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Don't Eat The Glowing Bananas

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It's hard to find a decent brunch in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. But that's all Henry Rosetta wants from the world. That, and not to be eaten by nomadic cannibals. Henry has traveled the nuclear bomb-blasted highways critiquing the finest radioactive eateries and cataloging his experiences. All the while, he's been searching for the knowledge of why the bombs fell. It' ...more
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Published December 7th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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All the while I was reading this novel, I kept trying to imagine how it could be funnier.

While our itinerant food reviewer tasted the delicacies across a fallout wasteland, I couldn't help but imagine him playing as one of the cast from Monty Python's Flying Circus. Probably Eric Idle.

Once he teams up with Lewis and Zoe, I had this strange desire to see the whole novel done on stage. With singing. And dancing zombies. I thought it would be so cool.

In the end though, it was amusing, mostly mildl
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
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Sound advice, I wouldn't eat them either.

I think from the title it is clear that this is not the most serious book and that you will have to let reason go at times in order for it to make sense (if it makes sense at all, that is). In this case, what you see is what you get, because it is exactly that kind of book.

Henry Rosetta for some reason is a food critique reviewing the places he eats while looking for the answer to one question: w
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
*I received this ARC from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.*

When I received this book as part of the book review tour I just kind of blinked, I thought I remembered this author's name and then I realized I did.. Alice Takes Back Wonderland is another book of David D. Hammons and I personally wasn't a fan - this isn't about that book, though, this is about Don't Eat The Glowing Bananas.

The tone is quite similar to Alice Takes Back Wonderland - which is NUTTY! This book is meant t
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Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! This was hilarious and right up my alley with the whimsical sense of wry humor. Definitely a must read!

Habt ihr schon gehört, dass Netgalley nach Deutschland kommt? Ja, es gibt nun eine deutsche Version, über die deutsche Buchtitel angefragt werden können. Mich freut das sehr, denn das Prinzip ist großartig. Wo sonst können Rezensent_innen so unkompliziert mit Verlagen und Autor_innen in Kontakt treten, um genau die Bücher zu lesen und zu besprechen, die sie interessieren? Ich habe mit dem amerikanischen Original bisher ausschließlich positive Erfahrungen gesammelt und kann euch nur e
Maria Beltrami
One of the many books set in the 'aftermath of the bombing', one might say. But no, because this is a rather psychedelic aftermath, to the point that you would think the fallout was massive doses of LSD. In this rather crazy world, where bananas are fluorescent, penguins are cannibalistic and zombies love to group dance, the protagonist travels around the United States in search of gastronomic delights and the answer to one question: why did the bomb fall? At a certain point in his journey, the ...more
Alexis Drake
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, sci-fi isn't really my cup of tea, and this book is weird/sci-fi. Basically, it's the main character who tries to write a guide like the Michelin, in a post-apocalyptic-futuristic world. And I found really strange food on his journey, but also very strange people and aliens. It's funny sometimes, and I really like the weird title, but it's not my fave genre, so I can't say that I like it so much.

Questo fa decisamente parte della weird science fiction o come si chiama. Un tizio che vuole sc
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those books that sneaks up on you. I was browsing NetGalley and the cover and wonderfully ridiculous title grabbed my eye. The book description was more than enough for me to request a copy. Henry “Hank” Rosetta is a lone wanderer in the wasteland that is the post apocalyptic United States. He’s never too worried about that fact though. What Hank is after is just one thing: The Perfect 5-Star Meal. He travels from town t
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

They finally did it! Curiosity Quills Press finally wowed me enough to give one of their books a full star ranking! And… Oh my Goddess this is a FUNNY book!

From the author who wrote ‘Alice takes back Wonderland’ we have a new Alice… well, not really. But just say New Dallas out loud and you might see what I mean – though it doesn’t work as well in an Australian acc
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry Rosetta has only two missions in life - to find the perfect 5 star meal (or just a really good cheese) and to find out why the bombs that created this post-apocalyptic wasteland fell. So far nobody has been able to help him with either. Right now he is in Texas so his goal is to find some Tex-Mex. He's come across a small gas station where the inhabitant claims he's making tamales (it looks more like rat stew) so he's arranged a trade when a biker gang busts down the door and...begins eati ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Review: Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas by David D. Hammons
Title: Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas
Author: David D. Hammons
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
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Cover: The cover was why I decided to read Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas. Well, that and the title. It just spikes the curiosity like what is this book even about. And then you have the radiation party lights which says something about nuclear warfare. As I’m staring at the cover, I’m really starting to wonder why there’
Heather Lawson
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc, read-in-2015
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When I first read the description for this book, I laughed. I thought it sounded hilarious and I couldn’t wait to read it. This is one of those rare occasions where I had high expectations going into a book and it didn’t disappoint me. I couldn’t put this book down, I was hooked from the beginning.

