What a refreshing change from my usual fare. Rayner has an astonishing cast of characters -- ghosts, greedy CEOs, drug dealers, wacky novelists, all sorts of weird people. The book is an amazing satire of evil corporate greed with some really hilarious scenes -- my favourite was the chaotic wedding early in the book with monkeys running amok. Sounds like more fun than some of the weddings I've attended. Rayner's writing style is out there and will not be to everybody's taste. It's a book you'll either love or hate -- no middle ground here. But if you liked Monty Python, this will be right up your alley.
His style is evocative of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Rayner is a highly talented writer with something to say. One person found this helpful. Rayner's "Marvellous Hairy" embodies both originality and creativity. When I began reading this book, I did not know what I was getting myself into, but I became entranced by the novel. The novel was very well written making it an easy read.
In comparison to other works that I've read, Rayner's "Marvellous Hairy" ranks high at the top of my favourites. The story revolves around drug dealers, monopoly-driven CEOs, and beautiful women paired up with drugs, sex, and There were countless times throughout the novel where I would laugh out loud at Rayner's comedy, which was well mixed with suspense.
There was terrific flow from scene to scene. All the characters encountered are unique and the story line touches upon emotion when it reaches an end drawing on friendship and the lengths people will go to in order to save those who they love.
The story felt real enough that it made me question if such a plot is possible in our reality. This satire will leave you contemplating the true undertakings of large corporations in that Rayner's "Marvellous Hairy" may be depicting current corporate life today at an extreme. If you are enticed by monkeys, CEOs, sex, and drugs, this book is for you. I guarantee you will not be left disappointed. See all 35 reviews.
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I want to just take a moment to clarify something: The novel is marketed as "Literary Fiction" under the subcategory "Fabulist Satire" as found on the back of the book , and I think it's for good reason. Readers who like straight up, no nonsense fiction may find themselves confused and frustrated with the crazy capers and high-jinx that populate this novel. Those readers who love to indulge in a good old medical mystery novel might find themselves tsk-ing and tut-ing over the numerous other story lines that flow throughout the book.
That being said, Rayner's novel is romping good fun, and begs you to pay more attention to your inner monkey and lizard - the normal animalistic parts of the human psyche that we force into submission! It's time to "Release the Monkeys"!!! Oct 14, Giovanni Gelati rated it really liked it. Check it out, a novel that makes one question many things in our society today and uses the vehicle of comedy and the bizarre to get us there. Laugh while we think, I enjoy that. Yes, it is time to release the monkeys. Marvellous Hairy is a sincere novel that is totally different than anything I have read in a while.
It is a seriously disjointed narrative wrapped around a wonderful array of colorful characters that takes the reader on a thought provoking ride through corporate America, greed, an Check it out, a novel that makes one question many things in our society today and uses the vehicle of comedy and the bizarre to get us there. It is a seriously disjointed narrative wrapped around a wonderful array of colorful characters that takes the reader on a thought provoking ride through corporate America, greed, and a host of other things.
Here is the synopsis from the back cover, but trust me, the description just barely scratches the surface on this novel: Marvellous Hairy is a fabulist satire 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. Best thing about it is if you put aside a few things, this novel made me laugh, chuckle and smile.
The narrative was a bit choppy, the story was a mix of many different types of novels, including sci-fi, action, thriller, mystery, and a medical story, but it all was mashed together in a way that was coherent and fun. It is what it is and that is a good character driven comedy piece with a bunch of other stuff mixed in. Mark Rayner has created a very unique novel with a very special flavor and vibe to it.
Pick this up and when you need a good laugh, give Marvellous Hairy a read and let the laughs and smiles come on out. There's a free podcast and an excerpt linked off the book page, if people want to give it a try: Here is the Amazon book link: What are you reading today? Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. A lot of funny, quirky characters in search of a Shakespearean play in a highbrow romp of a sci-fi story.
There's an evil megacorp and a devolving humanoid author as well as many minor dramatic players who find themselves caught up in a midsummer night's kidnapping plot. Very witty narration and a lot of action and amusing banter make this a quick read from about a quarter of the way through to the end. Many of the characters are taken directly from Midsummer Night's Dream. Robin Goodfellow Puc A lot of funny, quirky characters in search of a Shakespearean play in a highbrow romp of a sci-fi story. Robin Goodfellow Puck becomes Rob Goodman whose good friend Helena works at the megacorp which is doing evil experiments on their other friend Nick Motbot Really?
