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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847244254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847244253
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,638,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant. Hilarious. An intergalactic Gulliver's Travels - Declan Kiberd

Tommy Storm is a knockout achievement that succeeds on so many levels and satirises so many cultural and literary genres that, to me, it reads as if Flann O'Brien had taken to writing science-fiction - Tony Hickey in Village magazine

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Inter-stellar invitation Earth Date: March, 2096 Dear President of Earth Greetings. We, the Milkyfed, are delighted to invite 5 Earth children to a training school in the centre of the Milky Way. The training will prepare participants for a vital mission that is too dangerous and too secret for us to divulge. At the end of this training, a final group of 5 people - of differing species - will be selected for the mission. Children rather than adults are required for 2 reasons: 1. Everyone will have to be rigorously trained and children are better at learning and adapting to new things than adults. 2. Adults can be more disagreeable. Yours expectantly, Lord Beardedmoustachedwiseface-oh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen T on 16 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book - imaginative, wacky, suspenseful, hilarious. Apart from the adventure, I loved all the satirical jibes about our world and how we all live. All the bits about climate change were really funny but disturbing at the same time. And the characters were brilliant. I want Sophia Loren to play ZophriaLeWren in the movie!
I have to say that I'm not a big sci-fi fan or even a huge kids' books reader, but I'd recommend this to anyone over 10 with a wacky sense of humour (my only warning is that I'd say it's a bit advanced for anyone under 10 years old).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiran Booker on 20 May 2008
Format: Paperback
In this comical and imaginative creation, Tommy Storm, a young stuttering boy is catapulted into outer space to make his mark on the Universe and to save his beloved planet earth. The imagination here abounds with humour; Crazy space games, food and greetings have been concocted by a master storyteller.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Jenkins on 25 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
You'd better be wide awake from the moment you open Tommy Storm as it is action packed from the first words. The jokes are fast and furious and laugh-out-loud funny, and clever twists all the way through keeps up the pacy momentum. Very, very clever and witty. I hope we get further installments.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Mc Donald on 7 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
It's a blast! A whole new quirky world. Loved the 'Extra-Bits' at the end.
A must read for all Wisebeardyfaces everywhere
Viva Tommy. Looking forward to the next one.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wyvernfriend VINE VOICE on 7 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
In 2096 the Milkyfed send an invite to Earth to send it's 5 brightest and best to compete for the right to be IGGY Knights. They're a diverse bunch and they really have no clue about it.

This is a paint-by-numbers story. It takes many of the SF cliches and drags them through funny to laboured. We have the pseudo-Jedi, the "hilarious" misnomers about different customs, the belaboured accents, the silly names, all in all done before and better stuff.

This book is nearly a 2* book. There are some moments of hilarity but it really tries hard and doesn't succeed in being either original or truly funny, at least not for me. The slapstick is crude and you can see the author trying to be funny but failing. The reason I gave it a 3* is because occasionally there are laugh out loud moments but truly this is a disappointment of a book. I kept hoping that things would improve as I read on only to end up with a bad feeling in my mouth at the end, like gorging on junk food.

If you like slapstick, try this one, if you've read a fair number of other humourous writers like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett this will come as nothing new and will in fact bore.
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