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- Publication Date: December 13, 2017
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- Language: English
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Escape From Samsara: A Dark Comedy Fantasy Adventure (Prophecy Allocation Book 1) Kindle Edition
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On his dad’s seventy-sixth birthday, twenty-five years ago, Barry’s sister Mindy and dad Yamochi Harris goes missing. Since his dad started teaching Barry the sacred art of ninjutsu on his sixth birthday, Barry has modeled himself on the ninja warrior and became ordained as a Buddhist on his fortieth birthday. By day he works as a gardener, but by night he relives the terrifying recurring nightmare he’s had since his dad disappeared.
Will Barry succeed in his mission to find his dad? Will he become a true ninja?
The cast of characters include Robbie Jarvis, Merril, Mrs. Gann, Little Timmy, Timmy’s cat Miss Miggles, Timmy’s daddy/Melanie, Doctor Harper, Mrs. Harper, Joanna Tarry/Madame Zanzibar, Brian, Mandy, Doctor Thomas Gilpgunter, Mr. Law, Ms. Hannah McCann, Armitage Frank, the samurais, Haruki, and Chantel.
You’ll encounter dead bodies, IBS “irritable bowel syndrome”, time toilets, a fascination with bodily functions, bad odors, passing of wind, gas baby … you get the drift?
A COMIC FANTASY NOVELLA
AUTHOR NICKY BLUE
RATING : 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
While I found this book an interesting read as an American it was a bit confusing to me with the British English terminology. The main male character seems to be in an older age range which was a new twist I have yet to encounter. There is a mystery to solve and he is the character chosen to handle the task. Both his father and sister have gone missing. He still has his mother which in her own right is quite a character as well. During his mission to find his missing family members he encounters even more odd occurrences then I truly expected the story itself had a lot of interesting twists to this, however I did find it a little more than confusing trying to figure out certain aspects of the story line not only due to being an American English reader but there was a number of grammatical errors.
Reviewing the cover of the book it’s nicely done, however I would have choosen a bit of a different cover image. The free copy I received has no influence on my review itself. The reason I gave the book a 3.5 star review was due to the above formentioned issues that I personally took into consideration.
I would still recommend this book to other reader’s cause I did find it comical even though I had my issues it is still a great read for those who like comedy and a bizarre fanatasy twist added to the mix! I feel in my personal opinion that the author could have more successful endeavors if he focused on making a series out of it where one aspect could have been the portion of what was supposed to be today's society.
Then he could have made a second book out of the time traveling portal and branched that into many series of novellas due to the nature of the portals abilities itself.
The reason why I suggest that as a change for the author to consider is I do see great potential there, however it was hard for me to enjoy the book itself fully due to what I am calling a ping pong effect. The bouncing between this era, and all the odd story twists makes you have to try to figure out what is even happening while you are in the middle of the story or paragraph even. I would also recommend some more editing being performed on the context of the pages since some of the errors I commonly found were simple misspellings. I hope that this review doesn't come across to harsh I just would like to read more from
this author and as I stated if the book or books are reworked a little bit adjustment wise I think it would vastly improve the enjoyability factor for all reader's. This being said I did enjoy the book itself it had some odd comical aspects and the author for me truly put his own unique touch on how a mystery can be told.
I couldn't stop laughing! (In a good way!) Basically, Escape from Samara began by reminding me of movies like Stepbrothers or The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but it took unexpected turns into a darker feel of comedy as the plot thickened and the main character, Barry, begins his quest. (Is he a ninja? Is he mentally unstable? Is he one of those whack-but-actually-brilliant people?) Barry's character quickly drew from slapstick textbook nerd-to-pity into a mysterious enigma that kept the pages turning for me, well that, and the hilarious one-liners.
A little rough around the edges perhaps, if you're not a typical reader of this type of comedy, but well worth the read and a definite recommend! Just the right amount of laughs and eyebrow-raising unexpected plot twists. No regrets here!
Even though it’s a novella, I think it could have been a bit shorter. There was more scatological humor than I liked. A little caca is fine, but no one wants washtubs of it, so eliminating (sorry, I couldn’t help it) a little of that—especially the scene with the ex-girlfriend and the nut-job doctor—would have shortened it just fine. Overall, though, I enjoyed the craziness of this book (particularly Barry’s mother and her friend) chuckled and smiled a lot, and laughed out loud a few times. If you’re into weird humor, I recommend this book.