Bottom just mixed up? What kind of name is that? The fairies are all here: Moth and Starveling are themselves and what else could they be? Peter, Francis and Tom of "The Mechanicals" theatre group are mechanical engineers. Poor Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, are here turned into a weather satellite and laptop computer respectively. I consider the last three quarters of this book to be five star worthy.
Perhaps it's a necessary dissociation from our world which has to occur to really prepare you for the book's alternate reality. The story opens at a wedding at a rather breakneck pace where madness and monkeys rule the day and we don't know why or who to care about or what's going on. Despite the really intimate first person narration, we don't really know anything about Rob Goodman or how he relates to the story until several chapters in, despite the fact that he seems omniscient somehow and narrates events in which he took no part.
I still don't really get what the crazed wedding scene had to do with the rest of the plot. Maybe it was like a bad dream and I should think but that and all will be mended. Maybe it was just to get us thinking about the destructive power of monkeys, I don't know. One piece of help the book offers is a list of characters or "Dramatis Personae" in the opening pages to which the reader can refer if confused, as I was. Unfortunately, I read this book on my e-reader and discovered a limitation of the medium: I know it can be done and maybe that kind of facility will come with time, but it was a limiting factor for my enjoyment of the book not the author's fault in the beginning.
Also, I'll just mention copy editing is a problem in a lot of books these days, whether professionally or independently published. Once I got into it, however, all quibbles aside, this book really moved and was funny and absorbing and a great read overall. I look forward to reading some of Rayner's other books. Jan 24, P. The copy on the back of Marvellous Hairy bills it as a novel about a man who is turning into a monkey. However, it goes far beyond that.
The story revolves around a giant, evil corporation nicknamed Gargantuan Enterprises and the people who want to bring it down, then before you know it, there are ghosts, kidnapping, lizards, sex, and drugs thrown in for good measure. Let me make a confession: Luckily, its absurdity is only partially monkey-based, and it delivers some genuine funny. Many scenes had me smirking as hard as I have at any Douglas Adams novel yeah, just smirking; it takes a lot for me to physically LOL at text.
Charlaine Harris , or had great ideas despite mediocre writing see: But Rayner is actually a damn good writer. Every paragraph is packed with clever wordplay and subtle allusions. Not all is warm and fuzzy. Also, the quasi-omnipotent first-person narrative is jarring, especially when it needs to be explained, though it does add to the surreal bizarreness of the whole thing.
That is where Marvellous Hairy shines: Feb 27, Zoe Right rated it it was amazing. Marvellous Hairy is an odd book. Starts out odd, moves to a little bit odder, retains some of that oddness throughout the middle and ends happily ever after, a little oddly. No I take that the back. In the opening scene, monkey's throw poop at an otherwise normal conservative wedding and a body part eating komodo dragon is released into the audience. So parts are disgusti Marvellous Hairy is an odd book.
So parts are disgusting enough to rate a 5 on the P-scale of grossness. A little Background- Nick Motbot, a aspiring novelist, isn't quite making it. So to beef up his otherwise dwindling bank account he volunteers as a human lab rat. One too many times. When he starts to regress his friends, well one friend in particular, Rob Goodman, start to get just a tiny bit concerned. For about a minute and a half, Rob Goodman works for Gargantuan Industries, on his last day he figures out someone is messing with his friend's DNA. May we all have friends as caring and as entertainingly bizarre as Nick.
You just get this feeling as you read through the book, author Mark Raynor had to have based these character on real people and real situations. It's naturally funny and flowing in such a way that can only be based on a smidgen of real experiences. Not that people devolving into monkeys part or ghosts part or the kidnapping a major CEO part. But ya' know everything else. I'd really like to see Rayner get a professional publishing house behind him. He deserves a great editor and quite frankly this book belongs either in hardcover or those oversized paper-back versions because reading this tiny, tiny book was annoying.
You shouldn't be annoyed when you read Raynor. It's so damned funny and entertaining.. The reader's point of entry is at a wedding in progress when once the officiation is over, the acting priest a drug-addled psychologist ordained by an internet sect calls out "release the monkeys! From there, the chaotic tale refuses to forfeit its absurdist hi-jinx and scrambled episodes.
The purposely decentered plot involves Nick Motbot, a surrealist novelist whose DNA is being altered by Gargantuan Enterprises so that he regresses to the level of a lower primate. Rayner's offhand and qui The reader's point of entry is at a wedding in progress when once the officiation is over, the acting priest a drug-addled psychologist ordained by an internet sect calls out "release the monkeys!
