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5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully engaging and witty., 4 Jun. 2008
I bought this after enjoying the author's previous work, `Dalek I Loved You', although I was slightly wary after reading the synopsis - it all sounded a little bizarre. And in reality it is bizarre, but the writing is so engaging that you are drawn in and immediately begin to consider Alexander's world perfectly normal.
The narrative romps along making it difficult to put down, but it is much more than an adventure: it also comments on modern society in a way reminiscent of Gulliver's travels.
Along the way we are treated to raucous extracts from Dextrose's original journal, reminded of the pains of growing up by flashbacks to Alexander's childhood and empathise with Grey as he develops from wastrel to adventurer. However, what really makes it all so enjoyable is the author's intelligent wit. As the other reviewers, I laughed: out loud and often.
Don't be misled by the synopsis, this isn't an absurd fantasy, it is accessible, clever and downright funny. Immerse yourself in an intelligent and humorous novel and enjoy the ride. Just be warned that life may be a little dull afterwards.