Kindle version only 99 cents from August 17-23
LENGTH: 371 pages, 80-100k words
GENRES: urban fantasy, humour, satire
PUBLISHER: Wild Wolf Publishing
COVER DESIGN: Martin Lennon
Simon Debovar becomes a wealthy but lonely man after most of his family dies in a tragic accident and he inherits money and valuable artifacts from his Uncle Marvin. The large inheritance allows him to live a comfortable life without ever having to leave his house. His peaceful existence is shattered when an angel and a devil show up at his door. They inform him that a carpet his Uncle Marvin left him is the deciding factor in a bet between God and Satan. Before Simon can decide what to do with the carpet, it is mysteriously stolen. The angel and the devil take him to see Faunt, a man who knows everything, so that he can recover his carpet. However, Faunt will only tell him where the carpet is if Simon does him a favor. It turns out to be quite a dangerous favor, but Simon agrees because his only other option is to be killed.
Carpet Diem has mystery, humor, unique characters, and adventure. Anderson is a talented writer. His dialogue is often witty, his imagination unique and he has a clever way with words. The concept of the book is original; playing on the absurdity of a world characterized by an uncaring divinity yielding a frivolous meaning of life.
While many pieces of the novel are well done, it could have used more rigorous editing. The story seems to move slowly even though there is a good deal of action. Sometimes, in fact, there is simply too much action. With so many characters and a variety of subplots, the novel seems overly busy, and even at times confusing. Some areas, mostly in the middle, beg for a tighter edit to keep the plot progressing smoothly.
While there are certainly very good areas of dialogue, there are also passages that become tedious. Again, it seems that these unnecessary conversations could have been edited out or thinned out.
At times, characters, supernatural powers and rules of the world appear out of nowhere. Anderson has a highly creative imagination, but he seems to force too many ideas into a single book. If he had remained more focused on the main characters and resisted the urge to juggle a storyline between 15+ characters, he would be much more effective. By maintaining focus on the heart of the story instead of trying to maintain constant action and wit, he would have created a more interesting, enjoyable read. When Anderson slows down the chaos during the ending chapters and returns to the heart of the story, his novel is at its best.
Carpet Diem is for readers who enjoy humor, action and escaping into a bizarre world. As long as readers have the patience to wade through some rough areas in the middle, they will get to a satisfying ending.
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Candi Sary, author of Black Crow White Lie, has made the finals in several writing competitions, including the William Faulkner William Wisdom Writing Competition and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She lives in coastal Southern California with her husband (while her 2 kids are off at college), and can often be found surfing the waters of Newport Beach. You can find her at www.candisary.com.