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Shadow of the Badger (Old Liston Tales Book 1) by [Jackman, Mark, Jackman, Simon]
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"Dreadful setting" -- New Liston Journal

"Stunning location" -- Old Liston Times

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  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QEH1X2
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As a part-time reviewer I know more than anyone the dangers of comparing an author with another author, or a book with another book. Comparison is just -- well -- just plain LAZY..............BUT, having said that, I couldn't help but think of another author while reading Shadow of the Badger; and that author was Terry Pratchett.

Now, I've only read two or three of Pratchett's books, but there are definite similarities between Sir Terry and the Jackman brothers: Their stories are both filled quirky characters, their stories are both packed with wit and funny observations, and their stories, though not quite set in reality, are very, very British. There are only a couple of differences I found; the first being the Jackman Brothers are much more edgy. Terry Pratchett uses good old British innuendo throughout his books, while Simon and Mark Jackman just go for the jugular. And the other difference between Shadow of the Badger and the Discworld books that I have read is Shadow of a Badger is more character-focussed than story-focussed.

I was very impressed with this book, and I really believe if the Jackman's write a more plot-centric story, and maybe cut down on some of the "rude" language, they could have a big career in writing a series of mainstream novels.
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I enjoyed this. It's a book that I'd describe as a 'bloke's book'. It certainly won't appeal to everyone as the humour is pretty un-PC at times, but to the authors' credit it never pretends to be anything it's not.

Having said that, the thing that probably impressed me most was that in amongst all the throw-away one-liners and silly concepts, there are some genuinely clever observations.

Basically if you're looking for Dostoevsky you've come to the wrong place, but if you want something to that doesn't take itself too seriously, there is plenty here to keep you amused and I would challenge anyone with an open mind to read it and not find themselves giggling out loud.
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This book is unlike anything I've ever read. The story is set in a small rural town and revolves around the incompetent police chief's attempts to find two ginger children who have been kidnapped and solve the mystery of vandalism to the local park (the vandalism in this instance being a large sticky pool of bodily fluid left on the park slide!).

The story though is of secondary importance because the people who take centre stage are the whole bunch of ludicrous characters and their hilarious antics. The jokes just don't stop coming throughout.

As long as you have a warped sense of humour and a strong stomach, then you'll love this book. I can't wait for the sequel.
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Shadow of the Badger. The title is full of intrigue and promise. The book has nothing to do with the title!

I was literally giggling with every page in this book, the Badger in question does play quite an important role, although his shadow less so. From the confused police chief to the involuntary onanist this book will offend pretty well everyone, if they are easily offended any way.

The plot is, um, unusual but well paced and involves a wizards sleeve, what more could you want?

If, like me, your level of humour is sometimes most heartily fed at a more base level you'll enjoy this. Thoroughly recommended.
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