||July 1, 2007
Every 'Quest' has to have a sorcerer, an elf, a warrior, special effects ... and most of all, a sequel.
In the hilarious sequel to "The Adventures of Guy," Guy and his college buddies take on a new quest ... to save Earth from alien invasion.
To do this, they must take on Big Oil and other sinister forces using only their wits, their newfound powers and their knowledge of beer, all while overcoming their own leader's lack of faith in their abilities.
But can our heroes do this without their warrior? And with the pending invasion? And with Guy's little brother tagging along?
Read "The Next Adventures of Guy" and find out yourself.
"Get him!" Thurman commanded.
The Quest Mobile swung into a lane behind the Hummer and watched it pull smoothly away.
"Come on! Faster!" Thurman shouted.
"I'm trying," Knob yelled. "The road's too steep. I've got the pedal all the way down."
"I think this road goes down hill in a bit," Thurman said. "Maybe we can catch him then."
"Yeah," Knob grinned. "This baby's excellent with gravity."
"We just have to make it to the top," Wendy added.
We could see the crest of the hill ahead, so we all started leaning forward, trying to help the car's momentum. If you know anything about physics, you know this didn't do any good.
"We're almost there," Knob cried.
"Go, go, go, go," Seth chanted.
Knob suddenly yelled, "Snap!"
"The 'check engine' light!"
"The 'check engine' light just came on."
"So you gotta check the engine," he said, pulling to the side.
"You can't do this!" Thurman shouted. "We'll lose him."
Knob gave him a look. "look, you don't mess around with the 'check engine' light."
"Of course you do." Thurman was agitated. "Mine's on all the time. It means nothing."
Knob opened his door. "Dude. It means everything. You have to check the engine!"
"Just do what I do! Put a Post-It note over the warning light!" Thurman said, his face radish red.
Knob paused, "Huh?"
"Half the time the light goes off by itself anyway."
"No, dude. That's not how you handle a 'check engine' light. You gotta check the engine," Knob admonished. He got out of the car.
Thurman snorted and leveled an exasperated look at the Hummer as it disappeared down the hill. Then he followed Knob out of the car. The rest of us did a collective shrug thing, and then we piled out of the car.
We clustered around the hood as Knob pulled the release. The hood popped open. No smoke. No steam.
Knob looked at the engine.
So did we.
"So?" I asked.
"So what now?"
"Well, I did what it said. I checked the engine."
"It's still there."
He slammed down the hood, "Now we go."
"We checked it. That's all we're supposed to do." he got back in the car and started the engine.
"What?" I asked, as we clambered into the back seat.
"the light. See? it went out."
Laugh-out-loud fantasy with all the best elements
August 31, 2007
(Minnesota) - See all my reviews
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)
Every fantasy fan knows that there are certain elements a quest must have. There's always a sorcerer, a warrior, an elf, and some pretty cool special effects. They also usually have sequels, which is where The Next Adventures of Guy comes in. It's the sequel (though it stands alone quite well), complete with all the required elements-plus the suddenly helpful younger sibling, in the form of Guy's kid brother, and a replacement for their out-of-commission warrior.
This time the threat is aliens and big oil, somehow (sort of) working together to bring the world to an end. Guy and his friends are the only ones who know about the impending invasion, and if they can't stop it, the aliens-and big oil-will win.
That's a tragedy Guy has to prevent even though he doesn't believe it's really happening.
Cowie deftly takes the group through a series of crazy encounters, deftly exposing real-life absurdities with every step. Everything is outrageous, yet it all rings true. You'll nod and laugh at the exaggerated absurdities. You'll cheer as Guy and his buddies do the things that most everyone wants to do yet no one dares. You'll live vicariously through the characters and wish that Guy could "unbelieve" some powers for you as well.
The Next Adventures of Guy is humorous fantasy at its best, with that little twist of wackiness that will make it appeal to fans of writers like Christopher Moore. Eating or drinking while reading this book is not recommended. Neither is reading it in a public place, unless you don't mind the strange looks you'll get from passers-by as you laugh out loud.
This is a funny book, but more importantly, it's a fun book, one that is a delight to read and leaves you smiling long after you've set it down. I'd love to see more from Cowie and hope that he brings us back to this humorous universe. Guy and his buddies definitely need more adventures.
Armchair Interviews says: A fun and funny book rolled into one excellent fantasy.
Guyquest too - The Power of the Unbeliever
September 12, 2007
By Amanda Richards "Modest to the extreme" (Georgetown, Guyana) - See all my reviews
(TOP 100 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)
We're back again with our guy, Guy
A born under-achiever
He's on another goofy quest
And still an unbeliever
He won't accept his friend's an elf
Scoffs at the wizard's powers
He won't believe that aliens
Will end our world in hours
The warrior's lost her taste for war
But there's a substitute
The four and little brother Seth
Are soon in hot pursuit
It started with a grain of sand
And that one was Knob's fault
Then some twit renamed a planet
Which provoked the said assault
Potty humor, Nike's Swoosh
The price of milk and crude
It's all here in this funny book
By that Norm Cowie dude
Amanda Richards, September 13, 2007
Need Humor? Get Guy
By Angela Wilson | 08/27/2007 http://www.popsyndicate.com/books/story/need_humor_get_guy/
I never thought I'd love a humor author's work. But then I discovered Norm Cowie.
I mean, sure, I like Erma Bombeck and some of her counterparts, but never to the point that I just can't put down their books.
In February, I met author Norm Cowie at the Love Is Murder conference in Chicago. I got a copy of his first book, The Adventures of Guy, Written by a Guy (probably). It was hilarious.
The second installment is even better. His personality totally comes through in the books. He has an incredible wit and is a lot of fun to be around.
If you need a good laugh, check out his stuff. The books are easy reads and well worth the time and money.
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Reader Reviews for "The Next Adventures of Guy ... more wackiness"
|Reviewed by Selene Skye
Have I told you that your two books made us snort and honk ungracefully until we thought we'd split at the seams. You so, funny! O, and my 11 year old daughter has gotten her hands on the first one and looks like the cat who munched the canary!
You so rico suave!!!!
koikiss and halibuthugs ;)