Booty Nomad

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Overview

What do you do when youve finished with the love of your life?

David's a mess. He doesnt know how to get over his ex, the Eater of Souls. He's tried traditional methods, such as sleeping with a co-worker and looking at his female friends in a new light. He's even tried talking to his parents -- only to discover that theyre definitely having a lot more sex than he is right now. But the Eater of Souls is still there, like a phantom limb after a ...

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Overview

What do you do when youve finished with the love of your life?

David's a mess. He doesnt know how to get over his ex, the Eater of Souls. He's tried traditional methods, such as sleeping with a co-worker and looking at his female friends in a new light. He's even tried talking to his parents -- only to discover that theyre definitely having a lot more sex than he is right now. But the Eater of Souls is still there, like a phantom limb after a painful amputation.

Then along comes the Goddess. She's funny, she's clever, she's beautiful: in short, she's perfect. But, as David well knows, the problem isnt meeting the woman of your dreams -- it's managing not to screw up once youve found her.

Shot through with biting dialogue and beguilingly oddball characters, Booty Nomad is both extremely funny and unexpectedly touching -- a memorable first novel from a distinctive new talent.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yet another hollow Nick Hornby knock-off, Mebus's charm-impaired first novel tells the story of David, a 20-something living in Manhattan who spends most of his time trying to get over his last girlfriend (the Eater of Souls, as he dubs her) while simultaneously looking for a new soul mate ("You need to find another love of your life to eventually screw over"). During the day, David pretends to work at a children's television show, but spends most of his time worrying about his fantasy baseball team. At home in his tiny apartment, he taps away at a screenplay ("I think I would be a fantastic screenwriter"), and every once in a while he practices his electric guitar by jamming through the wall with his neighbor. But for the most part David obsesses about women, the one he can't forget (his ex) and this week's girl of his dreams (the Goddess, who is on the rebound herself). Meanwhile, David's friends slack off at their own jobs, drag David to strip clubs and somehow still find time to ask the important questions concerning men and women: "You gonna get some?" Staccato pacing, tired references (Victoria's Secret, hot yoga chicks) and unfunny gags will lose most readers, despite occasional flashes of sharp urban observation. Mebus strives for naughty wryness, but winds up just sounding callow. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
David, our twentysomething protagonist, claims to be looking for love, but the women in and out of his life hardly have names. The first one we hear about is "The Eater of Souls," followed by "Opera Girl," "Bendy Girl," and "The Goddess." This man spends a lot of time gazing at the mannequins in the window of Victoria's Secret on the way to his job on a children's television show. The gags are not very funny and the characters are two-dimensional at best; there are occasional flashes of wit but this is definitely not Jerry Seinfeld. Public libraries should be aware that there is adult language although it's not inappropriate to the story. Read by Mark Feuerstein; overall, not recommended.-Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bright lights, big city, single guy: tedious debut from performer and fringe TV personality Mebus. Dating in New York is really weird, especially when you're, like, totally haunted by memories of the first woman you ever really loved. She who shall be known as the Eater of Souls had her faults, but there was nothing quite like those lazy mornings in bed with her. Still, David realizes he just isn't happy and breaks up via e-mail. Babes of Manhattan, brace yourself: this gutless wonder is a free man and he's looking for love! Mostly in the wrong places, of course, and talking a mile a minute. Does someone with such a talent for soliloquies actually need anyone to listen? Is anyone listening? David sure hopes he doesn't pine for the wooden mannequins in the 86th Street Victoria's Secret window for the rest of his life. Ha-ha. Ha-ha. Get it? Pine. Wooden. But they're made of plaster or something. Ha-ha. Did he say that? No. The rat-a-tat-tat of postadolescent one-liners has a deadening, woodpecker rhythm-and speaking of peckers, David's little mister is lonely. Whoops, did he say that? Huh-uh. But he says a lot of stuff like that, channeling Beavis and Butthead through a downtown state of mind. Doing shots in dive bars with best buds is fun, but not as much fun as getting laid. Hey, how about her, the Goddess? Yeah. Wow. Maybe she wants to listen to David talk. She looks nice. She looks even nicer when he's really, really drunk. But then, so do the mannequins at the 86th Street Victoria's Secret. Life sucks. Love is hell. A medical first: a male writer with Bridget Jones Disease. Agent: David Dunton/Harvey Klinger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401359645
  • Publisher: Miramax Books
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    Amazing

    This book is hilarious¿..I¿m half way through it and I can¿t put the damn thing down. Not only that it actually has you reevaluate the way you view women and the type of person you¿d call your ¿just for now girl ¿ and your ¿soulmate¿. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Highly recommended¿. especially for New Yorkers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    A guy's book for everyone!!!

