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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593765185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593765187
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of The Book of Harold (2012) once again takes a tongue-in-cheek look at religion in this end-of-the-world tale. The story follows four characters during Earth’s last days: unlikely visionary Milton; his pregnant girlfriend, Rica; self-absorbed TV star Hayden; and a hermit crab named Click. Milton, whose father committed suicide in an attempt to prove the existence of parallel universes, starts to see the same alien creatures his father saw and comes to realize the appearance of these Floaters heralds doom for the planet. The end is coming in the form of a collapsed star, which is due to collide with Earth in four days. As the planet descends into chaos, Milton and Rica, along with Roy—Milton’s best friend and former bandmate from his Christian rock days—set off on a collision course with Hayden, who is fleeing his former hedonistic life, and Click, who is on an epic journey of his own. Though it meanders at times, this sharp-witted satire offers up more than a few laughs. --Kristine Huntley

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Praise for Everyone Says That at the End of the World:

"The world ends in Austin, Texas, and a multitude of less cool venues, in Egerton’s seriocomic eschatological whimsy… A brainy, often riotous, ultimately moving Cat’s Cradle for our time peopled with reluctant seekers of spiritual nourishment who might have stepped from the pages of Flannery O’Connor." —Kirkus

"Egerton (The Book of Harold) juggles farce, religious satire, philosophy, and a road trip as a slew of characters converge in a manic quest. A well-traveled hermit crab, 38 mistreated Jesus clones, sleep-deprived monks, and an oft-exchanged prosthetic leg figure into this rollicking madhouse of an apocalypse… Egerton is very funny." —Library Journal

"People at the coffee shop were actually staring at me—I don't think they fully believed that a book could make a person laugh that hard. Egerton has written a expansive novel that is generous enough to cover the end of the world, and the beginning, and a good number of the key points in between, and filled it with warmth, intelligence, wisdom, and humor—a personal and universal cosmology that made me laugh and think and feel and laugh some more. I think this is a future classic, and people will be reading this book decades from now. I know I will."—Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

"In this expansive, funny, touching epic—part travelogue, part quest narrative—Egerton offers up a Texan love letter generous enough to include even the nutria."—Amelia Gray, author of Threats

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Plot is.... that's the strange part.
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I read the first half on a flight to Austin, and I read the second half on the way back.
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This book is smart and funny, spiritual and irreverent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Egerton on March 27, 2013
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This is a story, or mixture of stories, that are hard to believe, but are made believable. The concept of the end of the world is logical and credible. The reactions and opinions of the colorful, and sometimes downright weird, characters are a study in psychology. The mix of science and theology make a lot of sense. What might seem a cynical look at religion is really a careful study and should not offend anybody, but it probably will which will only prove a point. There are some scenes that remind me of Stephen King's books. There are sentences, many of them,that had me chuckling out loud. The prose is rich, poetical in parts, and deeply descriptive. This is a book I was sorry to have finished reading. Thought provoking, funny, and scary. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Meslin on May 5, 2013
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Weird, wonderful, crazy... Where does he get this stuff? Descriptive passages are inspired and inspiring. Owen Egerton's latest work is destined to become a classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By czar on May 4, 2013
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Great writing interesting story, enjoyed this book very much.
Owen Egerton is fast becoming one of my favorite authors of the 21st century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2013
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Strange book, I liked it. The description of Austin is spot-on. Characters are well developed. Plot is.... that's the strange part. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By silvia flores de grappin on May 14, 2013
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very mesmerizing, touches subject that I wonder about often . I loved the way it developed and the ending was enlightening
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LG on August 12, 2013
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We read this book for our book club and it created a lot of discussion. Being from Austin, we all enjoyed seeing parts of our city and state throughout the book. But it was the story line and characters that held you. I hate end of the world scenarios...not something I want to happen so I don't like imaging it...but Owen kept me entertained as the characters in the book grew and discovered in the time they had left. I am very glad we read this book and I will probably read more of Owen's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gerlach on June 23, 2013
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Owen Egerton seems to be getting better and better. I loved "The Book of Harold", and "Everyone Says That at the End of the World" was an absolute joy to read. I read the first half on a flight to Austin, and I read the second half on the way back. I am a huge fan Kurt Vonnegut, and Owen Egerton has that same surreal, yet very grounded writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jda5id on January 10, 2014
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This book put a very interesting spin on the end of the world scenario. The author has a very distintive voice and style that I enjoyed immensely. Highly recommended.
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Owen Egerton is the author of Everyone Says That at the End of the World, How Best to Avoid Dying and The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Bros. Television. As a screenwriter Egerton has written for Fox, Warner Bros., and Disney studios. Egerton was voted Best Local Author by The Austin Chronicle and is one of the talents behind the award-winning Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre. Egerton is also a contributor to Salon and the Huffington Post.

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