Sorcerers in Space
By Larry Hodges
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"Reading this book had me humming tunes from the 1960s, and smiling, for
1969, at the height of tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
Neil, 13, badly wants to be someone. Instead, he's stuck as a sorcerer's
apprentice for Gus, the "meanest sorcerer in the world." Gus
creates a magical talisman to spy on the Soviets, but instead it spies on
them and sends text into space. A Giant Face in the Sky shows up, reading
Since whoever gets to the Face first will be able to lob down
spells and have the world at their mercy, the Race to the Face begins. The
Soviets, led by General Death, invade the U.S. over and over in their
attempts to kill Neil, who is prophesied to defeat them. When a floating,
talking meteor assassin named Buzz fails to kill Neil, he instead becomes Neil's
protector and companion - with the rather unfortunate problem that in
exactly one week, Buzz must kill Neil.
The still-living President Kennedy, with advice from the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, and with trusty sidekick Dogface (alias Lee Harvey Oswald), puts together a motley crew to go to the Face: Neil, Gus, Buzz, and the sorceress Jackie Kennedy (weapons expert), Conrad (a hippy dragon whose hobby is swallowing celebrities), Wernhera (a German sorceress living in Conrad's stomach), Apollo (the Greek God and son of famed children's author Dr. Zeus), and Jim (a 2-D sorcerer from another universe). Can they make it to the Face before General Death, and before Buzz kills Neil?
It's "Hitchhiker's Guide Meets the Space Race"!