Free Read [Poetry Book] ☆ Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire - by Lee Konstantinou ↠

By Lee Konstantinou | Comments: ( 315 ) | Date: ( Nov 18, 2019 )

The United States and its Freedom Coalition allies are conducting serial invasions across the globe, including an attack on the anti capitalist rebels of Northern California The Middle East now a single consumerist Caliphate led by Lebanese pop singer Caliph Fred is in an uproar after an attack on the al Aqsa Mosque gets televised on the Holy Land Channel.The world is onThe United States and its Freedom Coalition allies are conducting serial invasions across the globe, including an attack on the anti capitalist rebels of Northern California The Middle East now a single consumerist Caliphate led by Lebanese pop singer Caliph Fred is in an uproar after an attack on the al Aqsa Mosque gets televised on the Holy Land Channel.The world is on the brink of a total radioactive, no survivors war, and human kind s last hope is Eliot R Vanderthorpe, Jr celebrity heir, debauched party animal, and Elvis impersonation scholar But Eliot s got his own problems His evangelical dad is breeding red heifers in anticipation of the Rapture Eliot s dissertation is in the toilet And he has a doppelg nger An evil doppelg nger.


  • Title: Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire
  • Author: Lee Konstantinou
  • ISBN: 9780061715372
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Lee Konstantinou

I wrote the critical book Cool Characters Irony and American Fiction Harvard University Press, 2016 the novel Pop Apocalypse HarperPerennial, 2009 and co edited with Sam Cohen the collection The Legacy of David Foster Wallace University of Iowa Press, 2012 I contributed a short story to Hieroglyph Stories and Visions for a Better Future HarperCollins, 2014 , ed Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer, and am at work on a variety of scholarly and creative projects.I work as an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an associate editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books I was born in New York City, spent a decade or so in the Bay Area, and currently live in Washington, DC.



Comments Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire

  • Lee

    The whole notion of "rating" books seems a bit silly to me, but in the interest of naked self-promotion I will make an exception for my own book -- which is naturally perfect in every way.


  • Jim

    Disclaimer: Lee and I were on panel together at the 2009 L.A. Times Festival of Books.Pop Apocalypse: A Possible Satire is a highly entertaining shaggy dog story about the confluence of branding and Big Brother in the near future. Eliot Vanderthorpe, Jr. is the son of multibillionaire who has developed a software program that searches video. Plugging this software into the Total Terror Surveillance System makes everyone instantly searchable in virtually real time. Instead of dwelling on the Big [...]


  • Nicholas Karpuk

    Pop Apocalypse reads like the treatment for a much bigger, more exciting book. The dystopia-lite setup involves a near future where you can essentially copyright your identity and charge people for its use in any context, aided by a search system that basically can tag an identity based on existing information. They even have a human reputation stock exchange so people can buy shares in a person's standing, fame, and success. When it comes to books I buy on impulse, it starts with the cover. Thi [...]


  • Hollowspine

    This book frightens me by just how realistically it forecasts the future. I could feel the wheels to create this world turning right here and now. It didn't help that at the time I was reading this I was at a wedding that felt at least somewhat peopled by those as vapid and image crazed as the characters in this book. I felt that the chapters leading to the real action of the novel were interesting in themselves, but when the author introduces the plot of the story it seemed a bit abrupt, one mo [...]


  • Thomas

    This was a GREAT, quick, FUN AS HELL readI actually thought it was more Science Fiction that Satire, but both styles were done with perfection. Lee captures a near-future world with such damn EASE and smoothness. He makes 'the mediasphere' and 'Corporate Branding of the Apocalypse' seem perfectly natural. He has taken elements of current society and 'exponentiated' them so seamlessly, makes it a MUST read for any tech-savvy, hip person who is slightly uncomfortable with what we see developing in [...]


  • Jeffrey Paris [was Infinite Tasks]

    [Update: A more complete review now available at infinitetasks.wordpress/20 .] I taught Pop Apocalypse in a First-Year Seminar at the University of San Francisco, on Philosophy and Science Fiction. The students loved it. It's a very funny and engaging read, and highly intelligent. There are some subtle odes to David Foster Wallace, William Gibson, and Alex Shakar, but it is not at all derivative. Lee also attended class to discuss the book in person, and we had a great conversation. Highly recom [...]


  • Carolyn

    This book is hard to describe and as problematic as terminology is I suppose you could call it post-cyberpunk. End times, Nor-Cal secession, reputation trading, media saturation, and all of sorts of interesting goodness pervade this novel. I enjoyed Eliot's struggles and found the whole novel witty. Unlike some reviewers I guess I liked the zaniness and lighthearted tone


  • Joey Hoggard

    Imagine a world where video blogging has taken an Orwellian turn.


  • Kate Stafford

    DNF. I could barely get started. I was expecting a dystopian satire, not terrorism and holy wars.


  • Chandra

    The protagonist is spoiled, stupid, entitled little brat. The narrative is not unaware of this, but neither does it utilize this awareness to develop him in any particularly meaningful way. If one was feeling charitable, one could argue that by the end of the book, he is a slightly less terrible person, but any motivation for this seems to come less from anything that happened in the story, and more from a seemingly random epiphany he has early in the narrative that maybe, just maybe, rape isn't [...]


