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As if it's not complicated enough dealing with giant, deadly mantis mutants that only want to eat or have sex, Austin deals with being attracted to both his girlfriend and his best friend. Hilarious, crude, and not for the faint of heart.
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world.
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coming of age story with post apocalyptic theme
Behold the history of the end of the world - by Austin Szerba. The end of the world does not start with a bang or a bomb, or an ultimatum from outer space. It begins (and ends) in Ealing, Iowa, in Grasshopper Jungle, the parking lot behind the strip mall containing a pizza place, the liqueur store and the second-hand store. It begins when Austin and his best friend Robby (who is is pretty sure he is in love with) are bullied by the local small-town thugs who will never amount to anything (because they are not bright enough too and because they will shortly die). The fate of the world is sealed when said thugs break into the second-hand store to steal a glowing glass ball. The world is doomed when they break it open and unleash a plague of carnivorous giant insects on the world. Austin records everything (that is not an overstatement) that happens.
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"I was going to do something I'd never done, and do things I could not understand and never believed existed.
This is history, and this is also the truth."
". . .Heinreich Fuchs researched in Splugen.
There were a lot of Fuchs in Splugen.
Splugen was full of dumb Fuchs."