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Pigeonwings (Clovenhoof Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Heide Goody , Iain Grant
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As punishment for his part in an attempted coup in Heaven, the Archangel Michael is banished to Earth. The holiest of the angelic host has to learn to live as a mortal, not an easy job when you’ve got Satan as a next-door neighbour.

Michael soon finds that being a good person involves more than helping out at Sunday school and attending church coffee mornings. He has to find his purpose in life, deal with earthly temptations and solve a mystery involving some unusual monks and a jar of very dangerous jam.

Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written a wild comedy that features spear-wielding cub scouts, accidental transvestites, King Arthur, a super-intelligent sheepdog, hallucinogenic snacks, evil peacocks, old ladies with biscuits, naked paintball, stolen tractors, clairvoyant computers, the Women’s Institute, and way too much alcohol.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pigeon Park Press (10 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully silly romp 19 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm still firmly of the belief that writing a genuinely funny story is the darkest of arts. Deciding what's funny can be such a subjective thing. Writing something that is will appeal to multiple readers strikes me as almost impossible. The good news is that there are still those that attempt this feat. The even better news is that there are some who succeed. Heidi Goody and Iain Grant managed just that with their first collaboration, Clovenhoof. Now they are back for more and once again they have hit the nail squarely on the head.

In his own unique turn of phrase, Jeremy Clovenhoof is "cool, sophisticated and suave as buggery". With a sartorial elegance all of his own, Bermuda shorts, cravat and smoking jacket anyone? He cuts a fashionable dash through the suburbs of Sutton Coldfield.

Clovenhoof remains a force of nature. Doing whatever he likes, pretty much whenever he likes, and often getting away with it. He engineers situations with a perverse sense of glee just to see what the outcome will be. He is such a charmer though, that it's difficult not to warm to his particular brand of chaos. He delights in playing tricks on everyone. In all honesty, for the Angel of Abyss, most of his pranks are never really that evil. Put it this way, not that many people die, they just tend to get horribly embarrassed. I was glad to see that, like its predecessor, Pigeonwings retains its terribly civilised British sense of humor.

New to the human realm, the archangel Michael is constantly confused by what it means to be alive. His sense of horror at the most basic of human functions are a joy to behold. Clovenhoof, enthusiastic as ever, is on hand to help/hinder Michael at every turn.

Ben and Nerys, both featured in book one, also return.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come and have a go... 10 Sept. 2013
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This book has caused me to get some very strange looks while on the bus, due to the many, many muffled splutters of laughter which have emerged over the last couple of days!!
I loved Clovenhoof, and was over the moon when I heard about Pigeonwings, and I have to say that it did not disappoint. The humour, outrageous antics and the sheer exuberance of the characters that Heide Goody and Iain Grant have created have made this such a fantastic read. All of the old friends from Clovenhoof are there - Jeremy himself, Nerys and Ben - as well as lots of new friends to get to know - Reverend Zack, Andy, Jayne, the monks, and (former) archangel Michael...or as Jeremy very soon renames him, Pigeonwings.
There were so many incidents that made me cry with laughter - the Soyuz unit, the first aid lesson for the cubs, the museum, paintball. I even found myself re-reading certain parts, because I was laughing so much, and had to re-read them because I wanted to carry on laughing (does that make sense?!)
I loved watching Michael's forays into the human world, and his reaction to certain functions of the human body was so predictable - and I couldn't stop laughing at the compare and contrast moment at the pub! And the way Clovenhoof decided to educate him about other bodily functions by using posters made me cry with laughter.
This book was a joy to read, and I didn't want it to end - although of course I wanted to find out who the mysterious monks were (I was almost right - I just didn't go back far enough!) - and now I must wait for the next one to be written. Everyone needs a friend like Clovenhoof...although perhaps you might like him to stay as far away as possible, and not investigating your bathroom... Please, please give us another fix of Clovenhoof and Pigeonwings very soon!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Franchise Takes Flight 24 Aug. 2013
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Pigeonwings is the hugely funny and readable sequel to Clovenhoof.

It does everything a sequel should do. It retains everything successful about its predecessor (lovable characters, outrageous comic set-pieces, clever religious references) whilst expanding the established universe with new characters, settings and set-ups. These new elements include Nerys' dysfunctional family, a dog that has all the answers, a paint-balling trip, a flaming sword and a road trip to Wales.

Pigeonwings is a lot more story-focussed than its predecessor. Clovenhoof was very sketch-based and episodic, with a subtle story arc that only came to the foreground in the final two chapters. However, Pigeonwings has two story arcs established from the beginning. The first concerns Ben's blossoming romance with Nerys' sister and the second focuses on an island of misfit monks. Both give the story drive and will keep you turning those pages until the inevitable moment when both plots collide.

Authors Heide Goody and Iain Grant are building a comic franchise with the potential of Discworld-style longevity. The first step towards that goal was side-lining their former protagonist, Clovenhoof, and allowing a new character, Archangel Michael, to take centre stage. This reverses the original formula - now we have an angel exiled to Earth instead of a demon - but, most importantly, it provides another character who can carry the franchise in case readers ever get bored of Clovenhoof.

(Although, fans will be delighted to know that Clovenhoof is far from absent. He cuts in and out of the story whenever it needs an injection of chaos, much like the shark in Jaws. His trip to a Women's Association meeting is particularly hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any book that has Satan boasting that he's a Cunning Linguist can't be...
I'm a bit of a curmudgeon but this contains plenty of laugh out loud moments. Worth reading all of them.
Published 20 days ago by jcs137
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, have read books 1,2 & 3, and am waiting for book 4 out this month.
Published 20 days ago by Bruce Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as the first book.
Thoroughly enjoyed this second book, I really can't wait for God squad to be released! Come on you two, I expect another book by Christmas!!!
Published 24 days ago by P A Kelk
4.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up
Laugh out loud funny at times. Looking forwards to the next in the series. The characters are individually funny and this book has more plot than the first. Read more
Published 25 days ago by H. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars this book and the previous one Clovenhoof no1, has ...
this book and the previous one Clovenhoof no1, has had me chuckling and laughing out loud they have kept me sane going through the rough times that I have at the moment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by meme
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb
One of the funniest books I've read in years - on a par with Hitchhikers (yes, it's that good!). Beautifully balanced, with wonderfully bizarre plot lines interlinking to move the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Very funny and well written! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by charlene riley
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Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Aylward
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this tongue in cheek story about Satan himself and ...
Enjoyed this tongue in cheek story about Satan himself and his struggle to make it on our Earth. Adding to his complicated and sometimes amazingly simpleton minded and downright... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gustaf Eriksson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigglesnorting all the way
Just as good as Clovenhoof, a hilarious read which has had me in tears of mirth -proof that my sense of humour has never really left the toilet!
Published 2 months ago by Hez
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