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- Print Length: 298 pages
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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (October 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01665YDF0
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In order to pull something like this off properly, the author makes sure that his characters have both the humanity needed to root for them as protagonists as well as the absurdity needed to place them in the world Baruffi has created. Baruffi's Earth is a wonderful combination of parodies of everything from comic books to fantasy to television dramas to political satire, and all is handled extremely well. The characters in an endeavor like this could easily stray into one-dimensional caricatures, but Baruffi competently gives the important characters plenty of human moments and appropriate fleshing-out while wisely letting the more satirical characters do their thing without overstaying their welcome (I dare anyone not to love Lord Ironmask). No genre or archetype is safe from Baruffi's satire, and it all works hilariously well.
Getting into a plot synopsis would be redundant with the other reviews posted here without revealing the book's many surprises. Suffice it to say that the story moves along at an appropriate pace and at no point did I feel like there was any unnecessary filler or time-wasting. I laughed out loud several times during the course of reading, something I feel is a rarity in literature nowadays. The humor is subtle at times and in-your-face at other times, but never relies on cheap tricks like gross-out humor or excessive profanity to make it work. It's also worth mentioning that the writer has a knack for detail without getting into King-level verbosity, and his ability to write an action scene (of which there are just enough without going overboard) is excellent. As others have said, this would make a fantastic movie in any form - live-action, animated, or stop-motion - but there is so much wonderful absurdity and so many quick jokes to take in that I wouldn't wait for a movie to experience this story.
As others have suggested, I feel like there's a nice touch of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman in Baruffi's writing, and appropriately the closest comparison I could make to this novel if someone asked me "What's it like?" would be Good Omens, but the author's voice, setting, and sense of humor/whimsy is entirely his own. I eagerly look forward to future work from Jesse Baruffi.
Even complete bastards deserve their spot in the sun; even if they have to threaten, beat, explode, and extort their way to it.