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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2013
Walton Cumberfield is the kind of socially inept nerd that we have all met at one time or another and he makes a unique and brilliant lead character. With his tag-along lodger, Roger he becomes embroiled in a time-travelling murder mystery involving cheese, ghosts, OAP hitmen and and a cow in Budleigh Salterton..... The plot is excellent, the time-travel is done perfectly and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and groan-out-loud awful puns. I really did not want this to finish - it is very, very good.
My only criticism is an overuse of simile. I personally think good fiction should never use simile but it can have a place in comedy when used to make the scene funnier, however it is used too liberally in this book, and that's a shame - still 5 stars though.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Cumberfield is clueless, socially inept, and just skewed enough that his observations are often charming, funny, or thought provoking, (or all three at once). The author has mastered the art of pointed silliness, and that is no small feat. But, just as one is advised against eating an entire box of chocolates in one sitting, it seems that this book lends itself to browsing. That way you can skip the nougat centers and really enjoy the dark chocolate ones with raspberry cream filling.

There is a plot, but there are numbered pages as well, and, while I found the plot clever, either would serve the purpose of moving you from the beginning of the book to the end. I mostly enjoyed the good-humored mood of the book, the occasionally arresting bit of idiot savant insight, and especially some of the set pieces. For example, the recounting of Mr. Cumberfield's visit to a Retirement Home to put on one of his original toy theater productions is just plain brilliant. It is brutal, hilarious, and a bit wistful, all at the same time. Bits like this go beyond just silliness or the Amelia Bedelia formula, (which is, after all, just the same joke over and over again). And, behind the blithe and amiable gormlessness of some of Mr. Cumberfield's observations there is just a hint of edge and vinegar, which reminds you that this is not simply a book of shallow tomfoolery. One begins to appreciate the craft and care that goes in to creating something that appears so light and airy and frivolous.

But, not to over analyze or over praise. This is an usual and rather unique book with tremendous charm and appeal and a very sly and subversive sense of humor. It's sweet and tasty and well worth sampling.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
A sort of cross between Lewis Carroll and Douglas Adams. It is either a simple amusing tale or a work of intellectual genius. I still can't work out which.
Whatever, it's an absorbing and enjoyable read which I recommend to anyone with a taste for the unusual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
Tom Moran has crafted an excellent time-travel thriller/mystery. It's the characters he's filled his novel with, however, that take centre stage. Walton and his lodger Roger (I'm not making this up, he really _is_ Roger the Lodger) discover that a certain type of cheese allows one to travel through time. The beauty of the novel is that their journey, apart from being through time, is quite an ordinary one, but their reactions to the situations they find themselves in caused me to laugh out loud throughout the novel. I don't want to say any more for fear of spoiling the book, but suffice to say if you like your time travel twisty and turn-y, with just a hint of an author being completely detached from reality, then this is the book for you :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book was a delicious piece of light entertainment. The storyline starts with a single frayed thread and then builds and folds upon itself as you progress through the text. At the end I felt as though I was scuttering from location to location and time to time, like a cat chasing the dot of a Laser-pen wielded by someone with a reasonably ordered mind. The convolutions are pitched at a perfect comedic level - enough to furrow the brow of a simple aged idiot such as myself rather pleasingly, but not enough to require a degree in rocket surgery or reading during a period of total sobriety.

I cared mightily for the characters, most especially the lead whose life mirrors my own, peppered as it is by the mouldy fruits of utter social ineptitude and that certain involuntary disconnection from the common collective psyche. The temporally-inconvenienced bovine appropriately occupies very little of the story. The only element that I wanted developed more was that of the secret sect that guards the beast, but then I didn't write the thing and you can't have jam on it every time. The humour is my favourite kind; nice and obvious, unsubtle and whipped into just enough of a froth to carry the weight of a good basic premise and storyline. I read this book about a week ago and I remember it well enough and in enough detail to still be chuckling at some of the scenarios.

Take a dollop of Tom Sharpe, mix in some very gentle non-Hollywooden sci-fi, sprinkle it with the updated visuals and timing of the best of Ealing comedies and you have Tom Moran's Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers. Splendid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
I really wasn't enjoying the book after the first few pages and almost gave up but I am so glad I didn't.

As someone else has mentioned, it took me a while to get into the author's style of writing. I thought initially that he was trying too hard to be funny, the main character reminded me of Radio 4's Count Arthur Strong and I can't bear him ! and the over use of similie during the first few pages almost put me off, but I came back to Amazon and re-read the reviews and ploughed on.

I was rewarded with a brilliantly entertaining, really cleverly though out, rip roaring adventure through time. Moran's theory of time travel and avoiding paradoxes is as well thought out and executed as any of those on Dr Who and I loved the way all the threads were tightly sewn up by the end of the book. I never found the book hilarious and some of the puns are downright painful, but I did find the humour funny and the little love story was very tender, if a little bit predictable. The characters, whilst silly in themselves are well rounded and developed.

The book is a decent length and kept me etertained whilst on holiday. Once I got into it I found it very hard to put down, often staying up late to do a 'few more pages' . I've been in touch with the author about some incorrect grammar and typos ( a common problem with these 'self published' books, I've found) and he was happy to take the constructive criticism.

I've already bought the next short story and can highly recommend this book to any fans of Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2014
I was recommended this from a friend as being a light-hearted, well written comedy from a talented new author.

Have to say that it has been absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Tom has a remarkable and unique ability to make you genuinely laugh out loud throughout the book. Going to start the follow on 'A Scandal in Spixworth' soon.

Until then I'm just gonna kick it back 'old school'. (#BigLOLs)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
Easy to read and so well written, this book is definitely a book that is hard to put down!
Hilariously funny!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2013
A brilliant fun read. A fast moving novel combining a murder mystery, time travel comedy and a dash of romance. Moran has created great characters in the unlikely detective young Walton who is accompanied by his enduring lodger Rodger in this imaginative time travelling delight.
The plot races along and I felt compelled to keep up,not wanting to put the book down (even burning my dinner!) The time travel is skilfully crafted and original. get This would work well as a TV drama - it's visually dynamic with wonderful cinematic comedy sketches.
my recommendation for this summer's holiday read. Take Walton to your Sun lounger!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
This is a very clever and thoroughly entertaining time travel story. Tom Moran has addressed the anomolies normally associated with time travel in an amusing and fast paced tale. I am really looking forward to getting the next book when it comes out.
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