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The Everything Box

(Another Coop Heist #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,355 ratings  ·  586 reviews
Reminiscent of the edgy, offbeat humor of Chris Moore and Matt Ruff, the first entry in a whimsical, fast-paced supernatural series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim novels—a dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again.

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Harper Voyager
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Donna There is another in the series. The second book is due out this month iirc.
Terri Not much. There is a love interest for Coop, but there is no "descriptive" romance.

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
📦 Doomsday Boxes FTW Buddy Read (DBFTWBR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 📦

So. The present heart-warming tale of compassion and benevolence is about a guy called Coop. Coop is a Magic Thingies Thief (MTT™) who specializes in stealing, um, you know, magic thingies and stuff, and just got out of jail and stuff (not with the help of a Monopoly card, in case you were wondering). And what do self-respecting MTTs™ who just got of jail do? Why get right back on the horse shrimp and start planning Slightly
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Sh3lly
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Coop is a good guy, but unlucky. Well, actually, he was sold out, and ended up in jail.

Prison coffee was like someone had shouted the word coffee into a bag of potting soil and strained the boiled sludge through a dirty T-shirt.

Then, after he gets out, he gets wrapped up in another heist. Of course. He just loves his thieving ways. This is set in our world, but one with magic, vampires, angels, etc. etc.

Richard Kadrey is known for the
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David Pomerico
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just a touch biased, as I was the editor for this book...

But that just means that I loved it in the first place.

I'll be up front: humorous writing is hard. Humorous sci-fi and fantasy is probably even harder, because you're always up against the comps of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett (talk about big shoes to fill!). There are so few writers able to do it and do it well, and one of them--Christopher Moore--has said that Richard Kadrey is about to join that group.

I guess for me, I just got su
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Choko
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, humor
Very silly, but an enjoyable read:)
Skip
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, fantasy
I thought this book was okay times, but suffered from too many characters and too much chaos. I like his Sandman Slim series much better, perhaps because I understand the characters better and edgier. The comparisons to Christopher Moore's humor should have been taken more seriously, at least by me. Thank goodness, a new Sandman Slim book, The Perdition Score, is coming soon.
Cathy
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
It definitely had that comic rhythm, comedy of errors, that's reminiscent of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch or Bloodsucking Fiends or almost any Christopher Moore. It had the similar dark wit, buffoonish characters interspersed with somewhat more serious characters, the feeling of things rapidly spinning out of control. But the comparison is all good, not intended to imply that its derivative. Or are we saying that no one else can write a darkly funny urban f ...more
Megan
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This book had the potential to be one of my favorite books. Sadly it failed to use the potential and became what I can only describe as a repetitive book. The book shifts between heists that could have been much more epic, to the main character being kidnapped, to planning the heist and then another heist another kidnapping and so on and so forth. The characters felt flat and while it was a bit of a page turner it's not one I would recommend.
Bonnie
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Thousands of years ago, God decided to destroy the Earth and all who resided on it. Fortunately, us pesky mortals are pretty good survivalists and we didn’t all perish as was intended. This time, God sends an angel named Qaphsiel to Earth with a special box that would take the rest of us out for good. Except all didn’t go as planned. Qaphsiel lost the box.

“So, you’re the angel of Death?” The angel shook his head, a little embarrassed. “I don’t have that honor. In Heav
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Wes
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable read. Fast paced, clever, amusing, and hopefully the start of a great new series from Kadrey.

While the gist of the world in which The Everything Box takes place is similar to Kadrey's Sandman Slim books -- there is magic in the world as well as magical creatures, God and angels, all powerful devices, etc. etc. -- the general feel of the world in which it takes place is a little lighter, a little brighter. In the Sandman books, the reader sees the world through Slim's eyes, and
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The Magister scratched his ear, pondering the situation. “Good. When they come in, tell them to thaw out Fluffy.”
The Magister heard a satisfying gasp on the other end of the line. “Fluffy? Are you sure, Dark High One?”
“Very sure. And don’t tell anyone about him. I want it to be a surprise.”
“Oh, it will be, Magister. It will be.”

@86%


**Thos
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Jason
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, e-books
2 Stars

The Everything Box simply was not my cup of tea. I am a huge fan of Richard Kadrey and I cannot get enough of his Sandman Slim series. I absolutely consider him one of my favorite authors. This book was not a Sandman Slim novel. It is supposed to be funny and at times it is, but there is simply too much ridiculousness going on to ever focus on one thing.

I did not like it.

Oh well, I love the author and can't recommend his Sandman Slim series enough.

Paul
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
will read the next title...likes but didnt love love this book
Robert Dunn
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book I would have loved so much more had it been from another author. That, I guess is one of the problems of success. Richard Kadrey is the author of the Sandman Slim series, another kind of urban fantasy with a much harder edge. Had I just found The Everything Box in a vacuum, without the surrounding atmosphere of expectations I would have given in to its charms and been a new fan. So really my complaint is that this book is different from the Sandman Slim books but not different eno ...more
Stewart Tame
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most excellently fun! The Everything Box is a caper novel in the grand tradition. Coop is a professional thief who's good at his job, until a heist goes wrong--there was a dragon. And imps.--and lands him in prison. A secret government agency offers him freedom in exchange for the theft of a small box. But it will mean working with his ex. And there's more than one group who want the box to bring about the Apocalypse. What could go wrong?

This supernatural caper novel has it all: action, romance,
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Timothy
Apocalyptically Funny.

This book can best be summed up in four words: Green Folders and Boxes.

In a world where creatures and beings of every corner of people's nightmares exist in the shadows of society, there was a time when the world was going to be destroyed, but the one who was given the task, an angel, not only "misplaces" the object of destruction on Earth, but has been trying to find it with a broken celestial map for the past four thousand years.

