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This new series (and it is very much the opening novel of a series), while still very funny in places, is a lot darker and the action is tighter and edgier.
Basic background storyline: The world is heading for a version of Armageddon straight out of Lovecraft, the monsters are here, slumming it a bit and hanging out before pulling the plug on humanity in an eternity-of-damnation sort of way.
We're led to believe that the human powers that be have accepted this as inevitable and are focusing their efforts on damage limitation, keeping the general population in the dark and dealing with 'incursions', inter-species diplomacy and the odd half-breed sub-culture. Fish porn is a term that I never really expected to hear...
There are lots of hints dropped though that the future (Hieronymus Bosch but with more tentacles) may not be quite as certain as everyone thinks.
Our heroes are the Birmingham branch of the Government department tasked with keeping a lid on the crisis. Maybe a slight nod of the head in the general direction of Torchwood here. The story rattles along at a lively place, there are plenty of twists, some telegraphed some not and there's no shortage of Lovecraft jokes and references.
All-in-all a thoroughly enjoyable story that I hope will grow into a series that develops the characters and the skewed reality they occupy
Oddjobs by Heide Goody and Iain Grant is a rib-tickling, heart-pounding book that I have a hard time categorizing. Is it fantasy or is it science fiction? After reading it, I’m still unable to decide. What I can say, though, is that it’s funny; funny and scary at the same time. The characters in this (unimaginable?) dystopian future are believable, even the aliens, because they behave in a consistent manner, they talk like people we’ve all encountered at one point or other in our lives, and the action flows, if not exactly in a linear manner, in a way that makes sense under the circumstances that the authors so skillfully describe.
If you want a tickle and a tingle all wrapped in one package, read this book.
The characters are well developed complex characters, but since they believe the fate of the world is already decided (which its not the same as the authors saying it so) sometimes its hard to believe in their motivations and their reason to act one way or the other. Evidently there is hope there, otherwise they would just roll over and wait for one entity or another to come and devour it.
The plot keeps a steady pace and most of the pieces from the mystery come together in the end, however there are some annoying loose ends from main and secondary characters motivations that are crucial to how the story unfolds.
Overall I would definitely read a second book on a series since the story is good, but depending on how the world and characters evolve it can make the whole lot of stories be very good or very plain. I believe that is the risk taken when you leave so many important things undefined in a universe.
I enjoyed the plot - believable enough, but also off-base.
Some rereading and editing should have been done to the book. There were several errors that appeared to have been caused by sentence restructuring before the final draft.
A mild annoyance was the dialogue with the "people-fish": the would "gll" when breathing which was peppered through their conversations - annoying and not needed (in my opinion).
The use of Venislarn language (not translated) was distracting since I didn't know what it meant - and I assume it was important to the story.
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I can't wait to read the followup
This was a fun, fast read.