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Review: ‘Love, Death and Tea’ by Will Once

Genre: Humour
Length: 262 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: I was not having a good apocalypse.

When the world ends, we all expect to be one of the good guys – a gun-toting hero in a world of flesh-eating zombies and other assorted creatures of the night.

But what if you find yourself on the wrong side? What if you become a zombie instead of a survivor, in a landscape of dragons, wizards and witches? When your girlfriend takes you on a mad quest to find a man who may or may not exist, while trying to evade a Government intent on grinding your bones into dust?

That is what happened to me when normal life was suddenly switched off. I became an outcast, an outlaw and the unlikeliest hero of all.

This is my story. I am dying to tell it to you.

Review: Well, this book is certainly crazy… but I loved it! If you want zombies, witches, dwarves, dragons and a quest, all wrapped up in a ball of crazy humour, this is definitely the book for you!

This is not your typical apocalypse story. By any means! It was very interesting to see the story told from the perspective of a zombie! It took me a little while to get into this story, but when I did I found it difficult to put down. It was so crazy that I had to keep reading to see what else could possibly happen! I really liked the characters!

Strangely, even though this book was completely crazy, it was also believable and everything slotted into place perfectly. Very highly recommended!

★★★★★ – Absolutely crazy but a great read! Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Review: ‘Juggling Balls’ by David Hadley

Genre: Sci – Fi / Comedy
Length: 388 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Martin Laws hates mysteries. So why has someone sent him a bag of juggling balls? Why has he no memory of buying a new computer? Why has that new computer decided Martin needs to go shopping? Why does a hairstylist he’s never met before keep saluting him? Most of all, why are so many Elvis impersonators trying to kill him? Juggling Balls – a science fiction comedy featuring time travel, mind control implants and a future religion that claims an Elvis Presley clone as its saviour. Oh, and an interplanetary terraced house.

Review: This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was absolutely nuts… but I loved that about it! I spent the whole time that I was reading thinking ‘is this really happening?’ and it was great. The world that Hadley has created is utterly surreal, yet at the same time, insanely intriguing. At times I had to keep putting this book down because it was a little too surreal, but I did enjoy it. The characters were well developed and unique and the plot was very clever – every aspect was well thought out, plausible in this world that Hadley has created (though completely crazy!) and linked together beautifully. Definitely recommended!

★★★★ – Utterly insane and surreal, but with well developed characters. Definitely recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Bittersweet’ by Matthew Drzymala

Genre: Humour / Satire
Length: 59 pages (approx.)

This is the first instalment in the Bumpkinton Tales series.

I have awarded this short story 5 stars.

Summary: When Venetia was a little girl, her grandpa would regale her with magical tales of the shop he used to own in the mysterious village of Bumpkinton. But when he died, the tales died with him. Thirty years later, Venetia and her husband chance upon an old photograph in the attic. It ignites a spark within Venetia, and she resolves to buy the shop.

Review: This story was absolutely delightful. From the very beginning I felt drawn into the story by the authors warm and inviting writing style. The events were funny and the village and its inhabitants were quirky. I just enjoyed every second of reading this. I loved the fact that the author kept what Venetia and her husband were going to do with the shop a secret and I couldn’t wait to find out the answer! Absolutely charming and I will definitely be reading the others very soon!

★★★★★ – an absolutely delightful short story that’s funny and quirky. I loved every second of reading this! Very highly recommended! 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Maureen Gets Crafty’ by Jonathan Hill

Genre: Comedy / Short Story
Length: 19 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this short story 4 stars.

Summary: In this short story, Maureen tries her hand at making a Christmas card for her friend, after she received a comment last year that all of her cards are shop bought. However, making cards is not as easy as Maureen first thought!

Review: I read this short story over Christmas and I’m only just finding the time to review, so I apologise. This is my first experience with Jonathan Hill’s ‘Maureen’ series, but I really enjoyed it. I found myself laughing at the trouble Maureen was getting herself into while trying to impress her friend! Even though I could predict what would happen, it didn’t ruin the story for me at all and still made me laugh. I will definitely be reading more from this series!

★★★★ – A funny, stand-alone short story to get you in a festive mood!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘The Man from U.N.D.E.A.D – Frights and Fireworks’ by Darren Humphries

Genre: Fantasy / Humour / Satire
Length: 70 pages (approx.)

I have given this collection 5 stars.

Summary: This is a collection of two short stories from The Man from U.N.D.E.A.D series, featuring Agent Ward. The first, titled THE HAUNTING OF THE MAN FROM U.N.D.E.A.D, is a Halloween adventure that involves Agent Ward visiting Hillock House, which is apparently haunted. The second, titled REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE MAN FROM U.N.D.E.A.D.’s NOVEMBER, involves Agent Ward trying to save London (in particular, Parliament!).

Review: I have read work by Darren Humphries before, but nothing from the Man from U.N.D.E.A.D series. Having read The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Doomsday Tour,  I was expecting these stories to be along the same lines – funny but strange. I wasn’t disappointed! I really enjoyed reading these two short stories and thought they were very cleverly written. I will definitely be reading more from the series!

★★★★★ – Funny, strange and cleverly written. A perfect Halloween / Bonfire night read! Highly recommended.

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)