The Wrong Dead Guy

The Wrong Dead Guy In this fast paced sequel to The Everything Box the second entry in Richard Kadrey s comedic supernatural series chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not quite dead and very lovesick an

  • Title: The Wrong Dead Guy
  • Author: Richard Kadrey
  • ISBN: 9780062389572
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this fast paced sequel to The Everything Box the second entry in Richard Kadrey s comedic supernatural series chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not quite dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magicCoop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device heroism that earned him a gig workIn this fast paced sequel to The Everything Box the second entry in Richard Kadrey s comedic supernatural series chaos ensues when Coop and the team at DOPS steal a not quite dead and very lovesick ancient Egyptian mummy wielding some terrifying magicCoop, a master thief sort of gone legit, saved the world from an ancient doomsday device heroism that earned him a gig working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome top secret government agency that polices the odd and strange Now Woolrich, Coop s boss at the DOPS, has Coop breaking into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that s half cat, half robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch It s not Coop s fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus they didn t find the mummy they were expecting Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn t exactly dead and now it s escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn t encountered before Being a boss, Woolrich blames his underling for the screw up and wants Coop to find the missing Harkhuf and make it right, pronto Digging into Harkhuf s history, Coop thinks the mummy is hunting for an ancient magical manuscript that will help him bring his old lover back to life.Which wouldn t be so bad if she wasn t a warrior sorceress hell bent on conquering the world with her undead armies.Coop would very much like to run from the oncoming chaos It s one thing to steal a mummy, but another to have to deal with head hunting bureaucrats, down on their luck fortune tellers, undead mailroom clerks, and a rather unimpressed elephant Unfortunately, there s nowhere to run If he wants the madness to stop, he s going to have to suck it up and play hero one time But if Coop manages to save the world AGAIN, he s definitely going to want a lot of answers And a raise.

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    1. “Really, Cooper, you’re in good hands. We can’t afford any more employee homicides until the next fiscal quarter,” said Woolrich.“If you try just a little harder, I think you can be even less reassuring.”Coop is back! And this time, he’s left his days of thievery behind for a day job with the Department of Peculiar Science. He’s involved in yet another race against the clock to save the world just replace the box with a mummy and its undead army. When Coop and his team are instru [...]

    2. More craziness and unbounded snarkiness from Richard Kadrey. Coop, Giselle, Morty and a cat/TV/octopus hybrid are tasked with stealing a Egyptian mummy named Harkhuf from a third rate museum. Meanwhile, an incompetent security guard accidentally revives it, and becomes enslaved in the mummy's search for its mate. Coop is now semi-legit, working for the Department of Peculiar Sciences, a governmental agency with really cool gadgets. Often amusing, the book suffers for its failure to provide adequ [...]

    3. The Wrong Dead Guy is the sequel to The Everything Box by author Richard Kadrey and it is just as wild and wacky. Coop has given up his criminal ways (sorta) and has gone legit (sorta). He is still a master thief but now he does his thieving for the Department of Peculiar Sciences or DOPS. His latest assignment is to steal a mummy named Harkhuf. Unfortunately, turns out this mummy is not quite as dead as expected and his magic is as old and powerful as he is. Not only that but Harkhuf intends to [...]

    4. I love Kadrey's Sandman Slim series. This one I can't take anymore. The conversation is frivolous, excessive and meaningless. I was bored and annoyed.

    5. The Wrong Dead Guy is book #2 in the Coop Heist series and a terrific sequel to the Everything Box. Richard Kadrey whose Sandman Slim series has garnered the author very well deserved praise, takes a far more irreverent tone with this new series. But beware, this is dark humor at its best,Coop is a master thief and one that specializes in stealing supernatural artifacts. After being caught and then released to basically save the world, Coop now works for the Department of Peculiar Science. Now C [...]

    6. The sequel is also snarky and full of sarcasm, but I didn't think it was as funny as the first book. I still liked it and loved all the adventures of Coop and the team and enjoyed the ride, but I wasn't laughing out loud like I was with book one.

    7. The level of absurd in this book is a thing of beauty. I love that Kadrey uses an ancient Egyptian character other than a pharaoh or Imhotep, lol. How he found Harkhuf I don't know.

