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2.0 out of 5 stars
Slow, unoriginal, cliched, 18 Sept. 2011
I was looking for authors similar to Jasper Fforde and found this, but was very disappointed. The main character has all the stereotypical features of a classic young nerd but nothing to make him interesting in himself; the other characters are still less well drawn. If you are young and nerdy yourself you might find his experiences interesting; if you have got past that stage like me you probably won't. As the book is billed as fantasy the long drawn out wait for Paul to find out that the company deals in the supernatural was hardly building up the suspense. The action sped up a little in the second half but at no point was I gripped. Other reviews have compared this author to Fforde or even Pratchett - don't believe it. He may be trying to be like them but he has only a fraction of their originality and wit.