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This Unhappy Planet
by Marc Horne (Goodreads Author)
California: everyone is visualizing their own reality, and two guys are getting rich off it. Then one day a young marine decides to walk into the ocean, and everything changes. A twisted comedy of manners set in Southern California during the end of the George W Bush years, where two friends create a business to exploit those around them who hunger to become masters of ...more
(first published April 23rd 2010)
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This Unhappy Planet is a satirical dramedy about two guys who hatch a scheme to open a chain of spiritual fitness clubs, hoping to get rich quick off of bored yoga moms and affluent New Age seekers. Its brilliance is in Marc's ability to lampoon both the main characters' cynicism as well as the distinctly SoCal brand of pseudo-spiritualism without veering into the realm of mean-spirited caricatures. The characters are imbued with such depth and shading, they are rendered so completely ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Libby Cone rated it liked it · review of another edition
An elementary schoolteacher, a ravenous entrepreneur, and a New Age drifter form a company in Southern California to offer one-stop shopping for any kind of spirituality their well-off clientèle might wish. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, as well it should, but this book is awfully unfunny. Instead of jokes about messed-up kids really being “Indigo” and the language of beemers, we get odd metaphors and similes like “A bad vibe was bubbling up in the lava of the day” and “Her lips moved ...more
I'm glad to have finally finished this book. It's OK. It's really not all that much different from Toyoko Zero. Both want to change the world. Both have odd characters that do not have cohesive thoughts. The same goes for the story. In one paragraph the main plot is going along, in the next a thought that makes no sense whatsoever. If the tangent thoughts weren't there, the story would be much better. Also, spelling and punctuation are important. There's only a few spots; negligible. Honestly, ...more