    8. The Wrong Dead Guy is utterly hilarious. I don't know whether Richard Kadrey is an alien or merely a genius. Who else would think of such an amazing assortment of hijinks and heists? Captivated from the start, I wavered between laughing out loud and gaping in incredulity. What starts as the simple theft of a mummy leads to a cascade of bizarre activity. From invading a museum dressed as clowns to stealing a library by turning it into an elephant, Coop does what is necessary to save his own skin [...]

    9. Richard Kadrey sets up another amusing adventure compromising colorful humans and non-humans associated with the Department of Peculiar Science. Rising to the highest bar in entertaining fiction, Kadrey introduces the reader to a hired hand of small thieves bent on stealing a mummy from a local museum. When the wrong mummy is stolen, and has now become a homicidal fossil on the loose with vast magical abilities and an unknown agenda, the reader is strapped in for a comically absurd ride. The exc [...]

    10. There is a certain type of irreverence that I can never hope to emulate in my writing but adore reading. The universe Douglas Adams created comes to mind. Even Jodi Taylor's historian wreak havoc in a manner I would never think of. Richard Kadrey is another of those authors for me.The Wrong Dead Guy is the second in a series following Coop, a supernatural thief. He’s not so much supernatural as are the items he steals. It also helps that magic and spells don’t seem to affect him. In order to [...]

    11. Man, Richard Kadrey writes fast. The Wrong Dead Guy is already the second novel from Kadrey about likeable rogue Charlie Cooper. This one was published in February 2017, just a month before I found and brought home the first Coop novel, The Everything Box.They're actually very different books, though. The Everything Box, with its inept angel Qaphsiel, gave off a distinct Christopher Moore vibe. The Wrong Dead Guy presents Coop as a reluctant government employee working for the clandestine Depart [...]

    12. I'm basing my review off of an advanced reading copy I got at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta in January of 2017. I'd say this is a pretty solid four-star book. I don't know that I loved everything about it, but there were several times that I actually chuckled out loud. You'd probably have to hang around me for a while to know how effusive that praise actually is. I don't laugh out loud at books. I don't want the attention. I read in public a lot.Anyway, back to the book. Just as with t [...]

    13. I probably shouldn't have read this. I didn't much care for The Everything Box.This one feels lazy. At one point I thought repeatedly of Dortmunder, Richard Westlake's heist planner who works out brilliant plans but is incredibly unlucky. Three-quarters of the way through I felt as if Kadrey was just making it up as he went along, using a formula to generate clever absurdities. I will admit that by the end the plot threads did mostly come together, but that could be explained by Kadrey realizing [...]

    14. This is a very silly book and it's pretty great.It's not quite as good as the first book, but it's very good still and nearly as good, just it has some weird bits that don't pay off quite the way you want them to. It's very good, it's all very silly. There's a robot ghost cat thing, and it's kind of the best. There's a very strange running bit about animal rights activists, there's a car salesman and some very strange things in the basement.This is at heart a heist, and the heist bits are some o [...]

    15. A 3.5 starrerThis howlarious book picks up where book 1 left off and amps up the dial all the way upto 11 in terms of weirdness, hilarity and general craziness Riffing loosely on the Mummy movies, the book finds our particularly intrepid cast led by Coop breaking into a museum to steal a mummy only to find the aforementioned mummy is quite well and alive and plans for what else, world domination once his girlfriend mummy is awakened as well. In line with the previous book, we have a set of chara [...]

    16. So, I rated the first of these a strong 3 to 3.5. This one is coming in as a very weak 3. I was entertained and intrigued by the first third of the book. And then it got overly complicated with too many characters, too many sub-plots, and not enough connecting them all. And then the ending comes and it's all over in like a page. And the editing is awful! Just dreadful. So many errors. I should probably drop my rating just because of that.It did have some good quotes, though."Cops deal with crook [...]

    17. The Wrong Dead Guy is the second installment in the Coop Heist series. Coop is a thief turned supernatural federal agent, working at the DOPS (Department of Peculiar Science). Coop is treading on thin ice at work, with a return to jail free card always one mistake away, however his employer finds his skills hard to part with. Partnering with his best friend and previous thief-in-arms Morty, his girlfriend Giselle, ghost Phil, and oddly robotic previously human newcomer Dr. Lupinsky, Coop is resp [...]

