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Be Now, Buddy What [Kindle Edition]

Dan Spencer
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A naked man survives a meteoric plunge from a cloudless sky, and a small-town TV reporter rushes to get the story. The fallen man claims amnesia and, despite widespread efforts, no one can identify him. The press dubs him Buddy What.

When no clues surface about his identity and as details about the mystery man are examined, Internet devotees start worshipping him as a celestial being.

With trepidation, he accepts the call to become a spiritual guru. But as Buddy What grows into a worldwide phenomenon, controversies follow.

Be Now, Buddy What is a satire about fame, the news media, organized religion, the Internet, and people who let strangers into their homes.

"A hilarious blend of Kurt Vonnegut and Zen Buddhism." - Robin Williams

"Funny and smart. I stayed up all night reading it on the toilet." - comedian & filmmaker Bob Goldthwait

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About the Author

Dan Spencer has dabbled in stand-up comedy, film acting, TV writing, and story analysis for movie production. He lives in Marin County, California. Not by coincidence, so do his wife and pets.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Satire of Celebrity by "The New Kurt Vonnegut" December 24, 2011
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From page one of Dan Spencer's "Be Now, Buddy What" you're hooked by a unique and witty tale, the most entertaining and brilliant book I've read all year. Part satire of celebrity, the origin of religion and the willingness to believe, it's also one of the funniest reads ever.

If you're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut's satirical novels, Spencer's clever, bold and insightful storytelling is right up your alley. This is the kind of book you rifle through in a bookstore and find the dialogue alone so funny and witty you can't put it down!

I can't recommend this book highly enough, and it has one of the most beautiful, satisfying endings possible. The book is written by "Buddy's buddy", a journalist who followed Buddy's journey, reported on the mystery of who Buddy is, as he becomes an erstwhile messiah worshipped by internet geeks and lost souls searching for meaning outside themselves.

In a way it's perfect for Christmas because amid its hilarious satire, it has a gentle message at its core: if you look outside yourself for meaning you're sure to have an interesting worthwhile adventure, but you'll find nothing. The answer to your questions is ultimately inside yourself, and you are as much an authority on the meaning of life as anyone else. So put the book down, Buddy's buddy says at the end, and live your life as fully as possible, because you're in charge of your life, no one else. The best possible message, told in the wittiest and cleverest satire I've read in ages. With this novel, Dan Spencer comes into his own as a master satirist. It's not a stretch to announce: "The New Kurt Vonnegut" has finally arrived. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious free-fall! November 27, 2011
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In this hilariously clever satire written by Dan Spencer, Buddy What crashes into the lives of America. Literally. When a naked man falls from the sky in the exact middle of the United States, not remembering a thing about who he is, many are quick to find out the meaning of it all. After a misunderstood conversation leads to the moniker 'Buddy What', it soon becomes part of his new identity, as his search for self begins.

Buddy What has no memory of who he is, from where he came, or where he was going. He does not even remember how or why he fell to the earth, let alone why he did so naked. In comes the unnamed narrator, local small-town news reporter, to cover the story and get his big break. As the search for who Buddy What is progresses, his every action and comment is over-sensationalized, and leads to a cult following of Buddy. His cross-country tour leads to more followers of the mysterious man with no past. They soon dub themselves "The Forgetters," in ode to Buddy's amnesia, and his philosophy that in order to discover who we are we may have to first forget who we were.

By the end, the responsibility of being a sort of (reluctant) messiah pushes Buddy to seek solace from it all. With no leads or signs of who he once was, he is left with the realization that he may become whoever he wishes. However, the pressure of being in the public eye, as well as one who people look to for answers, all becomes too much for Buddy to bear. After all, he never asked to be worshiped- he is only a man who fell from the sky and survived.

Spencer gives us a satirical look at organized religion and the quest for self in Be Now, Buddy What.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flood Your Mind With Sunlight October 17, 2011
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If a naked man falls out of the sky and a reporter isn't there to actually see it, will the naked man still make a sound? If that man is Buddy What - the answer is a resounding yes, and the sound is one that will reverberate around the world. What an incredible story, and one that all too clearly depicts the sad state of today's media, social and otherwise, and man's unending search for something to believe in. If only life could be as simple as Buddy lived it, but then I suppose that's the point. We choose. Thank you Good Reads and Dan Spencer for the advanced copy. I laughed, I cried, and I filled my mind with sunlight. I believe in Buddy What!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read this, then "Be now." September 22, 2011
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I finished this book a few days ago, and have had to think about this review. Because that is what happens after you read Be Now, Buddy What. You think.

Dan Spencer emailed me about reviewing Be Now, Buddy What and it seemed like a very interesting, funny book. So I said "yes." And I'm glad I did. What Spencer has created is a witty, entertaining, tongue-in-cheek look at people's need to belong, to have something to believe in, humanity's fickleness, and the media's ruthlessness and tactlessness.

It is abundantly clear that Spencer meant for Buddy What to be a commentary on society. Buddy What never chooses to be deified, to be a prophet, etc. He never picks a title, he is simply a "messenger," a facilitator between people and their life awareness. But people do it anyway. Buddy simply wants to get people to question how they approach their lives and being. People and the media jump to all kinds of conclusion, believe and publish what they want to and ignore anything that is counter to their view. Isn't that just like society and the media? Well, maybe not as a whole, but work with me here, ok?

This book will make you laugh and it will make you wonder. It will offend you and justify you at the same time. Nothing is off limits, and that is what makes this unique. You can read it as a work of fiction, or you can read it and think about it and maybe expand your world view a little. I think that Spencer wrote masterfully. Reading this is easy and fun. It's not what I thought, and I think that's a good thing. Thank you , Mr. Spencer, for opening me up the world of Buddy What.

3.5 Stars: Read this, then "Be now."

Get to reading,
Richard

*This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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More About the Author

Dan Spencer is the author of ten novels (and counting) ranging from satire to historical fiction to thrillers.

Dan has dabbled in stand-up comedy, writing for television and radio, film production, and acting.

He was featured in the films 'World's Greatest Dad' and 'God Bless America' among others.

He lives in Northern California with his wife and pets.


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