The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty

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Australian Scholarly Publishing, Feb 9, 2017 - Fiction - 268 pages
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 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.

Even more important to Jimmy's life (and thus also his untimely death) was the Big Bang and the creation of life on earth with the true nature of the universe finally exposed for what it truly is

The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O'Flaherty is an absurdly funny and occasionally poignant satire about life, the universe and random chance.


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I enjoyed this book as it takes you in all sorts of unexpected directions.
A wonderful quirky mix of fact and fiction from the big bang to present day.
Great satire

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Brilliantly funny, satire about life, the universe and random chance. filled with philosophical insights into life and the luck that brought us all here...reminded me of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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The Day Before the Day Before Jimmys Death
One Week Before Jimmys Death
An Important Event That Occurred SixtySix Million Years
Seven Weeks Before Jimmys Death
Three Months Before Jimmys Death
Five Months Before Jimmys Death
Six Months Before Jimmys Death
An Important Event That Occurred 125000 Years Before

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