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Earth has survived repeated alien invasions, attacks by hordes of mutants, and the ravages of ancient beasts brought back to life. Now we're in the blissful future...for most.

J!m, the son of the alien who nearly destroyed the planet, is a brooding, megacephalic rebel with a big forehead and exceptionally oily skin. Along with Johnny, a radioactive biker ape, and Jelly, a gelatinous mass passing as a fat kid, J!m navigates a particularly unpleasant adolescence in which he really is as alienated as he feels, the world might actually be out to get him, and true love is complicated by misunderstanding and incompatible parts. As harmless school antics escalate into explosive events with tragic consequences, J!m makes a discovery that will alter the course of civilization, though it may help his dating life.

Replete with all the rock 'n' roll, hot-rod racing, and heavy petting of classic teen cinema — and packed with famous film-monster cameos — Go, Mutants! is fun strapped to an atomic rocket, and Doyle's deadpan delivery and razor-sharp wit will have you laughing out loud before he even starts the ignition sequence.

Review:

"Humor writer Doyle (I Love You, Beth Cooper) walks a razor's edge between dumb and clever and falls onto both sides repeatedly in this parody that imagines a world in which the aliens from 1950s sci-fi movies have actually arrived on earth and integrated into human society. J!m Anderson is the son of a leader of an alien invasion who was presumed impaled on the Washington monument and an alluring cat woman currently working as a cocktail waitress. As a teen alien, J!m is mercilessly teased at school and tormented by his cross-species love for Marie Rand, the daughter of mad scientist Dr. Howard Rand, who keeps his wife's severed head alive in a pan of fluid. You get the idea. Throughout the novel, an encyclopedic knowledge of monster movies is on display, and most of the greats, including a King Kong-like giant ape (whose half-human son, Johnny, is J!m's best friend) are referenced. Doyle's style is to throw jokes and hope something sticks, and while there's much cleverness, the overall effect can be manic. This will be best appreciated by a select and nostalgic readership, preferably those who can catalog Godzilla's many opponents. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] brilliant and sick-funny coming of age comedy novel...The book takes a funny premise (alienation of teens who are actually aliens) and gives it a heart and a really really big brain." Geekweek

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"In part a loving homage to and in part a send-up of '50s sci-fi, Go, Mutants! is one of the funniest books of the summer." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Combines campy 1950s horror and sci-fi flicks with "Rebel Without a Cause"-like teen angst....[a] silly, amusing pop-culture mash up." New York Post

Review:

"[A] frenetic satire....Every sentence careens with energy, wisecracks, and winks at everything from triffids to Altair IV. Shades of the Red scare and allegories about puberty abound, too, but thankfully, gooey atomic mayhem wins the day." Booklist

Review:

"Old sci-fi movies have not yet been mined of all their entertainment possibilities. So potentially, Go, Mutants! could start them down the road to being overexposed. Sign me up! " Revolution SF

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"Doyle provides a frenetic, sublimely silly, all-over-the-map mashup of B movies that's also a sendup of American pop and political culture...Rollickingly inventive and often hilarious." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Very funny...Go, Mutants! moves at faster-than-light speed. If Earth ever needs an Interplanetary Humor Ambassador, Larry Doyle's the guy." Washington Post

Review:

"Incredibly inventive....A singularly original work that wears its inspired mutant heart on its sleeve and its advanced alien brain on its funny bone....Go, Mutants! illuminates both a past worth remembering and a future worth looking forward to." Will Viharo, Retrospective Magazine

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"Every page overflows with jokes." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"An ambitious, goo-covered treat." The Onion

Synopsis:

The author of I Love You, Beth Cooper returns with an ingenious contemporary satire set in an alternate universe populated by the aliens, mutants, and atomic monsters of B-movie legend.

It came to Earth...and now its spawn goes to high school.

