When two families go to war, liberal versus conservative, which side will win?
Civil war breaks out in the suburbs when avid talk radio show listener and devout conservative Marty Johnson becomes fed up with liberal policies. He and his wife decide to take out their frustrations bydeclaring war on the quintessential liberal family that lives next door, the Kaufmans. The ensuing war of ideologies soon threatens to tear both families apart.
This 27,000-word satirical novella features cameos by Sean Hannity and Jon Stewart
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What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
I suppose the thing that is unique about the setting is that it takes place in the present day on Earth. The vast majority of what I've written is science fiction and fantasy, so my stories take place in fantasy worlds or alien planets. This one is set in an upper-class suburban neighborhood on good old Earth, and for me, that's an unusual setting. I don't know whether that enhances or takes away from the story, but since I prefer fantastical settings, I suppose maybe I might not have been as interested in the story or the location for this one. Despite that, I still think it's one of my better stories.
What specific themes did you emphasize throughout the novel? What were you trying to get across to the reader?
What I think I emphasized is that liberals are buttholes. Conservatives are buttholes. Both sides of the political fence are equally ridiculous. Even though I myself am a conservative, I truly tried to be fair and balanced (wink wink) in my portrayal of both sides. I hope I've written a book that, whether you're a liberal or a conservative, you'll come away thinking that your side got the better of the other. Either that, or both sides will think I was completely biased against their views, while favoring the opposing view. But really, I don't think any of the characters have anything to be proud of in this book. They're equally guilty, and I think I've been an equal opportunity offender here.
Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable?
I was really uncomfortable with what might be perceived as the racist aspects of the book. The "N" word appears quite a few times, and a few readers have objected to my identifying the races of the various characters. "Why do I need to know that this kid is black?" But you do need to know, because race is part of the plot of the book. Race really is a hot issue between conservatives and liberals, and I didn't think a book about a war between liberals and conservatives could get away with not pressing the race button a time or two. But I really don't have a racist bone in my body, honest.
Scott Reeves is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels. He is NOT Scott Reeves the actor.
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Book Description CreateSpace, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 162 pages. 7.81x5.06x0.37 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1463629974