Lizzy Recommends: The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell, published by melvillehouse
I was extremely excited to read this book— a blurb comparing it to Good Omens sold me on it to the point I didn’t need to hear anything else— and from that comparison I would have (accurately) guessed it would be clever, funny, and an occasionally biting satire. I’d have guessed it’d have some thoughts on human nature to chew on. I’ll admit, though, that I didn’t expect it to surprise me.
The Weirdness totally surprised me in all the best ways.
William Harrison Ridgeway— though he prefers Billy— is a young Brooklynite f***-up of the type we see so often in literature these days. He’s on a path of failing to be a writer, failing to be a good son, failing to be a good friend and boyfriend, and growing slowly disillusioned with his life and dreams. Then he wakes up extremely hungover to find Lucifer Morningstar in his apartment with an offer (and some amazing coffee. And a power-point presentation).
And then things happen and the things that happen are not the things that you’ll expect to happen. I want to describe each of the best parts, but I can’t bring myself to even give hints that could ruin it for you. I will say: The Weirdness is simultaneously the most perfect skewering of the overly-pretentious literary scene and the most perfect skewering of trite genre tropes, and I was cackling with delight for the entire book. (I even snuck away to read part of it at work- let’s pretend that my manager isn’t reading this. LOOK AWAY, KEVIN.)
This is one of those books where I wish it could have been longer, just to prolong the experience of reading it. A must read!
(P.S. Lucifer is my favorite, Lucifer is always my favorite, please more Lucifer in literature. K thanks!)
THIS THIS THIS. Reviewers are saying this. Booksellers are saying this. I’m saying this. This book will surprise you. It has more, so much more to offer than you could ever have expected. Take a chance on it.