Mat Coward is a British writer of crime fiction, SF, humour and children's fiction. He is also gardening columnist on the Morning Star newspaper. His short stories have been nominated for the Edgar and shortlisted for the Dagger, published on four continents, translated into several languages, and broadcast on BBC Radio. Over the years he has also published novels, books about radio comedy, and collections of funny press cuttings, and written columns for dozens of magazines and newspapers.
on Sep. 15, 2015 :
Another small but awesome book thrown into my lap by escapologyreviews! The protagonists Lanto and Orlandus are so much like my most favourite Gaiman novels: “Do you have a light, friend?” Lanto's voice was darker than the night, but lighter than his hair”p.3. And the plot is beautiful in all it's socio-economic satire,
The whole point of managed fear is that it stops you being afraid of really frightening things – but these new scabs were really frightening things. If you take away a man's irrational fears, he can only replace them with rational ones. Irrational fears can be contained, compartmentalized, overcome; they can be, if not ignored, then at least endured; teeth can be gritted against them. Humans can operate under the influence of irrational fears; but once rational fears dominate, they can't. It is the fear of the night that keeps man from fearing the day. His fear is exhausted by daybreak, and takes until dusk to recharge.” p.71
I only wish that the cover picture was not of a line of monsters on strike as it kind of gives the game away. But nothing could have diminished my enjoyment of this book. The rich characters, hilariously satirical dialogue, and perfect political commentary made this the perfect read for me. If you don't believe me, here's another slice of awesome from the book itself:
“Under fairness-at-work legislation, all days off (including weekends and annual leave) were subject to the exigencies of the business. This was because it would plainly be unfair to go on holiday and leave your colleagues to carry the slack, and it would be unfair to your employer (who had been fair enough to grant you minimum leave) if you took a day off just when he needed you most; and, of course, under global fairness rules, it would be obscenely unfair for, say, European workers to have more holidays than American ones – because we are, after all, all human, all equal, and nobody deserves more than anyone else.” p.22.
I never knew contemplating rhetorical questions such as “if everyone works for free, who will buy what they are producing?” could be so damn entertaining.
Rating: 10/10 I can find no fault with this hilarious epic little tale of social commentary. This and a good bubble bath are the best night in you'll have this month.
Review By Vikki Heaven @ Escapology Reviews
(review of free book)
on Aug. 19, 2013 :
Absolutely brilliant! I can't believe no-one's reviewed this book here yet. Ranging between amusing and ROTFLMAO, I didn't stop smiling the whole way through. Exceptionally well-written, with great characters that you can't help but like.
If you're not a fan of zombies or vampires or werewolves (I'm not), don't worry, you've never met them like these before.
If I'd read this without knowing the author, I'd have guessed Terry Pratchett at the top of his form, it's *that* good.
Unhesitatingly recommended for everyone.
(review of free book)