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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Now in hardcover and paperback

The Promethean is an amazingly funny novel exposing the utter insanity of modern academia and the world of technology. An extraordinary tale of ambition, social justice, and human folly, it combines the mordant wit of W. Somerset Maugham with a sense of humor reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse.

When American billionaire Henry Hockenheimer discovers that conquering the corporate world is no longer enough for him on the eve of his 40th birthday, he decides to leave his mark on the world by creating the first Superman, a robot as intellectually brilliant as it is physically capable. But his ideas are thwarted on every side by the most brilliant minds of the academic world, from the artificial intelligence researcher Dr. Vishnu Sharma to the wheelchair-bound head of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Her Majesty's Government's Bio-Engineering Research Fund, Nkwandi Obolajuwan, and, of course, Dr. Sydney Prout, formerly of the United Nations, now Special Adviser on Human Rights to the European Union.

And when Hockenheimer succeeds, despite all of the incredible obstacles placed in his way, he discovers that success can be the cruelest failure of all.

Now in hardcover ($19.99) and paperback ($14.99).

From the reviews:
  • Anyone who has read Stanley's previous book can imagine the kind of surreal humour that results. My favourite was the psychopathic Scots Professor of Extreme Celtic Studies.... Daes yer maither stitch, Asimov. If I have a complaint about the book, it's that too much of it seems like real life these days.
  • Reading this you keep forgetting it is a novel and not an autobiography set in our current day. Aside from a bit of computing power and an improved battery what is described in the book as far as technology goes is possible today. On the political and satire side, the politics wouldn't surprise you if they were to show up in tomorrow's news, the satire is biting as the motives behind the politics are exposed to the light of day. The academic satire almost doesn't qualify as satire given you can probably match it at any of our more liberal institutions today.
  • I liked this considerably more than Owen Stanley's previous literary excursion. I imagine part of that is my own experience among academics, whom Mr. Stanley gives here a fine and well-deserved skewering indeed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Missionaries. It even has the reappearance of a character or two.
  • Mr. Stanley has managed to outdo even his tremendous debut novel with this rollicking satirization of modern hyper-liberalism. A number of good philosophical questions get raised in a very subtle manner, and sacred cows are suitably self-gored. This was a very good, dark satirical story, which I'll read again. First my sides have to cease hurting from the Gaelic Rules Philosophy played here.
  • No Sophomore slump here! If you have ever had the suspicion that the age we live in has gone mad, The Promethean will confirm that that you are not the only one that has noticed.
While I still prefer Owen Stanley's first novel, in my opinion, The Missionaries and The Promethean are two of the very best novels that Castalia House has published, along with Awake in the Night Land. I've been asked to do a Christmas recommendation list of Castalia House books, and I will, but from a purely literary perspective, these are the three that anyone with a proper library will be proud to feature on the shelves.

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9 Comments:

Blogger pyrrhus December 09, 2017 8:19 AM  

One of the very best. Short, beautifully written, humorous, and thought provoking. I may reread it this weekend...

Blogger Dave December 09, 2017 8:49 AM  

Nice price on the hardcover although when I click the link Amazon very rudely has a popup ad for KU. They have become quite obnoxious pushing KU all over the place.


btw Vox by observation of a particular twitter account: chickens have come home to roost?

Blogger VD December 09, 2017 9:25 AM  

Nice price on the hardcover

Thanks. We work hard to keep our pricing as reasonable as possible, for both print and ebook. Unfortunately, we have no control over audio pricing at all.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 09, 2017 11:37 AM  

Great news. The Missionaries was a wonderful, wonderful book. Highly recommended to anybody who hasn't read it yet. I can't wait to check this one out!

Blogger John Cunningham December 09, 2017 12:24 PM  

VFM #424 here--I read the Kindle as soon as this came out, and it was superb. I plan on giving the hardback for Christmas.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 09, 2017 3:40 PM  

Forgot I wanted this. The Missionaries was truly excellent and I already hate academia with a rageboner so hard it shouldn't be possible, so this is like crack.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 09, 2017 4:14 PM  

Vox, you undersold this book. This thing is better than The Missionaries.

Blogger S1AL December 09, 2017 9:16 PM  

I think the thing I prefer about 'The Promethean' is that it's more readable for a modern, American audience. There was stuff I had to look up during 'The Missionaries', especially the Aussie talk. That's not a bad thing, but it does reduce accessibility.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 09, 2017 9:19 PM  

Five stars, hell of a good read.

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