Taking Candy from the Devil

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Chris Bly, burnt out and broke after an ill-conceived software startup, retreats to his father’s collection of geodesic domes on the western slope of Washington’s Cascades Mountains. Brother Trent is a Hollywood stunt coordinator dabbling in jewel theft. Fake Bigfoot tracks surface and a mysterious stranger arrives to exact revenge. Redemption arrives with romance, a trebuchet and explosions.
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Words: 76,360
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452419251
About Robert P. Kaye

Robert P. Kaye’s stories have appeared in the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Beecher’s, Pear Noir!, Ellipsis, Per Contra, The Los Angeles Review and elsewhere, with details available at www.RobertPKaye.com. His flash fiction chapbook “Typewriter for a Superior Alphabet” is published by Alice Blue Press. He facilitates the Works in Progress open mic at Hugo House and is the co-founder of the Seattle Fiction Federation reading series. He juggles and throws knives in the far upper left corner of the USA. He became addicted to writing fiction when Salon magazine selected his entry (“A fool and his money are soon automated”) as Best Technology Epigram, still his shortest published work and likely to remain so.

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Review by: Rigby Taylor on Oct. 25, 2015 :
An extremely well written, intelligent and perceptive book—not a word too many or too few, with plenty of amusing aphorisms and descriptions. “He stood, liberated by failure”. “The roots of half a dozen vampiric saplings straddled a fallen nurse log…sucking nutrients out of the decomposing corpse.” “The three worked as if they were behind schedule for a crusade.” “A safety net of starvation beneath a trapeze of terror.” After an entrepreneurial failure, Chris, rejoins his dysfunctional family who live in semi isolation on the edge of a mountain, in constant semi-feud with each other and their neighbours. Their odd dwellings of isolated domes or vertiginous tree houses are perfect settings for the unlovely, selfish, deliberately difficult, basically unlikeable people whose lives perfectly demonstrate the absurdity of life. Well…their lives at least. A fun read.
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Review by: Paul Samael on Oct. 10, 2015 :
For me, this somewhat quirky novel falls into the category of what Graham Greene used to call “an entertainment” – it doesn’t take itself too seriously, although it does touch on some satisfyingly serious issues along the way. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it – but there’s also a lot more to it than just surface quirkiness. As the author puts it in one of his blurbs, the novel is about our “addictions to prosperity, technology and coffee and the need to occasionally reboot one's life.”

For a longer review, see: http://paulsamael.com/blog/taking-candy-from-the-devil
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Review by: Anna Noble on May 16, 2013 :
Great book. Loved the unusual characters and Cannon's inventions. Wonderful reading. Hard to take a break while reading it.
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