- Paperback: 367 pages
- Publisher: Nielsen (May 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995695229
- ISBN-13: 978-0995695221
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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About the Author
Andrew S. Hinkinson was born in Lancashire, England. His mother had a home birth, which is how the family's toy poodle was able to bite the doctor when he turned up after all the messy stuff was over and done with. On his first day at school, left-handed Andrew produced a fairy story for his teacher but she had to use a mirror to read the backwards writing. "The spelling was perfect, though," she said. Thankfully for all of us, Andrew learned to write the other way round. He was soon drawing comic books with intricate and episodic sci-fi plots, selling them in the school playground for ten pence a copy. In his early teens he got into trouble not only for drawing very rude pictures and selling them to his friends, but for producing his x-rated juvenilia on school paper purloined from the art supplies cupboard. Andrew moved to London to see the Queen and find Puss in Boots but somehow ended up with a Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lived in London for 13 years and worked as an editor and copywriter. Relocating to a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales, Andrew studied poetry under the tutelage of world-famous poets like Simon Armitage and the UK's first-ever female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Then Woof! came out. While comedies are not really my cuppa, either, at least it's not miserable. An early comparison to Family Guy didn't fill me with confidence, as setup/insult and repeated non sequiturs aren't as funny to me as they seem to be to the rest of the world.
So anyway, I bought it because it took place in early 90's British counter-culture, for lack of a better term, and since I had been lumped in with the US-version in college, I thought it might make for an interesting comparison.
I felt like I knew these people. In fact, I pictured people I knew as if cast in the roles immediately. My friends and I weren't into the substances the way the characters in Woof! are, but I was on friendly terms with their equivalents here. The author does a great job fleshing out their personalities and exploring the way people sometimes form friendships out of necessity, not necessarily because they like each other. That's the serious bit.
Comically, Peter, the main character, is the straight man in a comedy of errors, surrounded by quirky friends who are magnets for trouble. (Feels a bit odd to be calling a gay character "the straight man", but it is what it is.) The fringe characters are generally loud-mouthed, over-the-top caricatures that you kind of expect to be played by John Cleese and Steve Pemberton. That's not a complaint, they have to be to stand up to the strong eccentricities of the major characters.
On the technical side, it's well-edited with a professional presentation and a good eye for just the right cuts in the action.
It read to me a bit like Clerks, if that makes sense. There is a lot of dialog, much of the action is situational slapstick during and around the discussions and arguments, and it's sprinkled with Star Wars references. Not my normal fare by any means, but I found it enjoyable and will probably buy the next one.