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An Ungodly Child Paperback – December 17, 2008
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Rachel Green is a forty-something writer from Derbyshire, England. She lives with her two partners and three dogs. Her novel ‘An Ungodly Child’ paved the way for a succession of novels in the mythic town of Laverstone. She also writes poetry, paints and illustrates. When not writing, Rachel walks her three dogs, potters in the garden, drinks copious amounts of tea and stabs people with swords. She twitters a haiku daily. www.leatherdyke.co.uk is a portal site to her books and blogs. She can also be found on Facebook (Rachel Green) and Twitter (@leatherdykeuk) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The urban fantasy tells the tale of a rather unlikely hero, a perfectly respectable Englishman by the name of Harold Waterman. After being infected with an incurable disease by the Angel of Pestilence, Harold turns to help from below. All Jasfoup wants in return is the usual payment expected for such services, the head of a saint. Adding to the story are the angels of destruction who want to prove Harold's the antichrist, family secrets, and unexpected love.
Between the pages are themes of self-awareness, family, friendship, faith, and acceptance. With heavenly and demonic beings as characters, good and evil may come to mind instantly. Those ideas are present, but as more of a backdrop and things aren't always as they seem. Rachel provides some keen insights into the psyche, heart, and social structures.
Ungodly Child is chock-full of Biblical allusions, witticisms, and puns galore. With its comedy, horrors, clichés, wordplay, and repetitious tea drinking, theatre of the absurd comes to mind, though this didn't leave a headache in its wake. The characters and author are English so the tea's understandable, it's their answer for everything. Some of the British colloquialisms may cause a tad bit of confusion, but not enough to take away from this amusing and well-written novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed chuckling through Ungodly Child and probably would have finished it sooner if I wasn't constantly "rewinding" to laugh again. This was a visit with friends I've gotten to know over the past couple years so it was a pleasure to hear about the start of it all, finally. I was looking forward to Ungodly Child before it was born and the same can be said about future conceptions. Highly recommended.