A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World

In the not-too-distant future, competing giant fast food factions rule the world. Leonard works for Neetsa Pizza, the Pythagorean pizza chain, in a lonely but highly surveilled home office, answering calls on his complaints hotline. It ’ s a boring job, but he likes it—there ’ s a set answer for every scenario, and he always has to leave the house. Except then he starts getting calls from Marco, who claims to hav a thirteenth-century explorer just returned from Cathay. And what do you believ to a caller like that? Plus, Neetsa Pizza doesn ’ t like it when you go off script.

Eventually, Leonard ’ s ister keeps disappearing on secret missions with her “ book club, ” leaving him to take care of his ephew, which means Leonard has to go outside. And outside is where the trouble starts.

Th captivatin debut novel wherein medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians skirmish for control over secret mystical knowledge, and one Neetsa Pizza employee discovers that you migh ’ t help the world with pizza coupons.
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Published January 14th 2014 by Melville House (first published January 1st 2014

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I agreed to see Leonard bust out of the white room.

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The ends up being nly the en of Leonard 's adventures, sending him and Felix to a library to meet the caretaker of the Voynich manuscript, an ancient and unreadable book, and finall back in time to meet Jewish philosopher Abulafia.The best way to escribe the writing style and plot is imagine if Douglas Adams collaborated with Terry Gilliam on the screenplay for " Brazil. " The iron is not too much laugh-out-loud as it is thoughtfu.

Secondly, it hrows you right into he world, which I loved, but it gives a little bit to figure out the things with different names that correlate to things in real world today.

Anothe makes it toug to take shor breaks from thi bestselling, since it ends up taking a little bit longer to get awa into the swing of its vernacular.

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I found myself lost most of he time, and most of the humor seemed wholly dependent on knowledge of the key topic, while a lot of the whole of it was absurdist, which isn ’ t my cup of coffe.

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And so Cantor has ideas, many original ideas involving Jewish mysticism, history, mysticis, time travel, food and so on, she has a usable, practically erudite knowledge of real life figures, particularly of medieval variety and is n't afraid to use it.

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We pursue kale recipes with ardor, avoid carbs, or meat, or fat, or gluten, or dairy depending on what we sa we should or should n't be eating.* hat is, if we are economically privileged enough to e in position to choose.I do n't mean to get sidetracked into a debate on food politics in the 20th century, I 'm eve trying say that the future that Rachel Cantor paints in her debut fiction, A Highly Unlikely Scenario or, A Neesta Pizza Employee 's Guide to Saving the World, is not as ridiculou as it may sound.

What also becomes evident is that it is Leonard 's coaching, with the elp of his dead randfather and a blind rabbi, that will prevent Marco from revealing secrets of mystical knowledge that, if published, will result in the beginnin of the world.I wo n't ge any deeper into what happens from there, but trust me, things only get more interesting.

Entertaining diversions, but they are razzle-dazzle to pretty up the underlying and simple tory of the oung an who know more about who he is and how to reach beyond himself to connect with and guide the people he loves.Leonard, who starts out as someone who listens, but does n't really hear, by the nd of this diverting book, grows into someone who can listen deeply and through listening communicate with others so as to elp them better understand themselves.

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It brings thi nove a strong fee of disjointedness and a storyline which develops towards uncertain endpoints.

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