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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.
Simple answer...I LOVED IT!!
I don't think anything, I've ever read, has made me laugh so much.
Top international reviews
I didn't go to Uni myself, but still found myself being able to identify with the characters in the book.
Woof is full of wit and innuendo, with the odd swear word thrown in for good measure, and is very well written, as all Andrew's books are!
I fully recommend this book, if you fancy a good chuckle!!
A must read for anyone with a filthy sense of humour, can't wait for the next book.
It's better than the holy Bible (who put the holes in it I dont know), and much more believable to boot.
I have spewd beer, farted in the bath and almost broke the kindle and nearly pissed myself on the bus reading this book (which I own both paperback and e-book formats)
So I go back to reading again safe in the knowledge I will not be deserved by stupid people or cats chasing French poodles (the author will get that joke along with few others from the night of garden drinking, not that I can swallow a whole garden)
Thank you very much indeed, I am enjoying reading it
I read it in one sitting, stopping only very reluctantly to walk the dog when necessary.
Having wolfed it down so quickly, I may just have to read it again more slowly, so that I can savour the flavours.
However having said that and having read many of the chapters over and over again as the book evolved, I can assure you I was still snorting with laughter when I read the final book, the characters are well drawn, almost real and the situations so mad that you could almost believe they really happened!
Anyone who has ever been on 'one' of those nights out or been to College or Uni will recognise themselves and their friends - this is a funny warm-hearted book, written with love and affection for the characters involved - Well done Andrew and I want to read the next installment very soon!