Full Disclaimer UpFront: I won a signed copy of this book through (I think) a FaceBook contest. Not quite sure if that is supposed to matter but Heaven forbid I be accused of being unfair or biased or some such utter nonsense. Which is stupid- because I'm always biased. It's called an opinion.
Marvellous Hairy is an odd book. Starts out odd, moves to a little bit odder, retains some of that oddness throughout the middle and ends happily ever after, a little oddly. Wonderfully odd. Bizarre even. Think Christopher Moore, think Chuck Palahniuk- although not quite as disgusting as Palahniuk. No I take that the back. In the opening scene, monkey's throw poop at an otherwise normal conservative wedding and a body part eating komodo dragon is released into the audience. So parts are disgusting enough to rate a 5 on the P-scale of grossness.
A little Background- Nick Motbot, a aspiring novelist, isn't quite making it. So to beef up his otherwise dwindling bank account he volunteers as a human lab rat. One too many times. When he starts to regress his friends, well one friend in particular, Rob Goodman, start to get just a tiny bit concerned. For about a minute and a half, Rob Goodman works for Gargantuan Industries, on his last day he figures out someone is messing with his friend's DNA.
May we all have friends as caring (and as entertainingly bizarre) as Nick. You just get this feeling as you read through the book, author Mark Raynor had to have based these character on real people and real situations. It's naturally funny and flowing in such a way that can only be based on a smidgen of real experiences. Not that people devolving into monkeys part or ghosts part or the kidnapping a major CEO part. But ya' know everything else.
I'd really like to see Rayner get a professional publishing house behind him. He deserves a great editor and quite frankly this book belongs either in hardcover or those oversized paper-back versions because reading this tiny, tiny book was annoying. You shouldn't be annoyed when you read Raynor. It's so damned funny and entertaining..you want to keep going until you turn the last page.