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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Whimsically brilliant just about sums up Elucidazium - American Cheese by Jim Allenday. It is so funny, and yet it’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the creation of this novel. There is one novel that it reminds me of quite a bit, and that novel was a bestseller and is now considered a classic. I’m talking about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Both novels are brilliant. Both novels are funny. Both novels look at our culture and our world from a unique perspective that is almost an outsider’s perspective, but not so far outside that they can’t comment in funny and very pointed satire. I love books like this, but one or two a decade is enough for me so I’m in the market for one more like this in the next five years.
Elucidazium - American Cheese is funny on a whole lot of levels. But honestly, what I think I enjoyed most about this great book are the pictures and the recipes. Those alone are worth the price of admission. I tried a couple of the recipes out, since I happened to read Elucidazium - American Cheese on the weekend, and the recipes are easy to make and taste great. This is a story about a museum curator who can jump back and forth between alternate realities. But the rules are a little more refined than in the typical multiverse story and that makes for some hilarious reading. If you like Kurt Vonnegut style satire and humor mixed with a little modern pop culture science fiction, then you don’t want to miss this Jim Allenday book.