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Clovenhoof by [Goody, Heide, Grant, Iain]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 372 customer reviews
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 372 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Several reviewers have evoked the spirit of Terry Pratchett in their comments. I think a better comparison would be the Wilt novels of Tom Sharpe. The book even has a sex doll...
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.
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Due to a corporate restructuring of the Afterlife, the Devil, Satan, the Adversary (or whatever you want to call him) finds himself banished to the nearest thing to Purgatory on Earth, ie the Birmingham suburbs. Rejecting 'Nicholas Clovenhoof' as a bit obvious, he settles for Jeremy Clovenhoof. Without anything in his background to help him make his way in the human world, he does his best, from learning to wear shoes on his hooves, adopting a pet mould, serving inappropriate dishes at a dinner party and making friends with his oddball neighbours. Rich with eclectic references (particularly concerning the horrors of corporate culture, the names of all the pagan gods who found themselves transmogrified into demons with the coming of Christianity, history, hagiography and literature) Clovenhoof is a well-written, clever joy. This unusual and unclassifiable book made me laugh out loud on the Tube. I particularly enjoyed the problem of including Leviathan in a planning meeting, as he is three miles long and wouldn't fit around the boardroom table.
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I had heard so much about this novel that I just simply had to give in at the end and see what all the fuss was about. Why did I wait so long? I have never cried so much, well not when it was brought on with laughing, as I did when I read this!
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!
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I so want to give this 3 1/2 stars. The first half of the book is 3 stars, the second half is worth 4.
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.
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I thought I would love this book. I do really like the idea but something just isn't working for me. Part of the problem is that there are no paragraphs within the chapters - everything just runs on, so when the scene changes (as it does several times in each chapter) it's a bit of a jolt when you realise you're on to the next scene. It is a small point but it does make for very disjointed reading. It also feels a bit rushed, like the authors had so many ideas, jokes and puns to get in that they overlooked the overall effect. It's a shame as there is so much potential.
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I really quite enjoyed this one, which might seem like faint praise but I'm used to Pratchett, which sets a pretty high bar. I read it more or less straight through, usually the kiss of death for anything that runs dry now and then, but it held up and, especially the last third, stayed surprising, I'll buy the next one and watch this team with interest. Such expressions always sound condescending and imply the reviewer could have done better if he tried. I'm fairly confident that I couldn't, so well done Grant and Goody.
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