After reading a fairly heavy short story collection I was in the mood for something light. This seemed to fit the bill. It's very light. And whimsical. And charming too. All done in the inimitable British style. There's Overland (the world as we know it) and Underland (the world you can try to imagine populated by a peculiar assortment of creatures set on world domination, albeit in a somewhat circuitous way with replicants and such). This really was a fun read and would have been more so had I not overestimated my interest in the silliness of it all. Or maybe it was ever so slightly too busy, there's a very expansive cast of characters (originals, replicants, over and underlings), it actually did come with a dramatis personae, but at the end of the book, so you'll have quite a job of maintaining a grasp on who's who throughout. Somewhere along the lines of funny fantasies, the author definitely shows potential and a much appreciated zeal for alliterations. But for an entertaining kinda mindless humorous read this did the trick. Thanks Netgalley.
by Mia D
Sometimes it reminds me of Gaiman's Neverwhere, maybe for the idea of the Underland. Sometimes there are echo of Douglas Adams or Ben Aaronovitch.
Funny, entertaining, sometimes surrealistic. The author will surely grow and will be able to develop his/her full potential.
by Anna Maria Giacomasso
It all begins in an old fashioned boarding house ruled by Mrs. Mercedes Mangalino's tight lipped disapproval, with the Beetle, the Invisible Man and the Lost Boy living upstairs. Very soon the reader is launched on a roller coaster ride into the mystery and mayhem of a dark and dangerous underworld (literally) populated by some deeply unpleasant people ... or should that be creatures? With echos of Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' the author makes you laugh with delight and shudder all at the same time. Wonderful! More please!
by Wendy Williams