You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of our FREE Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: $6.50
includes tax, if applicable
kindle unlimited logo
Read this title for $0.00. Learn more
Read for $0.00
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O'Flaherty by [Hunt, Miles]
Kindle App Ad

The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O'Flaherty Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle
$6.50

Length: 223 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

BlackFriday Sale
Save up to 70% on Kindle Books. Sale ends 25 November 2017 at 11:59 pm AEST. Shop now

Product description

Product Description

The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty is a satirical novel about life, the universe and random chance.
James Douglas O’Flaherty (Jimmy) walks outside his house one evening on his way to dinner and is killed when a tree branch falls on his head. The branch would’ve missed him if only he hadn’t returned to his house moments before to turn off a light, which he’d only done because a podcast he had listened to six months earlier about the dire consequences of global warming had inspired him to make a difference. This difference would cost him his life, but it was not the only decision that contributed to his death. Everything he did that day determined the exact sequence of events that led to his death. In fact, everything he did throughout his entire life, including his unlikely birth and conception, contributed to his death.
He only bought the house (with the tree out the front) because he wanted to put solar panels on its roof in a further attempt to address his carbon concerns and become ‘energy self-sufficient’ as he liked to proclaim proudly to his friends. Sadly, Jimmy couldn’t afford the solar panels because of the high mortgage repayments on his house; repayments being made to the bank, which was also his employer, meaning he had a very efficient one transaction life: his wage moving directly from his employer (the bank) to his mortgagor (the same bank) to pay off his home loan which he was unlikely to ever do.
He only worked at the bank because he left his job at the advertising agency after a disasterous advertising campaign for a tined tuna company, in which he suggested they use a school of tuna attending university to promote their product. The mothers were outraged at the humanisation of the tuna and Jimmy was forced to contemplate a new career.
As the book is written in reverse, the results of his decisions are known before the choices that got him there are made apparent, meaning the causes of his mediocrity (and the impending tragedy of his death), slowly emerge like insects after a storm.
Was it fate or the plans of a god (or gods) that led Jimmy on to his inevitable end, or was it just plain old bad luck? Maybe it was both.
At the same time, and interspersed between the general narrative of Jimmy’s life, the book moves forward in time from the Big Bang – 13.8 million years before Jimmy’s death, discussing the big events beyond Jimmy that contributed to the development of life on earth, and thus his existence (and also his untimely death) – these include the formation of solar system, the beginnings of life, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the evolution of humans.
Was the Big Bang caused by a God that blew Himself up with a chemistry set and then hid His hideously scarred face from his creation? Or was it the result of a black hole in another universe eating too many space rocks and exploding through its own verse to create our universe? This will be uncovered in the book, but if you ask the Marthaist out there or those that believe in the True Nature of the Universe, they will tell you it was caused by the fart of a dog named Grimace (pet to Martha) in a galaxy infinitely bigger than ours.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing (11 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06W2JG25J
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
click to open popover

Customer reviews

Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 3 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on 22 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 1 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 13 April 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: 0.0 out of 5 stars 0 reviews
4.0 out of 5 starsFour Stars
on 6 March 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?