Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

February 14, 2019 - 6:30 am No Comments

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

Published by Dammaged Productions on 14th February 2019

223 pages

If you know me, you know that I rarely read romance, but add a few zombies and I will be first in the queue to buy it.

14th February or Valentine’s Day is a day for all lovers, but if you are like Kevin, it is just another day on the calendar. Kevin was your “average joe” getting up at the same time, catching the same bus working in the same office for the last 10 years. There are 2 things that he enjoys in his mundane life, the view from his desk and Rachel Elder. Could this Valentine’s day be something special?

On the other side of the world, America are experimenting with a new virus. However, when disaster strikes, the end of the world is nigh.

I enjoy zombie book where the MC is just an ordinary person, with no special training and has to confront zombies and Kevin was perfect for that role. Oblivious to the world around him, he just went on with his life. A shy man, who wouldn’t take a risk, even when it came to love. Rachel was young, intelligent and gorgeous. Not wanting to be hurt by a man again, she had one rule no office romances.

From the moment Kevin’s alarm clock went off, I knew that I would enjoy this book. There is a good blend of horror and comedy throughout out. The zombie attacks will have you swapping from grimacing to laughing with every scene, especially the scenes in the bathroom. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. The story smoothly alternates between the outbreak in American and Kevin and his love life over here in the UK. Having it span over the two countries enables you to follow the outbreak as it happens and read how it is easily spread.

This is a book that I didn’t want to put down, with the outbreak and Kevin’s love-life it kept me reading into the wee hours and I woke up with a book hangover. The last quarter of the book was full on, non-stop action and the ending, I don’t want to spoil it but what an ending.

This is a must buy for zombie lovers and anyone who enjoys comedy with their horror.  Yet again this author has produced a great read.  

A Heart in the Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

January 22, 2019 - 6:48 am No Comments

A Heart in the Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

Published by Pigeon Park Press on 30th November 2018

228 pages

As soon as the blog tour was announced for this book, I knew that I had to be part of it. One thing I love about these authors is that I will always get a laugh reading their work.

Nick always thinks he is the failure out of the 2 sons. Planning a special trip for his terminally ill father, he orders a special gift for his dad’s birthday. Finn is a killer for hire, paid to do the dirty work for corporate bodies, she has been paid to get a heart. When their paths cross, what follows is a comedy of errors.

Nick and his dad Tony were 2 great characters. Nick a Generation Y, was not practical, thought outside the box and things tended to go wrong, Tony was the complete opposite, a typical dad, hardworking and practical. At the start of the book, their relationship was disjointed as Nick was trying too hard, but as disaster, after disaster followed, they started to get closer. Some of my favourite scenes happened when their lives were in danger and they were discussing films and survival techniques.

The description of Finn as the terminator was spot on, a no-nonsense woman who got the job done regardless of how bloody it got and who had a fascination of cataloguing the people she met.

Throughout the book, everyday items were put to unusual uses and I never knew how versatile Duct tape was. The imagination of the authors is incredible and I always wonder where they get their ideas from. Who else would come up with Finn abseiling down using intestines attached to the man she just killed. 

This book had it all, action, horror and comedy all rolled into one fast-paced thriller. Whilst the story is bloody and gory, you don’t notice, as you are giggling about the situation that caused the mess. This was a quick loveable read and if it was not for real life I would have read it in one sitting. Whilst this is a standalone story, I would love to see Nick and Tony tackle other chaotic adventures.

Confessions of an English Psychopath by Jack D McLean

July 30, 2018 - 9:42 pm No Comments

Confessions of an English Psychopath by Jack D McLean
Published by Creativia on 17th December 2016
239 pages

Working along side MI5 and MI6 is a department that cleans up, you know the one, the staff who do the dirty work, the department that no-one talks about.
Lawrence Odd worked in an abattoir but he fancied something different. Something for him to get a kick out and satisfy his thirst for death. After getting a job in the “Cleaning” Department, he went through vigorous training, but whilst he tried to be the best, ,a locked door was calling to him. Once the secrets were revealed and the hints from his targets, caused Lawrence to rethink his job and put all his skills into practise.
Written from Lawrence’s POV, this was written like a biography. The story flowed evenly with its mixture of comedy and murders making it an easy read. Set in the 80s, the technology was outdated for today. Every detail regardless how small was explained in detail making it even more funny and if you are as old as me you can remember the tech. The killing scenes were typical hitman, but with an artistic flair. Naming his kills like “Bolt out the Blue”
It is not often that I root for the “bad guy” but Lawrence was different. Lawrence was a quirky character and some of his one liners had me laughing out loud. One scene in particular was when he had to stare a goat to death.
Having read this author’s work before I knew that I would have a giggle and I was not disappointed. I hope to read more of Lawrence’s exploits.

Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

July 12, 2018 - 5:22 am No Comments

Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant
Published by Pigeon Park Press on 20th July 2018
433 pages

My Turn on the blog tour. This book is out 20th July 2018

What would you do if you came back off holiday, to find that your parents have sold their house and moved away without telling you. This such predicament happened to Lori Belkin. Still living at home at the age of 25, she had a degree, no job and spent all her time making cartoon strips for her blog. Moving into her brother’s she has to learn to survive, get a job and all she has is a strange pendant.
I loved Lori from the moment I started this book, she was like a breath of fresh air, so different from the majority of characters I read about. She had a heart of gold but everything she turned her hand to she messed up. She lived her life and was not ashamed of what she was. Having a friend like Cookie didn’t help either.
The relaxed style of the authors makes this story easy to get into. There is always something going on when Lori is around which in turn makes it a quick read. If normal life had not got in the way I would have finished it a lot quicker as I did not want to put it down. At lot of Lori’s actions had a domino effect and one small action turned into major events.
The magical theme runs through the book, but whilst it plays a big part in the story, it is downplayed as the story is about Lori and the changes she has and will make in her life. There are quite a lot of laugh out loud moments and one of my favourite scenes was when Lori booked a driving lesson just to take a ruined rug down the tip.
Set in Birmingham, I enjoyed reading about places I was familiar with and on Lori’s travels I could picture exactly where she was travelling.
I rarely mentioned covers when I write reviews, however when I saw this cover, I was wondering what the cover had to the story, but as you read it, it does become clearer and I had to giggle when these creatures were revealed. Although I would like to know what happened to them at the end.
This book should have at least two warnings whilst reading it. 1. Do not read in public as you will get strange looks when you are trying not to laugh. 2. Do not read whilst drinking a coffee as your kindle is likely to get wet. Overall this book is a brilliant example of a comedy book. Having read other books by these authors, I know that they can write a story, however this book is one of the best I have read. I for one would love to read more of Lori’s adventures and maybe other strange artefacts can find their way to her.

To purchase this book https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Snowflake-Heide-Goody-ebook/dp/B07F3X4XF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531372580&sr=8-1&keywords=snowflake+heide+goody

Larry 3D by Adam Millard

June 1, 2018 - 10:20 pm No Comments

Larry 3D by Adam Millard
Published by Crowded Quarantine Publication on 8th January 2017
162 pages
Yvonne Davies

Larry is back…….again.
Fearfest is the biggest horror con, thanks to Wally Perkins. Like other cons, people dress in cosplay, watch cult films and usually have a good time. Thanks to Edie Travers, this year will go down in history, the year she resurrects her dead son and infamous pigface serial killer Larry.
As the story is set at a con, you can imagine the number of characters and whilst some only make a brief appearance, each one we meet have their own individual style. I had been to a number of cons and I have seen many people who fit the bill. Set in a multi screen cinema gave this story a different feel to the other two as although it was a large complex, the “victims” hiding places were more obvious. Who would hide in a toilet when a serial killer is on the prowl.
There is humour throughout and no one escapes getting the mick taken out of them, even the over exposed actor William Defoe. To find out what he was doing you need to read the book. Like your traditional slasher movies, you still have stereotypical girls, you know the ones, the ones who run and hide whilst screaming blue murder. The main group in fear of their lives were the most unusual group put together. A strong female, a dwarf and 2 cops stuck in the 80s. The killing sprees are bloody and the trusty axe is as sharp as ever, even Edie has a big part to play.
This was a quick read as there was always something going on. The author has a descriptive style that enables you clearly picture the scenes in front of you. Look out for appearances of popular films and the way they play a big part in the story. For the final part in the trilogy, this a good addition to the Larry series.