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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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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l c reviewed on May 27, 2014

Quite a different story written in a highly enjoyable fashion. Hard to explain - just enjoy the read.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Richard Westwood reviewed 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 25 days after purchase)
jstoc reviewed on March 29, 2012

Sorry, but I did not enjoy this book enough to keep reading.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
WyrdStar reviewed 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 23 days after purchase)
SpareTomato reviewed 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!
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Giulia Minchin reviewed on Oct. 22, 2011

I liked this. I also like the end.
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J Larsen reviewed on Oct. 16, 2011

I thought it was perfect!
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Caspur reviewed on Aug. 18, 2011

I liked this book, it was a bit confusing but a great story. Thanks for sharing!
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oveer reviewed on March 6, 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.
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Carilda Thomas reviewed 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.
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