The Everything Box: A Novel

Paperback | January 10, 2017

byRichard Kadrey

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“A rolling bouncy-house of a caper tale, The Everything Box abounds with quick-witted characters, snarky dialogue, and surreal analogies. If you haven’t sampled Richard Kadrey’s take on  fantasy yet, this is a great place to start.” -- Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Lamb, A Dirty Job, and The Serpent of Venice

 

From the author of the Sandman Slim series, a new fantasy in the tradition of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen.

2000 B.C. -- A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn’t get to do field work, and if he does well, he’s certain he’ll get a big promotion.

And now it’s time . . . .

The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.

“Crap.”

2015. -- A thief named Coop—a specialist in purloining magic objects—steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn’t know that his latest job could be the end of him—and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn’t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him.

It’s a doomsday device. They think . . .

And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.

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“A rolling bouncy-house of a caper tale, The Everything Box abounds with quick-witted characters, snarky dialogue, and surreal analogies. If you haven’t sampled Richard Kadrey’s take on  fantasy yet, this is a great place to start.” -- Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Lamb, A Dirty Job, and The Serpent of Venice ...

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2000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles, because soon the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn’t get to do fieldwork, and if he does we...

Richard Kadrey is a freelance writer. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus numerous novels, including: the Sandman Slim Series, Metrophage, and Butcher Bird. Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics mini-series ACCELERATE. Richard has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062389556

ISBN - 13:9780062389558

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“Mr. Kadrey’s invention never flags. He always has another joke up his sleeve. Even if the joke is on us and our ability to drag the Heavenly Hosts themselves down to street level, and then corrupt them.”