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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Youthimax is a cure-all miracle drug from Johnson and Johnson which has all but eliminated death in modern society. Which is great news. Unless you work at a funeral home. The O'Rourke Funeral Home in West Philadelphia has fallen into obscurity, along with it's two sole employees. Max and Bligh waste the days away sleeping in coffins and counting shovels until that fateful ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Bedlam Press
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Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
What do you do when modern pharmaceuticals have all but cured death, and your entire livelihood revolves around . . . well, death? Well, if your`re a couple of guys working in a funeral home, you bide your time, listen to old Beatles tunes, and take on a side-job as serial killers. I mean, who can blame them, right?

That`s the basic concept here, and it`s just as weird and inappropriate as you might expect. Max and Bligh are an odd couple to drive a novel, but they`re right at home here. This is
Kris Lugosi
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Are you tired? Old? Sick and tired of being old? Are you constantly worried about your demise and final last breath? Well thanks to Johnson and Johnson, you no longer have to! Youthimax is the new drug on the market that can literally save your life..over and over and over....No more fatal accidents leaving you dead or worse disfigured and paralyzed, with Youthimax, one injection will insure your recovery to a younger better you! So what are you waiting for? Don't let death lead YOUR life!

What a
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Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Max and Bligh do not discriminate (or plan ahead). If you’re alive you’re a target. This thinker and drinker serial killing duo are a riot!
But "Serial Killing Isn't All Fun & Games", as one of the chapters points out.

Be prepared to be humming The Beatles tune;
Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon her head.
Clang! Clang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead.

I did not win this book, but without the giveaway I doubt I would have found it on my own. So for that thanks to th
It's hard for me to review this book. Parts of it were very funny, parts were sad and depressing and it probably holds some kind of record for number of times characters vomited. The story line was good and it moved pretty fast. I give it 3.8 stars. ...more
Carolyn Keel
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I received this book through first reads giveaways.


Ha. It was so freaking funny and well-written and just awesome. It has a very "Dexter" meets "Six Feet Under" vibe to it, with just a sprinkling of the Ibis and Jaquel Funeral Home from "American Gods" thrown in. Ha.

I really, really enjoyed this book. From beginning to end. It was just... all-around good.
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

Bang Bang in an unusual book about serial killers, unusual in the fact that it's entirely told from the perspective on the killers themselves rather than from the law enforcement and investigations point of view as you more often find it told. I found just this point to be a refreshing change and the book is a lot of fun to read because of it.

Set in future at some point there has been a huge leap forward in the fight against disease and death with the creation of Youthimax, a cure all drug, tha
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-owned
An okay read. Some parts were genuinely funny and clever. Others were confusing and didn't seem to flow with the storyline. When you find out about the tragic death of Max's wife, you realize that you can't blame him. Readers in the greater Philadelphia area would enjoy the book for the settings. ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Laughed out loud; stopped and thought; laughed some more.
Dystopian without the angst ridden teens who try and save the world and make it all better.

This book was definitely different yet intriguing. How would we as a society become even more corrupt than we already are, without the fear of death?
Stephanie Malich wolf
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Did not expect a book about murder to be so humorous!
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. The fourth star was definitely earned by the ending. Dark humor and thought provoking. I cannot imagine why I thought mental care would be anymore important in the future than now.
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