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Not funny and undeveloped cliché characters
on 13 March 2015
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From: Ronit Dassa <email@example.com>
Date: 13 March 2015 20:02:44 GMT
I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, Diane Wynn Jones, and fantasy in general, so when I came across this book I was excited to find a book that looked funny-fantasy with lots of recommendations and praise. Unfortunately I found this book a great disappointment. The characters were flat and undeveloped, I find that I didn't care about any of them, Stephanie (who was meant to be a love interest) just existed as a name, I knew and cared very little for her, and considering that she was meant to be the love of the Maurice life he seemed to not care about her very much either.
The humour rested on him being a reluctant hero but he was more like 'I don't give a fig' hero and as the story unfolded I didn't give a fig either.
In addition I know that there was meant to be some sort of clever social analysis underplaying the plot (e.g. Maurice gets a job in a company that operates by having the least important member of staff doing all the work and getting the least pay etc), but it read like a cliched politics essay written by an over ernest teenager for his A level.
At one stage thinks about playing chess with Death, but thinks to himself "I can't play chess I wonder if we can play Ludo", is a comic plot that's already been done by others (most notably by Bill and Ted and so much funnier).
Its a shame, as I really wanted to enjoy this book but it was unfunny, un-clever, boring and I did not care about any of the characters or the plot. Sorry.