ATOMIK AZTEX BY SESSHU FOSTER
Lights, 2005; Paperback, 203 pages
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,
Jumbo), with mucho "Junot Diaz" spanglish, vato.
Slaughterhouses and sacrifices.
Really dense at times -- sometimes hard to read before bed therefore.
A few hundred hard returns, especially in long stretches of paragraphless
dialogue, would've made this more accessible without too much compromise?
Dozens of LOLs and snickers/sounds thanks to aforementioned audacity.
Riveting battles between Aztecs and Nazis.
Unannoyingly political, with suggestions of Mexican immigrant life in
LA and American Empire.
Really just a fantastic historical inversion, high concept that keeps
the bar really high for maybe 170 of its 203 pages.
Felt like the end sort of fizzled, keeping me from rating it the full
five stars, but I may have missed something and should probably go back
Highly recommended to most literate human beings, especially those up
for something a little challenging but wholly rewarding and inspiring.
Winner of The
Believer's 2005 Book of the Year. I remember reading about it back
then and immediately forgetting about it. Don't make the same mistake I
Despite the unexpectedly semianticlimatic ending (I really expected
the Aztex would drop an A-bomb on the Nazis or something super-sensationalist
like that), it's still the most enjoyable novel I've read in a while.
A total mindfugg.
Forever after at http://eyeshot.net/sesshufoster_atomikaztex.html