- File Size: 894 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017WISXO2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nathan lives in Dead Donkey, Nevada where everything sucks (but not for long). The buses run one way, the travel agency charges low prices to come to town and gouges people trying to get out. Nathan's neighbor shoots at salesmen, street lamps and anything else that strikes his fancy. Arson is a booming business, aided by incompetent firemen.
Then Nathan dies and finds out what a bureaucratic nightmare death can be.
This could be the strangest book I ever read. I gave it 5 stars because as weird as it was, it worked and I think Andrew deserves some credit for pulling it off.
The first four chapters were quite Monty Python-esque, with heavy influence, as others have noted, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I think I detected a bit of P. G. Wodehouse, too. All three are worthy of emulation, but I think the author tried too hard.
The author shows a lot of promise. I hope he hones his skill with writing courses. Orson Scott Card's free writing class/lessons and workshops at his official web site, Hatrack River (amzn doesn't allow urls in reviews), would likely fit Stanek.
As long as this ebook is free, I can kinda/sorta recommend it for Python/HGttG fans of any age, as you will enjoy the first four chapters. Chapter 5 will be the make-or-break to determine if you want to finish. I did not finish.
If Lewis Carroll, Douglas Adams,and Monty Python collaborated on a novel, the finished product might look something like this.
Its not really much of a "story" but could have been a chapter from "The Hitchhikers Guide." If you enjoyed that book, this will be right up your alley. All of which may sound like I'm being flippant...certainly not...to be compared to Adams is a massive compliment. And if you have heavy disdain for bureaucracy, you'll love the satire here.
Somewhere, a universal bureaucrat is filling out some form detailing why I gave up on this author, but I can't find it in me to care.