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Tancredi [Kindle Edition]

James Palumbo
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tancredi is born on the same day that scientists discover a small planet they jokingly call Surprise. A planet so insignificant that it went unnoticed for millennia reveals, on closer inspection, that it will develop into supernova and is destined to be the instrument of Armageddon across the Universe.

Made rich by his invention of the MoronOmeter, Tancredi decides to make it his mission to save the world and buys a ticket on a space ship making its maiden voyage to the stars.

Beautifully illustrated and reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels and The Little Prince, Tancredi is in turn shocking and profound, undercut with the dark humour that made Tomas so scandalous and successful.

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About the Author

James Palumbo is the co-founder of the iconic London nightclub Ministry of Sound. It has grown into a multi-media business and is now the largest independent record company in the world. His first novel, TOMAS, a satire on greed and corruption, was published in 2009 to huge critical acclaim. TANCREDI is his second book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908631007
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 4 Jan. 2012
Two years ago I read James Palumbo's terrible debut novel, 'Tomas', which is a prime example of a book which can only have been published because its author had connections and cash rather than talent or even a good idea for a story. This total mess of a novel should have put me off Palumbo for life. However, when 'Tancredi' came along, the description of the plot caught my interest and I decided I'd give him a second chance. I shouldn't have bothered.

The novel takes place on an accidental journey through a constellation of increasingly nonsensical planets, each representing a contemporary Earth 'problem' taken too far. There's a planet where healthcare has been extended to the point that its elderly, decaying residents are desperate for death; a planet where man-pig paparazzos rummage through waste to find the next celebrity scandal; a planet full of obese gameshow-watching slobs who are so fat that they've lost the ability to walk; planets where health and safety or political correctness have been taken to the Nth degree; and so on. The situations on the various planets do have some prescience, but Palumbo races through each one at breakneck speed and doesn't invest any time in developing the ideas (or the characters). Inevitably some ridiculous plot twist propels our band of dimwitted, unappealing characters onto the next planet and the cycle starts again. The book continues toward its entirely predictable ending, which I won't spoil but you can probably guess from reading the back-cover blurb. By the time it gets there, though, you'll have lost all interest in the story.

Don't be fooled by the gushing reviews given by other Amazon reviewers. 'Tancredi' is a short, poorly-written story with no character development and very little to keep the reader interested beyond a couple of valid but ultimately under-developed points about the state of the world we live in. One to avoid.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a load of piffle 16 Oct. 2011
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Attempting to wade through this literary car crash was a real struggle, despite the story being (thankfully) very short; determination to finish it was fired by the simple belief that something unfathomably enlightening MUST be revealed at the end (as indicated by other reviews).

The story is written in pseudo children's book language with sporadic illustrations, which is unusual and okay if the style is compensated with substance. Unfortunately, not one iota of substance here... only weak and obvious metaphors of a journey through everything that's wrong with the world according to Palumbo (which I don't necessarily disagree with), and an attempt at surrealism more suited to a fake acid trip.

The last page did, in fact, reveal something enlightening; it revealed that this book must have been written with the sole purpose of making fun of us, for paying for such a farcical piece of literature... and that the moment I paid for this, my hypothetical MoronOmeter went off the scale. Therefore, instead of passing it onto friends or charity shops as I'd usually do with finished/rubbish books, this one was promptly sent back to amazon for a full refund. Without a speck of guilt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 9 May 2013
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Very interesting and amusing book on space travel. I couldn't put it down and wanted to know how it all tied together.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Palumbo's books make you think - and agree 2 Jan. 2014
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This is a splendid book, a worthy follow up to Tomas which blows away the excesses of those who abuse the modern world.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnivalesque satire with a tinge of darkness 29 Sept. 2011
Ok so where to start with Tancredi... In his first novel Tomas, author James Palumbo showed his ability to skirt the edges of surrealism and the darkness of the human condition with an edgy satire critiquing a hyperbolic vision of pop culture. Tancredi, Palumbo's section venture into the world of fiction takes that edginessinto another direction, shedding some of the darkness while maintaining the wit. Tancredi launches the reader into a more carnivalesque vision of the future replete with social critiques and odd characters.

The journey begins innocently enough... a quest to save the world. Humanity has become slovenly, disengaged, and utterly moronic... subservient to the guidance given by television and authority figures. The eponymous Tancredi has offers his own unique efforts to redirect the devolution of his fellow man engaging in a quest to the stars. Tancredi, disappointed but not yet jaded has already experienced the taste of failure in his efforts. Having previously introduced gadgetry aimed at highlighting and deterring the more deprecating behavior of humanity (i.e. the MoronOmeter), Tancredi found that he was overly idealist in his attempts to change the current trajectory of humanity. Tancredi sets foot on the spaceship Invincible and his journey spirals downward from there.

It's difficult to describe Tancredi without unearthing too much of the plot (or engaging in a lengthy discussion regarding the merits of a pretty far out plot line that far exceeds the purview of this book review). Essentially Tancredi's intentions quickly crumble once the Invincible embarks. Tancredi is quickly joined by a young boy Tamany and his dog Kasbek (who are complicit in the demise of the Invincible).
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very imaginative and thought provoking !!! 18 Oct. 2011
By ACher
Wow! Just as James' first book Tomas, Tancredi is definitely a different read, very imaginative and thought provoking.
The dark humored and witty satire /Sci-Fi is set in the near future and is targeting humankind idiocy and corruption.
The young boy Tancredi travels around the galaxy attempting to save the world; landing on different planets, he finds himself in different situations each bringing a new revelation; from political corruption, obesity, reality TV, greed, ignorance ... the book describes the tragedy of our whole society..
It is very sarcastic and clever.

Is probably not for those who take themselves too seriously but if you approach this book with an open mind, you'll enjoy it immensely!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it to be......
.......OK. I ended up having the most peculiar dreams once finishing this book. Good tube read! Would recommend to the flexible thinker
Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by G.Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read
It's not that often you come across a mix of sci-fi and satire that plays so well on political correctness gone wrong. Read more
Published on 2 Dec. 2011 by blameless
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited tale delivered with passion... (Political correctness...
We think in pictures...! If I say 'banana' you see a banana in the front of your mind...if I say green fire blowing dragon you see a green fire blowing dragon - hence why its... Read more
Published on 27 Nov. 2011 by C x
4.0 out of 5 stars really didnt want it to end.!
Simply couldnt put the book down ,really didnt want it to end!
Tancredi is a dark fiction,satire highlighting modern cultural,political issues of our society. Read more
Published on 22 Oct. 2011 by fa
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary journey!
A brilliant follow-up to the incredible Tomas. James Palumbo's writing style once again draws you in to another world of adventure, full of incredible visuals and fascinating... Read more
Published on 28 Sept. 2011 by Aliw
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for Tancredi
After finding James' previous novel, Tomas, a little hard to digest I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and found myself constantly... Read more
Published on 28 Sept. 2011 by Mike_London
4.0 out of 5 stars A whirlwind of adventure...
The continual adventures with Tancredi to several different planets each representing a different theme doesn't leave you short of humor and suspense. Read more
Published on 28 Sept. 2011 by girl london
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