    18. 'Funny, Weird, Bonkerswn right strangeI've been meaning to read this book for quite sometime it sounded so weird and wonderful I had to give it a go. I was honestly not disappointed one bit by this book it was truly amazing. I'm not one for overly whimsical stories but this one did it it in such a casual and strange way as if it was everyday life which made it even more strange. The story of the heist was interesting but I think I found the other characters like Nelson and his employee and the m [...]

    19. TRUE RATING: 3.5 starsI needed a feel good after finishing "Under the Banner of Heaven" about Mormon fundamentalist and this was a wonderful palate cleanser. These books are definitely in the style of Christopher Moore without as much backstory as he typically provides. I have enjoyed both of them and found myself giggling out loud or smiling while reading them which is a good enough endorsement for me! Finding that I needed something that did not require tremendous focus and was the opposite of [...]

    20. This book starts strong, building the ingredients that will make the heist narrative. But it's poorly paced and flails at the end. The charm of his writing can't save a bungled plot. Kadrey spends a ton of time building out the different character arcs that will obviously collide. [possible spoiler ahead]The character building seems tepid when you're around 250 pages deep. There are so, so many scenes non-consequential banter that read like Family Guy cut-away scenes that were scrapped. He doesn [...]

    21. I loved The Everything Box so this was a real disappointment. Too many characters with arcs that barely paid off (or straight up didn't). The humor also felt really labored. Even in this bizarre setting I couldn't buy every character would constantly try to be that clever. This series needs a straight man to help hold up the jokes because Coop isn't anymore. I really did love the first one though so I'll give a third outing a chance to shake off the sophomore slump but that'll be the end of this [...]

    22. Well, I think the thing to say about this book is that I don't think it's as well-paced or as intense as the first one in the series. It has great moments, but doesn't capture the same feel as the first book.But when you consider Kadrey has been keeping his plate full of work, with this series and his Sandman Slim series--as well as his forays into comic book writing, first on Vertigo's "Lucifer" and soon on DC's "The Hellblazer"--not everything can turn out 100% amazing all the time.That all sa [...]

    23. Richard Kadrey and A. Lee Martinez - 2 guys with ridiculous supernatural plots, great descriptions and dialog. I liked The Everything Box, and I liked The Wrong Dead Guy. Not convinced yet that I will re-read them (my requirement for 4 stars), but I definitely will read the next book. I did read some criticisms about plot inconsistencies. But there are multiple types of dead people in these books! Consistency wouldn't make sense, would it?! You've got to simply enjoy the ride.

    24. I guess I chose to read this book because I loved the first book so muchbut unfortunately this book dragged because I got sick & ended up putting it down for awhileI read "The Man Who Invented Christmas" insteaden I went back to the book & finally finished it on New Year's eve's a weird read & at times doesn't make a lot of sense but I'd recommend it if you don't mind reading craziness

    25. Parts of this book were pretty funny but overall it felt a little too silly and the conversations felt contrived for laughs. I also thought it was longer than it needed to be. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator was PHENOMENAL. He was what kept me listening when otherwise I would have ditched this one.

    26. A very different tone than the Sandman Slim books, much lighter. There's still some occasional gory violence but it's almost slapstick. It feels a lot like if Christopher Moore wrote a caper novel featuring a modern-day Dortmunder type who ended up working for the US version of the Laundry (from the Charles Stross novels).

    27. Eh, just another Coop adventure. Same Dept, same gang of friends, danger abounds, the end of the world threatens. I was neither engaged nor amused. I knew Coop would work it out; I never feared for his safety. The subset of characters in this novel were particularly annoying. Wasn't the worst thing I've read, but you might give this one a pass in favor of something else.

    28. Awesome read, I really enjoyed the Coop Heist books. Richard Kadrey is very talented with merging characters together and holding your interest right to the end where each them meet for a glorious finish. No shortage of humor/adventure here - hard to put down!Are there any more books planned for this series?

    29. Something is missing in the Wrong Dead Guy.Coop is there but the Everything Box isn't.The Everything Box had a history, it had different groups that coveted it and each had it's own story.The dead guy has less depth than an Egyptian Hieroglyphs and no challenge is too small for a deus ex machina solution.

    30. I love Richard Kadrey's storytelling. Equal parts horror and comedy. He has a way with words and with characters. The Coop Heist Series is good. I don't love it as much as his other books and I can't quite put my finger on why. That's okay. These stories are still fun to read and I look forward to reading more.

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