The Everything Box

The Everything Box

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"Reminiscent of the edgy, offbeat humor of Chris Moore and Matt Ruff, the first entry in a whimsical, fast-paced supernatural series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim novels--a dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back. again and again. 2000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion. And now it's time.The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity's doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word."Crap." 2015. A thief named Coop--a specialist in purloining magic objects--steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn't know that his latest job could be the end of him--and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn't just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him. It's a doomsday device. They think.And suddenly, everyone is out to get it"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062389541
0062389548
Branch Call Number: SF KADREY, RICHARD
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 24 cm

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GAI1776
Jun 04, 2017

while Coop is no Sandman, he has his moments, I liked it. Its readable, if you don't look for a Sandman copy.

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AllyCat88
Oct 07, 2016

I stumbled across this title and took a chance on it based on how interesting I found the first couple of pages. Lucky it did not disappoint.

As this was my first foray into Kadrey's writing, I found his prose style witty and fresh. I felt concerned that the numerous pop culture references would become stagnate after awhile, but Kadrey, for his part kept dialogue and irony crisp and at whip speed. The plot is nothing revolutionary, but for a fast-past comedic story, I felt satisfied.

If you're a fan of supernatural, humor, some violence, odd-ball buddy cop dynamics, mixed with a heist thriller, then this book will entertain you.

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daeb
Jun 04, 2016

Oh hell, this sucks. I love Kadrey and I love his style-funny, irreverent, profane, original. But ever since Sandman Slim "retired", like most long-term fans, I've been waiting to meet Kadrey's new protagonist. Coop is so much like Sandman Slim that comparisons of the two characters are unavoidable. Sadly, Coop is "Sandman Slim Lite", and many of the other characters in this new series, and even the plot-line, to some extent, duplicate but do not equal what Kadrey has already written. None of that means that I disliked the book. Kadrey's style remains the same, and reading him is still a lot of fun. But I had hoped that the new series would be a departure from Sandman Slim, and it is not. Which begs the question, why not just stick with SS then? Many elements are very similar and some of the characters could easily have been written for either series. The book is formulaic, but at least it's based on a formula that he invented. It could well be that this series improves over time, as did SS. However, I think that fans of SS will be a bit underwhelmed by the book. I'll be waiting hopefully for the second book in this series.

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Talison
Jun 04, 2016

The Everything Box caught my eye for two reasons; I like Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim books, and loved Good Omens. It did not disappoint. I highly recommend.

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slang123
May 28, 2016

What a pleasure to read a book with clever writing, rather than merely good writing. A storyline rather than an old tried and true plot. Inventive sentences rather than just a noun and a verb.

Angels, imps, thieves, apocalypse-now groups, regular and supernatural cops, and assorted others - and all of them after one little box.

Kept me interested, as well as laughing . Mostly. Turns out there is, for my taste, too much gratuitous violence. An intentional pileup on a freeway really is not funny. That aside, I'll be looking at other books by Richard Kadrey.

ChristchurchLib May 15, 2016

The Heavenly Host's loss is humanity's gain when the angel Qaphsiel misplaces a very special box. It remains hidden until 2015, when Charlie "Coop" Cooper, a thief who specializes in stealing magical artifacts, purloins what he believes to be the score of a lifetime. Soon, he's pursued by the Department of Peculiar Science, which believes the box to be a doomsday device, as well as by an assortment of angels, demons, and power-hungry beings that defy description. Fans of darkly humorous cosmic capers such as John Connolly's Samuel Johnson Tales or Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens should enjoy The Everything Box.

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Muggle1013
May 13, 2016

This book was an absolute joy to read. I had so much fun following the characters from start to finish. The writing style, storyline, dialogue, and action scenes were all amazing. Highly recommend.

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Muggle1013
May 13, 2016

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slang123
May 28, 2016

"The angel stood in the doorway of a porn shop on Seventh Street near Pershing Square reading a map. His stomach rumbled. He hadn't eaten anything in four thousand years."

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