The book starts out at a wedding ceremony that is soon turned into chaos when the Reverend and his accomplice, an aspiring writer, let loose a horde of monkeys and a Komodo Dragon. I knew from that completely absurd yet sublime beginning I could w...more
I was somewhat hoping I wouldn’t enjoy this book so that I could entitle the review Marvellous? Hardly! but, alas, it turned out to be a very enjoyable romp through the madcappery of an all too familiar fictitious setting, so, much to my chagrin, I had to think up a whole new review title. Thank you, Mark A. Rayner, for robbing me of that pithy idea. It was going to be really funny.
As most of us have, from time to time, you’ve likely asked yourself the question: What would happen
As the story unfolds, an unfortunate experimental subject, Nick, is undergoing a transformation...more
To say this book is simply funny would be to gloss over it's d...more
Mark Rayner's descriptions are vivid. Every character...more
This book was very different than most others I have read. It took me a while before I opened it to begin reading. The size of the book was difficult to handle, it was very small. The picture on the front of the book didn't intrigue me, and actually scared me a little.
The story was not what I would have expected by the title or the cover picture. It was basically the story of a guy who works for (or at least until he qu...more
From Amazon.Com and the author's web site, here is a rundown:
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 Garg...more
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Rayner's offhand and qui...more
Many of the characters are taken directly from Midsummer Night's Dream. Robin Goodfellow (Puc...more
Let me make a confession: I don’t find monkeys inherently funny. Their similarity to humans is amusing, sure, but it’s been overdo...more
Mark A. Rayner is an author with a fantastical sense of humor and a dangerous imagination. Part big corporation take-down, part scientific bizarro experimentation, this novel is perfect for fans of the strange and unlikely!
Full of mayhem, madness, and monkey-business, Marvellous Hairy takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride through the many layered friendships of Nick, a man who is willing to sell his body to science for a couple of bucks; Max, a doctor wh...more
Rayner packs in the characters in this novel, but gives the reader a guide as to who everyone is at the beginning. Much like a Shakespearean play, which I reckon Rayner pulled a lot of inspiration from, a list of characters...more
But when I had read already a lot of it I suddenly noticed that I was actually enjoying the way it was written. I still didn't have a clue what I was reading about,but the way it was written was very catchy.
And luckily suddenly the story also started to make some sense.
I would still say it was a very weird sto...more
ETA: I just finished Marvellous Hairy, and I am very glad that I left my comfort zone and requested this one. I don't usually read science fiction, although I have a strong appreciation for the bizarre. This story is full of eccentric characters and hilarious dialogue. Since I tend to read pretty serious books most of the time, I had to allow myself to let go and just enjoy it,...more
By day he is a university prof and by night, a writer of satirical novels, short stories, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.) His most recent novel, The Fridgularity, won an Indie Reader Discovery...more