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Way ahead of his time
on 20 May 2007
I first read The Night Life of The Gods, and just about everything else Thorne Smith ever wrote some thirty odd years ago when in theory I was studying biochemistry at university. It's back in print, and just as much a delight now as it was then. I suppose the genre is eccentric humour. Think Spike Milligan, but much more cheerful, or maybe Flan O'Brien, but less ponderous. Thorne Smith has a very light hand on the tiller, and this outrageous story just trips along. It's as easy to read as you could wish. All the more credit to the author since it's also extremely well written. If you've a taste for Robert Rankin, or Tom Holt, or maybe Robert Asprin, you would feel right at home with this type of suave, sophisticated lunacy. It's hard to believe this was written close to 90 years ago, it feels so fresh. Froth and bubble? Granted. Much like champagne really. Oh and did I say, its very, very funny. Read it in public at your own peril.