- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Random House UK; Reprint edition (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099575647
- ISBN-13: 978-0099575641
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fortunately the other 90% of it is something of a ripsnorter. Adams is a presiding figure (some parts definitely come over in the voice of Peter Jones) but one also gets the feeling that Mr Suddain read Gormenghast not so long ago, and decided on a homage (and a good one it is too). Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare references will also catch your eye, and Suddain is also possessed of the rare gift of inserting contemporary references in a way that means it won't matter if said reference is forgotten in the decades to come. The ongoing welter of references is what makes this book bound along, and what is really gripping is the new way they're all hurled together.
What else? An intrusive narrator, flashbacks, flashforwards, and even a few flashsideways, and if that little Latin guy (verb sap - read the book to find out why) is the Pope and not Elmer Fudd without the speech impediment, I'll eat my mitre.
Nonetheless, I reckon his next will be even better.
Theatre of the Gods is a zany adventure, that made me laugh consistently, fall in love with its quirky characters as they slowly unfolded throughout the narrative, and kept my mind engaged. The end result is something unique, and that's what really resonates with me as I return my copy to my bookshelf. Different sections or aspects of Theatre of the Gods may have reminded me of one author or another, this work or that work, but the whole is unlike anything else I have read. Suddain takes a rather large cast of characters through a complex plot, and does so in a way that is near effortless to read. It is both epic and concise, contemporary and anachronistic, irreverent and poignant.
But the best news? This is Suddain's first novel. Whether he tells the future tales of any of the characters in Theatre of the Gods, or he gives us new homunculi to explore, I look forward to seeing how this creative voice evolves.
M. Francisco Fabrigas leads a ship in a daring voyage to the next dimension with a seventeen year old Captain, a young boy who is a walking computer, a blind girl who knows more than she lets on, and a botanist who has more than a few secrets of her own. All this while being chased by the Pope of the Universe and a Well Dressed Man.
Several reviewers have compared Theatre of the Gods to the series Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I could not agree more. Epic in scope with a wry sense of humor, Theatre of the Gods is an enjoyable read.
If I had any issues with Theatre of the Gods, it would be with how long the book is. At just over 600 pages, even in paperback form it is a thick book to carry around. It could have easily been split in to two (or even three) books to make for easier reading. I have seen other long books given such treatment and believe Theatre of the Gods could use it as well.
Personally, I would like to see more from this author as Theatre of the Gods is the kind of book that is perfect for a sequel or two.
Fans of dry, British humor will likely enjoy Suddain’s novel. Those who enjoyed Hitchhiker’s Guide should try to find this one and give it a read.
'Theatre of The Gods' is like Prachett's *DiscWorld* mating with *Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy*. M. Suddain has written something truly original, off the wall, and fantastic.
---Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*