Okay, folks! Time to put on your book trailer helmets. Check out this amazing trailer for The Municipalists by Julia Mehoke. The trailer is brilliant and features narration from Joshua Malina, who was recently certified by the American Treasure Institute as an official national treasure. Hope you enjoy it!
Nylon magazine recently recommended The Municipalists in their roundup of 2019 releases. Here’s what they had to say:
It’s no coincidence that there’s an abundance of novels coming out right now that are set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, but there’s only one that centers around the most perfect, odd couple pairing I’ve encountered recently, and that’s Seth Fried’s debut novel, The Municipalists. That odd couple comprises an anal, anxious human bureaucrat and a snarky, day-drinking, yet lovable A.I., and the two of them have joined together to save Metropolis—“a gleaming city of tomorrow”—from an impending terrorist threat. If you’re a fan of Jane Jacobs, but can’t help but hiss and boo whenever Robert Moses’ name is mentioned, this is a must-read. Then again, even if you’ve never spent one day in a city, but are just someone who wants to laugh and marvel at Fried’s imagination and wit, this book is also for you. Really, it’s for everyone.
After a lot of soul-searching, I’ve decided to second this recommendation. You can pre-order the book HERE or wherever books are pre-ordered.
Thanks to Booklist for this cool review of The Municipalists:
Fried’s buddy-cop science-fiction debut features an infrastructure-obsessed bureaucrat and a rogue AI system teaming up to try and take down a mysterious conspiracy set on destroying the idyllic city of Metropolis. The obnoxious antics of artificial intelligence OWEN, who finds both children and seniors suspicious, and who spends much of his time figuring out how to replicate the sensation of becoming drunk, contrast brilliantly against the serious Henry, a man with few friends and a love of trains and transit, whose main personality trait is dedication to his work. Fried’s skill at making their friendship so dynamic, mismatched, and often ridiculous is what makes this novel so effective—OWEN and Henry’s quest to defeat an evil genius becomes a touching and funny caper that keeps the reader intrigued through the final pages. Meanwhile, in the background floats a quiet debate about the modern city. Fried gestures to city-planning thinkers such as Ebenezer Howard and Jane Jacobs, revealing his careful research and thought into the ways that targeted infrastructure and funding can encourage neglect and gentrification.
I don’t know about you, but I think that sounds pretty good. I mean, I’d be skeptical if this review came from a publication called Boogerlist or PullMyFingerlist. But this is Booklist we’re talking about. I’m willing to bet they know a thing or two about books (and maybe even lists). So this feels like a pretty compelling recommendation.
When my grandchildren ask me what it was like to be alive during this time in history, I will tell them that I published a short story in the Winter Reading issue of Tin House and that you can read it online for free. Then I will shoot this clickable hyperlink out of my mouth because technology will have advanced by then: