- File Size: 2099 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07894XRDQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,984 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Escape From Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure (Prophecy Allocation Book 1) Kindle Edition
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On his dad’s seventy-sixth birthday, twenty-five years ago, Barry’s sister Mindy and dad Yamochi Harris goes missing. Since his dad started teaching Barry the sacred art of ninjutsu on his sixth birthday, Barry has modeled himself on the ninja warrior and became ordained as a Buddhist on his fortieth birthday. By day he works as a gardener, but by night he relives the terrifying recurring nightmare he’s had since his dad disappeared.
Will Barry succeed in his mission to find his dad? Will he become a true ninja?
The cast of characters include Robbie Jarvis, Merril, Mrs. Gann, Little Timmy, Timmy’s cat Miss Miggles, Timmy’s daddy/Melanie, Doctor Harper, Mrs. Harper, Joanna Tarry/Madame Zanzibar, Brian, Mandy, Doctor Thomas Gilpgunter, Mr. Law, Ms. Hannah McCann, Armitage Frank, the samurais, Haruki, and Chantel.
You’ll encounter dead bodies, IBS “irritable bowel syndrome”, time toilets, a fascination with bodily functions, bad odors, passing of wind, gas baby … you get the drift?
I couldn't stop laughing! (In a good way!) Basically, Escape from Samara began by reminding me of movies like Stepbrothers or The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but it took unexpected turns into a darker feel of comedy as the plot thickened and the main character, Barry, begins his quest. (Is he a ninja? Is he mentally unstable? Is he one of those whack-but-actually-brilliant people?) Barry's character quickly drew from slapstick textbook nerd-to-pity into a mysterious enigma that kept the pages turning for me, well that, and the hilarious one-liners.
A little rough around the edges perhaps, if you're not a typical reader of this type of comedy, but well worth the read and a definite recommend! Just the right amount of laughs and eyebrow-raising unexpected plot twists. No regrets here!
Even though it’s a novella, I think it could have been a bit shorter. There was more scatological humor than I liked. A little caca is fine, but no one wants washtubs of it, so eliminating (sorry, I couldn’t help it) a little of that—especially the scene with the ex-girlfriend and the nut-job doctor—would have shortened it just fine. Overall, though, I enjoyed the craziness of this book (particularly Barry’s mother and her friend) chuckled and smiled a lot, and laughed out loud a few times. If you’re into weird humor, I recommend this book.
I found this story to be a crazy journey into a dark and funny world. Recommended to readers who might enjoy wild off-kilter humor. Turn off your brain, and give this a try. You may appreciate the author’s strange sense of humor in this fantasy story.