Review from Fenris #138

         Legendary zine-editor and guest of honor at last June’s Deep South Con Fiftieth Anniversary Bash, David Hulan, reviewed Jimmy Stu Lives  in the latest issue of his zine, Fenris. The review follows below:

Jimmy Stu Lives!, by Kent McDaniel, TPB in print now. This comes from a small press, Penumbra Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee so you probably won’t see it hyped much, or in most bookstores, but it’s available from Amazon or from the publisher (penumbrapublishing.com), and imho it’s well worth your buying it. Rev. James Stuart Sloan, best known as “Jimmy Stu,” is the founder and minister of the church of the Living Lord in Nashville, TN, and while he had started his ministry feeling a strong connection with God, as the years passed this feeling of connection dwindled and finally disappeared entirely.  After the death of his wife and three heart attacks, he feels the end is near and preaches a sermon on Easter asking for donations to enable him to be cryonically preserved against the time in the future when he can be revived. And then, 142 years later, he wakes up…And there begins a slam-bang adventure story, very well-paced, with engaging characters (as well as some rather stock villains), as Jimmy Stu (in a body like his when he was about 25) learns (drawn out over the next couple of chapters) that the Church of the Living Lord, under the aegis of his trustees, has become a major denomination, and that religious groups (if you count Secular Humanists as a religious group) have replaced political parties in the US government, and that states’ rights have become so strong that crossing state lines requires passports, customs, and the like ( I presume after the Constitution is amended, since it prohibits anything like that). The COTTL, in fact controls pretty much the entire Upper south, along with a strong presence in the southern parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. And their Prime Minister didn’t want Jimmy Stu revived, though the technology had been available for 14 years. COTLL security tries to capture him shortly after he’s revived, but he and two of the people who’d revived him escape. This isn’t a great book, but it’s a very good one that probably deserved a better publisher–I’ve read a lot worse from outfits like Tor and Baen.    ◊◊◊◊  David Hulan

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