Off the Charts – the unfortunate decisions of dahlia moss (Max Wirestone)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes.  So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were.  Here is:

the unfortunate decisions of dahlia moss (Max Wirestone)

I borrowed a copy of this book from the library.  The spine of the book had a pink unicorn, which of course made me think that it was a fantasy.  But, no, it was not.  It is a silly, goofy contemporary murder mystery based around an online gaming community called Zoth.  And I loved it.  I was in a mood and needed a light fluffy book that would cheer me up.  This zany novel did the trick.

I kept smiling and smiling at the ridiculousness of the main character, Dahlia and her world.  In spite of the funny premise, the book’s characters felt real enough to cheer them along.  I actually miss geeks and crazy theatre people and oddballs in my real life.  At one point in the past I was surrounded by these types of endearing and entertaining people.  At the moment I have more “normal” people around, which is great, but it was nice to read about more quirky folk in this novel.  Dahlia’s roommate is a hoot and a half.

So if you want a crazy novel that is dorky and makes you laugh, pick this one up.

Side note: the back cover of this book is what made me pick this one up:


Funny, no?

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Max Wirestone – Author

To buy this book visit:

the unfortunate decisions of dahlia moss – Book

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