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- Book 1 of 2 in The Dark Lord's Handbook (2 Book Series)
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A most exciting book from a very promising author. More please.
I mean it is only natural that Dark Lords, who intend to take over the world with their minions, would need a basic step by step manual to do so.
The author has quite the flair for irony and a witty repertoire. Quite a few times I found myself shaking my hand and grinning.
However I do think it could have so much more.
The story often slips in and out of banal storyline and then whips back into a great comedic dryness. This roller coaster is what made it less than what I think could have been a brilliantly funny and satirical book.
There are knowing references to the works of Tolkein and Pratchett, but the author has his own style, which is very readable and enjoyable.
All in all an enjoyable read and a novel "take" on the fantasy genre.
A great well rounded story with everything thrown in - fantasy - humour - love, and a
good cleverly woven plot to boot.
Forget the cycling Mr Dale, and get down to business . . . .
This book is great fun. There's a strain of subversive humour going on throughout which I really enjoyed but never at the expense of the characterisation. No typos that I noticed but some laugh out loud funny bits and a deftly handled sexual tension between our hero, or at least, our dark lord, Morden and the fundamentalist, mentalist, hero's potty-mouthed girlfriend. On the humour front, one particular chapter from the handbook about the dark lord rising and suddenly coming forth had me guffawing with Sid James like laughter. The book operates on more than one level though, with our own world situation intelligently parallelled.
However, to me, and face it, this is all pretty subjective so take it with a pinch of salt - it does slightly rush to the end in the last chapters. The ending wasn't dissatisfying exactly but an awful lot happened rather suddenly in a short time and it didn't seem to connect as smoothly, or flow as seamlessly as what had gone before. And in the last pages, the sexual tension suddenly ceases to be an issue which sort of feels... odd. Undoubtedly, that has more to do with me than the quality of the writing, which was excellent throughout.
So, I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting Paul Dale's next book and if you're looking for a funny, but thoughtful, read I thoroughly recommend this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some genuinely funny reflections on the common tropes of fantasy lit. The story is ok even if it doesn't shine, but I laughed a fair bit. Recommended.Published 17 months ago by jack p
I really enjoyed this. It was a farce in the best sense of the word. Nice interplay between characters and a true ish or recognizable morality.
I really enjoyed this book, found it hard to put down. Funny, cynical, mildly philosophical, satirical and a rattling good yarn of good and evil and the only subtle differences... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVED IT! I had no idea what to expect but was very happy with what I found. I thought it was a witty, smart, original look at the ultimate struggle between good and evil with... Read morePublished 23 months ago by goosingpuck
Great book! Felt like a Pratchett's and Gaiman joint effort. Lots of fun and some good punns at the fantasy genres expense. However, fantasy fans will love it for that!Published on 11 July 2014 by James Purslow
The previous reviews offer up a very nice precis of the story, so I'll not bother. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this book; I enjoyed the rather po-mo approach to the... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by Mr. D. J. Hill
And that is, just as the evil Dark Lord is about to step onto the winners podium, (and that includes the one who had a 'thing' about rings) along comes the Hero, who always manages... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by D. E. Rainger
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