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Midsummer's Bottom

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The Midsummer Players stage an outdoor version of A Midsummer Night's Dream every year. The actors are dreadful and audience members almost never attend more than once. Except for...

...the fey folk!

All of the fairies named in the play are obliged to attend every performance, due to a deal that they struck with a mischievous Master Shakespeare. In an attempt to break up the
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Kindle Edition, 459 pages
Published June 21st 2018 by Home of the Damned Ltd (first published April 19th 2018)
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Emma Streets
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This isn’t usually my type of book but I had so much fun reading this one I thought it was put together so well and had a fantastic cast of characters all so different and interesting.
I feel like I’m a little biased on this on I’ve read and loved the writing of Darren Shan for the last 12 years and in recent years his Darren dash books.
His writing is flawless and gripping and he can weave a story so fascinating you can’t put it down.
I don’t know a lot about a midsummers night dream but I feel
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JJ Goodman
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
So as you may have guessed from the name A Midsummer's bottom is a book about William Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. Now I have seen A Midsummer's Night Dream but it was many years ago and I remember very little about the actual plot but I'm pleased to say that didn't hinder me from enjoying this book at all. The plot is that the fairies in the play A Midsummer's Night Dream are actually real, and they helped William Shakespeare write the plot of A Midsummer's Night Dream four hundred ...more
Dan
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So far Darren Dash has released three very different novels and this fourth is even further away from his young adult Darren Shan persona.

Whilst I enjoy Shakespeare's work, A Midsummer's Night Dream is not a play I am familiar with. The author assured me on Twitter that this would not be a problem but I began to worry when the book began and I found myself reading a conversation between a group of fairies in iambic pentameter. Fortunately the next chapter changes style completely and we get an
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Artemiz
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Who wouldn’t like Midsummer Night’s Dream? Who hadn’t seen at least one version of it in theatre or on silver screen? Have all of them been good? Has some of them gone overboard with the political correctness?

When I discovered, that one of my favorite authors, Darren Shan, was publishing a new version of Midsummer Night’s Dream under Darren Dash name, I just had to ask for ARC and read it as soon as possible. Especially since it was not so long ago, that I had to read the original again for my
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Mahtab
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darren-dash
To be honest, before reading this book, I was super excited for it but also super anxious that I would not be able read this book or enjoy it as much as I should.
My first concern was that I haven't read the source material and as a matter of fact, I haven't read anything by Shakespeare, because of the language. So, naturally, my second concern was that since English is not my mother-tongue, I was afraid of the Shakespearean language that the book (or parts of it) would possibly be written in.
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Charles Remington
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The denizens of Feyland, as described in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, are fed up. Due to a pact made with the erstwhile bard, they are forced to attend every performance of the whimsical play and the performances of one particular company are proving very tiresome indeed. Midsummer’s Bottom by Darren Dash tells how Oberon, unable to interfere in human affairs directly, tasks the character Puck with finding a human with enough guile and disruptive energy to break up the awful ...more
Rowan Birkett
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Darren delivers a work of fiction unlike any before it. This happens to be my favourite Shakespeare play and it brought me a lot of joy to see it reworked into a modern setting still with magic, mischief, and a bunch of flailing actors. Although women are allowed onstage nowadays too so the lovers and actors are combined. I really loved this book.
Al Burke
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, let's get the whole received an ARC bit out of the way first.

This isn't really the kind of stuff I read (prefer dark an brooding), but the concept of the Fey making a pact with William Shakespeare that involved them watching every version of Midsummer's Night's Dream sounded pretty funny.

Turns out there's a troupe of "actors" in Limerick (that's in Ireland) who are so utterly terrible, that Oberon and the other fairies conspire to sabotage the troupe so they don't have to suffer through
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Carrie Green
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A scandal filled story.

