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Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish

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From the Bahamas to Heathrow airport, to the rain soaked streets of London the dead have ceased dying.

This is inconvenient for a number of reasons but what’s the real reason behind the chaos?

In London we find Nigel Reinhardt, a disgraced, confused, and gifted London police constable who owns a prophetic goldfish. In Ireland the Angel of Death questions the value and posit
Paperback, 248 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published December 4th 2012)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This story starts off with the Devil making a contract with God to get to come to earth for a week. What he does't read in the contract is that if the body he wants is not available then God gets to send him to an available body. Thus we have the Devil possessing a cat.

Death gets drunk and lets the Devil cat talk him into quitting his job. Thus people quit dying. People should die and they try to but then their souls just turn around and go back to where they are. Confusion ensues.

The cast of
Nov 19, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of silly British humor
Recommended to Katy by: Curiosity Quills
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Humorous
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those who enjoy their humor silly

My Thoughts: After my complaints about the bad editing in the last Curiosity Quills book I read, I was absolutely delighted to find this one very well edited; I only noticed three editing mistakes in the whole book! Nicely done.

This book was an absolute hoot, just hilarious. It reminded me in some ways of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, although maybe not quite as silly. For example: “
I don't know what I expected but it was definitely not prepared for the likes of the Hitchhiker's Guilde meets the Discworld:) I loved the palette of unlikely characters: the Devil sloshed into the body of a cat and "lovingly" called Lucy by his henchmen who love hanging people from building by their ancles, Jerome, the penguin turned human, Death, who's resigned his job at the realisation that he was just a "glorified doorman", the brilliant detective who stole and gambled the PD's helicopter i ...more
Actual rating: 3.75 stars (yes, I totally went there with a funky rating; I will explain below).
Any spoilers will be clearly marked.

Soooo…wow….this is presenting itself to be quite the difficult review for me to write. I'm struggling with putting my thoughts and feelings into words. I've sat down in front of the computer to write this review multiple times since I finished the book, and my words just escape me. This probably won't be the best review you've ever read, and it definitely won't be t
Pop Bop
Entertaining Silliness, With Style

You know that old quote - "Dying is easy; comedy is hard" - really applies to books like this. It is very hard to write a silly humor book that stays the course. The plot gets too manic, or the characters wear out their welcome, or the jokes start to repeat themselves, or the author only has so many tricks and you start to see the wheels turning in the background. Andrew Buckley's books are always a pleasure to me because his inventiveness and cleverness and abi
James Wymore
With a penchant for funny media involving the grim reaper, I could not pass up a chance to read Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish by Andrew Buckley. While the book is definitely speculative fiction, I am positive if I found it my local library the little sticker on the back cover would not be Saturn with Sci-fi printed beneath it. It would have a pair of Groucho Marx moustache glasses above the word Humor. Not only do the British vocabulary and setting reminded me of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to t ...more
Meet a talking cat with hellfire in its eyes. Better still, let Death meet a talking cat and see what happens next. When the ghostcatcher stops work and the catcatcher becomes catatonic, you’ll know you’re in for a wild ride. Read a chapter at a time. Rest. Repeat. And enjoy the Pythonesque humor of world chaos, general irreverence, occasional irrelevance, and multiple snide asides.

Things you will learn; hanging upside down off the side of buildings is a perilous pursuit, but robbing the evidenc
Julie Witt
My Opinion: If you like British humor, you will love this book! I was very surprised to find out that this was Andrew Buckley's first book because it is crazy, totally out of control, and in my humble opinion, very, very well written. I can't imagine how he kept track of everything that was gong on because it was hard for me to do it, and I was just reading it!

The Devil possesses a cat and convinces Death, over many drinks in an Irish pub, to quit his job. Thus, people stop dying, or do die but
Carl Hackman
Nigel Reinhardt starts his day suspended upside down, from the top of a tall building, by a moronic thug. This isn’t too unusual if you owe a loan shark over fifty grand. But it’s probably not the norm for a police detective. Apart from being an awesome copper Nigel has this teensy gambling problem, the result of which has landed him in this little spot of bother. Normally this wouldn’t be too much of an issue as Nigel has a talent for talking himself out of tough spots.

