- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1098 KB
- Print Length: 397 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pigeon Park Press (26 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008PYLULG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 372 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
The setup (Satan in Solihull) is reasonably handled, and the best parts of the book are his unwitting flatmates. The book proceeds via a series of familiar fish-out-of-water set pieces, some of which are very well handled (e.g. Ben's arrest), whilst others are much less successful (the 'Dinner Party from Hell').
One of the issues is that the writers want to eat their theological cake and have it after. They make a game attempt to invoke eternity and damnation, but Clovenhoof is far too weak a character to stand in for Satan. A minor imp, yes, but not Lucifer. They have had to shrink him to fit their comedy, and he can't bear the weight of some of their aspirations for him.
In the end, this is a reasonable romp which doesn't outstay its welcome and has a good rousing finish.
Satan, to put it bluntly, has been made redundant and now lives in Birmingham amongst mere mortals. Now this novel has been written by two authors, Heide Goody and Iain Grant. I think that they must be identical mind twins because this story seamlessly goes from one hilarious event to another and I couldn't determine where one had stopped and the other had begun. They are just so perfectly matched.
There are so many brilliant scenes in this novel that I would be hard pressed to pick out a favourite but one I am particularly still chuckling at is the masochists in hell and the poor exasperated man in charge of them. ( brought a tear to my eye again)
I have so much reading to do but I am going to have to fit in the rest of this series. Best comedy entertainment for such a long time. Genius at it's best!
The basic premise is strong, Satan has, under orders from Heaven, started looking at management procedures. Unfortunately for him, he manages to fail his annual review. He's thrown out of hell and ends up on Earth, in a small flat, in Birmingham. A glamour hides his cloven hooves and horny head. He has an eclectic mix of neighbours, who are the main interactions with Satan, or Jeremy as he's now known. Ben is a wargaming socially inept nerd, and Nerys is a man hunting nymphomaniac.
All in, this is an incredibly funny book, there's a lot of jokes, puns, and various scenarios that are brilliantly funny. However there is a disjointed feeling to the book, it's more like a set of short stories, with no link between them, than a novel, for the first half at least. The second half feels better, the pace is faster, and the disjointed feel goes.
If you're looking for a good, fun read, I'd recommend this.
Most recent customer reviews
What a great book. So funny, really made me giggle all the way through. Have already downloaded book No 2.Published 14 days ago by Denise Watts
This is a great read and promising start to the series. Light hearted humor for the soul, if you have one :)Published 1 month ago by Mr V.
Clovenhoof is a pacy and witty read, as long as you're a fan of dark comedy. Clovenhoof starts as a strange, slightly tragic, figure who is forced to live a life he never expected... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cathy Hill
Bought as a light holiday read and was not disappointed! Was asked multiple times what I was chuckling away at. Certainly a page turner :)Published 1 month ago by Miss Cindy Elliott
Couldnt put it down it had me laughing on nearly every page. Really can't wait to read the rest .Published 2 months ago by racsam
Brilliant book, extremely funny, very intelligent and thought provoking. The witers touch on everything from dogmatic truths to human relationshipsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Clever, funny, a bit jumpy in places... this first book in the Clovenhoof series is formatted almost as a series of linked short stories, episodes in a longer story where clearly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roz White
I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 beacause although it was written for a wide variety of readers, it could have been a bit darker which i think would have made the comedy stand... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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