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Regan Wolfrom (born at the tail end of the disco era) has come a long way from his 1986 debut novel Harry the Adventurous Hamster (currently out of print due to having never been published or completed). After a break from writing to attend puberty, and to eventually sell six packs of Molson Canadian to his misnamed crush, Moosehead Girl, Regan returned to the craft with reckless abandon and a gallon jug of iced tea with just a smattering of extremely cheap rum.
Regan is now the author of numerous short stories and an upcoming post-apocalyptic novel series with only one mention (so far) of zombie erections. Regan hopes to one day write a novel set on Mars while sitting in his boxer shorts on the actual Red Planet, and everything that comes before that is really just his way of saving up for the one-way trip.
Though Regan has been shafted by residency requirements in his pursuit of the MacArthur genius grant, his current fiction is considered to be of high caliber, reflecting a marked improvement in style and grammar from the aforementioned thing with the hamster. It also has far fewer graphic scenes of pound puppy plushes having sex in the back of a shoebox with paper wheels.
What does Regan have to say about Regan?
"I recently passed up the chance to hassle Samuel L. Jackson."
"I've always wanted to change my name to something boring, like Hugh Howey."
"I know how to cook six things. None of them are oatmeal."
"I write stories that are weird, a little dark, and definitely inappropriate for my children. It could be tough to keep that going when they get to be as old and weird as I am today."
"Oh... and my dog is in love with me... like... in a disturbing way."
Please read one of Regan's stories for a more in-depth tour of Regan's unresolved childhood issues.
on Dec. 28, 2014 :
Very very good. Note that this should be read after the first book in the series, "Coyote". This book contains flashbacks to events prior to those in "Coyote", but you'll understand them better if you understand the aftermath.
The settings in this book are real places in Northern Ontario and Quebec, so it helps to load up Google Earth and see a satellite view of everything going on. For example, when the protagonist blows up one wing of a residence at a remote mine and scurries around to another wing, you can understand exactly how great a distance is involved.
This is the first post-apocalyptic series I've read where people were able to maintain limited networks for local e-mail, webcams, and such; it makes sense once the author pointed it out, as anyone with a solar panel, a router, and techie skills could add great benefit to a community of survivors. The author also skillfully uses network latency (and intermittent contact with the greater internet) as plot drivers.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)