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A Promising New Comic Fantasy Author,
This review is from: Limbo (Paperback)
This book is a real pleasant surprise. As a regular purchaser of Comic Fantasy books, amazon and my local Otakars bookshop are often recommending alternatives to waiting for the next Terry Pratchett or Tom Holt book in order to rid me of my hard earned cash. Most of these recommendations turn out to be most dissapointing. Andrew Harman, for instance has got as far as mastering Terry Pratchett's now obligatory use of the Title Pun but definitely no further.
This particular book is more in the style of Tom Holt and deals with the barrier between the real and imagined. Most of the characters are little more than off the shelf stereotypes, but this seems to work with the scale of the story and it's landscapes. The humour is fairly constant, if not really laugh out loud, yet the plot still remains engaging enough to keep you turning the pages.
I see from amazon that there is a Limbo Two scheduled for the near future. Somehow though I doubt it will be as good as this. The impression you get from Limbo is of a life times worth of good ideas all crammed into a first novel. This is strenghthened by the fact that the author uses the tears in the fabric of reality to explore several different themes/genre including fantasy and sc-fi. I suspect that Andy Secombe doesn't have enough left to produce an equally good Limbo Two, but I shall be looking forward to it in the hope that he does.