rob reid

V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012

Book Review

E.T. on the Radio

Aliens dig Earth music in Rob Reid’s Year Zero

Year Zero

Rob Reid is the guy who invented Rhapsody, the music streaming service thing you may have heard about. His first book, Year Zero, concerns aliens who’ve stumbled upon Earth music, which has caused their civilization to come to a complete halt because they’re so hooked.
V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012


First line rundown pt. 7

Novel openings, continued

“Aliens suck at music.”

Year Zero, Rob Reid

“We arrived in an undignified heap of witch and vampire.”

Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness

“They were hanging white folks in Louisiana and shooting black folks in Richmond.”

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen L. Carter

“Lin Daiyu crushes apricot kernels and black sesame seeds in a marble mortar.”

The Red Chamber, Pauline A. Chen

“It felt like the first morning of spring.”

—The Crowded Grave, Martin Walker

“ ‘Oh mon dieu,’ Cloquet said, when he opened the lodge door and saw me on the floor.”

-Talulla Rising, Glen Duncan