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The Badger and Blondie's Beaver (A raucous Tom Sharpe style comedy) by [Curtis, Giles]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Giles Curtis; A raucous Tom Sharpe style comedy edition (16 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KE79O56
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Billed as a Tom Sharpe style comic fiction, I'm afraid this book fails on so very many levels. It is more pantomine than farce, and frankly failed to elicit a single smile for me throughout my tortured reading of the entire book. It was not a comfortable read.

The book goes off into far too many wandering sub-plots, each more vacuous and disconnected than the previous one.The author effectively tries far too hard to amuse his reader, but lacks the depth (and the irony) of the greats such as Tom Sharpe or Leslie Thomas. And like any comic who is seen to be struggling to keep or amuse their audience, the audience (in this case, the reader) is left feeling a little uncomfortable. Sorry, Mr Curtis, I have read more entertaining and original electricity bills than this book of yours.

Take failing city trainees, a (curiously, South African) boss, a nebulous (and unnecessary reference) to Debbie Harry's anatomy, sex aids, inept policemen and an obsessive tax inspector, throw in a brothel and you end up with a crude imitation of Tom Sharpe - albeit completely devoid of social comment, irony or original humour. As an avid fan of Sharpe, the whole story line of this book (such as it is) appears to be an amalgam of many of his original works.

No spoilers from me, the story line is too crass to even bother, it relies on far too many improbable coincidences and has the subtlety of a comic strip version of The Miller's Tale and less entertainment value than a budget speech. I have given it one star more than the book is (in my opinion) actually worth, as I believe that the author is capable of much better
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Started well but soon became obscure. The biggest weakness is: Coincidence. A talented writer understands that, yes, coincidences can abound in real life BUT - when penning a novel - an over-reliance on coincidence is to be idle with the plot's structure. France is a vast country and, even allowing for the technical marvels of SatNav and the Find-a-Friend Ap, it raises an eyebrow that the dramatis personae have an agreeable habit of ending up together in the same place and at the same time. I'll give Giles Curtis one thing, he's no sexist and quite even-handed in descriptions, when needed, of the male and female naked form. This is an "okay" read (Amazon's criteria for three stars) and if you want a jolly romp where reality is mostly suspended, then you could do worse
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Being a fan of Tom Sharpe novels this promised to be in his style. I could definitely see why that was said, lots of farce and misunderstanding, a bit of love interest and some awful people getting their come uppance. Made me laugh a few times. Definitely not for the serious minded reader!
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Having read a number of books by Giles Curtis I really wanted to like this but just could not get to the end. There are certainly elements of Tom Sharp but the links are weak, all that's needed is a bit more polish to get rid of the errors and link things together.
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As is usual with this author, there are too many characters so by the time you have picked it up again, you have forgotten who is who.
Furthermore, there is much too many coincidences to make the story plausible.
There is far too much going on to make it a satisfying read.
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Hmmmm, was good but not as good as I thought it was going to be; a bit silly in places.
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This is a very funny book. I have read a lot of Tom Sharpe's books and thought I wouldn't find anything as funny as them. I was wrong. This book is not 'laugh a minute' but it certainly brought a smile to my face. However I could feel the story leading to the inevitable climax and then it was very funny. Be warned though it is very 'near the knuckle'. I have since bought other books by Giles Curtis.
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Loved it, couldn't put it down. A very witty page turner!

I do enjoy seeing some of the same characters reappear in each of Curtis' books. Wouldn't have minded finding out what happened to Jaques Magier this time around though. Until next time!

Title speaks for itself, this one certainly is raucous!
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