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Black Hole Blues (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Wensink

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J. Claude Caruthers is country music's biggest star and Kenny Rogers' worst nightmare.

Now, J. Claude hasn't slept for weeks. His insomnia comes courtesy of his quest to complete Nashville's most ambitious project: Caruthers is writing a love song for every woman's name on Earth. But since getting stuck on the last name in the book, Zygmut, Caruthers' life has been miserable.

Life gets much worse when his estranged brother, Lloyd, inadvertently creates a black hole in a top-secret physics lab. Lovesick and lonely, Lloyd sets out to reconnect with his brother and find love before the world ends. As the black hole swallows the planet, the brothers discover that only one person who can stop the apocalypse and help J. Claude finish his songwriting odyssey is their missing sister, Zygmut.

Told through a kaleidoscope of perspectives that include the Caruthers brothers, J. Claude's guitar, a club sandwich, and even the angry, foul-mouthed particle that birthed the black hole, Patrick Wensink's Black Hole Blues is a hilarious double helix of country music and physics.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 518 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 197 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1936383519
  • Verlag: Lazy Fascist Press (19. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005II63HS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Country Music and Black Holes 5. Juni 2011
Von D. Schwent - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Those estranged Caruthers twins sure have some problems. J. Claude Caruthers suffers from insomnia, brought about by the inability to finish his project of writing a country song for every woman's name on Earth, while his brother Lloyd inadvertently created a black hole that is threatening to destroy the world. Can J. Claude finish his project before the world ends? And what do his arch-nemeses Kenny Rogers and Denny Dynasty have to do with it?

Who would have thought a black hole and country music would go together like a beer buzz and a fried baloney sandwich? Apparently, Patrick Wensink did. The story of the Caruthers brothers and their respective problems is hilarious, from J. Claude's sandwich addiction to his unrelenting hatred for all things Kenny Rogers. Each chapter begins with a bit of wisdom from J. Claude's biography, Nashville's Shakespeare. Some of the quotes are stolen from other country singers and others are bits of J. Claude's wisdom. All are great. J. Claude preaches such advice as "Why try when you can quit?" to "If you put your mind to stuff, you can probably do it."

For a plot involving astrophysics and country music, it's fairly easy to follow. The revelation of what happened to the elder three Caruthers was well done and the story kept me engaged right up until the end.

While it's definitely a bizarro book, Black Hole Blues is definitely one of the more accessible ones, right up there with Starfish Girl and Muscle Memory. Fans of bizarro, Christopher Moore, country music, and physicists should enjoy it.

What the hell does rhyme with Zygmut?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This is an award-winning novel! 9. September 2011
Von Steve Lowe - Veröffentlicht auf
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If I ever get narcissistic enough to create my own awards (and that may not be far off because I like myself a hell of a lot), I would have to give one to Patrick Wensink for Black Hole Blues. I could call them the "Steve Awards for Achievement in Bizarre Literature". Who wouldn't want to receive a SAABL? Nobody, that's who. The award Wensink would win is for `Doing Something I've Not Seen Before'. Or maybe a shorter name than that, I don't know yet, but he would win it because Wensink does it.

He wrote a novel with very novel Points of View. A sandwich. A guitar. A stolen automobile. A barbeque grill. A rather vulgar and ticked off atomic particle. We experience Black Hole Blues through the "eyes" of each of these things, and a few others. While that might seem at first like a stunt, and I suppose it mostly is, it still works. Wensink manages to give these things, these rather benign inanimate objects, their own perspective but also a dash of humanity that helps the reader relate to them. (And please note that this may have been done before, but as I mentioned previously, I hadn't seen it before, and if I haven't seen it, then it might as well not exist.)

Yes, the idea of a sad, forgetten and rotting club sandwich telling us a story is absurd, but that's also what makes this book fun. The human characters are, without a doubt, the core of this story, but the real pleasure comes in reading what is already a goofy tale through completely different and inventive perspectives, and that's why it stands out. You see the characters in different ways and learn more about them than perhaps we otherwise would have. These varying POVs are punctuated throughout and interspersed between the POVs of the human characters, but to be honest, I think the whole thing could have been written from the perspective of different inanimate objects because Wensink does it so well.

The other thing you need to pay attention to is the blog that goes with this book. If you haven't visited Death to Kenny Rogers yet, you're not only missing out, you're doing yourself a disservice. Don't disservice yourself. You really need to get weekly doses of Kenny Rogers's evil. It's a public service that will earn Patrick Wensink the SAABL for Humanitarian Service. Congrats, Pat! Two-time winner!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Country Music Smackdown 14. August 2011
Von Pope Mel - Veröffentlicht auf
. Claude (aka Nashville's Shakespeare) is a fast fading country music legend. His rival, Denny Dynasty, is coming on country strong and easily out-selling the former legend. His brother, Lloyd has just unleashed the most destructive power the world has ever known. Is it any wonder the man can't finish a sandwich or get a goodnight's sleep?

Everyone has an opinion in this book, including the tour bus, an uneaten sandwich, an angry proton and Rusty, the overly-sensitive guitar.
Will J. Claude finish his final song before the end of the world? Or will his brother be able to avert catastrophe? Will Rusty ever be happy again?

Read this enjoyable book if you're dying to know. Guaranteed funnier than an episode of "HeeHaw" and more satisfying than a meal from Kenny Rogers Roasters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Full of heart and brains 9. August 2011
Von JB - Veröffentlicht auf
Physics and country music, two things I could never understand. But Patrick Wensink does a good job of making me care about both. Patrick is one of the up and coming Bizarro writers. His Sex Dungeon for Sale was part of the New Bizarro Author series. It looks like Eraser Head did the smart thing and picked this guy up.
Black Hole Blues is smart, funny, and full of heart. Wensink takes us back to Freshman Physics 101 without boring us. He presents humorous points of view (i.e. guitars, sandwiches, and knives) without getting ridiculous. Finally, he presents a family drama that is as strange as the family dramas you face every day. He does all of this with eloquent language, care and attention to detail, and a plot that sucks you in. My only complaint with the book: it ended to soon. Hurry up and write another one Patrick.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Never could stand that Kenny Rogers! 28. Juli 2011
Von John McDaniel - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a tale of two brothers, one a famous country singer, the other an astrophysics. These two estranged brother come together when the scientist creates a black hole that starts to swallow the world. This was a great book and very funny at times. What starts off as a brizzaro premise become a journey into the crazy world if these two men. This book kept me glued to the very end. Read it now.
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