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Wave Goodbye to Charlie

4.75  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
My name’s Charlie. I’m many things, though none of them having to do with any real talent. I’m a runaway, a hustler when I need to be, a ghost when I have to scare hoodlums away from my home, and a loner who maybe reads too much. But most of all, I’m the keeper of the carnival. That’s how I see myself. I look after the place ’cause even dying things need to be cared for. ...more
ebook, 156 pages
Published October 8th 2014 by Wilde City Press
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Some books hit you at the right moment. I'm a big fan of Arvin's writing when he writes these kinds of books. The beauty of this story stunned me. It awed me; it made me want to crawl into the mind who wrote it and dream that I could know these characters as intimately as the author did.

It's surreal and this author often questions life and death, morality, the state of the in betweens, and the choices we make.

Charlie is a runaway, a hustler with no one in his mind because he doesn't see fully th
Oct 28, 2014 Sheri rated it really liked it
I love Eric Arvin. Yep, totally smitten with his words.
He is absolutely brilliant.
this was some brilliant scary shit. I am talking, sleeping with the lights on scary.

I need a light...or a couple dozen lanterns.
I need a hug....or a full body tackle.
I need a glass of wine...or a bottle. at your own risk.

*4 freaky-as-f_ck stars*
John Inman
Jan 11, 2015 John Inman rated it it was amazing
I love the way, in all the Eric Arvin books I've read, that the author has of skewing reality. He twists it into new and exciting shapes and possibilities. WAVE GOODBYE TO CHARLIE is no exception. I don't spend much time thinking about the afterlife, because frankly I'm not sure there is one. But I must say, if there is, I hope it will resemble Charlie's. That would be a real adventure, that would. I loved this book. I love Eric Arvin's beautiful command of language. I love the impossible ...more
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Dec 10, 2016 ☆ Todd rated it it was amazing


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I keep thinking about me and my own Eric and how utterly thankful I am that our bumps in the road have all been insignificant in comparison. I can't even imagine what hell this would be to go through, but my

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Charlie is a runaway, a loner. He lives at an old, abandoned carnival and makes do by hustling on occasion in order to get enough cash to feed himself. He's content for the most part with his small group of friends who are more of a surrogate family. But there are those (both living and not) who wish to cause harm not only to Charlie, but to those he loves as well.

This is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. My love of Eric Arvin’s work goes way ba
I'm actually thinking of not giving this one a star rating, mostly out of guilt. I dunno. I loved the first 25% of the book. I even loved the twist that completely blindsided me, and despite being sad I could see the point/need for it (view spoiler), yet then it all went ASS UP!

What was the fucking point?!?!? Everyone else loved it. I'm talking 5 st
Sep 15, 2015 Lila rated it it was amazing

How on earth to describe this book?!

If you are not familiar with Eric Arvin's writing there are several words people always attach to his novels:

And this is true... you will not find anything similar in genre.
Arvin has this way of writing surreal; of creating parallel settings with fantastic elements and incorporating them into a story with compelling characters who tend to stick in readers' mind long after they finished reading.
Extremely talented author, who doesn't get
The Novel Approach Reviews
Oct 12, 2014 The Novel Approach Reviews rated it it was amazing
Death. It’s the greatest mystery of life, the unequivocal unknown, and nobody writes Death quite the way Eric Arvin does, snatching hope, faith and love from the jaws of grief and offering a promise that there is an again, or perhaps it’s merely a still—in this case, an Evermore—to which we will all aspire when we expire. Wave Goodbye to Charlie is the story of Charlie Boyd, a young runaway who sells his body to survive and lives in an abandoned carnival with the ghosts that haunt it, a young ...more
Lois - Who Reads
I have only read of few of this author's books and each one has been a wonder. Eric Arvin deserves a genre all of his own for books that aren't really romances and yet are incredibly romantic; books that aren't really horror stories, but are seriously creepy; books that speak of the possibility of a wonderful afterlife.

Charlie has not had an easy life. He is living on his own in a deserted carnival that comes to life for an hour a day. His family consists of the neighbors living in a strange ho
Brandon Witt
Jun 08, 2015 Brandon Witt rated it it was amazing
I would kill to have the mind of Eric Arvin. And spoonful of his talent too boot. I am never certain where he will take me or what journey he will sweep me into. As soon as I think I know where we are going, Eric opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Wave Goodbye to Charlie is no different. Nor can it be nailed down to a certain genre of book, which I LOVE. Masterful storytelling and world building. Keep them coming, Arvin!
Mar 21, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Yet another Eric Arvin novel that blew my mind.

I just love the way he thinks and writes
Feb 15, 2015 ItsAboutTheBook rated it it was amazing
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Review can be read at It's About The Book

The Charlie from the title Wave Goodbye to Charlie is Charlie Boyd, a runaway, a young man of simple needs who hustles when necessary to keep those needs kept, a loner living in an abandoned carnival ground. The characters populating the worlds of Arvin’s imagination are all fully realised and wonderfully layered. For the most part, Charlie is at peace with his existence and feels a kinship with the strange, dilapidated carnival he calls home. Trent,
Molly Basney
Oct 12, 2014 Molly Basney rated it it was amazing
Now I want to go back and reread Woke Up in a Strange Place. I think this might be my new favorite Arvin book.
Oct 23, 2014 Kira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This is one of the most profound, beautiful stories I've had the pleasure to read. It's full of love,loss, horror, truth, loyalty and magic.

