My Life As A Sperm: One Man's Quest to Save the World First Edition
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The author drew the reader in from the first sentence. Nice work! I got a sense of his personality right away...The book kept up the pace throughout, with humor and verve...This is not a talent you find every day. I think this author has a great future in store, either with subsequent books with this character, or at least books in a similar vein and voice.
Judge, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award
About the Author
- Publisher : QAV Media; First edition (February 14, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0986268100
- ISBN-13 : 978-0986268106
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,531,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whitaker's tale has Buddy Price, a dead and slimy Hollywood agent, front and center as he meets the big G-O-D at the pearly gates of heaven. If you're expecting Mel Brook's Defending Your Life to unfold, think again. Nope - this heaven had a God who's reached his max with the depravity of humanity and the clear inability for people to just get along. But, being the seedy, shifty agent he once was, Buddy manages to convince God to give him a chance to literally save the world. And God agrees. Let the fun begin.
Despite initially thinking redeeming humanity will be a slam dunk, Buddy soon discovers that he may not be able to be successful in his assignment after all. Buddy comes in possession of The Box, a mysterious entity that has enormous powers and that, obviously, everyone wants their hands on. And so Whitaker delves into a tale where illusions are broken, truths are exposed, and the underlying relationships amongst all human beings are analyzed and commented upon.
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The book is a powerful piece in that it unabashedly examines one's own motivations for the attainment of certain things. Whitaker cleverly introduces characters who all ultimately assist Price in his quest for saving humanity. Despite having a title that does not necessarily speak to the story's true intents, Whitaker's book is an interesting take on the power of humanity and the perpetual question of what makes us good.
In trying to do so, he encounters many obstacles, including a band of hard-core survivalists bent on taking his Jeremiah Box (given to him by God) and using it for their own nefarious purposes.
Therein lies the entire plot of this satire on God's interactions with Price -- and mankind as a whole.
And, just for the record, the book has nothing to do with anyone's "life as a sperm." Not sure why the author chose that title, but hey -- it captures the reader's attention. After all, what did The Catcher In the Rye have to do with any of its content? Same tactic.
The book is well-written, full of snappy, sarcastic dialogue, and characters that are truly larger than life. The plotline is fast-paced, and full of biting commentary on how mankind is not living up to God's expectations.
There's a love story as well, interwoven into the fabric of this neo-science fiction tale. And we find ourselves rooting for Price to get the girl, despite his occasionally abrasive personality and actions. (I won't disclose whether he actually succeeds in this endeavor.)
Eventually, there's a satisfying ending that ties up the loose ends (with a surprising twist) and we're left wondering what's next for this unlikely hero and savior of the world. A sequel is, no doubt, in the works even as we speak.
Here are a few memorable lines from the book:
"That light, it turns out, it's God, and he's holding this little egg in his hand. Well, it was big compared to me, but in God's hand it was small. God's got some height."
"Mr. Zimmerman had two settings: silent and grumble."
"She was sitting in the moral nosebleed section and I wanted to bring her a little closer to Mother Earth."
My Life as a Sperm will tickle your funny bone and may even make you laugh out loud in places as the protagonist suffers through multiple indignities in his quest to save mankind. I personally like my humor to be a little above the "drop-your-pants" variety favored by the author, but that's just me. I predict that many will find it hilarious.
I give it four stars. The book was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion.