Carpet Diem By Justin Lee Anderson, Wild Wolf Publishing, s/b, £9.99, www.facebook.com/justinleeandersonauthor
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
When the blurb on the back of a book compares an author to Douglas Adam and Neil Gaiman, you can only hope that you’re in for a treat. Justin Lee Anderson’s work doesn’t disappoint – the comparison is very accurate indeed.
Simon Debovar is a modern day hermit – with the exception of his acerbic, drunk aunt Harriet, his family were all killed in a freak accident at a restaurant. He survives on pizza deliveries and no contact with the outside world. When his doorbell rings one day, he is plunged into a world of demons, angels, witches, immortals and of course, a quest to save the world. God and Satan have a bet between them, and the only thing preventing the end of the world as we know it is the fact that Simon’s living room rug has gone missing…
Anderson’s writing is a joy to behold – his characters are all well-rounded, and he sets each scene perfectly, filling each with snappy, hilarious dialogue. This is a book I will read again and again, and I will be keeping my eyes peeled for Anderson’s next novel, as well as the inevitable news that this has been optioned by either the BBC or Hollywood. If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”, then you’ll LOVE this book!