    I am a 33 year old female and I have had suspicions all along that this is how guys thought! I loved this book and have recommended it to all of my friends, if for no other reason than the puppets--loved the puppets!! Another reviewer noted that it was a sort of shallow book but with life the way it is, I'll take my good deep laugh and be happy. Read it and smile long afterwards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    LEARNING TO PLAY THE DATING GAME

    Scott Mebus joins the roster of authors penning the sad love life of guys (think Bernie Jones rather than Bridget). If you liked Love Monkey, this book's for you. It's funny, contemporary and, at times, poignant. In addition, it's given a reading by Mark Feuerstein that'll make guys want to be his pal and girls offer him comfort. Protagonist David is a pretty ordinary guy with a job he doesn't particularly like, and a string of relationships that started in high gear and soon ground to a discouraging end. He's not at all sure of his ability to find the right girl for him.......then 'The Goddess' enters his line of vision. She's perfect in every way. But, how to woo her? How to win her? And therein lies this thoroughly enjoyable story. A must for all guys and gals playing the singles dating game. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    This book troubled me....

    I read this book right after 'Love Monkey', as I can get on a genre kick just like anyone else, and as much as I wanted to love this book, half way through I just wanted to like it, and towards the end I just wanted to get on with my life. Bored with the book itself, I eventually turned to the acknowledgements section, and the writer admits concurrently writing the screenplay for the book, and it shows. The dialogue is written in the '1 page, 1 minute' rule of screenwriting, and the characters are so squared off (ie Jim the goth-dater, Annie the baker), without ambiguity or subtlety or DEPTH, that they are designed for a 105 minute visual treatment. The main character is not charming or funny or particularly thoughtful, and I kept wondering why he had so many friends -- the story clearly does not clarify. Furthermore, the stories in the book are downright boring! The cake-baking scene, which apparently merited a sub-chapter, had me asking '...and then??'. This genre was well served by Hornby, and 'Love Monkey' is a great example of what a smart, thoughtful 'Yank' can add to those of us beginning-professional men in the dating world are going through. This book is a uninsightful detour, and really should be avoided.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    Read it in one sitting!

    Anyone who's single and DEFINITELY anyone who lives in NYC has gotta read this book...what a great main character. I think I laughed out loud on every page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    What a Surprise!

    Normally, I don't read books like this even though I've had my own lousy experiences with dating. But a good friend of mine thought the book was very well written and right on the mark so she gave it to me. What a great surprise...it's like the author knew me. The experiences were so real and poignant; the humor was sharp and not forced. I'd sit there reading it, completely identifying, and appreciate both the author's insight and his ability to dissect everyone who wants something better/different yet yearns for the way things were. The characters were so well developed that I felt like I knew them. Bravo, Scott Mebus, hope there's a follow-up down the road. Thanks for understanding and entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Booty Nomad

    I laughed at so much in this book. The puppets. The punk rocker boyfriend with the 'heart of a little girl holding a pink teddy bear.' The boss playing something called a digiridoo naked in the wilderness. The best friend, Jim, baked into a cake. I loved this exchange between the main guy, David, and Jim: David: So what happened? Jim: Have you ever been baked into a cake to be served to a room full of vampire pseudo-lesbians? David: It depends in what you mean by baked. i don't know why that makes me laugh so much. It just does. I also loved the ending, which was really sad. The flashes of the life David and his ex-girlfriend had together were beautiful. And who hasn't made an ex into someone far worse than they really were just to get over them. A really funny book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Booty Nomad

    I picked up an advance copy from a female friend who told me I'd like it, and to my surprise I did. I usually hate this kind of literature, which frequently shouts out on the cover how funny it is but inside proves to be mildy witty at best. I actually laughed out loud at this book. A bunch of times. And the end was surprisingly emotional. I'm not sure what the title's about. The book seems like it's more about the main guy trying to get over his ex girlfriend than about him trying to sleep with every girl that moves, but whatever. The phone sex bit in the beginning was hilarious. And the puppets too. It's just nice to read a book that proports to be 'Wickedly Funny' on the cover and actually makes good on its promise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    Hilarious

    I completely enjoyed this book. It draws you in immediately and there is never a dull or slow part of this book. I was laughing the entire time i was reading. I cant wait for more to read from this wonderful author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Booty Nomad

    My girlfriend was reading this book and kept telling me I had to so I figured it would suck. It turned out to be really funny. The phone sex scenes were histerical and the dating stuff was stuff I could have written. I thought the puppet yoga scenes were twisted too. Good book, even if my girfriend liked it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Booty Nomad

    Maybe it's because I've been in love before. Maybe it's because I've had my heart broken before. Maybe it's because I felt like I was listening to the characters instead of reading about them. Whatever it is, I really enjoyed this book. Booty Nomad is one of those books that had me laughing out loud on one page and getting all girl-weepy on the next. At first I thought I was going to hate the main character because, well, he's a guy, but I actually found myself rooting for him pretty early on. Even though he is a guy, I related to plenty of his situations: Wanting to move on from a failed relationship, but caring too much to let go; having friends that make you nuts, but who you'd run over your mother for; being stuck in a job you don't like but needing the security too much to leave it. And, oh boy, how about having a bizarro world family?? Even though the themes in the book seemed comfortable and familiar, it never felt boring or derivative. I guess it comes down to the fact that I really liked the characters and cared what happened to them. My only complaint is that I would've liked to see what happened to them in more detail at the end, since it seemed to end too fast. Otherwise, if you feel like laughing, or even like crying, go read Booty Nomad. But whatever you do, don't read it while doing yoga with puppets!

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