I can’t remember exactly why it is that I bought this book, but I think that it had something to do with the summary. I’ve had temp jobs, so I can kind of understand when they get a little wacky. Admittedly, though, none of my temp jobs ever got this wild.
Oh yea, I remember now. This book was free on Bookbub. You guys should check out that site for cheap deals on eBooks.
In any case, Brian Olsen’s Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom was a surprisingly wild ride. Alan Lennox is a young, twenty-something college graduate with no idea what he wants to do with his life. So he goes on different temp assignments, sometimes not finishing any, until he finally finds one that works out for him. Except it’s the worst job ever.
This is not the best written book, so don’t come here for high literature. Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom is a great sci-fi escape, that is heavy on the laughs and suspense. It’s really good for a quick read during vacation, or just when you need to relax. I personally appreciated the break from fan fiction.
Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom is not just about Alan; it does do a good bit about introducing the rest of the characters in the series. There is Caitlin Ross, the actor (“You don’t go to a doctress when you’re sick”); Mark Park, the trainer; and Dakota Bell, the Junior Marketing Analyst. They all share a cozy, probably expensive apartment with Alan somewhere in New York.
I like that they’re all friends, but you can see the clear friend lines. Caitlin and Alan went to college together, and met Dakota and Mark when they moved from LA. I love that all of these people are so different, but have found away to settle in together. I liked that the Big Bad had their hands in so many things, and the coincidences just kept piling up. I know that I’ve already said that this novel is not high literature, but, for as outrageous as it is, all of the the pieces fit together. And the most realistic moments are amazingly relatable. I loved it.
Now, usually when an eBook is marked LGBT on Bookbub, it turns out to be solidly romance or smut heavy – you can tell from the summaries. However, this novel has very little, if any sex scenes, and they are all done off screen. While these characters are not their sexual orientations, two of the main characters are gay, and a good chunk of the story takes place in a lesbian bar. So this story is fairly well steeped in LGBT culture, and thus makes a much better use of its LGBT tag.
All in all, I thought that the novel was very fun and engaging, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. If you have the time, and just want to escape for a few hours, I highly suggest reading Brian Olsen’s Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom.
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