Gavin Duncan doesn’t care why this planet works. As a farmer his cares circle mainly around his crops, food and money. So when a pest rolls through his farm in the early morning hours and destroys a row of crops, he decides to hunt it. All the locals are against this course of action. The Cytha didn’t mean to do any harm, they say. Just ignore it for now. But Gavin is stuck in his ways. Pests that eat your crops or damage your fields must be hunted and killed. His journey illuminates the true nature of the planet Layard and the creatures that call it home. Grab a jacket and a plane ticket to The World That Couldn’t Be.
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Everything in this novel is over the top. Each character is beyond grand and their adventures are somehow even more grandiose. You peek in on a conversation between a man and his typewriter. These typewriter keys click out the most fascinating and bizarre articles about the underworld. The authors view of hell is jaded but at the same time almost cheerful. Each time the typewriter begins to whir, we see through the eyes of a Hades newspaper writer, James Boswell. His writings range the gambit from a Sherlock Holmes story to a full Hand-Book to Hades. Bangs has beautiful way of merging the extraordinary happenings in hell with mundane everyday occurrences. In between are loads of shits and giggles. Stay up late waiting for The Enchanted Type-Writer.
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This is the book that introduced the legend, the folk hero, the idiot. You begin to appreciate this hilarious loudmouth as he repeatedly insults, argues and pontificates. The idiot explores a variety of almost insightful topics and themes. You learn about how he yearns for the simple country life. Also, the idiot and the genial gentleman who occasionally imbibed conspire against the other members of the breakfast club and create comic chaos. Plus, Mr. Pedagog is exposed as fool who knows nothing about poetry. So wake up early and join us around the breakfast table for some Coffee and Repartee.
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The innocence is an assumption that everyone makes when they first meet face to face with Father Brown. He appears to the naked eye to be sheltered and out of touch with the real world. Even during a case he appears bumbling and lost, asking unrelated and tangential questions. This is not a facade or a ruse. Father Brown is not trying to trick anyone but at the same time isn’t interested in setting anyone straight. Each chapter you watch a mystery slowly rise like a balloon until Father Brown’s keen insight slices through it and brings it back to earth. Enjoy reading this unassuming work, The Innocence of Father Brown.
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When I’m reading a great book, I find myself repeating over and over in my mind-“Damn this book is good.” This book was no exception. The idiot is an annoying but insightful fellow. He is argumentative about every and any subject to the frustration of his peers. His stage is the breakfast table. Here he needles the teacher and the owner of the house. He upsets the bibliomaniac and befriends the poet. But most of all the idiot reminds me of myself. Naturally argumentative with a touch for the bizarre and comic. The only difference is that the idiot is outspoken and doesn’t care what people think. Have a laugh and read The Idiot.
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