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I've gone from The Smell of Telescopes, one of Rhys Hughes' earliest books, to this, one of his most recent. The decade or so that separates them is immediately obvious (or at least it seems to be - perhaps these stories date from the same period and I'm just imagining a difference!): the lines are cleaner, the twists less superfluous, the jokes funnier. There are three distinct sections (I rather wish The Smell of Telescopes had been divided up in the same way to save me a bit of brainache!).
Light in tone and very funny but still dangerously reality warping, this another wild and almost indescribable story collection from that Welsh captain of the imagination, Rhys Hughes. From Flann O’Brien style tall tales, Monty Python surrealist romps, to Jack Vance styled picaresques these will give you a treasure trove of groan worthy puns and bizarre characters. A joke that seems obvious but appears here for the first time is that of China Melville (sailing the Perdido of course) searching fo ...more