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Stuart Oldfield has lived in the UK for all of his life. A veterinarian by training, he has had a varied career as a practicing vet, a regulator of medicines, a publican, a cartoonist, and now as a smallholder in the wet, wet hills of Wales. The concept and plot for the White Rabbit books were developed during a series of solitary meditation retreats – the actually writing of the books was spread over about 15 years.
The cover design for the books is by Janet Watson, using Stuart's own illustrations. For those people who like them (assuming there are some), more of these illustrations will soon be on display on Stuart's website – watch this space!
on Sep. 17, 2012 :
Part of me began to wonder if the story wasn’t just continuing on for the story’s sake. This book moves along with the same sticky, swimmy feeling as the rest, but I found it hard to follow along. It reminds me of a video game – you die, but you keep coming back at a different checkpoint. I’m not sure how it jumps from mid-surgery to a garbage bin in the middle of an intersection, but I didn’t write the book and can’t make those calls. The aforementioned Adult Situations show themselves a bit more frequently here, so consider yourself to be forewarned.
Loofah and his cast of frenemies pivot throughout an increasingly fast-moving world. People become more desperate to both help and harm him.
A new slew of characters arrive with information to prolong the quest for their own devices, and the scenes swish by like you’re struggling to hold onto consciousness after too many rum-and-cokes. You find yourself hiding in the pew of a local church, praying to whatever entity isn’t on lunch break, only to be saved from the darkness by that last ray of light. A twilight trip across the moor to the savannahs, infinite quests, talking animals, it’s all par for the course on this almost-last book in the series. Again, read it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)