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Unsoul'd [Kindle Edition]

Barry Lyga
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Book Description

"Like Nick Hornby writing an episode of Californication!" -- Sarah Maclean, New York Times bestselling author.

“That day, I had a bagel for breakfast and sold my soul to the devil. In retrospect, the bagel was probably a mistake.”

Randall Banner is thirty-five years old, a middling mid-list author who yearns for more of everything: More attention. More fame. More money. More fans.

Then, one quiet morning, he meets the devil while pounding away at his laptop at his usual coffee shop. Soon, a deal is made, a contract is signed, and Randall is on his way to fame and fortune unlike any he ever imagined.

What follows is a bawdy, hilarious, yet harrowing tale of one man, one devil, and a deal that could change the world.

UNSOUL'D is the first novel for adults from Barry Lyga, the critically acclaimed author of young adult novels such as the award-winning BOY TOY and the New York Times bestseller I HUNT KILLERS.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3541 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: B & Z Books (31 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHat would you sell your soul for? 14 Feb. 2014
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Any book that begins with this line is going to be interesting: "That day, I had a bagel for breakfast and sold my soul to the devil. In retrospect, the bagel was probably a mistake." You see Randall Banner is thirty-five years old, a struggling author with a devoted fan base who is desperate for more, yes he wants more money, more fans more of everything. I recently had the opportunity to interview Randall and now for more about the book about him!

Randall Banner sells his soul to the devil in order to get a mega hit book. He wants to be Stphen King big, J.K. Rowlings big. No he wants to be bigger he wants to be more. But sometimes success comes at unexpected costs and with unexpected complications. Randall is about to find out that all his dreams and most of his fantasies can come true but what has he given up to get them.

Read this awesome book and follow Randall as he pursues everything on his bucket list and then some. Find out if there is an out? Or figure out how it feels to lose your soul.

This book is Barry Lyga's first adventure into adult fiction. As someone who love his Young Adult writing. I did approach this with a little trepidation but it was unwarranted. No be warned there is a lot of graphic sex in this book, there is lust, gluttony, greed, avarice just about all the 7 deadly sins. But it is a great read and will keep you glued to the pages. So join Randall as he goes on a romp from struggling author to mega star!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Lyga is amazing. 4 Sept. 2013
By Paul Griffin - Published on
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Barry is one of my favorite writers. He is a beautiful soul. His empathy is unsparing. So is his truthfulness. He confronts a different vision of temptation in Unsoul'd. The beauty in it. It's tricky: We see temptation as a bad thing, usually. Something to run from. Barry asks, Can temptation take us to a new understanding of ourselves? When we fall, do we rise? We're wiser after the fall, but are we more useful too? More useful to our neighbors, I mean. The folks we share air with. Has our fall clicked us into a new awareness, an other-centeredness?

Barry's hero (antihero?) Randall is the greatest Everyman. He wants to be better. He really, really does. He just doesn't know if he has the neurological/spiritual hardware to rise above his own desires. His self doubt invites an otherworldly presence into his life. An always fun and terribly funny demon, the kind of dude who will invite himself over to watch UFC.TV, and "Oh by the way, I forgot to bring the Budweiser. You got?" This moocher is the Devil himself. It's epic, the relationship between Randall and the Devil--yes, capital D. Biblical. Whereas Jesus says "Be gone, Satan," when the Devil offers him the world entire, Randall says, "Hmm. Let me get back to you on that. I need to talk to my agent."

If you have read Barry Lyga (Boy Toy and I Hunt Killers are my favorites), you know Barry delivers grab-you characters and rock-you story lines. No exception in Unsoul'd. But the writing is different here. Barry's books are never preachy, but they make me think in new ways. Barry never judges his characters. He lets them be who they are. They may be a little more good than bad or bad than good, but they ask me to consider different points of view. Unsoul'd does this, but it does something more. It asks me to ride through the story uninhibited. To relish the stark choices Randall makes as much as I relish the comedic lightness. Unsoul'd is both a joyride and a parable, as hilarious as it is enlightening. It's hot too. Lots of sex. Hey, isn't that how it is with many a great book: the physical passion matches the intellectual fervor? OK, here's my Hollywood pitch for Unsoul'd: The Words meets The Devil's Advocate.