Henry Rosetta is just trying to find some decent food in the post-apocalyptic world that he finds himself living in. Wr
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read

Initially coming straight off the back if Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy I found out a bit poor in a way that it seemed to be trying to write in the same vein as HHGTTG but lacking Adams' flair.
I got half way through and got a bit bored and left it for a few months to read other things and came back to it recently. I'm not sure whether he second half is much better or in reading a different style of book made it feel moire appealing. The pace in the second half was much quic
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First things first, I also loved the title and I was kind of hoping that the glowing bananas would play a slightly bigger role.

There's a lot of post-apocalyptic books/TV shows/movies/etc that are all doom and gloom, so this book definitely comes across as a breath of fresh air as it uses its setting not to set up another dark, hopeless story, but to create a ridiculous world, ridiculous situations, ridiculous characters - and a very fun time. Overall, the story keeps a mostly positive tone, whic
Not gonna lie. As I started to read this my thoughts were "What. the. hell. am I reading? This makes NO SENSE and I feel like I should be on acid JUST to follow this craziness" and then the ah-ha moment "I feel like I'm reading Alice in Wonderland". Like I said "ah-ha moment".

Curiosity Quills Press states in the Author's bio: While visiting Cambridge during my time studying abroad, I tried to sneak into C. S. Lewis’s old apartment. I wanted to stand where the old master stood. I wanted to glean
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
What do I say about David D. Hammons' Don't Eat The Glowing Bananas - well, I'm probably not in right gender, right state of intoxication and right age to understand the humor of this story. For me its like Mad Max, 12 Monkeys and Anthony Bourdain's Layover all together. Its post apocalyptic foodie journey around America, or what's left of it, experiencing old food in new ways and flirting with danger every step of the way. So when Henry/Hank arrives in Nude Alice (New Dallas) he has made quite ...more
Ashley Tomlinson
This was a very humorous book but that was given by the name. It's a pretty crazy name and I will admit that I wasn't crazy about reading it. It's just not something that I would normally pick up and the name really didn't grab me either. I was given this book for an honest review and in no way does that sway my opinion about it.

Even though it's funny, it still took some time for me to get into it. Henry Rosetta was a great character and absolutely hilarious. As a reviewer, I thought it was fun
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was a fun read. I felt that it was a bit underwhelming in the end and I really did not like Zoe, but for the most part I enjoyed this novel. It was fun to read and the humor was great in it. I mean I completely lost it at the dancing zombies, if I have to be honest. This book definitely gave me a Zombieland feel and it had a lot of fun. I wish Zoe was a bit more fleshed out than just revenge? She was supposed to be the opposing force to Henry I guess, but it was just really irr ...more
Tom Fletcher
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle
Like most readers I imagine, I was first attracted to this book by one of the best novel titles I've seen for a long time. I expected plenty of humour, charm, and general nuttiness, and I definitely wasn't wrong or disappointed. DETGB is an incredibly fun read, but a thought provoking one with solid messages of knowledge and morality beneath the veil of lunacy. The humour hit far more often than it missed (laugh out loud funny at times, particularly when the mutant sidekick Lewis is involved), a ...more
Rachel Johnson
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came for the madcap title, and stayed for the Monty Python humor. Now, normally I'm more so a fan of books that brood or delve into melancholy, with anti-heroes and tragedy. But this book...this silly little was darn near perfect. There were literal "laugh out loud" moments in every chapter, and I loved the characters' unyielding optimism. As I approached the ending, I feared it might be too abrupt, but it was actually quite nicely done. Things were wrapped up in a way that closed th ...more
Grant Eagar
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

First things first, I loved the title.

David Hammons humorous view of the dystopian world reminded me of Terry Pratchett’s disc world. I loved David’s wry sense of humor and his approach to a post nuclear holocaust world. I enjoyed Henry, the MC, his creative solutions to staying alive and remain, un-maimed and uneaten was refreshing as was his satirical perception of the universe.

Of course like all dystopian comedies this is a little dark at times and the collective view of humanit
Josef Hernandez
A humorous look at the apocalypse

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Some fun, Douglas Adams-esque absurdity, but in places the plot was a little bit thin on the ground and it seemed weird for the sake of being weird. While entertaining, it didn't quite win me over. Full review to follow as this was a NetGalley read. ...more
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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