of exceptionalism, slavery, global economy, and empire is sometimes nonsensical for the sake of being nonsensical a supposedly fun book I ll never read againemes, devices nonlinear time, parallelism, literary allusion strangely, to HUCK FINN , satire, colonialism, exceptionalism, war, corruption, modernity, labor disputes, wealth, slavery.

    19. In Atomik Azteks, Foster rights an historical wrong, making the Azteks victors who rampage and romp through the 20th century, fighting in Stalingrad oddly, the best fiction I have ever read about that battle and emerging in a sausage plant in contemporary L.A The book is savage and hilarious, and I rank it the best novel I have read in this new century by a writer from the U.S.

    20. I did not like this But I don t know why I laughed a lot at the beginning, and the language was very good throughout The idea of Azteks ruling the world is a good premise for a book, but I found the dreams hallucinations memoirs of the narrator distracting It would have had force if they weren t dreams hallucinations and Azteks really had taken over the world.

    21. I was looking for a plot so I guess I should be shot A compelling experiment saturated in the hallucinatory poetics of a what if world Aztecs conquer the conquerors, drive Apache pickups I didn t make it out of the meat packing plant but will probably give it another go down the line.

    22. One of many cases where assigning stars seems futile to me Imagination in overdrive, brutal and over the top, surrealistic, occasionally too self indulgent even for a narrative in which excess is key it s hard to be indifferent about this book.

    23. I really wanted to like this book it was rambling on and on with no real direction Also, the author doesn t even use paragraphs so it was very hard to read and hard to understand Great premise bad execution

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