Love Bytes Reviews
Jan 07, 2015 Love Bytes Reviews rated it it was amazing
5 star review by Vicki

Damn it! This is one of those books that I don’t feel qualified to review. I am not educated enough to talk about the writing of this book. It was amazing.

I’ve read a few books by Eric Arvin, and I have to say I haven’t always liked them. Some are so odd (Kid Christmas and Subsurdity) that I just giggled and groaned through them, some I tried to read (Woke up in a Strange Place and Mingled Destinies) but I didn’t finish them because I didn’t get them. Some (Simple Men and G
Jun 09, 2015 Izzy rated it it was amazing
It is so difficult to know where to start a review of this book, so I’m going to start with the cover and give praise to the cover designer and illustrator John Coulthart. It is perfect, and when you read the story you will understand why. Eric Arvin has never been an author who fears the big themes, and they don’t get a lot bigger than life and death. In the wonderful ‘Woke up in a Strange Place’ we accompany a spirit on his way through the afterlife - to his understanding that will give him ...more
Christy Duke
I thought after having read 'The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men', and 'Azrael and the Light Bringer', that I was inured to the lyrical beauty of Eric Arvin's writing. I knew I was wrong from the moment I cracked open 'Wave Goodbye to Charlie'. There is a poetry and a grittiness to this book that brought it all to life for me. It is a typical book for this author, meaning it's very far from typical at all. It is, however, a voyage into a familiar realm, a place where Eric has taken me ...more
Joyfully Jay
Nov 07, 2014 Joyfully Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

What a creepy and intriguing novel Eric Arvin has written. I was spellbound. The shocking conclusion to Part 1 in this story and the remarkable journey in Part 2 left me breathless. I honestly love a good horror story and Wave Goodbye To Charlie has all the makings of one and then some. First, the way in which Arvin weaves together phrases and words to create a tense and spooky atmosphere is really stunning. I felt immersed in the creepiness of the abandoned carniva
Sean Whatshisface
Mar 16, 2015 Sean Whatshisface rated it it was amazing
So, I'm not entirely sure what to make of this.

It wasn't anything like what I thought it would be, and ended up more fantastical and surreal than anything else.

It honestly reminded me of Billy Martin (aka Poppy Z Brite), but without the gore; still had the same creepy imaginings and phlegmatic side characters, the same dreamy, slightly random sequence of events.

I wish we'd had a little more focus on Charlie himself instead of all the other people. I certainly enjoyed the side stories, but end
Kevin Klehr
Dec 17, 2014 Kevin Klehr rated it really liked it
It's a journey I didn't expect, but a journey I'm glad I took. In fact, if I could on this site, I'd love to give it another half star.

Charlie is homeless and lives in an abandoned carnival, just one of the places full of wonder and mystery in this tale. He is sometimes fed by a kind and mature gay couple, and has an unrequited love when we first meet him.

But then there are macabre and magical twists to this tale that are best left discovered by the reader. All I will say is that we get to know
Jan 29, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
Huh. That was just.... odd. There are ghosts, spirits, a bit of witch craft, a murder or two, some old & nasty evil, a strange cast of characters, beautiful friendships, love, family and very pretty writing. Oh, and a walking house.

It wasn't at all what I thought it would be. It's tagged as fantasy m/m romance, but it isn't a romance. At all. Not sure I would call it fantasy either. And sure, the side-kick couple (if you can call them that; they are pretty essential to the story after all) a
Sep 06, 2015 Tj rated it really liked it
Shelves: have, read-2015
I can echo everyone...odd. It is an odd read. I thought the author did a really good job of bringing the story to life. I was saddened by a lot of the cruel things contained within the story, but Charlie's life was just that...sad and tragic.

Now some of what occurred I have HUGE doubts about, not really realistic in this day and age, just some was very scary in that it could be just that way. The author gives a strange read that is very entertaining. It was exciting and captivating. I thoroughl
Hank Edwards
Nov 30, 2014 Hank Edwards rated it it was amazing
A beautiful mind trip of a book. Eric Arvin paints with words. When I wasn't reading this story, I was thinking about it. It's a love letter to fantasy stories with some scary, twisted stuff right alongside swoon-worthy passages. Loved it.
Kim W
Dec 04, 2014 Kim W rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
This isn't a traditional romance story but there is definitely a lot of love in it. It was a really unusual story with a lot of atmosphere. Read it. You won't be sorry.
Oct 18, 2014 Pollicina rated it it was amazing
Five big bright and shiny stars for this piece of art! This is one of those books you can't ever forget even if you wanted to.
May 19, 2016 George rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twisting-reality
I bought this when it first came out, Glad I waited, definitely needed to be in the right frame of mind for any of Eric's books. They can yank you around a bit.
Beautifully written story. I loved Charlie and despite the sadness of his life (view spoiler) I totally enjoyed reading every word of this book.
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Eric Arvin resides in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia
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