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An Alien Heat - Michael Moorcock I've been avoiding Michael Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time series for years and now I feel like kicking myself. An Alien Heat was absurd and hilarious! Who knew Moorcock was so funny? Jherek Carnellian is a fantastic character, Bertie Wooster-ish at times. I knew I was going to enjoy the book when the prologue said "Following is the story of Jherek Carnellian, who didn't know the meaning of morality, and Mrs. Amelia Underwood, who knew everything about it."

The plot is as follows: The end of time approaches and all that's left of the human race is a group of decadent near-immortals. Jherek Carnellian falls in love with Victorian time traveler Mrs. Underwood and pursues her back to the 19th century. Hilarity ensues. The humor is equal measures Oscar Wilde, Douglas Adams, and P.G. Wodehouse. It's something to behold.

Here's another quote to show you how hilarious this book is:
"Do you plan to have any children, Mr. Underwood?"
"Unfortunately." Mr. Underwood cleared his throat. "We have not so far been blessed..."
"Something wrong?"
"Ah, no..."
"Perhaps you haven't got the hang of making them by the straightforward old-fashioned method? I must admit it took me a while to work it out. You know," Jherek turned to make sure Mrs. Underwood was included in the conversation, "finding what goes in where and so forth."


That's about all I have to say. Buy it. Read it. Quote it to your friends until they feel like slapping you.