About the Author

Larry Doyle, a former writer for The Simpsons, works in showbiz and writes somewhat funny things for the New Yorker. He is the author of I Love You, Beth Cooper, which won the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor and was made into a motion picture.

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412Scott, July 11, 2011 (view all comments by 412Scott)
Larry Doyle might be the only author in the world who can write a parody of 1950's science fiction and teen rebellion movies at the same time. Amazingly, it's not just a clever concept with a couple of smarmy tricks in an otherwise bland book. The humor is varied and satisfying. Biologically specific musings on the protagonists awkwardly goopy adolescent changes? Simpsons' style pop culture allusions that span across three decades of history, music, and movies? Doyle fits it all in without bogging down an engrossing plot. I ended up rooting for J!m (that's right, J!m) and Marie to end up a couple by the end of the novel. If you take the time to check a dictionary for the scattered but challengingly specific vocabulary Doyle's narrator uses, it's even funnier and more dazzling due to the narrative structure. I read this over three nights, each evening forcing myself to put the book down. A truly funny book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061686559
Author:
Doyle, Larry
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.70x6.12x1.21 in. .98 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Ecco Press - English 9780061686559 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Humor writer Doyle (I Love You, Beth Cooper) walks a razor's edge between dumb and clever and falls onto both sides repeatedly in this parody that imagines a world in which the aliens from 1950s sci-fi movies have actually arrived on earth and integrated into human society. J!m Anderson is the son of a leader of an alien invasion who was presumed impaled on the Washington monument and an alluring cat woman currently working as a cocktail waitress. As a teen alien, J!m is mercilessly teased at school and tormented by his cross-species love for Marie Rand, the daughter of mad scientist Dr. Howard Rand, who keeps his wife's severed head alive in a pan of fluid. You get the idea. Throughout the novel, an encyclopedic knowledge of monster movies is on display, and most of the greats, including a King Kong-like giant ape (whose half-human son, Johnny, is J!m's best friend) are referenced. Doyle's style is to throw jokes and hope something sticks, and while there's much cleverness, the overall effect can be manic. This will be best appreciated by a select and nostalgic readership, preferably those who can catalog Godzilla's many opponents. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] brilliant and sick-funny coming of age comedy novel...The book takes a funny premise (alienation of teens who are actually aliens) and gives it a heart and a really really big brain."
"Review" by , "In part a loving homage to and in part a send-up of '50s sci-fi, Go, Mutants! is one of the funniest books of the summer."
"Review" by , "Combines campy 1950s horror and sci-fi flicks with "Rebel Without a Cause"-like teen angst....[a] silly, amusing pop-culture mash up."
"Review" by , "[A] frenetic satire....Every sentence careens with energy, wisecracks, and winks at everything from triffids to Altair IV. Shades of the Red scare and allegories about puberty abound, too, but thankfully, gooey atomic mayhem wins the day."
"Review" by , "Old sci-fi movies have not yet been mined of all their entertainment possibilities. So potentially, Go, Mutants! could start them down the road to being overexposed. Sign me up! "
"Review" by , "Doyle provides a frenetic, sublimely silly, all-over-the-map mashup of B movies that's also a sendup of American pop and political culture...Rollickingly inventive and often hilarious."
"Review" by , "Very funny...Go, Mutants! moves at faster-than-light speed. If Earth ever needs an Interplanetary Humor Ambassador, Larry Doyle's the guy."
"Review" by , "Incredibly inventive....A singularly original work that wears its inspired mutant heart on its sleeve and its advanced alien brain on its funny bone....Go, Mutants! illuminates both a past worth remembering and a future worth looking forward to."
"Review" by , "Every page overflows with jokes."
"Review" by , "An ambitious, goo-covered treat."
"Synopsis" by , The author of I Love You, Beth Cooper returns with an ingenious contemporary satire set in an alternate universe populated by the aliens, mutants, and atomic monsters of B-movie legend.

It came to Earth...and now its spawn goes to high school.

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