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Sunday Book Review: "From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain"

There's a lot of cliches in book reviews. People have tossed around terms like "major accomplishment" and "laugh out loud funny" until they've become meaningless. So it is with some trepidation that I write that Minster's Faust's "From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain" is a major accomplishment that is laugh out loud funny.

This is the most revolutionary work of SF since William Gibson's "Neuromancer". Faust has invented a whole new genre of writing and rendered it in some of best prose in any genre. He's basically given birth to the future. And it's one good looking baby.

Ostensibly, "From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain" is a self-help book for superheroes written by their psychiatrist. But once you look beyond the humor you find a novel about America and September 11, an actual self-help book that works on the political and personal level, and a careful examination of our cultural myths and gods. It's funny, insightful and very serious.

Revolution is nothing new to Minister Faust. In 1991 and 1992 he headlined the "Young Poets of the Revolution Festival" in Toronto and works as a community activist. His first novel "Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad" was a brilliant and refreshing novel that was nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award and the Locus Best First Novel Award. It too pushed the boundaries of style, character and genre while displaying his incredible prose. It too was an important work.

But "From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain" goes even further and is even better. Although it's only February, I'm confident in saying that the best SF book of the 2007 - maybe the best book of the year-- has already been published.


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