An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity

An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here 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 neighbor

  • Title: An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity
  • Author: J. Mulrooney
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.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 oldAn alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here.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 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.

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    1. I admit it. I put this one off. And yes, it was wholly because it's published by Castalia House.I started this book thinking the premise was actually pretty good: it was making me chuckle, and it had some amusing ideas, like Hell being a furnace in a suburban basement, and Death being a drunken redneck. The trouble is, by two-thirds the way through, the premise was getting boring. Moreover, earlier than that, I was also getting less and less impressed with the portrayal of women, with the only s [...]

    2. Being an actuary, I couldn't help picking up a book about an actuary being aided by the devil. Most people don't know what an actuary is and it's certainly rare to find them in a book! The author should have done a little more research, though. Unless things are different in Canada, there's no such thing as an "actuary school." You could major in actuarial science in a regular college, but there isn't a special school. Additionally, to get certified you have to pass many grueling exams, usually [...]

    3. A weird world of the living and dead, saved and unsaved, hell and earth. I really liked this book. It pulled me in with it's mix of strange and normal characters and a plot that was never obvious. Many memorable quotes along with pithy observations of modern life. Mulrooney's writing is excellent. I thought his telling of Thisbe's story before meeting Cooper was great. It had a slightly different feel to it than the writing in the rest of the book. I'm looking forward to his next one.

    4. A little slow at first, but it gets going about a third of the way in. Most of the main characters are annoying. The only one I really enjoyed was Scratch. I really enjoyed the way all the characters tied together with all of the ( sometimes humorous) coincidences that occurred. However, the ending wasn't really satisfying, nothing seems to get resolved, the only person who seems to reach an ending is the protagonist. A clever premise for a story that I don't believe was successfully fleshed out [...]

    5. I got about 10% of the way through this example of Mr Mulrooney's work before deciding that it did not provide any evidence that the author was worthy of consideration for the Campbell Award (not a Hugo) for 2017. Whilst allegedly the story of an actuary who acquires the devil as a neighbour, I could discern no evidence of plot or narrative in the 40 or so pages I endured. I was able to deduce the name of the actuary (Cooper), and the devil (Scratch), but of the promised sardonic wit, sadly none [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. I hit a point at 40% where I put the book down and was indifferent as to finishing it, but I resumed and at halfway through it really picked up at intertwining the pieces together. From that point I couldn't put it down. The author had a wry way of describing the modern world that I found delightful. Despite the presence of the devil, this book doesn't have any big religious overtures, and I liked that it jabbed at the generalized nonbelief of the West. It's not especially character d [...]

    7. It took me a little while to get into it. Maybe I was 'just not in the mood' or something? Because once I got past the first third there was no way stopping me! Every time I thought for sure that I got it figured out, the plot took a new twist and I was back at the proverbial drawing board.There are a ton of quotable lines in this book: I really should read it again with a notebook next to me.

    8. A pretty quick read of a slightly dark tale of the infernal set in an almost present or just recent past. A bit more fantastical and not much sci-fi (IMO).

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