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The End of the World [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Biss
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An Odd, yet Oddly Touching Tale of Life, Death, and the Space In-Between by Award-Winning Author Andrew Biss

Are you prepared for what comes next?

Accustomed to a life of cosseted seclusion at home with his parents, Valentine is suddenly faced with making his own way in the world. His new life is quickly upended, however, when he's mugged at gunpoint. Finding shelter at a mysterious inn run by the dour Mrs. Anna, he soon encounters a Bosnian woman with a hole where her stomach used to be, an American entrepreneur with a scheme to implant televisions into people's foreheads, and a Catholic priest who attempts to lure him down inside a kitchen sink. Then things start getting strange...

In this story based loosely around the state of Bardo from The Tibetan Book of the Dead - an intermediate state where the dead arrive prior to rebirth - dying is the easy part. Getting out of Bardo and returning to the land of the living is a far more perilous proposition, and unless you know what you're doing...you might never leave.

"Riotously Funny."
--Elizabeth Miller, Amazon Review

"Like Douglas Adams "Hitchhiker's" only better."
--James Jenkins, Amazon Review

"The End of the World is a brilliant, intelligent tour de 'farce' delivered well-wrapped in a cutting wit so slyly subtle that the reader will return again and again out of sheer appreciation for the dialogue of its exceptional characters."
--The M.A.D. Take, Amazon Review

"Bizarre yet familiar, heart-warming yet chilling, this book keeps you reading, makes you laugh and also makes you think about life and your effect on it."
--Valerie Pointon, Amazon Review

"I was sorry when it ended and now have to go back to the longer novel. Highly recommended."
--Mace, Amazon Review

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Editorial Reviews

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"Wildly imaginative and breathtakingly surreal, The End of the World from award-winning author Andrew Biss will give you a once-in-a-lifetime read. Coupling majestic themes of mortality and the purpose of life with ample amounts of humor and absurdity, this story of Valentine's foray through a purgatory-like landscape will have you reflecting on your own life and turning the pages to find out what happens next. One-of-a-kind books like this don't come along too often. Grab it now before life passes you by!" --Kindle Fire Department

"Get ready for a zany roller-coaster ride that becomes more bizarre the further you get into this surreal story. Told with great verve and spiced through with wit, this hugely entertaining story will grab you, hold you and won't leave you until the ride is over. Even then, the story will stick in the memory." --Amazon Review

"A surreal, clever literary novella...Weird, funny and philosophical - recommended." --Helen Smith, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of Alison Wonderland

"The End of the World is very much Alice in Wonderland meets Beetlejuice...Humorous, deceptively light and drier than dust...Jerky for the mind." --The Compulsive Reader

About the Author

Andrew Biss is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has received critical acclaim in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 2011 he was named a finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts London and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Vacancy Books (March 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RZ26E2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric, surreal, and heart-warming April 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was recommended by a friend, so I downloaded the sample to see for myself. I found I was hooked from the first amusing paragraph and it wasn't long before my mouse wandered back to the 1-click button so I could read the rest.

The book begins with a verbal exchange between a mother and her stay-at-home son. From the first few words, I found myself chortling at the curiously philosophical conversation. The son later meets Anna the landlady, in whose household he spends most of the story. The various other 'lodgers' in Anna's house keep the young man in a state of naive bewilderment with a succession of eccentric propositions and unexpected questions. The only challenge he is able to rise to is when he is accosted by a priest who emerges from a kitchen appliance, in a scene which reminded me of the prison cell visit by a priest in Albert Camus' 'L'Etranger'.

If you can imagine your literary sensibility having feet, with one foot planted in surrealism and the other in existentialism, this book will tickle your toes in a singular fashion with its extravagantly eccentric banter. The story races along at a cracking pace, with barely a pause to draw breath, and includes many wonderful lines like:
"I stood in the doorway, sensing failure but clinging to hope."

- and of a bottomless coffee pot offered as part of the extensive breakfast menu:
"But surely that defies the laws of physics."
"Not if you pay your rent on time."

The mid part of the story veers into the macabre and even horrifiying, as death insinuates itself between the pages. Although death may be peaceful, it can also be horrific. This phase passes, however, and as the story concludes, it finds resolution in a surrealist form of reincarnation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of The World August 31, 2011
Format:Paperback
When Valentine's parents decide the time has arrived for him to cut the apron strings and take his rightful place in the big, bad world lurking just outside the safety of their doorstep, Valentine finds himself almost immediately launched into a surreal vista where priests pop from kitchen sinks, house guests run about without their stomachs intact, and snake-oil entrepreneurs spring unbidden from vintage refrigerators.

