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“Deadbeat is a cracking novella packed with invention, humour and downright grusome horror. Adams is a strong writer who creates memorable scenes that are liberally dosed with comedy and horror… The interaction between the two leads is instantly amusing and with alternating chapters written from the point of view of each— giving you two different opinions of the same situation in the best way possible. They could best be described as Reeves & Mortimer meets Karloff and Lugosi; they have a surreal sene of humour with a very black edge… The sequence when Max is hiding in a coffin is laugh-out-loud… The taxi driver incident is as charming as it is eccentric and is almost Ealing cinema-like in execution. If a film production company hasn’t picked this up by the end of the year, then there’s no justice in the world…”

The Imagineer is a real quality read for children and adults alike. I loved this book from the minute I read the first chapter. It’s a rare treat for the imagination, written in the style of ‘The Lion, Witch and The Wardobe’ and set in a childhood England that sadly no longer exists – a place where snowfalls were always waist high, days lasted forever and adventure was always around the corner fo your imagination. The book is littered with beautiful illustrations from Kay Whittaker that help put faces tot he large cast. It’s fuccy but they are just how I Imagined them to be. An absolute delight that knocks spots off Harry Potter. Young adults and mature readers have a new boy hero, and he’s called Charlie Whittaker.

“Readers looking for a fresh and moden take on the sub-genre might want to hunt down More Than This, the story of a sleepy coastal town… Some beautiful passages and novel approaches to the tricky concept of Time-travel make this a lively and macabre beadtime read. 4 out of 5.”

“I really think you’re onto something with Humdrumming and that you’ve an angle and an identity that’s all your own. The design of the books is seriously striking — there’s many a mainstream publisher’s art director who could learn by comparing their own photoshop-and-library efforts with Lee Thompson’s simplicity and precision. And the content immediately catches the imagination; another area where the mainstream is struggling to keep its grip. Keep this up and I can easily see you on the racks with the Abacuses and the Picadors and all the other upmarket, cut-above imprints.

“…a world away from the bloated procedurals that have come to dominate the crime field, harking back to a time when fiction could be quirkier and less boundary-conscious. Tell a good tale, be scary, be funny… easy to say it, much harder to pull off… Deadbeat manages all three.

I read Deadbeat on a train down to London on Saturday and enjoyed it. Some great concepts in there – and the blurb for the Dogs of Waugh looks appealing too…

“For those of you who have not read a Hemingway biography or seen Hemingway on Stage, an introduction to the life of the famous author can be read in the continuing serial Ernest Hemingway: Going the Other Way from Home, masterfully written by Steve Newman. Steve uses the action of the D-Day landings to introduce us to Ernest Hemingway as a war correspondent who stands foot-to-foot with American troops in a landing craft while approaching ‘Omaha Beach’. In between moments of extreme danger, Steve Newman skillfully inserts a variety of incidents and memories from Hemingway’s life, memories which are often striking and illuminating. As in all good serials, Steve ends ends each episode with a ‘cliff hanger’. It is a tale worthy of the master himself and if you react the way I did, you will not be able to resist the next episode.

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