Posts Tagged ‘Humour’

Larry by Adam Millard

September 18, 2016 - 8:56 pm No Comments

Larry by Adam Millard

Published by Crowded Quarantine Publication on 4th August 2014

242 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


OMG what can I say about this book, I have never laughed so much whilst reading a horror book.

Larry ‘Pigface’ Travers loves his pig mask and his axe, he is your typical slasher that wields his axe at Camp Diamond Creek. In the late 70s he was a name that teenagers feared after hacking over 100 teenagers to death. Jump forward 30 years and he is back to scratch his killer itch. You can just imagine an old man hobbling around the camp killing teenagers, coughing and wheezing talking to his pig mask which after 30 years as decided to talk to him. If you watch slasher films then you know the #1 rule, ‘The Final girl does not get killed’, but does Larry stick to this golden rule.

There are plenty of comedy scenes in this book and one of my favourites is the scene with the Hillbilly at the petrol station. The one liner at the end of this scene was hysterical.

Joking aside this book is really well written and I read it in one sitting as I wanted to see how Larry could pull off more killings. The death scenes were gory and the description of each death was written in a way which made you feel as you were watching a slasher film. The story although following the guidelines of the classic slasher films was original and I would love to know where he got the idea of a pig mask.  

I am glad that Larry II is out as I want to know how Pigface can return, although I have my ideas. If you love horror or just want a laugh, then buy this book. WARNING read this book in the comfort of your own home as you may get funny looks from members of the public if you break out into fits of laughter whilst reading it   

The Long Earth

September 28, 2012 - 9:45 am No Comments

Meet Steve Jones, my new reviewer – he says;
“Zombies ate my bio”

The Long Earth
Author: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Doubleday
Release date: 21 June 2012
Page Count: 344 pages hardback.
Reviewer: Steve Jones

In 1987 I shared a pizza with Terry Pratchett and we talked about the books he was writing. One became “Truckers”, and the other took twenty five years to see print. He told me about “hypedrive” (not “hyperdrive”) which only works because people believe it does, and hominids with a matriarchal society. I think some of this went into “Lords and Ladies” where the extremely unpleasant elves are extradimensional invaders with a hive society.

This year “The Long Earth” appears in collaboration with Stephen Baxter, who has considerable experience with science fiction and variant hominids. The hypedrive has become the Stepper, which can be made by anyone from simple household supplies. The protagonists are Joshua, who was the first child born away from Datum Earth (our world), and Lobsang, an intelligent computer that claims to be a reincarnated Tibetan. Together they explore some of the mysteries of the Long Earth. The story is compelling, but not as humorous as you might expect for a Pratchett where the humble potato is the essential power source for the Stepper.

One problem I had was peoples’ willingness to go homesteading in far off dimensions away from modern medicine and the Internet. I might go “next door” for peace and quiet, but it would be nice to know the modern world is just one step away. There are some similarities with Charlie Stross’s “Merchant Princes” books, such as how do they stop robbers from stepping into bank vaults.

This is probably the first in a series as the dust jacket mentions on the inside, but don’t worry this is a complete story. I can see several elements that could get more exposure in later books, such as the mysterious town where humans and trolls live in peace, and the growing resentment of the minority who cannot use a Stepper at all.

Overall, a good read.