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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
ebook, 248 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
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
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was silly. Refreshingly so.

Death has an existential crisis and quits his job, leaving the world confused and populated with the undead.
The devil asks God for some time off and goes on a holiday. Except, that the body he was supposed to use is currently not available and he ends up in another one, which he is less satisfied with.
The goldfish is a messenger between the different ethereal spheres. If only he could remember what the message was.

What a great read.
Montzalee Wittmann
Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish by Andrew Buckley is such a funny and crazy book! The devil gets a week vacation on earth to cause havoc in a body of his choice. There is fine print that is included. Well, he ends up in a cat due to this fine print. Hard to cause chaos on earth as a cat but he makes a good effort. Meanwhile, Death goes to the Bahamas, there is a psychic goldfish but he is very forgetful and sooo funny, and a man/penguin/man! The blending of these stories with a crooked cop, ...more
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Death, the Devil, and a Goldfish walk into a bar......

I jest.

Goldfish can't walk.

The Devil has been wallowing in hell, torturing souls and having a bang up time but realizes he needs a bit of a vacation. God agrees and gives Devil a week to walk the human world possessing any body of Devil's choosing. However, God has a wicked sense of humor, and the Devil apparently doesn't thoroughly read the contracts he signs.

Mr. Devil ends up in the body of a cat named Fuzzbucket, much to his dismay. This
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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: “
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Frau Blücher
Da wollte jemand ganz arg wie Douglas Adams schreiben, kam aber leider nicht über Fanfic-Niveau heraus. Über die ganze Distanz wird's dann doch arg anstrengend.
James Wymore
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor-fiction
I admit I only bought this book a few years ago because of the cover. Then I just set it aside and never read it till now. Though I now realize there is a flaw in the cover design Death is an angel not a skeleton as the boney hand portrays.
This book did something that few humor books have done and that is make me laugh out loud. I admit it was not the best story and had a lot going on but it had enough to entertain me.
Pop Bop
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cultural, humor
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
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It will feel like putting on a comfortable old pair of shoes for fans of Douglas Adam's style of storytelling.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: divine-fantasy
I can see what the author wanted to do and I am sorry but it didn’t work.

Having Lucifer in your story makes things much easier. (view spoiler) An author might use that freedom to play with his characters, let the reader experience the world. Or he might just string scenes together and end the story having achieved nothing.
This book reads like a pitch meeting gone wrong. The devil po
Dana Fraedrich
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You guys! My first review of 2018 is five stars! If you follow my reviews regularly, you know I don't hand out five stars very easily. I hope this bodes well for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed anyway. 😆 What can I say about this book? I'm so pleased I read it; I'm not sure words can describe how much I loved it. First, though, let me tell you a bit about how I discovered it.

So I listen to this fantastic podcast called Read.Write.Repeat. I just adore the hosts, Kelsey and Kaisha. The podca
Joy Longshaw
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As said elsewhere, this does have a certain similarity to the Hitchikers Guide. A story of the absurdity of the human condition, and what sort of absurd characters those from the Judeo-Xtian pantheon would be, forced into the modern era. It just goes to show you that we should probably embrace or own Celtic-Gaelic mythology rather than provide so much support to the sillyness of Middle Eastern nonsense. The plot is funny, the characters extra ridiculous reflections of English-ness, and if there ...more
Katja | Zwischen den Seiten
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
Byron Edgington
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fantasy, humor
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Julie Witt
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mike Robinson
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

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:
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
*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
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Carl Hackman
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. He pitched and developed several screenplay projects for film and television before completing his first two novels, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH and STILTSKIN, both published by Curiosity Quills Press. Andrew also writes under the pen name 'Jane D. Everly' for his HAVELOCK series of novels.

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“anyone from Birmingham would understand, it was a complete rarity for anything to be dancing across the grass, especially sunlight, as England constantly loses sunlight to nicer, brighter countries like Australia. Ironically, Australia was the place where England sent its criminals. They were caught doing some illegal act in a dreary, dank, and gloomy country where drizzle was a common factor throughout the day, and then they got shipped off to a beautiful sandy beach, very close to the Great Barrier Reef. Punishment was obviously a skewed thought in everyone’s mind back in the olden days. Probably something to do with the rain falling and softening what were obviously already very soft heads.” 0 likes
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