Fifteen years after losing most of his family to a devastating, pudding-related tragedy, Simon Debovar has settled into a life of self-imposed exile from the stinking, selfish morass of humanity. Content that his daily highlights will include hazelnut coffee, a long bath, and the occasional jar of olives, his life is completely upturned by the discovery that his ornate living room carpet is the deciding factor in a bet between God and Satan.
When mysteriously well-timed carpet thieves deprive him of the crucial heirloom, Simon is forced to leave his hermit's existence behind for a world of angels, demons, witches, and immortals.
And then it gets complicated.
©2015 Justin Lee Anderson (P)2017 Tantor
"I laughed, I cried, I bought a fireside rug!" (Ian Pattison, creator of Rab C Nesbitt)
A merry light reading, although a bit juvenile. some parts could have been written by a raunchy hormone fueled teenager. Very well performed
Laugh out loud funny. Gets a bit confusing and dark towards the end but it was totally engrossing and good entertainment. I enjoyed it a lot.
I quite enjoyed this absurdist comedy. The story is satisfying and the humor will bring a smile to your face. The story circles around a man who has absented himself from society until one day an angel and a demon show up on his door step demanding he pick one to give his living room carpet to and thus decide the fate of the world. After that, the story starts to get strange. This wont be your book of the year, but it is fun.
"A Good Yarn"
Although billed as a comedy I didn't laugh out loud. I think it true to say that it is a humour that youngsters might find more amusing. That aside it was witty, had a lot of novel aspects to it on the fantasy theme, ticked along at a good pace and I definitely wished to hear what happened to our hapless hero.
I haven't read (though this was audio!) any books (other than Neil Gaiman's) that throw such variety in. Well worth the indulgence of listening. The narration was great. Why not 5 stars? There are books out there that top this on every aspect but it all boils down to personal preference.
"Great story well read"
Justin Anderson has created a wonderfully imaginative new world to explore and enjoy. Well read by Matthew Davies.
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