Rayner's offhand and quirky narrative voice brings together elements of the absurd, Gonzo, and the everyday to form a simian melange of seemingly random events set in a purling textual fantasy. Although the story is fantastical, Rayner demonstrates the good balance of any fabulist: Rayner eschews meandering description for more pithy renderings and succinct dialogue that moves the plot along at a steady, brisk pace. Rayner's second book is a vertiginous and free-wheeling narrative that brings satire to a juddering pitch, a meeting place between the absurd and the hilarious.
Or, perhaps, Marvellous Hairy resolutely defies any attempt at comparison, appealing to the inner primate in all of us. Jul 24, Nicklaus Louis rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you're a fan of Canadian humor, monkeys, lizards, sex, monkey sex, lizard sex, Shakespeare, satire, crime fiction, eccentric characters, ensemble comedies, or all of the above as I am then "Marvellous Hairy" is a book for you-oo-oo-oo! Here's just a few things this book offers: An evil corporation run by a megalomaniac bent on taking over the world - a starving writer who deals drugs and lets lecherous scientists shoot him full of a serum that is designed to de-evolve human DNA - a sexy vixen If you're a fan of Canadian humor, monkeys, lizards, sex, monkey sex, lizard sex, Shakespeare, satire, crime fiction, eccentric characters, ensemble comedies, or all of the above as I am then "Marvellous Hairy" is a book for you-oo-oo-oo!
An evil corporation run by a megalomaniac bent on taking over the world - a starving writer who deals drugs and lets lecherous scientists shoot him full of a serum that is designed to de-evolve human DNA - a sexy vixen who may have slept her way to the top but is nonetheless smarter than every man in the company - a physician, who is also a minister, who is also a regular user of LSD, who is also well connected in the world of underground animal trading - vengeful ghosts - dunderheaded kidnappers - a savvy PR rep - a lesbian heiress - a beautiful drug store cashier - and a witty, charming narrator with a connection to the spirit world, a burning desire to protect his friends and score the girl of his dreams, and no inhibitions whatsoever when it comes to flaunting his goods to elderly neighbors.
Rayner dances the tight rope between serious topics such as corporate greed and silly topics such as a monkey's love for everything banana. I highly recommend this book.
Aug 26, Sherry Ramsey rated it really liked it Shelves: I knew I wanted to read this book when I heard the author read from it at last summer's WorldCon in Montreal. For one thing, the section he read from was set in a drugstore. Now, my husband is a pharmacist, and believe me, the vast comedic possibilities of drugstores are a gold mine most satire and humour writers seem to miss. The fact that Mark Rayner had recognized this made me respect him instantly. The reading only got better from there, by turns funny, absurd, and poignant, and I knew I wan I knew I wanted to read this book when I heard the author read from it at last summer's WorldCon in Montreal.
The reading only got better from there, by turns funny, absurd, and poignant, and I knew I wanted to know more. This book is not going to be for everyone; you have to be open to the surreal, the absurd, and alarmingly incisive reflections of the corporate world, and be able to laugh at them all. Don't pick it up if you're opposed to some However, if you do like the things listed above, as well as absurdist humour, fast-paced writing, clever wit, mockery of institutions, a bit of slap-and-tickle, loyalty, love, and a chronicling of the gradual descent from human to simian brain, then you should really enjoy Marvellous Hairy.
Jan 26, Erin Kernohan rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a delightfully bizarre romp. Mark's writing is not unnecessarily embellished, he gets to the point while still being descriptive, and his dialogue sounds like something I'd overhear at the Grad Club over at Hated University. The story is something that any sci-fi loving reader will enjoy, but in some ways it feels like a MacGuffin - which is just fine because the characters are so endearing that you are happy to get to know them.
On the surface the story is about evil corporate science an This is a delightfully bizarre romp. On the surface the story is about evil corporate science and cartoonish supervillainy. Underneath that it is about a group of friends breaking through that limbo which occurs after university and on to the next stage of their lives. The book itself is an odd shape. A bit more substantial than a pocket book. Can't be afraid to crack the spine on this one. There are also some typos Jun 03, Laura Haggart rated it it was amazing.
Marvellous Hairy is a wonderfully written tale that engrosses you from beginning to end. Rayner throws a lot at you, packing the story with characters, subplots, and information, but does so tastefully.
Marvellous Hairy by Mark A. Subjects Fiction Humor Fiction. 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. 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.
From there, the chaotic tale refuses to forfeit its absurdist hi-jinx and scrambled episodes. Jan 24, P. On the whole, I find this more satisfying. The only thing odd about them, and really you could hardly miss it, was their thick pelts. Moth and Starveling are themselves and what else could they be? Published on September 16,