I loved Unsoul'd. It was hilarious fun, yes, but more than that it was enlightening. Totally a 5-star read. Barry Lyga is a one-in-a-jillion writer. -Paul Griffin, NYC 20030903
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsoul'd is a GREAT read!! 6 Nov. 2013
By Carl E. Hetzel Jr. - Published on
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Barry is a very talented writer!! This book almost has a 50 shades type elements throughout, written more for guys. But the storyline and plot kept my attention, and I couldn't put the book down!! This is so totally not I Hunt Killers, this is more of a grown up book, but it definitely stands on its own!! I mean, Imagine if you could have all of your dreams fulfilled, would you sell your soul to the devil?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! 2 Oct. 2013
By Gabe - Published on
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Unsoul'd is a laugh-out-loud, insightful, and sarcastic book about writers and writing, Brooklyn, LA, and what happens when you just say, "What the Hell..." This is the first book of Lyga's I've read and probably the last for a while, as it looks like the rest of his work is YA. This isn't YA. It is well worth your time and your money. I'll be looking for his next non-YA book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 14 Sept. 2013
By David Lubar - Published on
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This is a thoroughly entertaining and imaginative novel about a writer who sells his soul. While the book will have extra appeal for anyone who works in the industry, it is universal enough of a story for all readers who like funny, sexy, twisted (or forked) tales. Lyga's take on the devil is as clever, and unique, as Twain's or Lewis's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great interesting, exciting, funny novel to think about. 7 Sept. 2013
By Benben . - Published on
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I started to read the excerpt for this book on Barry's Tumblr page, well excerpt isn't really the correct term since he posted the first half of the book to entice us. I read the first 3 chapters and I had to stop because I loved the book so much and if I couldn't get it on my kindal I didn't want to get so caught up to the point where it would drive me crazy not to know how it ended. I stopped reading and went to my kindal to find the book and it wasn't there. I was really disappointed.

A couple of days later Barry announced that is was no available on kindal, as soon as I saw that I turned on my kindal and bought it. I wanted to start reading it right away but I was near the end of "Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber, surprisingly a really great book. I finished that so I could start "Unsoul'd"

The thing that really surprised me is that Barry's style in this book reminded me a lot of Edna Ferber's style in "Fanny Herself" It was bright, funny, sad but mostly honest. It was almost like the book played in my head like a movie while I was reading it. There are times when there is a lot of narrative but it's exciting and flowed through me, not slow and dodgy like so many other author's narratives can be. It was almost like Barry was talking to me the same way I felt reading Edna Ferber like a friend talking to me. Albiet a very smart friend.

I love that they mixed in intelligent words with common vernacular making the reader think. They are both very skillful at the usage of these words, they don't overuse them and they don't sound stuck up like they're trying to show off their education. I am glad that the kindal has a dictionary so I could instantly get the meaning of the words not that I needed to, it's easy to figure out what the word means by the context. It adds just that little something extra to the story giving it just a little more interest. It's something that used to be very common authors used to challenge readers to improve their vocabulary but somewhere along the way most authors have dumbed it down for their audience. Maybe it's a fear of losing readers or they don't have the panache to pull it off successfully? For me it was like coming home to an old friend and made me realize what I've been missing in other books.

I don't like to talk about the story because I don't want to give anything away. I will say the story is fresh, entertaining and fun. I can't imagine anyone not liking this book. Sure there is a lesson to be learned but that's for you to discover perhaps you've already learned this lesson or maybe you need a refresher course. I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful book. You won't be sorry.

OH, there is one more thing there are some exciting sex bits thrown in for a little extra entertainment. I'm certainly not a prude and the sex is not anything I haven't read about before but the way the main character expresses his desires and sexual thoughts is new, at times I almost blushed because I was putting myself in his shoes and it seemed like he felt a bit inappropriate for using some of the sex language. It wasn't pornographic, it wasn't white washed with symbolism, and it was exciting.
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