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Couch Paperback – Unabridged, November 1, 2008
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"Couch" is about three roommates who move their couch after their apartment is flooded. While carrying their couch, they notice that, strangely, the couch either grows lighter or heavier depending on which way they carry it. Soon after this discovery, weirder and weirder things begin to happen...
This is an AMAZINGLY funny book. I swear, I scared my neighbors several times by cracking up in the middle of the night while reading the book. The three main characters, Thom, Tree, and Erik, are by far extremely original, sympathetic, and hilarious. The plot is original, the writing is excellently done, and it is extremely easy to enjoy.
I can't understand why there aren't more reviews on here. This book is worth it. Seriously. Give it a try, at least. If you like comedy, fantasy, magical realism, or just a stories about extremely durable furniture, this is the book for you.
(Read it. It's worth your time.)
It was sometimes weird, true. But, I loved it. I laughed out loud. It was intellectual, it was ironic, but it was also literary. As I see more super hero stories becoming good movies, the Lord of the Rings becoming an Oscar winner, and TV shows like LOST and Heroes on prime-time, I wonder if this book isn't bridging a gap between the "nerdy" sci-fi fantasy world and the "hipster" literary world.
It is potentially ground-breaking because although the story has magic in it, the characters are modern American dudes. They are skeptical and gritty. They are not guileless like Frodo and they're not ethereal like Garcia Marquez' characters. They are flawed, contemporary epic heroes- a refreshing idea.
This book was completely unpredictable and kept me guessing constantly till the end. The whole story was very exciting and the characters were so relatable that you easily became attached to them. It has a perfect blend of hilarious comedy and serious drama that will stick with you after you put it down.
I really can't recommend this book enough. If you like to laugh and read something very original that's unlike anything you've read before then you should definitely pick this up.
William Makepeace Thackeray. It pretty much says it all. So, I've had
little call to push books by other authors, beyond simply recommending
them to a few friends.
But now, I am on a mission to introduce as many people as I can to a
wonderful little fantasy called "Couch" (2008), by Benjamin
Parzybok. Take heed, all you geeks. Couch is an all-too-short glimpse
into the depths of geek soul.
I've bought two copies so far, and I lend them out to whomever will
take them. If you liked "Lord of the Rings," but prefer a bit of
modern irony, angst, and uncertainty, this is your ticket. I don't know
how a book so small could dig so deep. Even Thackeray would have loved
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't even know where to start with this book so I'll simply say: It's fantastic.
Admittedly it took me longer than I expected to get into it and the first couple... Read more
Parzybok's characters evolve and grow, in ordinary human ways, and in inexplicable, magical ways. No easy, happy ending here, but hope is held out in the end.Published 19 months ago by Mothmoon
If you purchase this book, someone probably told you about it. It was really odd but, I kept wanting to read to find out what happend to our main characters. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Eric
Quirky characters and epic journey will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Pick it up and you'll end up smiling.Published on November 24, 2013 by Matthew L.
2 days on a hammock with "oxy cotton" and dogfish head and the novel "couch" were a wonderful twisty escape from a summer of renovation and things I refuse to... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Christopher Robbins
i enjoyed this book. a mystical couch leads these friends on an adventure that strains their friendship. good stuff. yes.Published on July 25, 2013 by charles boyd
One of my favorites! An off-beat take on a quest story. Short, sweet and funny. I hope he writes more soon!Published on March 23, 2013 by emily
I love this book. I am reading it for the 3rd time!It's quirky and funny and really originally creative! I love it!Published on October 4, 2012 by trics
Three freaks on a mysterious quest, lead by the most unlikely of guides. A unique and entertaining adventure. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by tchuzi