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Marvellous Hairy [Paperback]

Mark A. Rayner
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Book Description

July 20 2010
So hair is sprouting in unspeakable places and you can no longer carry a tune, but if you're a surrealistic artiste with an addiction to Freudian mythology and guilt-free sex, turning into a monkey has its upsides. Nick Motbot may be evolving as a novelist, but his friends aren't too sure about his DNA -- at least, not since Gargantuan Enterprises started experimenting with it. And once they figure out what's happening to him, they decide to set things right. MARVELLOUS HAIRY is a satirical novel about a group of friends sticking it to the man the only way they know how, with equal parts grain alcohol and applied Chaos Theory.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully irregular Oct. 21 2010
Not knowing what to expect when I opened the novel, I thought it would be hard to find surprise; I could not have been more wrong. The book jumps at a quick pace between plot lines and sub-plots. It was almost enough to make me need a rest to breathe after some chapters, but it was thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

The story is very engaging, and the characters have a feel almost real enough to think that the author was simply transcribing them from people he knows. The plot, however, puts any thoughts of 'reality' to rest. Based in a believable setting but with unbelievable science (much of the fun!), the book makes for an entertaining read.

It's not a difficult read, so don't be scared by its off-beat subject matter or dialogue (particularly Tundra's...). Go and get a copy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars `Release your inner monkey.' Aug. 2 2010
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
I've just finished this gallimaufry of a novel. At times and in differing degrees `Marvellous Hairy' is confused, funny, outrageous, and strident. Our narrator, Robbie Goodman, is frequently overwhelmed by the cacophonous voices of his fellow travellers, and I sometimes couldn't be sure who was telling me what. Did it matter? Not really: there is only one destination for this novel and readers will arrive there, or they won't.

I have mixed feelings about this novel: at times the action was overwhelmed by dialogue and description. The various elements of the story, believable, unbelievable and sometimes just bizarre fit together well and make their own form of sense. Following Nick Motbot's evolution, seeing the various bad guys get their comeuppance while the good guys get their just rewards is entertaining. It's not all comic relief, there are some serious issues as well: just ask Nick Motbot about his inner monkey.

But be warned. This is not a linear narrative and unless you are willing to laugh at the ridiculous and are tolerant of the silly this may not be a book for you. Some days, I'm quite sure, it wouldn't be a book for me.

`Hey, I said this wasn't a classy story.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satiric sci-fi Dec 22 2010
Fans of Phillip K. Dick or Phillip Jose Farmer should definitely check out this book. Always vibrant, often hilarious and profane (even a little dirty at times), the novel is a brisk, enjoyable read. While the plot is outlandish and absurd, the characters - particularly the narrator - keep the story grounded. Highly recommended.
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