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The Hidden Masters and the Unspeakable Evil. Jack Barrow

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this comic story four heavy-drinking pot-smoking magicians fumble their way through an adventure to save Blackpool from being turned into the Las Vegas of the North. The story borrows from themes of the New Age and modern pagan movements and combines them with comedy and surrealism.
Paperback, First, 277 pages
Published 2006 by Winged Feet Productions
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This was one of my favourites of 2012 and possibly the only book I've ever read which left me slightly stunned and speechless. It's a totally bonkers riot of a read. I found myself crying with laughter at some of the antics of the Masters and, in particular, the Python-esque crowd scenes were brilliant. I thought that the story-telling was first class and I found it to be a very visual read. It really would be a travesty if this wasn't made into a film because I think it would transfer extremely ...more
Really, the only thing I can say about this book, is that it's the most HILARIOUSLY BONKERS THING I'VE EVER READ.
Elizabeth A.
If you threw Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin, and Hunter S. Thompson in a blender, well, you’d get quite a mess actually. But if you threw a handful of their books in a blender… no, that’d still make a mess. OK, pretend you could magically combine the best of what makes each of those authors unique into a single work and what you ended up with might read something like Jack Barrow’s The Hidden Masters and the Unspeakable Evil.

The Three Hidden Masters – two from Hemel Hempstead, one from Bricket Woo
Nimue Brown
I very rarely give out 5 stars, but this is an exceptional book and definitely deserves them.

Yesterday’s interview with Jack Barrow leads me neatly to today’s pondering of his book, which I have read. I had no idea how much I wanted this book until it turned up, but it turns out that I’ve been craving this kind of thing for a long time. Our Mr Barrow is a magician, he knows his stuff, and thus when he sets out to write comedy magical fiction, he does so from a basis of understanding, and the res
Candy Korman
A heavy dollop of Douglas Addams, with a dash mystical doings, all in a set-up reminiscent of a mad-cap 1960s comedy movie. The mobsters in the conference center are off-the-wall and the chase scenes are hysterical.

I won't risk a spoiler because, this adventure is held together with a delicate balance of whimsy, booze & magic. Giving a way more than a hint of the miniature village/regular sized cats and the insanity of the number of incidents in such a short time frame, would kill the story
Jessica Buike
I gave this book an honest effort, but I just couldn't get into it at all. It was repetitive an not interesting enough to pull me in. Maybe it's not my style of literature and would be better suited to a different audience, one that enjoys a different type of dry humor.
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I live in Hertfordshire, England, where I write about popular philosophy in modern life. I have a particular interest in the way people are rejecting mainstream religion and creating their own philosophies from the bottom up. These ideas cannot really be described as theological in the way that western religions are and they seem closer to eastern mysticism, such as Buddhism or Zen, while being dr ...more
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