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By Michael Arturo, Los Angeles, California
July 2, 2015

2048, A Diary, James Cherry's imaginative "diary-novel" is a glimpse into a possible future. His hero, Ignatius Fumbo, is a London born slacker/wannabe rocker who relishes life and dreams of stardom, as a musician. "I say Heaven is the here and now, we just need to wake up to it," pretty much sums up Fumbo's view of his life from his May 25th, 2048 diary entry. What the reader must know going in is that this is a read that celebrates the imagination. Get ready for a wild ride, where "Teleternity" is the hottest new religion and people are shrunk to combat waste in the world. Don't put expectations on to it, just let the writing of Ignatius Fumbo come to you. It is a diary after all. Thus the reader will have the pleasure of being a voyeur into the private memoirs of a slightly "barmy" but acutely aware young chap living life in the not too distant future. Mr. Cherry also delivers plenty of fun for those who love language, creating a futuristic Brit-inspired vernacular reminiscent of Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange." "Membrain," "Mind-chip," "Plasticine," "Teletemple" and "Vegeplast" are just a few of my favorites. If you have fond memories of Terry Gilliam's 1985 film "Brazil," you'll love "2048."

By Carol Klausson, Los Angeles, California
January 28, 2016

The London of the future with plenty of nods to the swinging London of the past. It's Ziggy Stardust meets Anthony Burgess, with a little Rudi Gernreich, L. Ron Hubbard and Jonathan Swift thrown in for good measure. Mr. Cherry has a witty, engaging style that makes this a fun, breezy read, even with the dystopian subject matter. I highly recommend you give it a go!

By Charles, A member of
October 10, 2013

When I started this book I really wasn't sure what I was in for, because the first thing that confronted me was a rather new vernacular, one very British to my eyes and grounded in a similar thinking as A Clorkwork Orange in the way it helped to create the landscape of a future where things are not quite as one might expect. Still, pushing past the learning curve with the voice proved to be quite rewarding, as this is a surreal and entertaining book that follows I Fumbo on a rather interesting journey through a future Britain and beyond.

The book reads a little like a mash up of ideas, starting in a look at religion with its take on Teleternity, then shifting to a segment in a mental facility, then shifting again to a journey across Britain that involves a city of tiny humans and a monkey side kick and an alien cult, then back to London to finish up as a musical tell-all. It's rather strange, the narrative not quite content, but that fits well enough with Fumbo that, with perhaps one or two exceptions, I felt that it all worked and built together, forming a sort of gestalt whole.

There were a few small complaints, though, the largest one being that the book ends rather happily, not really something that I had expected given the way the theme of loneliness and lack of identity come up again and again throughout the story. With the future presented as it is, as an almost-dystopia but more as simply a fallen present, I would have expected a bit more meaningful an ending that left me grappling with how to find fulfillment in a world like that, and by extension in our world. But Fumbo is given a rather easy time at the end, leaving me rather with a message that read more like hard work pays off. And that just seemed a little dissonant to me.

Of course, the book is still charming, and while it slows down a little at the end, flounders just a bit with the ending, it is still and interesting and earnest book, something that is worth picking up and reading. It walks the line often enough between critique on the modern world with its fascination with fame, sex, drugs, and excess, and humorous journey, ending up somewhere between the two. And I'm not entirely sure what to feel about that, though I can say that enjoyed the trip, the characters, and while I wish the ending had been a little different, I do recommend the book and give in a 7.75/10.

By J. Shepard, Hollywood, California
October 23, 2015

I first saw this book at a comic and collectibles book store called Meltdown. When I got home I decided to order it and check it out. I have to say that I love reading this book. It's poetic, it's surreal, and carries an oddball edge in a language of it's own that makes it a very fun read. I keep finding song lyric insertions within the writing that feel like I've just gotten a prize and I am wanting to highlight all of these as I read. The slang is amusing and the characters carry real cool names. This author has a great talent for entertaining his reader and his creative use of words work because they are well written. This is a book I could pick up more than once.

By Catherine Dewitt, Seattle, Washington
November 10, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Cherry writes very well. It reminded me of a cross between "A Clockwork Orange" and a Philip K. Dick story. The writing was very creative--lots of new lingo and future slang words. It is a humorous and witty book. I was amused and impressed with all the references to the pop-culture of today, as if they were historical references. Many lines from songs: I wondered how Mr. Cherry had remembered them all! I'm sure I missed many of them, and would like to re-read it to discover more of the allusions. Mr Cherry does a good job of creating his characters, and his descriptions of their appearances, and especially their (future) clothing is careful and very visual. While the plot could have been a bit stronger, I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to more works by this author.

By Eric Patton, Portland, Oregon
September 29, 2015

Cherry's 2048: A Diary manages to embrace and defy most conventions of the Rock & Roll novel in ways that are mostly unexpected. Notable is the author's fluidity with the dialog of an ambiguous love, and the way he's rendered it in Briticisms that are wholly believable. I liked it well enough to send a copy to an old friend who enjoys a good romp. Fun stuff.

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