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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, a bit different, 27 Feb. 2014
This review is from: A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World (Paperback)
Leonard is a complaints handler for Neetsa Pizza, a Pythagorean pizza company. In his world everything is recognisable, but a bit different. Money is always "lucre"; clothes are "togs"; everyone has an Afro and rival philosophies - latter day Baconians, Heraclitans, Whiggs - jostle for power through their fast food chains (we are still, it seems, cursed with a Leader... whose Chipmunk Patrol carry unpleasant sounding Justice Sticks).

So Leonard sits all night in his White Room, listening to irate customers and seeking to Convert them. He's a good listener, which comes in useful when he begins to get very weird calls. Calls that tell him he must save the world. This wasn't one of the scenarios his training prepared him for.

This all turns into a madcap adventure involving time travel, Roger Bacon (the famous 13th century Oxford scientist and philosopher who put the "folly" into Folly Bridge) Jewish mystics, an Inquisition that reminded me of Monty Python ("CATHARS BE THE VERY WORST FORM OF HERETIC!") a Brazen Head and a neo-Maoist book club. And Revolutionary Stew. Lots of Revolutionary Stew.

The result is a bit like a cross between Jasper Fforde's comic dystopian Shades of Grey and Life Of Brian. It's great fun, entertaining and a bit frothy.
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D. Harris
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Location: Oxford, UK

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