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The Wrong Dead Guy (Another Coop Heist) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It's Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children's stories.
--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
Magic is the broth bringing all manner of delicious ingredients together in this wonderful stew of a story. This unusual urban fantasy is a delight.-- "Publishers Weekly on The Everything Box" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01GONE9J4
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (February 28, 2017)
- Publication date : February 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2108 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 435 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #456,325 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love the opening, it's my favorite part of the book: breaking into a safe to steal...office supplies. It's witty and cheeky and a great set-up that reminds us what Coop did for a living and how he's screwing his new employer using those very skills. Then a couple chapters later, the book wanders over to a group of entitled millennials trying to save the animal kingdom one hairbrained plot at a time. Then the millennials disappear from the story. There's a mummy with the age-old plot of trying to rule the world, one thrall at time. And I still don't know what those two guys in the basement of DOPS actually are doing in the book, but they are kind of amusing. It should read well, but it doesn't and I'm bummed to even admit it.
One thing that drove me nuts was the overkill of waaaaay too many similes or metaphors or whatevers:
"Coop felt more like a giraffe in a sports coat chasing it's own tail."
"...the tired-looking rent-a-cop pointing at him hungrily, like the last eclair in a gas station donut bin."
"Trying to understand it was like trying to push soup up an escalator."
And, my favorite:
"You're like a basket of kittens dragging a boxcar of dumbbells up a ski slope." That one made me actually get up and find a highlighter pen. There was another one about feeling like a ham sandwich in a blender but you get the idea.
The book still has some of the snappiest dialogue and, despite the similes or metaphors or whatevers, some truly creative imagery. He's still the king of weird and I'll still read his work and I'll always love it but...this just wasn't his best.
In his second Coop outing, Kadrey pulls this off with aplomb. One of the core problems with manic comedy is that it's extraordinarily challenging to remember that at the end of the day, you're telling a story. That means that as an author you need to constantly fight the desire to let the insanity of your gags interfere with the story you're trying to tell.
You can see this tension in the Coop stories - they're constantly threatening to go completely off the rails, but at the end of the day, This was evident in "The Everything Box", Kadrey sometimes lost control of the story in favor of the insanity, but The Wrong Dead Guy is a stronger story - it has the same level of epic silliness that The Everything Box had, but Kadrey remains in full control of the story throughout.
One of the more enjoyable stories I've read over the past year.
So, yeah, just 1 star.