I actually read Couch before reading Whatever you do, Don’t Run, but I wasn’t sure what to say about it. I’m still not entirely sure.
Couch was a winding and long read. I was in it to finish it, and I did, but I didn’t feel like it was worth the trip.
Three guys– Thom, Erik, and Tree, decide to carry a mystical, nearly invincible couch to its place of origin. Kind of like a modern Tolkien story. People try to stop them, everyone wants the couch and whatever power/knowledge it may or may not contain within. There’s even a Tom Bombadil character.
Couch was an adventure that really, really made me feel hopeless for the characters. Everything was so grueling and sweaty and dark and lost for so much of the book. I felt a little abused by the end. A little taken. Again, just like Tolkien only the end of The Return of the King was worth the trip.
I liked that the character of Erik was kind of a prick, and that Thom had so much heart. Tree was kind of useless.
I read this book for the Elliott Bay sci-fi book club and when I arrived I met a whole bunch of people who really, really seemed to like the book more than I did.