I'm totally with you, "Read to Tatters". I think you either love these books or hate them, and I love them. To tatters. I'm so extremely pleased to find them in one volume on Kindle. I only wish they hadn't used the word "New" in the title. I was overexcited for a minute there.
Villiers is urbane, funny, worldly wise, witty, droll. I've wanted a Universal Pantograph forever. I think the Internet is probably the next best thing. (Remember, these were written 40 years ago, when the electric typewriter was state-of-the-art.) Torve the Trog is the perfect Zen foil for Villier's archness. Not much story or plot, it's true, but the interactions are gold.
If you read a sample, you'll get the feel of this prose. Like I said, love 'em or hate 'em. Big fun!