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A couple of my favourite authors are Terry Pratchett and Tom Sharpe, and I’m a harsh critic when it comes to humorous tales – very few authors can get it as right as those two can. But as I read this book, I gleefully realised that I had found a new favourite author who easily slots in beside them as far as being able to write the funny, clever books that I love.
Jocelyn (Jack)Cornwallis III, together with his friend and sidekick Frankie, and gorgeous Rose (with ninja like abilities to defend herself), take on the case of the murdered cleaner in the accountants office, opening up a can of worms that leads them on some crazy dangerous trips to get to the bottom of the crime.
I loved the characters, especially the animals. On Twearth animals sometimes speak, and have jobs too. Polar Bear dock workers, and Fluffy the cat. I think I have a crush on that cool cat hero. The law enforcers and the psychic. I laughed all the way as our heroes worked their way through all sorts of hilariously dangerous situations, and grinned too at the ghoulish endings some of the bad guys met. I loved the love story within, and all of that naughty, the science of the Collider, and the risqué humour. It takes a genius comedic writer to get that right – the naughty bits, without being at all offensive.
All in all I loved everything about this perfectly crafted story – it was a crazy, funny, wild romp of a tale, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a funny bone.
Even though the book reminds me of Discworld, it was not a "rip-off" as some might believe from the opening (which was a little Pratchetty). Once the story gets going, you get a taste for its unique flavor and characters.
Since it is British-style humor, expect it to ramble some and meander at times. Having read Pratchett, I'm used to that.
I won't spoil anything for you, but trust me when I say it's a book worth reading. It's fun, creative, mysterious, and romantic at times. There are not enough great comedy writers out there, but this one is sure to make the list.
Hoping Clive Mullis keeps up the good work!
It's funny and lively, sexy here and there (without being offensive), and all in all it's a satisfying light-hearted read with endearing memorable characters. What I particularly liked was the heroic cat who talked, helped our heroes in a variety of brave ways, and only asked for payment in boxes of fish. I also liked the hard-working bears, who also chatted to anyone who'd listen. The book is shot through with a gentle acceptance of the absurd that keeps you smiling, yet hooks you into the unfolding drama, and won't let you go.
The plot revolves around financial chicanery, but there's much more to this book than a conspiracy theory in the mad world of Twearth, where all our concepts of life as we know it are picked up, shaken and stirred, then left standing on their head.
The characters are likeable and fearless and there's an intriguing super-tough antihero, who rules the underworld. Reminiscent of Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel, the ghastly 'The Brews' slum area bursts into Technicolor life, with its shadowy characters who cross Cornwallis and friends' path a llittle to often for their comfort, however the confrontations are lively and fun. The character of Rose is particularly well drawn, her attractiveness, intelligence and resourcefulness, and Frankie's good natured but block headed dependability, coupled with Cornwallis's stiff upper lip 'Englishness' which augments a deep vein of integrity and basic decency. There are dwarves, a sexy ghost hunter, a host of lively talking animals (bears, birds, and the wonderful cat), and plenty of evil characters to hate, not least the ghastly policeman who faces a comeuppance of absurd and magnificent proportions. It's a lively racy story, a laugh a page, with a really satisfying ending. Look forward to the next.