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The first thing is that each of the stories (or as many of them as I could make myself read) is told in first person narrative by someone connected with the case -- but not Bedlam or Belfry themselves. That was disappointing in itself -- my main interest in the stories was for the lawyers and what an intergalactic lawyer would be like. To add to the disappointment, all of the narrators have the same (or similar enough as to be indistinguishable) voice so it seems like the same person has multiple contacts with the firm.
The cases were not especially interesting and through the first half of the stories, none of them involved any planet other than Earth or any litigants other than humans. I soon became bored with this collection and decided I wouldn't force myself to read any more of the stories.
I was hoping for some science fiction/fantasy with a legal bent but this wasn't it. At the very least I wanted some entertaining lawyers to cheer for or hate, but their personality didn't come through the narrative choice. I can't recommend this book.
I received a free e-ARC from NetGalley.
The change of perspective gives the stories an almost gleeful absurdity where you both empathize with the client and gape in amazement at the bizarre twists of fate. While Bedlam and Belfry are as corrupt as they come, you cheer on their efforts. I absolutely adored the client in the second tale of the anthology - who can help but adore a talking dog, particularly when it is a dachshund. Yes a dachshund!
Bedlam & Belfry, Intergalactic Attorneys at Law is a humorous treasure, delightfully absurd and immensely amusing. While it isn't for everyone, if you are looking for an unusual science fiction title or simply want to laugh rather than cringe at legal wrangling - this is the anthology for you.
I received a copy of Bedlam & Belfry, Intergalactic Attorneys at Law from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Most anthologies are of the “Best of” variety, where an editor has the ability to select his or her favorite stories of a particular type. In this case, the author has only written 12 so this collection is both the best of and the worst of. That’s why you find really enjoyable stories such as "Bedlam & Belfry go to the Dogs" beside such clunkers as "Bedlam & Belfry Get Elected."
As in the days when people bought entire albums rather than individual tracks, you don’t have to enjoy all 12 to think the album was worth it. But when you made a mix tape, you only selected a few from the album to make the cut. On balance this book is enjoyable, but don’t approach it with the lofty hopes raised by reviewers who compare this to Monty Python and Douglas Adams.
I was mildly disappointed, I believe primarily by the lack of details. While the heroes are identified as intergalactic beings, that is it. No description of home or what particular talents they derive from their origin. Likewise, in the first story the client is sent on a series of interviews on the talk shows, but no details of what happened. When the details are provided, the humor starts to develop and the result is a fun read.