Comedy/drama is not my normal brand of poison when it comes to book genres. However, Midsummers Bottom was a great mixture of Dark humour, Twisted characters and a good amount of silliness. There are scenes that grossed me out so much. But Hey! We all need to be grossed out every so often (mini spoiler alternative foot massage EWWW!) I love the main character he is such a trickster and trouble maker that the scandals he helps develop are so captivating and shocking that
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Steve
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun read, with just the right amount of fantasy

I enjoyed this book. Author Darren Dash incorporates William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer's Night Dream” into an amusing, lighthearted story of a modern theatrical group. The characters are well developed and the story is well paced. I had read the Shakespeare work in highschool but didn't remember any of it so I found some of the story confusing, but the same thing happened to me with Jasper Fforde’s “The Eyre Affair,” where I read Jane Eyre after
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Kelly Smith Reviews
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By now, I should be used to receiving surprises once I open my Kindle to a new Darren Dash book. Right? But when I opened my email and saw that this book was to be derived from Shakespeare and comedic in nature, I admit even I scratched my head a little. Dash's three previous literary offerings have been horrific in their own way, despite being different genres, so what was I to expect from a comedy?

Frankly, combining Dash and Shakespeare (both childhood favorites of mine), would make me want to
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Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Darren Dash's Midsummer's Bottom is one of the most entertaining novels of the year, because it's filled with details, plot twists, colourful characters and plenty of humour. This light-hearted and amusing novel will delight and entertain readers who want to read good and immersive escapism. I was deeply impressed by the story and found it absolutely charming. I haven't read anything as good and amusing as this since G.S. Denning Warlock Holmes stories (this
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Rachel Hobbs
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Readers of Darren Dash's previous books will soon discover that this book is nothing like anything he's written before. Taking a daring dip into the lighter side of fiction, you'd almost be forgiven for thinking that it was written by an entirely different author... almost. Dash's signature wit and humour shine on every page, and it soon becomes clear that this is the voice of the writer we have come to know and love.

Every year, a group of amateur actors come together to perform their annual
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Jennifer
A little note before the review:

While Darren Dash and Darren Shan are technically the same author, the books are in no way meant for the same audiences. Darren Shan books are YA, and great for teens that want a little bit darker of a read. Darren Dash on the other hand, is for adults. They are entertaining, but they feature adult themes that parents may not want their children exposed to. By using the two different names, it is easy for readers to differentiate between YA and adult. This books
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Odette Brethouwer
May 27, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2018
I'm a big fan of Darren Shan/Dash and his books. He is a amazing person, and he writes amazing books.

The fact that I cannot get myself to finish this one, is a clear situation of me, not the book. English is not my native language. I read it just fine, but Shakespearean stuff is a bit to hard for me to follow. Also, my knowledge of those works is not very extensive.

So, this makes this book a bit hard to read, to be honest. The storyline of the play is hard for me to grasp. I do get the idea
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R.G.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't even know how to begin to review this. It was not at all the book I was expecting it to be, though I mean that in a good way. Every moment was a surprise where anything was possible and the ending was anybody's guess. It turned out a lot more erotic that I would've guessed, though the final line of the book description should've given that away, but not too absurd when you consider the plot involves real life fairy dust and a man that considers himself an agent of chaos. But within all ...more
KBailey
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mischief and mayhem abound as midsummer draws near. Bound to watch every single production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, the feyfolk have had enough. One particular troupe is their bane, proving time and again to be persistent…even if they aren’t particularly good. Desperate to avoid one more year of their special brand of torture, the fey enlist the help of a human—a troublemaker-extraordinaire—and once he infiltrates the Players’ ranks, the lives of faeries and actors alike are flipped…BOTTOM ...more
Alissa H.
I'd like to thank Darren Dash for providing me with a digital copy! Review to come!
Shane
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
This was a fun version of A Midsummer Night's Dream told through the eyes of modern day 'players'.

Recommended if you're in the mood for a bit of pure, light entertainment.
Jana
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to get an advanced copy of the book so that is why I am able to review it right now.
I started this book expecting a typical Darren Dash but I was surprised. Mostly it's a comedy. The tension between the characters and the characters in general is well-developed even though I think it went too far at some point. The ending was predictible but it was still a nice short book and definitely something I have never read before.
Adeeb
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I feel really bad posting this review because I requested the book and the author happily sent it to me. This is an honest review for the book, but I did not finish the whole thing. I read 53%, and I could no longer go on.

