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The Badger and Blondie's Beaver (A raucous Tom Sharpe style comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Giles Curtis
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Book Description

Madeleine misses her old life in Paris. Her work as a forensic scientist is going great, but now she's marooned in the country and her social life, or more accurately her sex life, is a disaster. When she's called upon to extract a severed head from a weir, she meets Sam. Sam is her perfect man, but murder, mannequins, cocaine, the drug squad, Customs and Excise, multiple arrests and the Mafia get in the way.
Sam, Oliver and William are three young graduates desperate to make a fast buck. The plan seems so simple, it just involves the not entirely legal business of transporting silver which, by way of a cunning disguise, has been fashioned into dildos. But the journey refuses to go to plan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Giles Curtis; A raucous Tom Sharpe style comedy edition (16 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KE79O56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Giles Curtis lives in London. He has a number of children and is the wrong side of thirty. When he's not writing he does the sort of things that are necessary when one is blessed with multiple offsprings. These include a noisy and unpleasant children's indoor adventure playground, in which he does his best not to talk to the public. You really don't want to meet some of the public. Okay, he's the wrong side of forty. Occasionally circumstances force him to build stuff, which is a very long way from being creative, although some building projects are so dull they allow the mind to wander. This aimless wandering prompts stories. It's unclear why sex is often involved. In the summer Giles runs a holiday complex in France, where it is frequently necessary to get absolutely blind drunk with the guests. About once every three years, and when you least expect it, a guest turns out to be a complete bastard, but thankfully most have been lovely. Dammit, Giles is the wrong side of fifty. And if you feel inclined, drop me a line on gilescurtis@mail.com.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassingly bad 4 July 2015
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Billed as a Tom Sharpe style comic fiction, I'm afraid this book fails on so very many levels. It is more pantomine than farce, and frankly failed to elicit a single smile for me throughout my tortured reading of the entire book. It was not a comfortable read.

The book goes off into far too many wandering sub-plots, each more vacuous and disconnected than the previous one.The author effectively tries far too hard to amuse his reader, but lacks the depth (and the irony) of the greats such as Tom Sharpe or Leslie Thomas. And like any comic who is seen to be struggling to keep or amuse their audience, the audience (in this case, the reader) is left feeling a little uncomfortable. Sorry, Mr Curtis, I have read more entertaining and original electricity bills than this book of yours

Take failing city trainees, a (curiously, South African) boss, a nebulous (and unnecessary reference) to Debbie Harry's anatomy, sex aids, inept policemen and an obsessive tax inspector, throw in a brothel and you end up with a crude imitation of Tom Sharpe - albeit devoid of social comment, irony or original humour.

No spoilers from me, the story line is too crass, relies on far too many improbable coincidences and has the subtlety of a comic strip version of The Miller's Tale
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4.0 out of 5 stars was good but not as good as I thought it was ... 16 Jan. 2015
By Mandy
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Hmmmm, was good but not as good as I thought it was going to be; a bit silly in places.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coincidence galore 24 Jan. 2015
By charlie
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Started well but soon became obscure. The biggest weakness is: Coincidence. A talented writer understands that, yes, coincidences can abound in real life BUT - when penning a novel - an over-reliance on coincidence is to be idle with the plot's structure. France is a vast country and, even allowing for the technical marvels of SatNav and the Find-a-Friend Ap, it raises an eyebrow that the dramatis personae have an agreeable habit of ending up together in the same place and at the same time. I'll give Giles Curtis one thing, he's no sexist and quite even-handed in descriptions, when needed, of the male and female naked form. This is an "okay" read (Amazon's criteria for three stars) and if you want a jolly romp where reality is mostly suspended, then you could do worse
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curtis strikes again... 5 Sept. 2014
By Aimee
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Loved it, couldn't put it down. A very witty page turner!

I do enjoy seeing some of the same characters reappear in each of Curtis' books. Wouldn't have minded finding out what happened to Jaques Magier this time around though. Until next time!

Title speaks for itself, this one certainly is raucous!
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Being a fan of Tom Sharpe novels this promised to be in his style. I could definitely see why that was said, lots of farce and misunderstanding, a bit of love interest and some awful people getting their come uppance. Made me laugh a few times. Definitely not for the serious minded reader!
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2.0 out of 5 stars disjointed 25 July 2014
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Having read a number of books by Giles Curtis I really wanted to like this but just could not get to the end. There are certainly elements of Tom Sharp but the links are weak, all that's needed is a bit more polish to get rid of the errors and link things together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading. 8 Nov. 2014
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This is the first time for a long while I have laughed out loud while reading a book , I think Giles Curtis is to be congratulated and I cannot wait to read another one of his books and I am very happy I have discovered him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 5 Mar. 2015
By plug
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Brilliant fast paced book in classic farce tradition. A must read for anyone with a sense of humour. Great weaving of all the cast, weaving wondrous
stories as they go.
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