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Mervyn vs. Dennis

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Deep in debt, Mervyn Kirby gets a job he doesn't want by pretending to be racist. His new boss Dennis Lane thinks he's found a kindred spirit. When Mervyn confesses he's not really racist, Dennis thinks it's just part of the act. Day by day, to Mervyn's horror, Dennis worms his way into Mervyn's private life. Despite his fears, Mervyn is torn: his new job pays well but he ...more
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Imperial Press (first published 2016)
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Richard Bunning
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book stuffed with irreverent comedy, funny in a way that few since the 1970s and 80s have dared to be. A writer who is prepared to stick two-fingers at the stifling blanket of multicultural non-offensiveness that has been allowed to slowly suffocate comedy, and so cultural diversity. The 1970s were the highwater mark of freedom to mock, which is an exacting measure of freedom of speech. Yes, the weak need to be guarded, but they don’t need to be protected by a righteous piety which filters out ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Superbly crafted.
Depicting a unique relationship of employer and employee through explicit plot that is both poignant and hilarious, author Niels Saunders will give his readers an engaging ride through life’s paradox situations. When Mervyn Kirby gets easy money making job of a video game tester, he attracts the attention of a racist- overpowering ‘bossy’ boss ‘Dennis Lane’ who is not only all set to boss around Mervyn’s office hours but will also invade his privacy and personal space by giving
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is one thing that we are promised in life if you live long enough to be employed -- a boss you loathe. Dennis is the uber awful boss. He uses humiliation and intimidation as his sole management skill set. He insists on absolute fidelity to incomprehensible rules. And excruciatingly, his personality drips with the poison of equal-opportunity hatred. He despises them all.

Mervyn, is the employee we all wish we could have been. He despises Dennis so much that he doesn't even try to hide it. Hi
Donna G. Frew
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting book!

This book was actually fascinating; although set ten years ago there was so much concerning racism and homophobia it could have been written in 2016. Besides all that it was often hilarious and totally lol funny:) I was mildly surprised that I read it all in one go. Although there were other things to do, I couldn't put it down. The relationships between Mervyn and Dennis, Mervyn and Clyde, Cecil, Sara, Adam were all totally enthralling. If you enjoy well written stories
Susan Riordan
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it is laugh aloud funny, which is rare, but it is more than just a funny book, it is easy to read but there is a lot of social commentary, with some dark undertones. you end up actually feeling sorry for Dennis at the end, and I guess that is the aim of the author. I particularly enjoyed Clyde, he was sleazy but quite likable. I cared about Mervyn, the main character, and wanted him to succeed. I would compare this to books by Tom Sharpe and Carl Kiaasen, I look forwa ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Strange and unexpectedly touching

This book was a odd, very explicit and I did not expect to like it as much as I did. I'm glad that the strangeness of the book sucked me in and kept me reading because at the end, I could not help but feel real affection for the main character. I look forward to more by this author.
Sadie Forsythe
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Man oh man, that was horrible in the best way possible. I mean, there's racism, sexism, abuse, orgies, drugs, alcoholism, multiple sanitation and mental health issues, and a gross misuse of tropical fruit. But most of the really objectionable stuff, like having to read several diatribes against minorities, is an active engagement of the subject. The reader never loses sight of the fact that the main character is as disgusted as the reader. And for all it's in-your-face xenophobic wretchedness th ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book kept me interested and it was a fast read. Not my usual type of book, but I am glad I read it. I liked the way everything came together in the end.
Angelika Rust
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this one having read and greatly enjoyed Grand Theft Octo by the same author. First things first: If you're going to read them both, read them the other way around. GTO is a teeny bit better than M vs D. Which doesn't mean that this one isn't an utterly brilliant book. Mervyn's weird, actually abusive relationship with his boss Dennis somehow revolves around the question how Hitler's Germany came into being - in his own turnabout way, the author actually answers that question in the end - ...more
Dan Cloute
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Full of cracking humour and sparkling dialogue containing wry, dark and comedic observations sometimes of a wonderfully rude nature, this book tells the story of the relationship between hard up Mervyn and his mad as a balloon new boss Dennis.
Desperate for cash Mervyn applies for and gets a job testing games at Ziggurat in an office run by the disturbingly bigoted and ultra allergic Dennis. Hilarious conversations aplenty ensue between these two characters and throughout the book Mervyn works at
Aimer Boyz
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I almost didn't make it past the first chapter of Mervyn VS Dennis, but Niels Saunders writes with such humour and originality that I couldn't abandon the story.

There are layers here and plot twists and downright surprises. You only see the trail of breadcrumbs Saunders has dropped after you fall off the mountain.

On the main floor, this is a book about a man trying to pay off his debts at a job he hates. One floor up, you have a fledgling office romance. The third floor is flooded with friend
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, humor, netgalley
Don't let the jar of peanut butter on the cover fool you, this is an adult book. It is also not a clean book, which is why I gave it two stars instead of three. The main story was great, with memorable characters, but, there were too many moments that made me really uncomfortable.

The book shows how wrong you can be when you judge them on the way they present themselves on the outside. We all have a part of ourselves that we don't want others to see. When Mervyn meets Dennis, a snap judgement is
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Very good book. This book deals with an employee and his boss and his views on various subjects which includes: racism, alcoholism, and mental health issues to name a few. Great social commentary and gives you something to think about. The main characters were well developed and I actually felt like I was witnessing some of the scenarios. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest reveiw.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kindle Unlimited, but giveaway win from LibraryThing. Liked it but not loved it. Saw some critique that the 'brit terms' were confusing, which I didn't think so, just didn't luv the book but definitely liked it. ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Mervyn wants to be a writer and works at it but needs other employment until he can get published. (I often felt the author was drawing on his own experience.) On one of his job interviews where he decides he doesn't want the job he pretends to be a racist to turn off the boss but ends up getting hired as the boss thinks he has found a kindred spirit. And so his horror begins.

At times this book is clever, witty, and ironic but so much of it resorts to toilet and bodily function humor. I think t
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Niels Saunders wrote his first book when he was sixteen and hasn't stopped since. Born in Cambridge, he grew up in Devon and has lived in Canterbury, Brighton and Tokyo. He loves to write in many genres including comedy, thriller and Japanese fairy tales. His short stories have been published in Ambit and Chapman magazines and he was awarded a distinction for the Creative and Critical Writing MA a ...more

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