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Odd, but not unlikeable, collection of stories
on 25 October 2008
Understand one thing. This is not a great book. Its a moderately entertaining collection of shaggy dog stories, tall tales and meandering diversions, hung together to form a sort of narrative.
As far as it goes, its enjoyable enough - there is plenty of dark humour (though not real pitch-black stuff), some enjoyably daffy characters (Like Ex-Uncle Nigel the Chiltern Goose Strangler, or Sandra The Village Bike, hopeless slapper turned avenging Amazon on a stolen moped...) and the ending is absolutely spot on.
On the down side, the loose structure does occasionally annoy - you wish that Troughton would develop some of the stories from half arsed ideas into proper tales, and the studied weirdness of the tone can get a bit wearing.
But all in all, not at all bad.