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Jackson Lear grew up around the world and has developed an accent that can sometimes be described as mostly Irish, a fair whack of English, and a hint of American. That's pretty handy for someone who lives in Australia. He considers 8am to be the middle of the night, has a habit of buying more books than he can ever read, and might have a go at being Batman if his writing career never really takes off.
on March 31, 2016 :
This is really good, really funny and a total page turner. Thank you.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 13, 2015 :
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. What a page-turner! It is best described as a dark comedy, using dry English humour to create a story with universal appeal. Set between the worlds of Life, Limbo and Fiction, it takes the reader on a wild adventure. Full of action, twists and turns, short sections break up good length chapters, making for pacey reading.
From the first page through to the last, I was laughing out loud as I followed the adventures, trials and tribulations of a strange mixed bag of interesting characters.
The Grim Reaper, Death, is the well-dressed, confident but over-worked leader in Limbo. He runs the place like a huge corporation along with the help of his smart and sassy assistant, Michelle. Satan is portrayed as a casually dressed, laid back but mischievous ruler of the under-realm. The two supremoes have a surprising friendship and the banter between them is highly amusing and engaging. I could have read a whole book featuring just these two characters.
The protagonist of the story, Kingston Raine, is deliberately unlikable. He is overly-confident and cocky, a smooth-talking charmer who always gets his own way. In contrast to this, we get to know a young John Little, whose naivety, curiosity and openness acts as a soothing tonic to the arrogance of Kingston.
The friendships and relationships between the characters are well developed within this story, making the reader care about what happens to them as they are thrust from one difficult situation to another.
Death faces the possibility of being overturned as his leadership comes under scrutiny. As a reader, we can make the connection between this situation and one we face in the real-world workplace in the battle between newly appointed hot-shots versus the experienced. The struggles faced by Death in Limbo parallel the world Kingston is used to in Fiction.
Kingston bounces around various fictional worlds in a torturous search for his girlfriend, Joanna. Along the way, he meets well-known characters from the stories he finds himself trapped in, some of whom join him on his quest. I’m on the fence about whether Kingston visits too many works of fiction, yet it is clear to see that each scenario plays a part in the bigger picture.
Whilst there are some supernatural elements and situations in the story, it is written in such a way that makes it accessible, not fanciful, giving it appeal to a wide readership. If you like the light-hearted approach to religion in the film Dogma or the sharp wit of Rowen Atkinson as Satan, you’ll definitely appreciate the themes and style of this book.
Leave behind stereotypical ideas of the after-life, and take a sideways step in the unnervingly off-kilter realism created by Jackson Lear. He is definitely an author to watch!
(review of free book)