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4.0 out of 5 stars Fifty Shades of Cinderella, 1 Feb. 2014
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Fifty Shades of Cinderella, set in the mean streets of Budapest, against the background of a 'War on Error'. Or is it the Bronx? Or a thinly disguised Muswell Hill? I like the 'War on Error'. An amusing romp from a writer with a clear passion for devouring history and perverting it. I hope Amazon earn enough from sales to be able to afford to start paying their corporation tax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magyar melancholy meets California cool, 13 Aug. 2014
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This story packs a punch: it has cobblers, flunkeys and gags, brutal Carmelites and a hero who stands between Hungary and Haringey just like the author who has added Magyar moodiness to Chandler's cool. The result is a novella taking place in "a distorted, reverse reflection" of Budapest, as Jeremy Green says in his after-word. Green does a great job of summoning its crumbling splendour without leaving sight of his story. This story is not what you expect it to be after the first few pages: there's more than one twist along the way, and the detective, Marlowe/Mahler, has more than one adventure in him. At the end, tipping his tricorn to a post-modern sensibility, he says: »The old world, the world of nobles and their estates and retainers, that's coming to an end. The new world, it's all about bearer bonds and bourses and bills of exchange. It's the same all over Europe. Trade is the new religion. Soon it won't matter which God you pray to, or what language you pray in... in a few years, no-one will want to talk about the War on Error.« (Sic!) Ferenc Marlowe is every bit as deep as his literary cousin from California and like the Marlowe from CA, too cool to show it. I can't wait to see what he'll be up to next, 250 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If the shoe fits ..., 9 July 2014
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In this hugely clever and thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced witty romp through the backstreets of an alternative eighteenth century Budapest, we follow private eye Ferenc Marlowe in his quest to find an elusive (Cin)d’rella. This 'fairytale for grown-ups' should be consumed, greedily, in one indulgent sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of One Shoe Tale., 26 Feb. 2014
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A wonderful cross pollination of genres. The story moves fast, The characters are utterly believable. The descriptions read like a noir movie. The lead character/point of view is a thoroughly likable rogue. All in all this book is well worth reading. I recommend it without hesitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy story, 20 Feb. 2014
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Once you have read more than 5 pages you can't stop reading it until the end. Looking forward for the next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious historical Cinderella Mash Up, 12 Feb. 2014
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A literary mash up of Raymond Chandler, Cinderella, Hungarian history and chic lit. Light-hearted, hilarious and twisted. A thoroughly enjoyable romp.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read, 11 Feb. 2014
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Fast moving, witty Raymond Chandler take on the Cinderella story, set in Budapest in some unspecified time - maybe olden times.
Engaging story, but the plot doesn't matter that much, it's the eccentric Runyonesque characters that move it along - with a bit of not all that serious sadomasochism thrown in. Good fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky Charmer, 11 Feb. 2014
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One Shoe Tale takes the reader to another time and place full of dust and tanneries, engaging all our senses.
I love the author's descriptions, of `smeary toughs' a man with 'impossibly wide smile', and evocative phrases, `he was an amateur at concealment', `it was almost a conversation'. The book is full of intrigue, (un-pc) politics and humour, 'The King asked, `ain't there a single honest man in the whole village?' `Dad, don't be a dope'. Read it for pure pleasure and a giggle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Shoe Tale - a new take on an old story, 10 Feb. 2014
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Great debut from Jeremy Green.

An atmospheric novella set in a parallel historical universe, full of unexpected twists and turns, with plenty of humour and more than a dash of politics.

I look forward to reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A witty Chandleresque adventure with many hilarious twists, 10 Feb. 2014
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This is a weird, wired and wonderful detective story which projects us into 18th century Budapest via Raymond Chandler; giving Cinderella's back story, together with counterfactual history and political satire. Well paced and cleverly contructed - a great read.
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