THE PRINCE OF CHRISTLER-COKE by Neal Barrett, Jr. Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press; 2004. 1st edition hardcover. "Asel, you simply must come along," Peter said. "Robbie's bought Spayne. He wants us all to go and see." It's a truly splendid day. With Asel's marriage to the lovely Loreli the two great Houses of Christler-Coke and Pepsicoma-Dodge will become as one — a union that will finally swallow all of America East, and leave hapless lesser nobles in the cold. Ducky Du-Pontiac Heinz has other ideas. With help from the wily scion of Disney-Dow, black choppers descend on Iacola Keep in a hostile takeover that brings both families to ruin. Life quickly goes to pot for the deposed Prince of Christler-Coke. Banished to The National Executive Rehabilitation Facility (NERF) in Dry Rock, Oklahomer, Asel learns he has to dress himself, eat bad food, and wear Poly Hester suits. Escaping with another imprisoned noble, Sylvan Lee McCree of Dixie-DataDog, Asel discovers an America he never imagined in his darkest dreams. After hazardous encounters with the TechsMechs Rangers, he is captured again, this time by the sexually repressed Nones of Our Lady of Reluctant Desire. He meets the first poor, hungry, and badly dressed people he has ever seen. There are enough bizarre characters in Prince of Christler-Coke to make Asel's tour of the West hazardous at best: Phil the mechanical bear; Al the last of the Utes; a mall full of robot shoppers; and Asel's arch-nemesis, the vile Jackie Cee, Lord of Califoggy State, ruler of Sekwoyah Heights. Author Neal Barrett Jr. gives us a wry, sardonic look at a possible future that is all too frighteningly real. And, as always with Barrett, there's his masterful style and irreverent humor that holds a mirror up to both the darkness and the light. . . . Cover art by Nicholas Jainschigg. Issued in an edition of 3000 copies. This copy SIGNED by the author. Fine in fine dj.