Audiobook Review: Go, Mutants by Larry Doyle
I feel like I need to watch more B movies, beyond the realm of those featured on MST3K. (FYI if you have never seen MST3K fix your life and go see this wicked awesome show now — I recommend Hobgoblins). Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle takes on the creatures from these science fiction films and puts them in high school, I think during the 1950s.
So you thought your high school experience was full of the angst? Ha! J!m, main character of Go, Mutants! has to contend with being blue, having a large head, oh and his father is public enemy number one. Of course because he deviates from the norm he is bullied. Add in that his mother is a cocktail dancer, and yeah J!m’s life kind of sucks.
Yet, he is not alone. With a stellar group of friends J!m navigates the harrowing world of high school. We got Jelly who is clearly the son of the Blob and awesome. He’s always talking about food and rolling around and that makes me laugh. Then there is Johnny who is a quintessential badass. He’s the son of King Kong and one of the blonde girls that Kong steals. Also Johnny rides a motorcycle and is pretty much do or die.
Ya’ll I do enjoy seeing male groups of friends. If I had actually seen the Hangover, I would say I am down for a good wolf pack, but I haven’t, however, you get the point. The interactions between J!m and his friends are poignant, yet funny. It makes me glad to see this sort of loyalty.
Of course, there is also a girl. Marie. She’s human, but seeks to get the mutants rights and is not cool with how they are treated. However, Marie has her own set of problems. You see, her mom’s head is just chilling in a jar and I think her father is kind of a mad scientist. Also, um, Marie and J!m don’t exactly have compatible parts for doing it. So, you can imagine those of us who are less classy wondering how that works.
I listened to the audio version narrated by Robert Petkoff which lasts 7 hours and 51 minutes. Guys, I actually enjoyed this audio book. Although it did take me awhile to get into. There’s definitely a bit of worldbuilding to get used to and it is a bit jarring to enter Doyle’s world. However, I think Petkoff is the perfect voice for Go, Mutants! He varies his voice for all the characters, never goes staccato or monotone and has this flavor of seriousness which is perfect for the satirical undertones of Go, Mutants! I think if you do read this book, audio is definitely the way to go.
Disclosure: Received for review.