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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax (February 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401352049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401352042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,985,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Yet another hollow Nick Hornby knock-off, Mebus's charm-impaired first novel tells the story of David, a 20-something living in Manhattan who spends most of his time trying to get over his last girlfriend (the Eater of Souls, as he dubs her) while simultaneously looking for a new soul mate ("You need to find another love of your life to eventually screw over"). During the day, David pretends to work at a children's television show, but spends most of his time worrying about his fantasy baseball team. At home in his tiny apartment, he taps away at a screenplay ("I think I would be a fantastic screenwriter"), and every once in a while he practices his electric guitar by jamming through the wall with his neighbor. But for the most part David obsesses about women, the one he can't forget (his ex) and this week's girl of his dreams (the Goddess, who is on the rebound herself). Meanwhile, David's friends slack off at their own jobs, drag David to strip clubs and somehow still find time to ask the important questions concerning men and women: "You gonna get some?" Staccato pacing, tired references (Victoria's Secret, hot yoga chicks) and unfunny gags will lose most readers, despite occasional flashes of sharp urban observation. Mebus strives for naughty wryness, but winds up just sounding callow.
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From Booklist

In this would-be Bridget Jones for guys, an everyman is mired in a job he doesn't like (producer for a puppet show); he can't even get anywhere in his fantasy baseball league; and he can't begin to convince his crazy ex-girlfriend to stop calling him. But then he meets "The Goddess," a beautiful, witty, and elusive woman who sets his heart afire, and it looks like things might turn around--if he could only remember her name. Naturally, his adoration of the Goddess doesn't prevent him from fooling around with a coworker or fantasizing about "Bendy Girl," who has been brought on to teach yoga to puppets. The comedic star of the book is the sidekick, Jim, who chases after Goth girls on the Internet (a habit that has hilarious consequences) and tries desperately to get fired from his job so he can collect unemployment. Though the novel is marred by awkward plot devices and gags that fall flat, it proves to have a surprisingly big heart (and the slapstick is often very funny). John Green
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Customer Reviews

Good book - nice way to spend a few hours.
Heather A. Teysko
I kept laughing out loud on the subway while I was reading it.
"c_fagen"
The whole book without any sex scenes bored me.
Ada

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book would be light and funny and at first I was into it. The best scenes are the ones that open the book. Unfortunately, as the story goes on the main character and his puppet show become first tiresome, then irritating. The women especially are just cardboard figures and you wind up not caring who the guy hooks up with. Also the book starts to seem like an endless slog. I have to admit, I finally gave up about two thirds of the way through it. In the end, there just isn't enough wit to sustain an entire book. It's like listening to a standup comedian who has 5 minutes of funny material but won't let you leave the club even though his act has run dry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Standiford VINE VOICE on April 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure the world needs a male version of Bridget Jones. That's especially true when you consider that the Bridget character had more going for her than the main protagonist in this book named David. For that matter, the same could be said for all the characters in this book who are all self-centered, clueless and without ambition.
Of course not all is bad; the book has some excellent insights and can be very funny in spots. The main character's work as a producer for a children's puppet show proved to be a great source for laughs and his infatuation with a co-worker was insightful. Unfortunately, the focus was on David's pathetic lovelife outside of work with a collection of women who he only remembered by nickname.
I'll skip trying to explain the plot of the book because there wasn't one of any substance. This is a book that is about as significant as a television sitcom. It was funny in spots and entertaining every once in awhile, but you could spend your time so much more productively. I'll give this writer another chance because he can be funny, but I hope he will spend some energy on characters who aren't as pathetic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Scott Mebus joins the roster of authors penning the sad love life of guys (think Bernie Jones rather than Bridget). If you liked Love Monkey, this book's for you. It's funny, contemporary and, at times, poignant. In addition, it's given a reading by Mark Feuerstein that'll make guys want to be his pal and girls offer him comfort.

Protagonist David is a pretty ordinary guy with a job he doesn't particularly like, and a string of relationships that started in high gear and soon ground to a discouraging end. He's not at all sure of his ability to find the right girl for him.......then "The Goddess" enters his line of vision.
She's perfect in every way. But, how to woo her? How to win her? And therein lies this thoroughly enjoyable story. A must for all guys and gals playing the singles dating game.
- Gail Cooke
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Peter Bromley on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to provide a 'listeners' opinion on a BBC radio show review to coincide with its UK launch. Well, I managed to plough my way through it and I admit that there were several parts which I found genuinely funny and perceptive. Unfortunately these were matched in equal number by sections which were both banal and repetitive. This seriously detracted from the books rating, and I think that is a shame. Scott has a generally readable style which, when he avoids the lengthy exploration of the irrelevant, makes me expect that he has a good future as an author.
The characters were quite entertaining and while I thought the device of referring to his girlfriends by a trait or label rather than by name would be annoying, it did actually work quite well.
Anyone expecting pages of unfettered sexual activity will be disappointed as this book, rightly, deals with the passage of relationships and the angst of a young male in the new millennium. But why do we keep eavesdropping 3-way conversations with his parents, why the constant angst about Victoria's Secret, why the unnecessary blow by blow (sorry) account of Puppet Yoga (which was probably the nearest to lurid sex that we get!).
On the flip side one characters tirade when incensed at a family party was a stroke of literary brilliance. I laughed for ages over the poignancy and perceptiveness of that - we all would because we've all wanted to say just that ourselves but never dared to do so.
The radio review spent much time discussing why the cover of the UK edition was different to than in the US. I don't have a problem with the cover design. My feeling is that the back cover is too far away from the front. At 400 pages this book is too long.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iman Al Omrani on October 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Writing a review for such a book is difficult. For starters, it's not for those who love a great story, great characters, with a roller-coaster-ride plot. This story is pretty simple, and sometimes it's the simplicity that makes it great. In my case, it was also great timing, I picked up this book when I felt too many responsiblities stampeding me towards the life of mundane daily routine and tiresome work.. when really I just wanted a good break..something different. And I got exactly that...different.. Most stories written these days are about girls picking up the pieces and moving on after the heart break, which is why Bridget Jones is simply cliché and this is genuinely funny. This is the OTHER side of the story that we seldom get to hear or read about..

The story in brief.. David, a 'non-practicing homosexual'(<-- go figure), is trying to get over the 'Eater of Souls'. In case you were wondering on the terminology, David does NOT remember the names of girls he's dated over the years because he gives them nicknames such as 'Bendy Girl', 'Opera Girl', and of course 'The Goddess'. (Makes me think if the guys I've known have done the same, of course they did). He tries to move on but doesn't know how... His guy friends are each distinct and very interesting in their own way. You'll read through typical male conversations that start with `Hey Monkey', `Hey Gonzo'... Of course, each has his own opinion on how to get over the Eater like inviting him to a strip club where he mistakenly asks his female colleague to join... As you can see this guy does not have a lot going for him.... Through it all you really start feeling for the guy.. and of course laugh it out in the process...and he does get though in his own way.. hilariously satisfying.. so I'd suggest dropping those chick flicks and picking this one up instead... atleast both guys and girls can relate to this... It's fresh, simple and funny... Too bad most of the editorial reviews don't agree...
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