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Dog Walker Paperback – March 2, 2016
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About the Author
Jack McGuigan is the writer of Dog Walker, a novel, and Agents of Paradox, a comic book. In his youth, he made movies under the pseudonym “John McGuigan” which can be found pretty easily on the internet. He lives in Chicago with his wife and mutt. Years from now, when his grandkids ask what his first novel was about, he will probably lie. http://jackmcguigan.com @JackMcGrak
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Top Customer Reviews
I found myself wondering why had Jack asked me to read this book. I don't really like dogs and I'm not a big fan of farce in general or romantic comedy in particular. It was cute enough. It was sort of funny and silly. A dog walker was getting into all kinds of shenanigans dealing with vicious pit bulls and so forth. And he had a crush on a cute girl who would obviously turn out (after some wacky hijinks) to be the love of his life.
Then about three chapters in things took a hard left hand turn. Suddenly there were demons and cultists and a Japanese luchador. There were dogs with magical powers and a massive conspiracy, and even a kappa. So I went back and re-read the synopsis, and even the original e-mail Jack had sent me. He had compared his novel to JOHN DIES AT THE END and THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS by David Wong, and I think those are fair comparisons. What had started out as a dog walker getting into some farcical situations had, by the end, turned into a unique vista of a non-Western hellscape, and yet the whole book held together. If you like either of those books, or the sort of verging-on-bizzaro gonzo horror genre in general, you definitely want to pick up this book. I'm looking forward to reading more about the dog walker Ben and his supernatural charge Toby.
Ben Carter walks dogs for a living, which makes the opening to this book appear rather mellow. Sure, he might get attacked every once in a while, but the majority of his day appears to be picking up behind greyhounds with over-active bowels.
But things change rather quickly when he begins walking a little dog who goes by the name of Toby.
He's quickly thrust into a world of demons and cultists and a luchador from Japan...
This book is completely ridiculous, but in a very good way. Much like John Dies at the End, it strikes this incredibly irreverent tone while dealing with some deeply dark issues. The amount of detail which is placed behind the world McGuigan can be easily overlooked amid Ben's infatuation with a young hipster girl who turns out to be...well, let's just say she plays a very integral role to the story Ben finds himself directly in the middle of.
In the end, this story is a great one revolving around developing responsibility and crafting courage to stand up for things, even if you find them absolutely insane.
And it's a lot of fun.
If you like books like John Dies at the End, you're certain to dig this light tale about a Dog Walker and his pet demon.
I finished the book and still haven't decided if I liked it. Some of the images created stick in my forehead like a creepy demon, yet with an odd twist of humor. Some disgust and some are just bizarre and nonsensical. I can say the book is memorable. If you want to sample something a tad bizarre off the normal path this book may be what you are looking for.
I received a free sample for review.