Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

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 Set in the 80s, the technology was outdated for today.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.

Zomcats by Jack Strange

March 29, 2018 - 8:41 am No Comments

Zomcats by Jack Strange
Published by KGHH Publishing on 1st October 2016
252 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having not read any of this authors work before, I went into this book not knowing what to expect.
President Doughnut has an outbreak of zombies in his country, he seeks help from Prime Minister Camemblert who eradicated the zombies. Unbeknown to both of them Henderson, the first zombie cat is building up his gang and goes on an attack in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.
There are quite a few characters in this story and some are larger than life. The illustrative description of each character gave you a clear picture of what they were like and you will recognise some of them straightaway. One of my favourite characters was Macho Havoc, an over-exaggerated one man killing machine. He was a man of few words, but always got the job done.
When I started reading this book I did not realise that this followed on from Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse, but the story is easy to follow, There are explanations throughout so you knew what had happened . Even the minute details are described in detail and I was trying to stop laughing as I was guessing what was going to happen. This book had a feel of an 80s comedy sitcoms, I used to see on TV, and the Prime minister reminded me of Jim Hacker from Yes Prime Minister .
I am glad I read this book at home as I would have got some looks from the commuters on the train when I kept laughing out loud. A hilarious read, an unexpected ending and it enforces my decision why I am a dog lover.

Milk by Adam Millard

March 11, 2018 - 12:40 pm No Comments

Milk by Adam Millard
Published Crowded Quarantine Publications (2nd Edition) on 23rd May 2016
172 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Lou Decker was a enterprising man, he could always get his hands on anything. As the only shop in town, you could say he was in demand. However, when he started lactating milk, whilst he did not know why, he knew he had hit the big time and trade would be better than it ever was. But when the milk guzzelers turned in to mutants, the business crashed before it started.
Set in a post apocalyptic Oilhaven the town definitely has its characters .Whether it was Kellerman the corrupt Mayor of the town, Mick the naked homeless man , or Abigail, the only prostitute in town, every character had their quirkiness. Some of my favourite characters were the bandits, a mismatch of try-hard wannabes.
As like the other books I have read by this author, I had an enjoyable read. There was not a page that had the one liner that did not have me laughing out loud. There was horror and action throughout building up to a great ending. It took me longer to read as I kept reading out scenes to my daughter as she kept wandering what I was reading.
If you have never read any of this author’s books then what are you waiting for. A horror read with a laugh a minute.