Tag: Douglas Adams

Paul Jenkins – Curioddity | Review

Title: Curioddity

Author: Paul Jenkins

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 312

Rating 4/5

 

 

This was an interesting little read for me because it isn’t a book that I picked out for myself. Instead, it was sent to me as a belated birthday gift from my BookTube friend Time for Books. In fact, I think it was a thrift shop find and so that makes it my first official thrift shop book. Awesome!

This is a sort of humorous magical realism book, and it reminded me of what The Shadow of the Wind could have been if the author hadn’t disappeared up his own arse. We follow the exploits of a private detective who’s hired to work for the Museum of Curioddity, which houses all sorts of unusual artefacts. He’s actually hunting down a missing box of levity, which is the opposite of gravity.

What was cool about this was the idea that this magic is all around us, and we just need to un-see what we’re looking at if we want this entire hidden world to be revealed to us. It also played with ideas about fate and destiny, as well as the power of narrative in the sense that the characters would often find themselves in just the right place and they’d remark on the fact that the only reason that happened is that it had to happen.

It’s very tongue-in-cheek and reasonably accurately described on the rear cover as a cross between Lewis Carroll and Douglas Adams. I’d argue that it’s more like Douglas Adams with Terry Pratchett, but Pratchett is one of my favourite authors and so I was down with that. Sure, there were occasional bits here and there that fell a little flat, but I think you’re always going to have that with a humorous book.  I’d recommend it for sure.

 

 

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Oli Jacobs – Kirk Sandblaster and Xlaar’s World War | Review

Title: Kirk Sandblaster and Xlaar’s World War

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 234

Rating 4/5

 

 

I would say that this is long-awaited, but that’s not really the case for me. It’s more a case of fortunate timing. I’ve been reading a lot of Jacobs’ stuff of late and I caught up with the Kirk Sandblaster books just a couple of months ago. In fact, this book was out as an ebook then, but it’s only recently that it came out as a physical book.

What’s interesting to me is that Jacobs’ writing has continued to progress from book to book and that you can see him evolve if you read through the series. For some reason, I ended up reading it out of order and so a few of the jokes were lost on me until I looked back at them with hindsight, but I didn’t mind that. It was still a lot of fun and a genuine pleasure to read.

You also shouldn’t let that put you off, because if you’re yet to discover the wacky universe of Kirk Sandblaster then you don’t need to start at the beginning and you can always pick this one up. It’s basically comic space fantasy with a Douglas Adams vibe and some added silliness, as well as some memorable characters. Enjoy it.

 

 

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