- File Size: 359 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Publisher: Lia London Books (December 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008DZS84E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,028 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The main appeal here, at least to me, was the snappy dialogue, the subtle and deadpan throwaway lines, and the remarkably cheerful and spirited good humor of the narrative. The humor could sometimes be sharp and some of the casual asides were cutting, but the overall tone of this mystery/romance/police procedural/fantasy was one of antic merriment.
Farce is hard. Farce that is energetic without being exhausting is harder. Farce that is coupled with clever dialogue and disarmingly perceptive observational humor may be the hardest of all. You get all of that here, and isn't that a wonderful treat?
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Here's a great example of London's dry wit: "Louisa Fargenstropple, Blandthorpe's maiden aunt, lived in the cottage on the back quarter of the estate. Though greatly advanced in years, she still drove herself about town, much to the annoyance of its citizens. She was not fond of the accelerator, and used it as sparingly as possible." The character names also add a fun dimension. Crumfellow, Moulderswitch, and Fargenstropple are just the sort of roll-off-your-tongue words my kids like to fling at each across the backseat while other people are trying to read. (Interspersed, of course, with "Are we there yet?" and "I have to go to the bathroom.")
As I was reading, I was trying to decide what made this book so much fun. Yes, the humor and quirkiness are entertaining, and the mystery is engaging, but it's so much more than that. This book has LIFE. The characters have real people idiosyncrasies. They're far-fetched and spot on at the same time. The Fargenstropples could be the crazy extended relatives you run into at your large family gatherings. (You know, the ones you go on road trips to avoid.) And London never misses with her timing. Put it all together and you have the kind of book that will make you grin from beginning to end.
Highly recommended for those with ticklish funny bones or those looking for something off the beaten path.
This book is an interactive fiction co-creation by author Lia London and several collaborators. The twists and turns of the plot are as funny as the British-sounding names of some of the characters including Mr. Crumbfellow, Mrs Moulderswich, and of course Millicent Fargenstropple. Reading this book reminded me of the BBC comedies that I used to watch with my family on NPR. The Brits have always been adept at capturing in everyday language the nuances of the human condition ranging from the solemn to the silly, and the author does a good job of reflecting this here.
Lia should be commended not only for writing a great story and doing it very well, but also for coordinating all the moving parts of this interactive experiment. The book is well formatted, has a functional table of contents, and each chapter has a distinctive title, which is something I always like because it makes navigating back and forth among the chapters easier.
If you want to relax, and have a good time "The Fargenstropple Case" is the book for you!
If you want to add some fun to your reading while Chief Inspector Morgan stumbles through this unusual case, you won't be disappointed. There are rats, a cat, ferrets, dogs and honking soccer fans to liven up the action. I dare you to get through this book without cracking a smile, maybe laughing out loud. Wait until you meet Mr. and Mrs. Blithering, that should do it. Well done Ms. London!
It is a quick, enjoyable, and funny read.