The End of the World is a brilliant, intelligent tour de farce delivered well-wrapped in a cutting wit so slyly subtle that the reader will return again and again out of sheer appreciation for the dialogue of its exceptional characters.

For such a wee book (98 pages) it certainly packed a wallop, giving me pause to think, laugh and sometimes fight the urge to cry.

I don't know how Andrew Biss managed to pull off this splendid cross between The Egyptian Book of the Dead and Portnoy's Complaint, but pull off he did - amazingly so - and I can't say when I've enjoyed character repartee quite so much as I did within the pages of this well-recommended book.

The M.A.D. take: A definite buy for those with a love of all things paranormal and an appreciation of intelligent writing.

I'd like to further add that as one who has experienced a life-long fascination with the continuation of consciousness post-mortem, I think the author has hit upon a rather obscure and not widely known truth that the mind may shape it's after death experiences in much the same way it is conjectured to do so during life.

Here I am reminded of Hamlet who spoke ..."There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy"
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed June 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was quite disappolnted as it did not rise up to the positive reviews in my opinion. While an engaging. quick read. I waited for the promised "riotiously funny" which never came. It reminded me more of "Beetlejuice" than Douglas Adams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While I do not agree that this novella was reminiscent of Douglas Adams, I did find The End Of The World to be out-of-this-world wacky. Something only a dream or a nightmare could produce. Please, let me never meet anyone stepping out of a refrigerator or a sink!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes to that different place February 13, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm always looking for books like this one. Not quite of this world, although you're not absolutely certain of that. Maybe it's that place in between things, just a step to the side of normal. It's the kind of place that makes you wonder if you really know what normal is.

Anyway, very well written, thoughtful, imaginative and engaging. Made me think, although I'm not sure what I'm thinking of. It off and on just creeps up on me. This book has stayed in my head longer than most books, and that's fine with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, quirky and interesting December 21, 2012
By Mirrani
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This is an oddball, quirky kind of book about the serious topics of change, death, and letting things go. To be honest there were times when I sat looking at a line or phrase and wondered to myself if it was meant to be funny or if it was accidentally funny. There were also times when I found myself questioning the age and mental abilities of the main character. He comes across as a young child, but certainly his parents wouldn't be throwing out anyone who wasn't old enough to take care of themselves?

For the most part, this is the kind of unique look on things that I really enjoy, so the story was just perfect for me. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of story that will appeal to anyone. You really are going to have to come in to the book with an open mind and a willingness to accept Alice in Wonderland type events in order to thoroughly enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!!
The End of the World by Andrew Biss

Ok, so this is one of those quick, oddball reads that totally kept my attention. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ~ Vicki ~
2.0 out of 5 stars Oozing with potential, but ultimately disappointing
This novel (it feels too ambitious to be classified as a novella, so I am calling it an underdeveloped novel) starts off encouragingly enough, with a witty exchange between... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Wilkerson
3.0 out of 5 stars intersting
keeps you interested and curious. was different from the start and keeps going. very orig and diff not sure how to describe
Published 3 months ago by katie h
2.0 out of 5 stars dont bother.
I'm not sure what to say other than it was a disappointment.
I don't recommend anyone buy it. Sorry folks.
Published 5 months ago by goofy
4.0 out of 5 stars Would absolutely recommend this book as well as the predecessor and...
Would absolutely recommend this book as well as the predecessor and subsequent book...enjoyed very much and will probably read again
Published 13 months ago by Kenneth D. Wray
2.0 out of 5 stars AFter contemplation, still on the fence on this one.
Sometimes I like a story that is strange, and odd. Sometimes, not so much. I finished this one a few days ago, but have delayed reviewing it because I can't decide if it was a 4... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Domino
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeesh
I've enjoyed Andrew Biss's other works before but this one fell flat for me. It's meant to be an exploration into the unknown but it turns out to be a bit of a bore. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars too short
I found the story right on par with my own thoughts.alas it was over all too quickly.The first chapter led me to believe this was going to be an insightful philosophical narrative... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Denaxas M. Antar
4.0 out of 5 stars A very silly story indeed.
This story was something that I never expected. It went on a journey that I hope to never go on. I wont give away any details as it was a total surprise to me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for more.
I finished this but wasn't impressed. Maybe I just didn't "get it". It didn't lead me anywhere and I wondered why I bothered to finish it
Published 20 months ago by Justakid
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Andrew Biss is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has received critical acclaim in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 2011 he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts London and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Please visit him at:

www.andrewbiss.blogspot.com
www.andrewbiss.com
@TarkaTheOrator

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