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A book in need of a more individual style!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Before & After (Mass Market Paperback)
'Before & After' is a kind of 'Hitchiker's Guide' meets Pratchett story, with some good ideas and an original (ish) story. Unfortunately the style of writing detracts somewhat from the story itself. Thomas relies heavily on similes ("she no more ran from trouble than three week old milk ran from the carton) and while these are usually quite witty, the repitition can be a bit much. The footnotes at the bottom of the pages are an obvious Prathcettism, although unlike the Discworld novels, these annotations have nothing interesting to say. Aspects of the story which I would have considered to be key elements - such as the exploding sheep - were not developed upon, but lesser aspects of the story were labiouriously detailed, when you felt they deserved only a fleeting reference. That said and done, 'Before & After' is an enjoyable read if you don't take it too seriously, and I must give credit where it's due for a first book. It's apparent where Thomas is getting his inspiration, and perhaps with a little refinement, his next books may be fighting for shelf-space next to Pratchett!