The Ferryman Institute
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Charlie is tired, very tired. He has tried to transfer out for years now but they keep turning ...more
Charlie Dawson is a celebrity among Ferryman. He's been guiding souls for over two centuries, and his record is flawless. But he's sick of his job. Ferrymen are recruited as humans when they're dying, and if they accept the j ...more
Enter Charlie Dawson. Star Ferryman. 250 years of being an immortal Ferryman, and never once failing an assignment. The assignments aren't always easy, but they always end with the main objective -- open a door to the Afterlife, convince the soul to enter of its own free will. Succeed, get a ...more
*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I love reading about different versions of the afterlife and all things related, so reading about a ferryman was right up my alley. Oddly enough though, this book turned out to be not so much about afterlife and far more about life and what it means to live.
That being said, the whole concept of the Ferryman Institute, the actual institute in the book, was so unique and creative! There were th ...more
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Call me sexist if you want, but there's a reason why I try to stay away from books written by guys: I can't stand their f***g voices. Or what is known as "male gaze".
There's a few exceptions like author Soman Chainani and I was going to say author Peter S. Beagle... but meanwhile the author wrote Summerlong and s**t hit the fan with that one. Don't know what is it with guys and old age, for crying out loud.
So, male gaze, right?
I can't stand it. I have allergy to it.
If you want a weird/quirky action movie in a bo ...more
An impressive debut featuring an unlikely hero who helps the dead cross over into the afterlife. Charlie Dawson doesn't have an average nine to five job. Being a ferryman means he's on call whenever needed, but Charlie is due for a change in his life. This exceeded my expectations with a strong plot and nicely written characters that stand out. Those of you looking for a little something different in your reading material may want to grab a copy of this. ...more
"Be a Ferryman or save the girl. Your choice."
Charlie has been given the gift of immortality. His job is to be a Ferryman. He does his job well. In over two and a half centuries he has not had an incomplete job. So what does his job entail? Charlie is responsible for assisting people in their next journey after they die. He doesn't know what happens to them after he opens the door to their future. He just needs to convince them to crossover. Sadly, Charlie is tired of witnessing so much ...more
Admittedly, this book had some big shoes to fill - the promotional material heavily compares it to Christopher Moore, which is a pretty bold statement. But it's not just that it's 'not as good as Moore.' It's just plain not good.
It's billed as dark comedy, but there's not actually anything funny about it. The closest thing to humor is a vein of self-aware cynicism, but it's not put forth humorously. It's billed as a story about dying, death, and the passage from life, but that doesn't a ...more
I was determined to
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★½ (4.5/5)
What I love about this book, not only is the writing
excuse my language fan-fuckin-tastic but the main character Charlie is so relatable.
At some point in our lives we've experienced being #SoDone. You know when you've reached the point where you literally could not give a flying fudge; may it be school, work or friendships. It's like you've lost the ability to care and before every decision your brain flashes a bright neon #FuckIt sign and you do whatever the hell you...more
You know how the movie "Groundhog Day" is almost funny when it cycles thr ...more
This book did remind me of Christopher Moore's "A Dirty Job" because of the job similarity, but that is where the comparison ends. It turns out to be a mixture between romance and mafia book, whimsical and action packed.
"REBECCA" said everything I was thinking— far more beautifully put than I could—so I'm just cutting and pasting the best of her review: (just in case everyone misses it).
"A lot of toxic masculinity and narcissism. Our main character is the bestest best best, so good that the entire state of death on this planet depends on him, because he's just so damn awesome. He wants to qui ...more
Regarding themes around depression, I have to wonder if Co ...more
charlie dawson is a legend. in his time with the ferryman institute he’s garnered a stellar reputation for success and everyone looks up to him. he has three problems, though. first, charlie is slowly losing his mind and his will to live. second, he’s received a presidential assignment giving him a choice: be a ferryman or save the girl. the girl in question is alice spiegel, who is seconds away from c ...more
Bottom-line is this,
"The bureaucracy and the meta-physics of the world of the Ferryman institute is well fleshed out and Colin's writing is first-class, engaging and spot-on with his witticisms and pointers about truths of life or death as it comes. If you are bored with the whole genre of urban fantasy in general, then this book about the "undead" infuses new life into such. It's a delightful caper, wickedly funny tale a ...more
First let me say, I love the premise of this novel. The main job for the workers of the Ferryman Institute is to assist the newly departed cross over into the afterlife. The main character, Charlie, has been a Ferryman for over 250 years and he is one of the best at getting lost souls to travel over to the oth ...more
According to legend, a long time ago Death met Charon, a man who seeks immortality and refuse to die no matter how hard Death tried. After much time and effort spent from both side, they finally struck a deal and Charon achieved his dream of immortality, in return he will help Death's work by ferrying dying people from our world to the Death's door. Thus the Ferryman Institute was founded.
Charlie has been a Ferryman for 250 years and achieved ...more
This book was, for lack of a better word, AMAZING!! I was immediately enthralled by not only the characters, but also in the way the story was told. It was nothing like what I thought it would be based on the description, but somehow, it was better. Charley's story wraps itself around the readers from the first paragraph and never lets them go.
About half way though, I thought I had the book figured out, ...more