The combination of a great story with a brilliant narrator made this really worth recommending, as there are so few genuinely funny fantasy books for ..Show More »geeks. While not quite up there with the greats like Terry Pratchett this is fun with just enough darkness to draw you into the plot. Fun with numerous comic book and film references to make you laugh. While it's not a literary game changer, the fact that it doesn't try too hard is part of it's charm. Despite my concerns when reading the description, it's actually one that should appeal to both male and female listeners. I would have liked it to be longer but I'll definitely be buying the rest of the series. Probably not for those who only get through one book a month as there are probably enough 5 star books to keep you busy but for those of us who are frequent listeners, know far too much about comic book law and 80's movies, i'd give this a try.
This is one of those where you really want to get the audio version, between the author's comic prose and the narrator's delivery, it really is a laug..Show More »h a minute. This book is basically going to appeal to anyone who's vaguely geeky, male or female, especially if you're in your thirties or forties. With references from Tolkien and Pratchett to Ghost Busters and Star Wars, Phipps manages the kind of nerdy humour that leaves you laughing out loud, without needing to put anyone down or resorting to constant toilet humour. On top of all this the book actually has a genuinely interesting comic book type plot. I can't think of another author I can compare Phipps to because while there are authors who write similar stories, as a female a lot of the supposedly humorous writers leave me cold but I think most people who like shows like The Big Bang Theory would find themselves laughing along to this.
excellent storytelling, fun and witty, but when I was just getting into the story it didn't finished and had to be continued. I just hate it when ..Show More »that happens which means I have to wait until the next book comes out.