  • James Carmichael

    I don't know if "science fiction" is exactly right for this; it calls itself a satire but that doesn't feel 100% right either.This book is really, really fun; it's zippily written and a quick read and a smart read and just very enjoyable.I really enjoyed the we're-almost-there-! world of the novel, and Konstantinou has a very easy to read, kinda demotic narrative voice. It's also actually funny, which I find unusual in books that are ostensibly funny, although it got less funny to me as the stor [...]


  • Ali

    I picked up this book because it has apocalypse in the title, and a crazy cover with a cow. Cows and the apocalpse? How could I resist!Then I read the book jacket. Uh what? This sounds like some crazy crap. You know, when authors write REALLY bizarre stuff, and they're probably on drugs, and a lot of people like the book even though it's almost impossible for people to follow and it's just a bunch of shit (*coughHunterSThompsoncough*)? That's what it sounds like. Eh. But I ran out of the type of [...]


  • Randall Yelverton

    I gobbled up the first half of this book with pleasure. Konstantinou frontloads his novel with fascinating ideas and delicious satire. The almost casual way we arrive at and embrace a police state is plausible given the rise of social networking. And then the plot kicks in and we realize we don't care much about the lead or his effort to save the world. Konstantinou's work is frequently brilliant, but he needs to work on his characterization and plotting. Fans of Warren Ellis's "Transmetropolita [...]


  • Elizabeth

    How to describe this book? This book is set in the future when the "mediasphere" (internet) rules everything and you can sell shares of your Name and Reputation to earn money. Eliot is a spoiled rich boy who has never had to do anything for himself. His father breeds red heifers waiting for the Rapture, and everyone around him seems to think Armageddon is coming soon. One day Eliot realizes he has a doppelganger in occupied Berkeley CA, and he decides to go talk to the guy assuming he's a crazy [...]


  • Stefanie

    This book was an action-packed romp through a frighteningly possible world. It takes place in a near-future, wherein the media has become omnipresent, and people themselves have become commodities. (For example, there is a Reputations Exchange, where one's value is traded like stocks.) I won't give away much of the plot, but I must add that the main character has a doppelganger. An evil doppelganger. Hey, if the book sleeve is allowed to tell you that, then I am. It's worth a read, and not just [...]


  • Scott Erickson

    A very hilarious satire of what we might become in the next 30-or-so years. Imagine the internet evolving into a "big brother" system called the mediasphere, celebrity obsession evolving to the point where reputations are sold and traded like stocks, and the intersection of pop culture and politics has gotten completely tangled (even more than now, if you can believe it). So scary you gotta laugh.


  • Chris Ellis

    This book is a riot, though I am not sure it would appeal to everyone. This liberal, atheist, tree-hugging vegetarian laughed at almost every turn.The characters are engaging parodies of politicians, evangelicals, rock stars, activists, you name it. The settings extrapolated from our current obsession with being on-line all-the-time and treating everything as a commodity on the open market (even your reputation).And then there is the impending apocalypse.


  • Yair Ben-Zvi

    A fun and interesting book even if not all of its initial ideas are really developed. The world that the author Konstantinou creates is an awesome one sure, grand in scope, but the arc of his characters seems less compelling. Pretty good though, and based on it I really think his next one will go even further.


  • Janice

    it took about 100 pages before i got interested in anything the characters were doing, so it's a good thing that i'm the kind of person who will stick around for 100 pages. an extra star for occupied, earthquake-shaken, anarchistic san francisco.


  • MJ

    I would have to elevate Lee Konstantinou to the ranks of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson when it comes to the vivid extrapolation of current ideas into the near future. To say more would ruin the surprise, but I did find myself marvelling at his cleverness more than once.


  • Valissa

    how have I missed so much modern satire? This is definitely lad-lit, but it was fun, funny, and politically interesting. I have to say, it made me far more aware of the Egyptian protests than I would have been. entertaining read, I look forward to more from this author.


  • Elizabeth

    Doesn't reach its potential in the satire level (guess that's why it is called a "possible satire"), but is occasionally very funny.


  • Joshua

    Perhaps the most damning book of the facebook age. Solid read.


  • Suburbangardener

    I didn't finish it. I think the intended audience is young men. It didn't interest me or appeal to me. I guess I was expecting the satire to be more humorous. Maybe it has a great conclusion.


  • Liz

    Off the wall and hysterically funny. A little bit too political for me; I don't have the mind for all that, but a very enjoyable read!


  • Peter

    ok twinkletoes, you fuck.


  • Kim

    Although his insights into the near-future, particularly in terms of celebrity obsession and religious conflict, are worth reading, they don't overcome the lackluster character and plot development.


  • Aaron Mcilhenny

    super unsubtle, but a good message otherwise. Also I wonder how ironic he was about how easy it would be to convert this book to a movie, given it's about how bad commercial culture is


  • Margaret Wappler

    Too many ideas in this book but I'm interested in what he does next.


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