Basically, the story follows Coop, a "profe
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Uttara Srinivasan
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A book that begins with an angel losing his box containing the power to end the world is off to a great start. Watching the box gain epic proportions and many suitors 4000 years later - now the modern world we know and yet know nothing of - is a plot no less worthy of a start like that. Add to it elements of fantasy that the author doesn't spend pages building but allows to become clearer as the story progresses; and humour that ensures a constant smile on your face that often even brea
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Lalona Hall
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love every book that Kadrey has published, this one included. If you are a fan of humor, the supernatural and satire; and not easily offended by colorful language and risqué subject matter, you will love it. If Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Terry Pratchett & Stephen King had book babies together, Kadrey's books would be their spawn! The Everything Box is awesome! ...more
Amy
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is just a fun book. It is full of snappy dialogue, strange characters and absolute chaos. It moves along at a really good pace and doesn't drag anything out. I found it similar to most Christopher Moore books. It was a great distraction to dive into
Chris
Ok series about magic-resistant thief Charlie Cooper and the Department of Peculiar Science.
RG
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Urban heist fantasy if thats even thing but its the best summary for the style of novel. Coop is a thief who has the stange ability of not being affected by anything magical. Hes asked to steal something and he forms a team to do it. Its a complicated heist novel set amongst a urban fantasy type background in LA. Its definitely a different novel to the sandman series by Kadrey. I felt like this novel had too many characters and too many plot lines and directions. The sandman series has a smaller ...more
Maxine
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Human beings had turned out to be a bit of a disappointment to heaven so 4000 years ago, Qaphsiel, the angel normally in charge of heavenly office supplies, was sent to finish off the human race. It should have been an easy assignment since a flood had already done most of the work for him. Unfortunately, he lost the box that would accomplish the task. Fast forward to modern day Los Angeles. Charlie ‘Coop’ Cooper is just out of jail when he is hired by Mr. Babylon to steal the box from a well-gu ...more
Kdawg91
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book makes me happy.


As a huge fan of the Sandman Slim series, and why haven't you read them?!?!?!?! This somewhat lighter take on some of the same tropes previously hit on in that series made me smile from beginning to end. THIS SHOULD BE A TELEVISION SHOW..someone get on this already.

Fun characters, great world, the snappy dialogue and snarky fun you have come to expect with Mr. Kadrey's writing. This book is a blast and there honestly, very simply, isn't enough fucking fun reads now a day
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Julie
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a blast (pun intended because, you see, it's about this box that can, sorry, no spoilers here). It's a refreshing read, unlike anything else unless you maybe compared it to Carl Hiaasen, but Hiaasen's stuff is hyperbole of events that happen and this is true fantasy. Well, I hope it's fantasy. This book had me laughing out loud beginning to end and I almost hope it's the start of a series. It would be a pleasure to follow our crook/hero and his crew of crazies through another advent ...more
Patti
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is like Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore had a baby and Michael Logan was the nanny.

Witty, fun, filled with action and mayhem and all kinds of weird shit. My only complaint was the multitude of characters, some of whom seemed to be carbon copies of others.

Definitely recommended to fans of the odd.
Sara
A lot went on in this book, but I'll do my best to summarize it! Thousands of years ago, an angel was sent to destroy Earth with a device to cause armageddon, only to discover (right before he was about to use it) that he'd accidentally lost the box. Now, in present day, the box has been discovered again - and everyone wants it, even though not everyone knows quite what the box does. Coop is a thief who works in the underground paranormal world, and he's hired to steal the box. He does that, and ...more
Alan
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christopher Moore fans hungry for more blood, cursing and depravity
Recommended to Alan by: Jim Stark and Chris Moore
Charlie Cooper—"Coop" to his friends—isn't Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim, but they could be cousins. Coop is a sardonic, wisecracking Angeleno too, given to fast-paced banter with friends and enemies alike, even when he might do better to keep his mouth shut. Coop's also denizen of a Los Angeles that contains—that is, arguably, infested with—magic. And, like James Stark, Coop possesses a quality that makes him uniquely able to handle the magical side of the City of Angels.

Oh, and yes, there are
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Cale
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This would make a good pairing with Good Omens; just make sure you read this one first. Because if you read Good Omens first, you'll see what is practically the apotheosis of the modern Apocalypse book, and this doesn't stand up to comparison. But it would serve as a decent appetizer.

I liked the plot and the world, and the heists themselves are pretty impressive (especially the middle one, the house break-in). But the characters were not particularly memorable, and the dialog felt forced. The wo
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John
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, paranormal, fantasy
Qaphsiel, God's angel of heavenly office supplies, has been sent to Earth after the great flood to purge the bits of remaining humanity. He has been entrusted with the Everything Box, a device that when opened will unleash the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. However, when Qaphsiel reaches into his robe's pocket, he discovers that it is missing. This incompetence gets him barred from heaven until he can recover the box, which he has failed to do for the last four thousand years.

While the angel c
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Theo
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While mostly entertaining, The Everything Box felt like a lightweight version of Good Omens. The Everything Box is a goofy, rapid-paced, fantastical adventure about the end of the world, but the flow of conversation just didn't feel natural. The reader is immediately thrown into Richard Kadrey's world of Vampires and Ghosts, but nothing is ever really explained and this causes confusion for a large portion of the book. It was fun to read, but having previously read Good Omens this year I can't w ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Although I own a couple of Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels, I have yet to give them a shot. I was planning on doing just that when the folks at Harper Voyager offered me an early read of his newest, The Everything Box. I've been postponing my reading of the author's signature series because I didn't want to go into another multi-volume book sequence. As a stand-alone novel (there is contradictory information claiming that this might be the first installment in a new series), The Everything ...more
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