The book is well-written and the characters are all round characters. However, I think the problem was that I was not the target audience for the book. I have never read the original play of Shakespeare that this book is based on (A Midsummer Night's Dream). So, for that reason
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The Literary Connoisseur
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whimsical, touching, witty, and unlike anything I have ever read by Darren Dash,Midsummer's Bottomis a delightful read, and one I will surely remember for a long time.
Before Master Shakespeare had published his magical tale of fairies, love, and mischief, he sought help from some beings who were well-versed on the subject... actual fairies. In exchange for their help, the Bard himself thanked them in a way that would soon make them regret ever lending a helping hand in his work.
They would
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Tyler
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: darren-dash-read
Who knew William Shakespeare's play could be such a burden?
Midsummer's Bottom is a delightful comedy with a touch of romance. It is the fourth of Darren Dash's books and I found it impossible to put the book down.

Every year for the past 20 years the Midsummer players, a group of ameteur actors, gather for two weeks to perform their interpretation of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Who knew the curse this held on feyland, it had to end and Del Chapman, the human Puck was given the task.

my
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Noelle Kelly
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Midsummer’s Bottom is nothing like the other books Darren has written, it’s light, funny and a little saucy! There isn’t a whiff of darkness in here unlike Darren’s previous book An Other Place! You can read my review of An Other Place here.

This was a departure for Darren Dash or Darren Shan as he is most widely known but it is also a departure for his readers. It took me a few chapters before I stopped waiting for some kind of dark twist to appear.

The group of amateur actors were brilliant. The
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Paul Smith
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To be upfront I received this ARC in return for a review not without further ado…

*Spoiler Free Review*

This fresh twist on a classic brings new life which kept me engaged throughout the book.

The use of poetry for the Fairies language I found a particular highlight as it is imaginative and also shows how otherworldly they are.

The characters were all well developed with their own unique quirks and backstories to be believable.

The one criticism of the book I had is that at times it feels like it’s
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Joshua Bennett
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. It was comedic gold filled with scandal , and magic . The mischief is high in this one . Laughed till I cried a few times. It may not be your typical Dash book but it shouldn't be dismissed. Found my self absorbed completely in this. His knowledge in the play is profound. The Bard himself would be proud. No plot lines are left untied . Simply couldn't put it down . As always he gave an old subject a beautiful twist . By the end I felt I knew every chracters he is great at showing ...more
Cherrelle Smith
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Unlike the majority of the people here, I actually bought this book, and I don't regret that choice.

What can I say? It was a fun midsummer read. Although I do enjoy reading this author's more dark, gritty outings, this lighthearted romp was a welcome change.

There was a bit of sex here, but it was tastefully done, I thought, so no complaints there.

I also appreciated the thorough explanation of the original play, as I was not very familiar with the source material.

Overall, I enjoyed the time I
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Annarella
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, edelweiss
A wonderful story, full of fun and very enjoyable.
The plot is entertaining and unpredictable, the characters are well developed and lovely.
I didn't know this authors but I will keep track of his future book.
A lovely pastiche that I highly recommend!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC
Toni  • Reviews & Randomness
eARC was kindly provided by the author.
4 Stars

I'll admit this is something a little (a lot) different from what I would normally pick up and I'm totally out of the loop when it comes to the source material that this book draws upon.

The idea of fey being forced to watch every performance of the play is an interesting one and Dash gives a fantasy setting a very human plot making it very easy for the reader to get drawn into the story and feeling the fate of the fey. It's packed with a very diverse
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Lex
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
PROS
- A contemporary example of Irish Literature (set in Limerick and written by an Irish author)
- Middle-aged characters
- Sexually fluid identities
- Told in an interesting style

CONS
- The comedy was too juvenile and slapstick for me
- Intimate scenes between characters were often undermined by cringe-worthy events and descriptions
- All the characters were terrible…
- …Especially the women
- Intrusive judgements made by the narrative voice

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Darren Dash was born in England in 1972, but has spent most of his life in Ireland, where he lives with his wife and son. In his day job, under a different name, he has sold over 25 million books worldwide, mainly in the YA market. But he feels much more at home in the nights of his adult worlds...