The Ferryman Institute

The Ferryman Institute

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the bestselling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life. Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people--somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that's as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie's pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life--that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute--but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie's not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it's the first time he's felt right in more than two hundred years. When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie's not about to lose the only living, breathing person he's ever saved without a fight. He's ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he's willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it. Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor"-- Provided by publisher.
Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people, and convinces them to move on to the afterlife. He's acquired a reputation for success that is legendary-- but serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie's pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Then he stops Alice Spiegel from taking her own life-- something strictly forbidden by the Institute. When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble.
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2016
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781501125324
150112532X
Characteristics: 426 pages ; 21 cm

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Beatricksy Feb 13, 2017

Bizarre little read. Mostly due to the strange tonal dissonance. On the one hand, it's a comedy. Snarky protagonists being sarcastic at each other, quaint remarks on the universe, pithy summaries. A Christopher Moore Wanna-Be. But on the other hand, good Lord is it violent. A bonafide torture scene, blood everywhere (even if it mostly gets sucked back into the immortals a few seconds after being spilled), a frightening hostage situation. The snarky comments are just a wee bit distracting when faced with literal death. But the concept is Almost Discworldian (yay~!) and it's tons of fun to read. If you're into action, you'll enjoy it (at least until the end chapters when suddenly it's just talking talking talking, like hitting a wall). Take it to the beach, roll your eyes, chuckle a bit, cringe a tiny bit, return it to the library, and move on.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Dec 03, 2016

I was strangely moved by this book and enjoyed it tremendously! While it does have elements of Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman, this is a unique story told by a first time author. Like so many people, Charlie is good at a job he hates. When he receives a reprieve of sorts things really go south and he finds himself in flight or fight mode. Join Charlie as he navigates the life, death and intrigue in the Ferryman Institute.

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dodieo
Oct 07, 2016

Great for fans of Neil Gaiman, Richard Kadrey and Christopher Moore!

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