Meanwhile the Devil, Luci
Andrew BuckleyDeath, the Devil and the Goldfish is a story of how the devil leaves hell, death quits his job and a gold fish tells the future. Lucifer, or Luci as he is fondly called by the angel of death (much to his annoyance), signs a contract which allows him to leave hell and inhabit a human body for seven days, only he forgets to read the small print, and as you know, the devil is in the details – pun not intended.
The Devil does not get the body he thinks he would, and so has to improvise
I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

A far-fetched storyline with highly creative characters just gets crazier and crazier. Characters include the Devil who possesses a cat, Death as himself, a dude who used to be a penguin, a goldfish with a very limited memory that spells out important letters in his rocks as the thoughts come to him, deranged mechanical elves, and more. There is constant humor written into the storyline. The humor worked for me at tim
Fangs for the Fantasy
The devil has made a deal with God and gets to spend a week on earth. Unfortunately for the devil, the body he had arranged to inhabit is not available, so he is forced to inhabit the body of a cat. Things get worst for the world when the Angel of Death is then convinced by the prince of darkness into quitting in a drunken rage. So, not only is the devil free to run amok but people can no longer die. Then there is a thing with evil elves and a penguin who becomes human. If this sounds confusing ...more
Rabenfrau (Molls Reads)
Detective Nigel Amadeus Reinhardt hat ein Problem. Nicht nur hat er kein sonderlich gutes Händchen bei Frauen, nein, seine Spielsucht kostet ihn auch fast seinen Job nachdem herauskommt, dass er den Helikopter seines Arbeitsgebers auf dem Gewissen hat. Da alles besser ist als Nichtstun und drohende Arbeitslosigkeit, nimmt Nigel einen neuen Fall an und besucht eine verzweifelte ältere Dame, die felsenfest davon überzeugt ist ihre geliebte Katze Fuzzbucket sei auf einmal von Teufel höchstpersönlic ...more
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Andrew Buckly was born in Manchester. As a child he wrote a story about a big blue dinosaur which got awarded by his elementary teacher with a gold star.
In 1997 he moved to Canada where he attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program where he graduated with excellence.
After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and televisi
Mike Robinson

With "Death, the Devil and the Goldfish", Andrew Buckley has successfully skirted many of the problems plaguing humorous books. His is not the tiring mode of a Christopher Moore or Carl Hiaasen so much as Douglas Adams, with a bit of Mark Twain (I'm thinking of "Letters from the Earth"), and a pinch of Clive Barker. There is insanity, there is silliness, but running beneath it all are very delectable philosophical conundrums and questions. The beauty of this book is that it works on both levels:
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

There aren't many new things that I can add to the reviews that have been done already. But I have to say with all honesty that I truly loved this book. The title alone would have me picking it up at my local bookstore or library!

When you read a book you should have the opportunity to be whisked off to another land and be able to get lost someplace else. That is after all what reading is about. This book more then does that for me. The De
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

Have you ever had one of those nights where you start out drinking at a nearby friend's house and wake up the next day three states over in the middle of a ditch at the side of a major highway wearing bright neon pants and plastered in glitter with multiple leis and Mardi Gras beads around your neck? No? That is exactly what this book is like. It is a wacky adventure full of twists and turns and r
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

I've been spending my evenings with Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish. From the start, it's obvious I've been dropped into some crazy world where the Devil leaves his beloved pet fish, Percy, to vacation on earth and cause chaos, and where the Angel of Death hates his job--doing the same mindless job day after day, a cop is being held upside down from the top of a building because of past-due debt, a
The devil makes a deal with God - the devil can spend a week on earth in any body of his choosing. However, as it turns out, God is a bit of a trickster with a great sense of humour. The body the devil chooses suddenly becomes unavailable and he finds himself in a body of God's choosing - in a cat named Fuzzbucket (moral here: always read the fine print). Still, the devil is, if nothing, flexible, and is willing to change his plans for world domination to accomodate this unexpected glitch even i ...more
Byron Edgington
“Had anyone bothered to listen to his theory about the devil, the dead not dying, Santa Claus, his elves, and a penguin, they would have eventually found out that he was right on the money.”

