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Saturday, December 23, 2017

EQUATION now in paperback

When the devil moves in next door to Cooper Smith Cooper's house, Cooper doesn't know what to make of him at first. But when the unexpectedly neighborly Scratch helps the unemployed actuary find a job at a local insurance company with the help of some inside information into the activities of Death, Cooper decides the old devil might not be so bad after all.

The only problem, Cooper thinks, is how to conceal from his fellow actuaries his newfound ability to perfectly predict the time and place of people's deaths. And then, there is also the small matter of the screams of his recently deceased neighbor coming from Scratch's basement furnace to consider.

AN EQUATION OF ALMOST INFINITE COMPLEXITY is a sardonically funny debut novel from J. Mulrooney. Now in paperback and featuring a redesigned cover! 474 pages, $19.99.

From the reviews:
  • J. Mulrooney has crafted a modern fable that illustrates the primacy of the Socratic imperative. In telling the story, the author employs a mordant wit to throw well-deserved darts at journalists, government employees, police officers and baby boomers.
  • Best book in a while. What happens when you are a failed insurance actuary and the devil and his dysfunctional spawn, Death, move in next door? Why, you turn it into a career advantage! As others have said, the humor is very "Douglas Adams-like" with a lot of chuckles and few LOLs. Well worth the read.
  • The best debut novel I've read in years. The author hits it out of the park with a truly original story, a crisp writing style and a sophisticated sense of humor that brings a new dimension to this age old tale of "good" versus "evil". In fact, both good and evil are almost unrecognisable in this tale of a disillusioned Satan who is desperate to retire after the revelation that his traditional role as "Prince of Darkness" is completely irrelevant and no one needs his help finding their way into Hell.
  • This book is FUNNY. I don't mean like "Louis C.K. talking about necrophilia" funny that passes as comedy today, but actual intelligent wit. This book has wry, dry, absurdist, ironic, observational, satirical, droll and situational comedy. I literally laughed out loud on several occasions, and chuckled merrily on many others. Fans of Douglas Adams will be delighted; the style and sensibility is reminiscent of his "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," or "Good Omens" by Prachett & Gaiman, if they'd been influenced by C. S. Lewis and and G. K. Chesteron.
  • I got this book not really knowing what to expect. Quite frankly, I was blown away. Far from being a simple piece of entertaining fluff, I would describe it as a true work of literature. The concept is so clever and the characters so well thought out that I still think about it days after finishing. The lovelorn protagonist is beyond hopeless, but his journey through the story comes with a bizarrely satisfying payoff at the end. Unexpected, brilliant, clever and entertaining.
AN EQUATION OF ALMOST INFINITE COMPLEXITY is probably Castalia House's most underrated work. But it is a very good, very clever novel. If J. Mulrooney was a New Yorker instead of a Canadian and was published by a boutique New York City-based publishing house instead of Castalia, he'd very likely be hailed as the next Dave Eggers or David Foster Wallace, except, of course, that Mulrooney's work is considerably more amusing.

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9 Comments:

Blogger The Rev December 23, 2017 7:55 AM  

A brilliant book and excellent stocking stuffer.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 23, 2017 8:26 AM  

Was highly recommended to me by a man of wealth and taste.

Blogger Dave December 23, 2017 9:13 AM  

AN EQUATION OF ALMOST INFINITE COMPLEXITY is probably Castalia House's most underrated work. But it is a very good, very clever novel. If J. Mulrooney was a New Yorker instead of a Canadian and was published by a boutique New York City-based publishing house instead of Castalia, he'd very likely be hailed as the next Dave Eggers or David Foster Wallace, except, of course, that Mulrooney's work is considerably more amusing.

Spot on. What we'll never know is IF Mr. Mulrooney would have ever been published by a New York City-based boutique publishing house.


Buy this book. You'll be glad you did.

Blogger wreckage December 23, 2017 10:36 AM  

@2., I think I can guess his name.

This IS a criminally underrated book. It's far more accessible and much funnier than you might expect, while still being smart and sharp.

Blogger pdwalker December 23, 2017 11:42 AM  

It's not my normal fare, and I would have skipped it normally, but on VD's insistence, I purchase the ebook.

Glad I did. Money well spent.

Anonymous Causal Lurker December 23, 2017 12:48 PM  

The new cover reminds me of Larry Niven's short story, "Convergent Series." Ordered the paperback so I can relax and enjoy, easier.

Blogger Matthew December 23, 2017 1:04 PM  

Causal Lurker wrote:The new cover reminds me of Larry Niven's short story, "Convergent Series."

That was definitely a part of the inspiration for the design.

Blogger John Cunningham December 23, 2017 2:14 PM  

VFM 424 here--I am halfway thru EQUATION, and it is superb. Mulrooney's observations of modern life are dry and hilarious. He reminds me of Owen Stanley

Anonymous Anonymous December 24, 2017 12:21 AM  

Check out this New Yorker article on WWII https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-new-history-of-the-second-world-war
NOW replace the 3rd last paragraph with this alost identical but updated copy:

"Unfortunately, confusion reigns. The Left (antifa) lives in a fantasy world—they believe their own propaganda, which argues that, for reasons of identity politics and ideology, they are unbeatable. The Right/Conservatives meanwhile, underestimate their own economic might and popularity (Trump doesnt). They allow themselves to be intimidated by leftist rhetoric; justifiably horrified by the Racism in the past, they want to give political correctness a chance, and so refrain from the flag-waving displays of aggression and fscts that might revealed their true strength, while hoping, despite proclamations to the contrary, that the timeLeft and SJWs particularly might be satisfied with smaller concesdions. THEY WONT BE“

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