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The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows

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Robin Sparrows is no Great Detective. He's not a dashing gentleman. He's not even a stalwart companion. No, Mr. Sparrows is a humble and hapless clerk at Winston Winston & Crumpet, the wickedest law firm in all of Victoria's empire. But when he is charged with delivering a mysterious box to the arch-fiend Kermit J. Tarnish his life of quiet misery is transformed into a qua ...more
Kindle Edition, 179 pages
Published November 12th 2015
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Chitra Iyer
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows by Matthew Timmins is a Victorian style, humorous tale of Mr. Robin Sparrows. Fans of old English style writing and that of Dickens would really enjoy this book.

Mr. Robin Sparrows is a law clerk in old Victorian London and is haplessly going about his quiet life when he is handed an assignment to deliver a package to the notorious, Kermit J. Tarnish. As if his miseries weren't enough, Mr. Sparrows now embarks on journey filled with murder, lots of craziness and empat
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Francesca Forrest
Nov 15, 2015 marked it as to-read
Sonya Taaffe recommended this book, and it sounds really interesting. She wrote,

It's a hard book to synopsize, not because nothing that happens in it matters, but because so much of what happens in it matters on a level that is barely perceptible to its harried protagonist. Late in the year 1869 of a Victorian century that somewhat resembles our own, or perhaps early in the same 1870—the calendar is not the only bewildered authority in this story—the task of delivering a mysterious box to its eq
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Heather Bradbury
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Miseries of Mr. Sparrow tells the story of Robin Sparrow; a clerk working for the law firm Winston Winston and Crumpet, as he embarks on a quest to deliver a parcel to Mr. Tarnish. Set within the Victorian era any fans of Dickens will be sure to enjoy this quirky tale as they follow the troublesome and somewhat fatal adventures of Robin.

The plot to description ratio was excellent. I found the plot fairly easy to follow, my only slight (and I mean very minor indeed) criticism being that there
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Alex Hansen
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best indie novel I've read all year.

It isn't really plot-driven or character-driven, but it totally works. It's a bit slow to start, but once you get into it, it's easy to get caught up in the imaginative faux-Victorian world and the various colorful characters who populate it. The writing is smooth and fluid and witty, making it a joy to read even in places where the plot is dragging a little. The mystery of Kermit J. Tarnish's box and the weird pseudo-historical backstory abo
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Bella Reads and Reviews
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most unique work I’ve reviewed in a very long time. It reads like a historical novel set in Victorian London, with a strong sense of place and gritty, Dickensian characters with lots of quirks and warts. At the same time, it’s very funny.

The setting is not exactly London but the very similar city of Claudon, capital of Albion, on the banks of the River Plew. Our anti-hero, Mr. Robin Sparrows, is a lowly legal clerk who is paid a pittance to do menial tasks for a disreputable
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Stanley McShane
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
In a Victorian world with a Londonesque backdrop, here is a delightfully unique Dickensonian tale of one Robin Sparrows, lowly and miserable law clerk. Introduced from the beginning in subtle satirical style, the story describes dark and scandalous views of a grimy city where it isn't difficult to smell the ever-present absence of a fully functioning sewer system, note the dark and dank streets, or habitats barely sufficient to keep body and soul together. Misery upon misery. Poor, timid Mr. Spa ...more
Lauren
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightful self published first novel.
P.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, Miseries is just that. An overwritten book that goes nowhere.


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