The Jigsaw And The Fan

Rated 4.50/5 based on 5 reviews
Light-hearted ghost story with constant bites of satire. A strike prevents a dead trades unionist taking his place in the afterlife. He returns to Earth to haunt a stately home, and angry that the wealthy owner makes money from tourists, he sets out to frighten them away.
Two roguish guardian angels look upon the whole proceedings. But what is Destiny's true plan for the haunting? More

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Words: 71,140
Language: Commonwealth English
ISBN: 9781301800728
About Stewart Bint

Writer: novelist; magazine columnist; public relations.
Previous roles include radio newsreader, phone-in host, and presenter.
Married to Sue, with two grown-up children, Chris and Charlotte, and a budgie called Alfie.
Usually barefoot.
Lives in Leicestershire, UK.

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Review by: Carol Moye on Aug. 18, 2014 :
Very cleverly written book. I love how the protagonist uses his human skills to fight for change in the afterlife. It's a fun read. There is a bit more exposition than I generally appreciate, but it seems to be necessary to make the reader understand how things work in the afterlife. The ending is quite clever.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: D.M. Cain on May 12, 2014 :
Comedic books aren’t really my type of thing so I was a little sceptical when I first picked up The Jigsaw and The Fan by Stewart Bint. I had read the short stories ‘Ashday’s Child’ and ‘Malfunction’ by this author and had loved both, so I thought I’d give this one a shot too, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story gives a wry and satirical perspective of trade unionism, with some hilarious moments thrown in. What makes the book truly special though, is the author’s use of the two angels – Mozelbeek and Wallace – who watch over and manipulate the protagonist, Albert Carter. The angels, who treat humans as pieces in a never-ending chess match, bring up a whole host of ethical and moral dilemmas that really get the reader thinking. On more than one occasion I actually stopped reading and had to put the book down for a while to give me time to process the swirling thoughts the book had inspired in me. But despite the weighty issues over the meaning of life, the jovial nature of the book makes it accessible and enjoyable to read.

The writing style is, as with all of Stewart Bint’s work, impeccable. It flows beautifully and is a delight to read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brianna Lee McKenzie on April 19, 2013 :
A very enjoyable read indeed! Albert was destined to be a leader in life and in the afterlife. I was thrust into his world and cheered him on even when he was going against the rules. And all the while, he was not aware that his actions affected the universe. What a clever take on the relationship between Heaven and Hell!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Katarina Bates on April 12, 2013 :
Very enjoyable book with a great ending and quite a few laughs along the way. It's the first proper ebook I have read and look forward to reading more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pam Steer on Jan. 22, 2013 : (no rating)
Excellent book, needs to be read on two levels to really appreciate it. Would make a great comedy film that could be appreciated by all age groups.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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