Ian King’s narrative displays his usual excellently executed dark humour interlaced with a far-reaching understanding of human nature as his hapless characters move through the pages, their lives complicated by both greed and the need for redemption.
With its acerbic narrative perspective, dark humour, and even its absurdity it’s hard to deny the ever-present element of plausibility in Tales of American Idiocy that makes it quite terrifying and at the very least a damning indictment of America’s political players and society itself.
It would be hard to imagine any novel about a nightclub not containing drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behaviour and The Reprobates certainly doesn’t disappoint in a rip ragingly provocative read that takes its readers from outrageous highs to rock bottom in the blink of an eye.
From random Shakespearean-style soliloquies and hilariously written spoofs, to amusingly over-the-top language devices, Straughan takes us on a fast-paced, mind-bending journey of extremely well-crafted nonsense.
A superbly written sitcom-style foray into the world of teaching teens, ‘Peter Sutcliffe’s Waiting in the Corridor’ is a hilarious account of term six at Southgreen Academy, a secondary in the South-East of England.
A highly inventive science fiction parody that is typical of Falardeau’s superb epic saga Wild Worlds Web is sure to live up to the expectations of fans who have read “The Alas League” and The Lost Ark”. It’s one of those rare reads that has so many original plot threads it seems a shame to spoil it by even reading a review beforehand!
A mischievously clever and slickly humorous sci-fi comedy novel The Alas League saga continues with The Lost Ark with Falardeau delivering fun and reflection in equal measure as he gently tweaks the fanaticism of science fiction while at the same time validating it.
Pumped up, jumped up but so much more than just an attention-grabber Anderson pitches a literary grenade and Pillow Squawk proves another fabulous page-turner!
It’s one of those rare reads that is not only original – something that is increasingly hard to find in the written word – but has tonal shifts you won’t expect with Falardeau refusing to succumb to a tiresome commercial formula for a science fiction series.
Wholly original and darkly humorous it’s not one of those portrayals of men at a certain age looking for that missing ‘something’ with superfluous optimism, but a heady rollercoaster of a trip with Gerry cleverly orchestrating whiplash changes of mood and unexpected direction.