The Garden Wall

Rated 3.90/5 based on 10 reviews
When Prof. Hughes accidentally vaporised the University of Birmingham School of Materials Science, and couldn't be found afterwards, his students thought the only consequence would be the cancellation of his notoriously hard end-of-year exams. However, for Eradani, this is just the start of a fantastic science fiction caper that she doesn't really want to be a part of. More

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Words: 115,300
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458053336
About Lichfield Dean

Lichfield Dean hails from the English Midlands. He is not from Lichfield, although it isn't that far away.

A degree in astrophysics, a career in computer coding and being the drummer in several unsuccessful bands led him to the conclusion that the way forward was to start writing fiction. Science fiction, to be precise.

So after a seemingly endless amount of time, a light-hearted science fiction novel emerged called The Garden Wall. And no, despite some claims, it isn't the world's first sci-fi/gardening crossover book, although a garden does appear very briefly at one point.

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Reviews

Review by: l c on May 27, 2014 :
Quite a different story written in a highly enjoyable fashion. Hard to explain - just enjoy the read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Richard Westwood on May 21, 2012 :
If you like fun, nonsensical (in a good way) sci-fi meanderings then you will love this novel. In particular, the university elements of the story are very funny and a little too close to reality for those of us who have worked in education! The lecture extracts are real highlights (I know that doesn't make the novel sound very 'fun' at all but it really is! honest!). If Douglas Adams wrote a novel about a crazy excursion from the University of Birmingham into space it would probably be something like this. Excellent read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jstoc on March 29, 2012 :
Sorry, but I did not enjoy this book enough to keep reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: WyrdStar on March 25, 2012 :
On the whole this was an entertaining story. It felt like reading two books in parallel for a good two-thirds of the way and while the scenes at Birmingham University with the physicists were enjoyable, I wished the novel had stayed more in that arena and not kept jumping to the 'other' place (I'm trying not to reveal the plot here). There are some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and a good mix of characters. The big reveal at the end however is such an old sci-fi trope done to death so many times before that I can only give it three stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: SpareTomato on Oct. 24, 2011 :
Great debut novel by Lichfield Dean.

If you appreciate Douglas Adams and/or Terry Pratchett, you will enjoy this book.

Plenty of humour and the Magical Drum Kit might just be one of the funniest creations in literature.

The ending leaves it wide open for a followup book, more please Mr. Dean!
(review of free book)

Review by: Giulia Minchin on Oct. 22, 2011 :
I liked this. I also like the end.
(review of free book)

Review by: J Larsen on Oct. 16, 2011 :
I thought it was perfect!
(review of free book)

Review by: Caspur on Aug. 18, 2011 :
I liked this book, it was a bit confusing but a great story. Thanks for sharing!
(review of free book)

Review by: oveer on March 06, 2011 :
Slightly confusing book, with two story lines that kept me feeling 2 ebooks had accidentally merged for the first 3/4 of the book.
Book was good enough to keep reading and finish it , but the end let it down.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carilda Thomas on Feb. 22, 2011 :
Fans of Terry Pratchett (of which I am one) will be delighted by this book - nonsensical actions by nonsensical people that somehow manages to come out all right in the end. A very fun read.
(review of free book)

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