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Mortimer Taylor Coleridge used to study evolutionary biology at Columbia. Now he is a dedicated employee of Papaya Queen hot dogs. Master of the bun flip and speedy with the condiments, Coleridge feels he has elevated his job to an art form. Then he stumbles on the episode of TV's Behind the Music featuring Gwen Stefani, and his life is never the same. He buys No Doubt's entire catalog of CDs, jettisons his longtime girlfriend, and undertakes a strenuous fitness regime. He is preparing himself for the day when the glamorous star, who has declared hot dogs as her favorite food, will come strolling into his establishment. Mandery's offbeat debut novel contains a long history of the popularity of the hot dog as well as an in-depth and often absurd parsing of Stefani's lyrics. But Mandery's droll send-up of celebrity worship is more odd than effective since his deadpan reciting of every single detail of Stefani's life is not quite as humorous as he intends. Still, this may appeal to pop-culture junkies looking for a quick read. Joanne Wilkinson
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Maybe if you're 15 and fresh to the freewill vs. determinism debate, this would be a decent read. The argument first appears in the protagonist's journal entry, and then the... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Stinky McGee
This is a really, really good book; and I usually don't like fiction. You'll especially like it if you're into science (especially genetics), history, No Doubt, hotdogs, humor, or... Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Scott T. Jacques
Really great read. Unfortunately, Amazon won't allow 4 and 1/2 stars which is what the book deserves. Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by Stephen F. Pires
I really didn't like this book at all. Perhaps this book would have seemed better to me if i hadn't already read A confederacy of Dunces, but either way it just seemed like a... Read morePublished on September 6, 2007 by Gwenabe
Mandery tells a great story about searching for the true meaning of life and love. His writing is super smart, thought-provoking, and very funny. Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by LBD
An able satirist, Evan Mandery brings humor and insight into the odd society that treats the trial of the fate of a former porn star's body as though it were Brown v. Read morePublished on March 6, 2007 by J. A Magill
Or, am I doing it because I am programmed to (read the book, you'll understand)? Mandery playfully tackles a topic that many of us have pondered to one degree or another -- do we... Read morePublished on March 1, 2007 by diamondi313
Sometimes a hotdog is only a hotdog, and in Evan Mandery's novel, Mortimer Talyor Coleridge's love for Gwen Stefani seems pure, if totally over-the-top. Read morePublished on February 25, 2007 by Donna G.
I really enjoyed this novel - a good mix of the funny, series/philosophical, and absurd. While the protagonist is fairly unsympathetic, he'll ring true to anyone who has ever... Read morePublished on February 23, 2007 by RAK