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The Ferryman Institute: A Novel (edição 2016)

por Colin Gigl (Autor)

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"In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the bestselling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life. Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people--somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that's as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie's pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life--that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute--but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie's not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it's the first time he's felt right in more than two hundred years. When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie's not about to lose the only living, breathing person he's ever saved without a fight. He's ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he's willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it. Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor"--… (mais)
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Título:The Ferryman Institute: A Novel
Autores:Colin Gigl (Autor)
Informação:Gallery Books (2016), 434 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

I loved the concept of the Ferryman Institute when I read the blurb, and the book did not disappoint! Gigl turns the portrayal of the grim reaper, the ferryman, (whatever you want to call your version of him) on it's side, giving him the very same human emotions he had when he was alive. Imagine being excellent at your job, utterly sick of it - and stuck doing it for eternity! That's the case for Charlie Dawson, who is desperately trying to get transferred out of his job, where is must try to convince the dying to cross over.

This book had it's share of twists - and just when I thought I had it figured out, I was left stumped. The characters were fun and colorful, as was Charlie's place of "business" in the afterlife.

I certainly wasn't expecting to laugh so much in a book about death and moving on! That said, I did sweep through the range of emotions, because, you know, death.
Still, funny and clever, I couldn't put this one down...and I can't wait to see more from this author. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
This was a fairly good read; good world building though hard to accept the near human like office conditions of the Institute. I enjoyed and understood the main character. What I did not like was the fact that at the end there was a tacked on scene leaving this open for a sequel. Again I ask why must everything be a series or franchise? Just write a good story. Sheesh. ( )
  jldarden | Sep 14, 2020 |
I truly enjoyed the premise of this book but I found the first third slow going. Stick it out and you will like the action once it picks up. Definitely ends with the possibility of a second book. ( )
  andsoitgoes | May 11, 2019 |
This novel can be best described as an action-comedy. I love Charlie's personality, with his dry sarcasm and his genuine concern for others. His interactions with friends, and especially Alice, are so much fun to read! The story itself takes you through car chases and hidden tunnels, betrayals and elaborate secrets.... I was entertained throughout the entire story. I thought Alice was also really spunky but her behaviour seemed strange for someone who is 26; she acted more like a teenager than anything else. The author touched on sensitive topics like depression and anorexia, but still kept the novel light. I kind of wish the author had spent a little bit more time developing that, rather than just making Charlie the "savior" of Alice's depression but it wasn't too much of an issue for me. It has been a long time since I've read a lighthearted novel but it was long overdue. I'm really glad I got the chance to read this novel, because it is definitely one of my favorite quirky books of this year!

For more reviews, visit: www.veereading.wordpress.com ( )
  veeshee | Jan 29, 2018 |
The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl was indeed the book that finally got me reading again after the shock and horrors of the election. I needed a true escape and I found it with Charlie Dawson, ferryman extraordinaire. Ferrymen are the ones who are there at the moment you die, meant to help you head to the afterlife. Charlie is the best at the Institute but the job has taken its toll on his sanity and he wants nothing more than to leave and rest. Then he gets a mysterious assignment where he is given a choice whether or not to save someone from suicide. His choice changes everything.

I got so lost in this book. It was deep and dark, delving into hopelessness and depression, but beautiful. There are chase scenes but also long, thoughtful talks with friends. There's even a romance -- though I didn't find it very probable. It reminded me of a Georgette Heyer mystery where two people bicker non-stop through the entire novel and then VOILA, they are madly in love, with no logical reason why. But, as with Heyer's improbable couples, it didn't really affect my enjoyment of the book. I loved its quirkiness and heart and plan on rereading it at some point.

http://webereading.com/2017/02/new-releases-ferryman-institute-and-all.html ( )
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"In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the bestselling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life. Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people--somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that's as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie's pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life--that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute--but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie's not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it's the first time he's felt right in more than two hundred years. When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie's not about to lose the only living, breathing person he's ever saved without a fight. He's ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he's willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it. Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor"--

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