Rock Manning Goes for Broke

Rock Manning Goes for Broke Review

Vikings vs. Steampunks! Ice cream sundae hearse disasters! Roman gladiators meet vacuum-cleaner salesmen! Inappropriate uses of exercise equipment and supermarket trolleys! Unsupervised fires, and reckless destruction of public property! Nothing is off limits.

Rock Manning lives and breathes slapstick comedy, and his whole life is an elaborate tribute to the masters, like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan. With his best friend, Sally Hamster, he creates joyfully chaotic short movies that are full of mayhem and silliness.

But Rock and Sally are becoming famous at a time of unrest, when America's economy has collapsed and people are taking refuge in highly addictive drugs. America's youth are being drafted to take part in endless wars against imaginary enemies overseas, while at home, a fascist militia known as the Red Bandanas is rising to power. As America becomes more mired in violence and destruction, Rock Manning's zany comedy films become the escapist fun that everybody needs.

Over-the-top physical comedy and real-life brutality collide, as Rock and Sally find themselves unable to avoid getting sucked into the slow implosion of their country. The Red Bandanas want Rock Manning to star in propaganda films promoting their movement, and soon Rock and Sally are at the center of the struggle for the soul of America. The trauma and death that Rock witnesses begin to take a toll on him.

When a botched weapon test plunges the world into deeper chaos, Rock and Sally must confront once and for all the outer limits of comedy.

Title:Rock Manning Goes for Broke
Edition Language:English

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  • unknown

    I would not survive five minutes of one of Charlie Jane Anders' mundane apocalypses (see also: the latter half of All the Birds in the Sky), which is disheartening, because they are so goddam plausibl...

  • Crowinator

    This is the first time I had to manually enter a book on GR!It's going to take me a while to unpack this gonzo, hyper-weird, tragicomedy, but I look forward to using the word "gonzo" more. I mean, it'...

  • Kend

    Rock Manning Goes for Broke is a rare example of the modern-day fable done right, all heart and nuanced back-and-forth between modern tastes; this is, after all, a dystopia with a sharp surrealist tur...

  • Tim Hicks

    At first I didn't like this book. Then I hated it. But I kept reading. In the end, I still didn't like it much but I admire it. At first Rock and friends are reckless goofs in what appears to be a som...

  • David

    Another wacky product of the wonderful mind of Charlie Jane Anders. Really funny and apocalyptic-dystopian at the same time, which is not easy to pull off, if you ask me. But this author makes it seem...

  • Lianne

    This book needs one of the over-the-top "IN A WORLD..." trailers. To say this was a wild ride from start to finish doesn't quite do this novella justice. It's absurd and hilarious, making me literally...

  • Tamara Temple

    I just finished reading this book and, OH MY GOD, does Charlie Jane Anders really know how to write! I have loved all her books, and even when it's a short one like this, there is a lyricality to the...

  • Richard

    Yes....

  • Chessa

    Frenetic, kind of random, and yet still very very Charlie Jane Anders. Less heart than All the Birds in the Sky though. I am glad this was a novella, because I don’t know if I would have had the pat...

  • Miriam

    Great little novella that reads like 100 miles an hour....