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I rushed to buy Skios after reading several literary reviews that described it as "hilarious" and "laugh out loud funny". I am also a big fan of Noises Off as a stage play, which really is hilarious. Sadly, Skios proved to be a big disappointment. The author moves his characters around like chess pieces to create a whole series of potentially funny situations, but the writing style is curiously flat and uninspired. I can honestly say I didn't even smile once (let alone laugh out loud) while reading it.
My suspicion is that this will end up as a film some time, with much better dialogue than we have in the novel, and it might turn out to be a rollicking good story. But the novel is really a damp squib that promises much, but fails to deliver.