Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro [Book Review]

A Missing Jar of Cosmic Building Material

Finders Keepers is a humorous science fiction about god and backpacking in Europe. Not so much about god as about the people he has working for him creating the universe. Donald and Danielle steal some time from making the Milky Way to make love on the newly created earth. Unfortunately they lose a jar of cosmic building material too.

This Jar is the focal point for the two storylines that follow. One continues with Eternity and the stressful and oh so human lives people lives there with their cocktail parties and work issues. The other follows a cast of humans and downcast Eternians on Earth and how their travels interweave each other’s as an unsuspecting New Zealander finds the Jar.

A Young American, Jason Medley takes to backpacking in Europe. That part felt genuinely self experienced to the point that some parts got a bit wordy. Jason meets Theo from New Zealand and they have a sort of bromance while traveling around Europe. Yes that is the New Zealander who found the Jar.

There is a bit of love here and there which helps the story.

It is a well crafted story and the weave created by the people trying to get the Jar or finding out about it is clever and I enjoyed it most of the time.

I have a hard time beside the wordy bit in the travelogue to say anything bad about this book.

Finders Keepers serves as a fun pastime and I wouldn’t mind reading more by the author.

Book Information

Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro (3 Finger Prints 2010) – review copy – Amazon US | UK

Caught in the netherworld between college and a career, novice backpacker Jason Medley and adventuresome Theo Barnes stumble through this novel filled with European hash bars and hangovers, religious zealots and stalkers, saucy girls and overnight trains—all under the looming specter of adult responsibility. But when a jar of the universe’s DNA accidentally drops to Earth from eternity, these new friends find their loyalties put to the test, unaware that a motley crew from another realm is feverishly chasing them across the globe with the fate of the Milky Way hanging in the balance. Traversing Europe, New Zealand, and the backbone of eternity, this hilarious buddy story not only tackles friendship, sex, love, and desire, but also God, reincarnation, and what really happened to the dinosaurs.