Fabulous! I always enjoy Douglas Coupland, but this is his absolute best. Deeply flawed and seemingly unlikeable characters, but after just a bit, you realize that you don't just like them. You love them. Just like our (psychotic) families.
This was a fabulous piece of writing, and I feel 100% positive that it will stay with me the rest of my days. But then again, I'm not so sure that's a good thing. This is the most macabre, gruesome story that I've ever laid eyes upon. Wonderfully glib and funny in places, with the overblown and exaggerated self-absorption of the 1980's, there is virtually no warning when Patrick decides to go on a murderous, torturous, explicit rampage. Not for the faint of heart.
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I was very impressed with this story. I really didn't expect to care for it as I have no love for any sort of zombie tale, but as per usual, King put a very human spin on outlandish, (hopefully) impossible events.
For anyone who has ever worked in a large corporate environment, and spent sleepless nights pondering upper management's seemingly meaningless decisions and the heartless treatment of their employees. Oh, and it's really funny too.
San Diego police detective Finbar Finnegan is forty-something, an aspiring but frustrated actor and-after that third divorce-a committed bachelor. Just when he thinks he's seen it all, he faces a killer more deadly than any psychopath: a 55 gallon drum of the toxic chemical Guthion. That's what two disgruntled truckers are hauling for a waste disposal company. But when they steal some Navy goods to sell on the black market, their scheme goes haywire. Fin joins forces with two impressive female cops on this case-Nell Salter, with whom he has a past; and Bad Dog, with whom he may have a future-if the killing can be stopped.
Based on things that I had heard, I went into reading this book with the idea that it was going to be a madcap comedy of sorts. While that notion was incorrect, this story does have it's deliciously funny moments. But more than that, this author has a flair for period settings and strong, believable dialogue that make this an unforgettable story.
Don't be fooled by the cutesy blurb on the back of the book, or the kitschy cover. This is not really a cozy mystery, although at times the author tries for that. Overall, it's a pretty good story, but much scarier than I expected. Also, some of the dialogue is downright laughable. But overall, it is a solid first book from this author, and I'll give others in the series a chance.
Having heard good things about this author for a long time now, I finally checked out one of her books. And quite honestly, I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. A fairly decent plot felt bogged down by lackluster dialogue and repetitive prose.
This book made me laugh so loud, and so unexpectedly, and in so many public places... the general public probably thinks that I am as off-kilter as the characters in the book. Wonderful, wonderful story. I can't imagine anyone not loving Good Omens.