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The Weirdness: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy P. Bushnell
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Book Description

"This book is wild. And smart. And hilarious. And weird ... in all kinds of good ways. Prepare to be weirded out. And to enjoy it."
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation—like Satan, say—who has brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? And what if he offers you your life's goal of making the bestseller list if only you find his missing Lucky Cat and, you know, sign over your soul?

If you're Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee.


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Editorial Reviews

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“Wonderfully weird and entertaining.” Esquire

“An utterly charming, silly, and heartily entertaining coming-of-age story about a man-boy who learns to believe in himself by reckoning with evil… a welcome antidote to heavy-handed millennial fiction. Instead of trying to find profundity in party conversation or making his readers shudder in melancholy recognition of their thwarted lives, The Weirdness finds virtue in absurdity. Thank goodness — or darkness — for that.” —Boston Globe

“A comedic literary thriller situated between the world of Harry Potter and the Brooklyn of Jonathan Ames, Bushnell’s debut effectively mines well-trodden terrain to unearth some dark gems.” —Publishers Weekly

“This book is wild. And smart. And hilarious. And weird … in all kinds of good ways. Prepare to be weirded out. And to enjoy it.”
Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“Jeremy Bushnell has written an irreverent, chaotic, comically inventive novel that makes New York City look like the insane asylum some suspect it is. It steadfastly refuses to bore you, and by the end has something important to say about the way we dream.” 
—William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters

"A whimsical approach... an aspiring author in New York who wakes one day to find that Satan has just brewed him a cup of fair-trade coffee — and has a little deal to discuss."
Tampa Bay Times

The Weirdness manages to soar beyond the potentially familiar tropes of urban fantasy with a strong sense of style and character… Bushnell’s debut novel is a clever, darkly satiric tale of the devil, literary Brooklyn and the human penchant for underachievement.” Shelf Awareness

“[The Weirdness] is immensely entertaining, and more than being merely diverting, is truly funny.” Harvard Crimson

About the Author

JEREMY P. BUSHNELL is the fiction editor for Longform.org, and is also the lead developer of Inevitable, a tabletop game released by Dystopian Holdings. He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, Massachusetts. The Weirdness is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1556 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612193153
  • Publisher: Melville House (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1W08FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell March 6, 2014
Format:Paperback
Billy Ridgeway is a failed writer until the devil shows up offering to publish him—in exchange for a favor. But if Billy can’t even get his girlfriend to return his calls, how can he possibly face a warlock and save the world? Full of hell wolves and even a higher power, The Weirdness is possibly the most original (and fun) novel of the year. —Jenn Ravey, Bloggers Recommend
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, funny, and over too fast March 12, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just finished The Weirdness, one of those books that you start reading and then can't put down because you need to know what happens next. The main character is Billy, someone everyone knows. He just can't seem to get his s*** together, but then he gets a visit from an Adversarial Manifestation, a.k.a. the Devil, capital "D". The book takes off from there, and I won't reveal any plot points, but I will say it made me laugh out loud in several places, and although Billy is a screw up, I came to really like him and appreciate his predicament. The action moves along at a brisk pace, and the twists and turns in the plot are fantastic. Nevertheless, the story holds together well. Pick this one up and you aren't likely to regret it. Can't wait to see what's next from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, funny, thoroughly engaging March 12, 2014
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I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud reading this book. Chock full of fascinating characters and loaded with unexpected twists and turns. This is not your average 'deal with the devil' story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read March 27, 2014
Format:Paperback
So, I read about one novel a week, this is by far my favorite for 2014. Bushnell has an amazing voice that carries throughout the book, not to mention how smart and funny it is. Well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This was an enjoyable read. Easy to both identify with and be amused by the main character, Billy Rideway. The book almost has the quality of a really good Kevin Smith movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved THE WEIRDNESS! March 12, 2014
Format:Paperback
The Weirdness is funny, engaging, suspenseful, and, yes, just weird enough to be wonderful. Meet Billy, who wakes up one morning to find the devil--charmingly named Lucifer Morningstar--in his living room brewing him some fair-trade coffee. The devil doesn't want Billy's soul, not exactly: he wants Billy to save the world. Read it now before it's made into the inevitable movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Haw" July 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm still chuckling from an early scene in the book where the Devil is the only one who laughs at the protagonist's joke with one big haw. Overall, an amusing hipster version of good versus evil and a reminder to write what you know. Or at least what can hold your interest. This one held mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of dark fun and surprises April 13, 2014
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this read. It's the kind of book that pulls one in and demands to be finished. The story kept me entertained and engaged so that I wasn't thinking ahead, trying to anticipate/spoil any twists before they happened. Trust the book and you'll have a lot of fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars plot line is pretty unique. siding with the devil for the good ...
plot line is pretty unique. siding with the devil for the good of mankind is not something you see every day. also, pretty humorous.
Published 14 days ago by mark
3.0 out of 5 stars sometimes funny and sometimes too ridiculous but
the tittle says it all, it's a weird novel, sometimes funny and sometimes too ridiculous but readable
Published 15 days ago by vero s
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was pleasantly surprised! Highly recomended
Published 21 days ago by paulywalker
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
I love quirky, strange, off-the-wall novels, but this one just didn't measure up for me. The opening is quite good, but the book quickly descends into predictable and tired. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bonnie_blu
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!
As the title suggests this story is, uh, "weird". But also very very entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by S. Cousins
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew dealing with the devil could be so much fun?
The Weirdness is a thoroughly enjoyable revisiting of the Faust legend. The protagonist, Billy Ridgeway, is an easily distractible, thirty-year-old writer, on the verge of losing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MsDemeanor
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and funny
Brilliant. A struggling writer wakes up with a hangover and finds the Devil sitting on his couch with an offer. What a fantastic read!!!
Published 4 months ago by K. Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a fast, fun read. I love the idea behind it. It's classic "Good vs. Evil" but with a twist that I really wasn't expecting. Pick it up for a great weekend read.
Published 4 months ago by K D H
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and Unique
Unique and unexpected. This tempted by the Devil read is way out of the norm and very entertaining. I went into this book blind so I and no expectations. Read more
Published 4 months ago by YodaWay
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
It was funny -- had me laughing at something on almost every page -- and I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what would happen! Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Reynolds
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Jeremy P Bushnell is the fiction editor for Longform.org, and was the lead developer of Inevitable, a dystopian tabletop boardgame (Dystopian Holdings, 2010). He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, MA.

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