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Summary

Meet Milligan Clodthorpe, a gentleman arachnid of exceptional lineage who finds himself involuntarily inhabiting the body of a human female. Bainbridge, the cad who now inhabits Milligan's arachnid form, is known throughout the galaxy as thoroughly selfish and uncivilized. What he might get up to with a body such as Milligan's simply does not bear thinking about. With the help of Milligan';s mechanical valet Forsythe, his revered Uncle Angus, his psychotic cousin Gertrude, and Pigstick, his former comrade in arms, he must recover his arachnid body and prevent Bainbridge from disgracing his family name.

Through twists and turns, Milligan's pursuit leads him into thrilling adventures. Be prepared for daring espionage, scandalous scenes, and perilous levels of dry wit.

©2016 Michael Morwood (P)2016 Michael Morwood

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Really fun!

Would you listen to Confessions of a Gentleman Arachnid again? Why?

I really would... It was really funny and I think I missed a load of the references the first time round.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Milligan. He was entertainingly dumb but had a darkness to him that made him really compelling.

What does Thom Tuck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Thom is clearly fantastic. He gets the atmosphere perfectly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both of those actually! There are plenty of jokes but it does get quite emotionally tough at times.

Any additional comments?

It's not a perfect book by any means but it's really good fun and I'd happily recommend it.

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Quirky and witty space romp

After a slightly slow start, Confessions of a Gentleman Arachnid jumps to life thanks to a silly but highly entertaining story and likeable characters.

As an audio book, I was really impressed with the narration, with Thom Tuck bringing the plot and its protagonists to life, and having them sound nearly exactly as I had expected.

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  • David T Singleton
  • 19-01-18

Delightfully Quirky Fun

An enjoyable tale full of delightfully odd wordplay and amusing rambles. Thom Tuck, the narrator, does a fantastic job of bringing it to life and really adds quite a lot to the reading, making me want to say the audiobook may well be the definitive version of this story.

Time and again I found myself smiling at the constant witticisms and oddities presented to the listener. From the protagonist's dry ramblings to his, quite-possibly-slightly insane, relative Gertrude's schemes, the book delights in never ceasing to deliver great lines that just make you wish you would be able recall them later so you could claim credit for them yourself.

That said as much as I enjoyed my time with this whimsical tale, prospective readers should know that the story isn't the kind to have you hanging on the edge of your seat. Instead it invites you along on a pleasant stroll to take some time and enjoy life with it's eccentric cast.

Some of the world building is quite great, but some elements are left undeveloped, especially in regards to the lack of any significant human characters in the dialogues at all, which was a bit disappointing but perhaps consistent with the books themes of humans being a bit bizarre.

The pacing is also a bit odd at times, which goes with the style of the book but still feels a bit uneven sometimes. I did find this had the side benefit of making the book easy to get back into at any point though, which was nice and made this great for enjoying at work where there is always the risk of interruption.

Overall Confessions of a Gentleman Arachnid lives up to it's cheerfully eccentric title and delivers a consistently quirky and fun time to its reader.

tl:dr

+Wonderfully witty wordplay
+Small but delightfully odd cast of characters
+Generally fun light reading
+Absolutely wonderful job done by the reader really brings it all to life

+/- Pacing encourages you to read it at your own pace

-Never really grips you so that you just have to keep going
-Would have liked at least one significant human character to act as a bit of a foil to all the oddness of the cast, but perhaps that would have ruined it? Hard to say