Our author, Mr. Buckley, thanks his parents for giving birth to him in England where, as he tells it, “...the sense of humor is far more ridiculous than anywhere else in the world.” Indeed, there’s no other accounting that I can see for the frolic contained inside the pages this wonderful book. I shouldn’t s
I've had a hard time thinking of what to rate this and how to review it. I want to almost work backwards because it might make more sense that way...

I had a hard time picking out 1 main character, but I guess it'd be Nigel, the police officer. Then there's Death (as in the Grim Reaper). And a penguin who got put into the body of a millionaire. And a scientist Celina who invented robotic elves. And of course there's The Devil and the Goldfish. See what I mean about hard to review?

Ok, so here's th
Jeff Bjorgan
A book of random silly-ness, that may or may not have a point, that made me laugh out loud on many occasions. A book that unapologetically makes two of its primary characters a devil-possessed cat and a prophetic goldfish. This is my kind of book.

In a nutshell, the devil has a few days on earth to roam in a body, but, due to unforeseen events, ends up in a cat. No matter, he continues on his plan to wreak havoc on the world, and the only thing that can stop him are people that receive help from
James Kemp
A little mixed on this one. on the plus side I enjoyed the inventive nature of the story and it made me laugh in places. So it could have been a four or five star read. The story is engaging and has clearly been crafted. I could go with the necessary suspension of disbelief for the core plot elements of the eponymous Death, the Devil and the Goldfish. These were good as well as the robot elves and the other characters. In fact that whole bit was fab.

The bit I had some issues with was an easy fix
This book was funny with an in depth plot that kept me turning the pages late into the night and on my many breaks at work.

The style of writing reminded me of Douglas Adams and featured the same blunt humor that Douglas is famous for, I just couldn't stop laughing from chapter to chapter, I hope to hear more from the charters in future novels as they are very lifelike and enjoyable to read about despite the constant shifts of point of view which I normal find annoying but for this story worked w
Adrianna Joleigh
''Mike Myers British-like humor + Dr. Suess' wacky-like characters + Tim Burton's twisted sense of death and irony = Death, Devil & the Goldfish

Upon opening the book and reading the first page, curiosity struck me and I had to keep reading. Despite the few spelling and punctuation errors, I enjoyed it. The voice the author uses with his characters is full of comedy and I chuckled through most of the book with a few outbursts of ''Ooh my god ha! did that just happen?!''
Andrew's knack for gras
If you are a fan of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, then you will almost certainly love this book. It does what it is setting out to do well - bits of it were genuinely funny - but it's not really my cup of tea.... For an idea of the humour involved, one of the incidental characters lives in (& therefore comes from) Upper Ramsbottom. This joke is made more than once. For my money, I much prefer Jasper Fforde. Embarrassingly, I also have to admit that this novel totally failed to meet my em ...more
This was a refreshing blast of funny. A truly unique story that delivers not only some very deliciously speculative urban fantasy but also, laugher by the truck loads.

I believe that Mr. Buckley may have channeled a little bit of Douglas Adams here. If you are looking to be wonderfully entertained with a completely unique story unlike anything you ever read before then pick this book up NOW! The humor in this novel is constant without becoming distracting.

The story it's self in pure creative ge
Mar 12, 2014 Llana marked it as to-read
To read if only for the title.Though the summary sounds pretty great too.
Mindy Flynn
The Devil makes a deal with God that he can spend 1 week on Earth in any body he chooses. When that body becomes unavailable, the Devil ends up in a cat named Fuzzbucket.

The title of this book is what drew me to it initially. I really wanted to know how a goldfish got mixed in with Death and the Devil! What I ended up with is a book that made me laugh. At times it can be a little confusing with the point of view shifts, but once I had that down pat, it was really good. I have honestly never rea
Candice Carpenter
As many of the other reviews say, this book is quite funny, especially for those of us that enjoy the dry and cleaver variety. I found myself laughing out loud from the very beginning when Death quits his job and the Devil is "conveniently" forced to inhabit the body of a cat on his return to walk the Earth...enter a tiny psychic goldfish and you have yourself a party.

There is really nothing more to say but go read it and enjoy the chuckles!
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Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his sec ...more
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