Thursday, November 17, 2016

Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

In my attempt to be a good reviewer and start cross-posting more, I've been going back through (in painfully slow mode!) older reviews and making sure I have them written on Goodreads and Amazon as well.  I'm finding that I'm less than stellar at making sure my reviews are where they should be!

Dearest Kozy,

I adore you and I sincerely apologize!  I'm pretty sure I have your amazing works of literature all fixed and where they should be (as soon as I finish this post!)

Me 💛

It's the 1930's and Jones has just awakened to find himself dead, floating upside down in a pool. Even worse than the gaping hole in his torso is the fact that he realizes he has amnesia. His entire life before this moment is completely gone. As he tries to solve the mystery of who he is, who killed him and what he's supposed to do next, several other mysteries pop into his life; mysteries that he feels compelled to solve. Along with his sidekick head, Braineater Jones must solve unlife's biggest problems and preferably before he runs out of alcohol.

Keep in mind that this is written during the time period of the '30's and is voiced as such. Kozeniewski has included a forward to warn you to watch for slurs. At first, I was a little thrown off by the lack of editing and grammar check, until I realized a valuable truth. This book is written in the form of Jones' notebook, so everything is spelled and written as he would. It actually ads a lot of depth to the story because you get to know more about Jones from his way of speaking and it helps you to try to solve the mystery of who he was before he died.

All of the characters are compelling and realistic and keep you engrossed in the story. Myself, I couldn't solve the mystery before Jones did. I wanted to and I followed all the clues, but until the big reveal at the end, I just didn't get it. I found myself quite wrong on a few things but I really enjoyed the ride nonetheless.

Why should you read this book? Braineater Jones is a fascinating character that I absolutely fell in love with. His manner of speech and action drew me in. I can't even tell you how many times I suddenly laughed so hard that coffee spurted from my nose. Throughout the story I kept reading lines and rereading them because they were just pure genius.
This is an entertaining book that will pull you away from life and just let you enjoy someone else's for awhile. There's not a lot of thought required. Just sit back and enjoy.

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