Chris Wade's words & Rik Mayall's vocal talent make a sensational marriage! The masterfully anarcho-surrealist world of Cutey & his ever attendant Sofaguard is energetically brought to life as only Rik Mayall can.
No-one can fail to appreciate the Wisdon Twins coming alive in Rik'd dulcet tones. Echoes of all Rik's previous characters abound in his performance and the whole story is elevated by his childlike entusiasm.
Can't recommend this enough, buy it! You won't be disappointed!
"Cutey and the SofaGuard", is written by Chris Wade and read by my favorite actor Rik Mayall.
The writing very much reminds me of Evelyn Waugh. Especially "Decline and Fall", which is also read by Rik, and "Vile Bodies", which Stephen Fry did a great film adaptation of. I liked that as with Waugh, in "Cutey", all the men characters have their own story that makes them vibrant and interesting. Naturally in typical Rik and Ade humor (comedy partners Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson), and again as with Waugh, everyone is a Grotesque.
I can definitely see what drew Rik's interest to this story and why he would want to perform it. With its many varied men characters, surreal graphic and detailed imagery, it's a gold mine for a master storyteller like Rik, and he is in great form as he performs it bringing this story to life. It was wonderful to hear, and not just because of Rik's wonderful acting, but it's also an imaginative creative story and Chris Wade is a very talented gifted writer. I'm thrilled that he's such a Rik fan and is just as excited and enthusiastic about Rik's performance of it as I am!
If you haven't already listened to it and I encourage and hope all of Rik's fans will, I would like to make one small critique as many of Rik's fans are women. As wonderful a story as "Cutey" is, from a feminist perspective there are some challenges to be overcome with the women characters. Hopefully in the next two books that will be taken care of because the women in "Cutey" right now are to me just ciphers to excuse or give reason for all the men's behaviors, and they are not full characters in their own right. Also, I should put in a Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault/Stalking, Misogyny, Mental Illness and Bullying. And that's about as detailed as I'm going to get into with my feminist critique.
I enjoyed "Cutey and the SofaGuard", as I like character driven plots and this is certainly imaginative and original in its scope and use of time, place, objectives and super objectives, which result in a very creative story, made all the better by Rik's wonderful full-bodied performance.
The nature of the style makes you laugh at every part, but the human truth of the main character allows to you to feel for everything about him. He is the unnamed hero. I wanted to know what happens and then I wanted to know why and then I wanted to know how, Wade answers all of my questions in this perfectly sculptured story. It is fast paced with un-expecting events and charming characters. It's a beautiful mix of surreal madness and pure honesty. For anyone who likes Dickens and Monty Python, you'll love this. Entirely daft, delightfully engaging, it would be a sad sprit would who didn't find this hilarious.
I only found out about this book because I'm a Rik Mayall fan and he did the audio for it, but I am very glad that I did. I love the main character and really do root for him throughout the story, including the sequel Home in A Tick. The imagination is brilliant and I love the surreal weirdness of the characters and storylines. I feel like I wish I had my own Sofaguard, he is such a comforting presence in a lonely world. I would definitely recommend buying the audio version with Rik Mayall. You can hear echoes of his own characters in his performance which is fun to look out for. Any Rik Mayall fan will love this story and should definitely watch out for the Wisdom Twins. After the shocking twist at the end of Cutey and the Sofaguard I couldn't wait to see where life would lead the nameless main character (whose name I imagine may be Cutey) next. I was rooting for the character to reach his dream and the ending was much unexpected. I am eagerly awaiting another book in the series to see where the main characters fate lies, especially after the surprising ending of the Home in a Tick sequel.