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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,725 ratings  ·  1,121 reviews
The ultimate book-lover's fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.

For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brot
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Redhook
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Charlotte I hadn't read them all and I didn't find it too confusing. The author is great at mentioning which time period they are from :) …moreI hadn't read them all and I didn't find it too confusing. The author is great at mentioning which time period they are from :) (less)
Heidi There's some mild swearing. No sex. And some death but nothing very gory. …moreThere's some mild swearing. No sex. And some death but nothing very gory. (less)

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Sean Gibson
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have an ass.

I mean, I have an ass, but not much of one, which makes finding jeans difficult. Usually, I look like an assless child wearing Dad’s Jordaches. But, every once in a while, I find a pair that makes me look like Kim Kardashian, and I’m just now realizing this is a terrible metaphor that I should immediately abandon.

But, if I hadn’t abandoned it, I would say this book is like those jeans: it just really fits me.

It’s a delightful mix of Victorian lit, brotherly love (and siblin
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Orbit US/Redhook) in exchange for an honest review.
I know that life isn’t.
But stories are. Or if they’re not fair, they’re not fair with purpose.
I wish I could tell better where stories end and life begins.

Sometimes you just need to escape into a good book. But if you’re Charles Sutherland, sometimes you inadvertently facilitate the escape of fictional characters into the real world. Imagine being able to read out your favorite cha
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read

mine came with a neat little library checkout card, proving the book was previously read by the likes of dorian gray and anna karenina! and soon, ME!

TS Chan
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A review copy received from the publisher, Orbit UK, in exchange for an honest review.

How many of us readers have experienced the kind of immersion and connection to a story, its setting or its characters, which made us wish that it could be real? I'd gander a guess that it covers pretty much all of us. H.G. Parry's marvellous debut novel, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, perfectly illustrates the magic of stories and words on a page.
"That's how the story works, the way the sentence an
Dash fan
4☆ A Riveting, Unique and Enchanting Tale I Highly Recommend

When I first read the blurb for The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep I wasn't sure what to expect just that it really intrigued me.
It's not my normal genre but I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Charlie is special, so special in fact that when he reads any kind of literature he can bring it to life.
Ever since he was a small child he has always over excelled in his development but this was completely unique and his mother and older brother
Maja Ingrid
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was such a wonderful read!

Charley Sutherland has a very special ability. He can bring fictional characters to life, and has been able to do so for almost his entire life, forcing his family to get used to having Sherlock Holmes around for tea on a regular basis. Which is all fine. But the rest of the world can’t know about his gift, and it’s a bit difficult to keep something like that hidden when fictional characters that he didn’t bring out roams around Wellington. Which means there’s som
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
When I picked up this novel, I expected an adult version similar (yet different) to "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke. A story of fictionalized characters being read to life was too tempting for me to be able to resist but I will say that I was disappointed.

I had a very difficult time getting into the story and then maintaining an interest in it. Between the characters and the writing style, it was just not the novel for me. It eventually became a chore to read (especially with the writing style com
Liz Barnsley
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is hands down one of my favourite novels of the last few years – any fan of literature is going to adore this rip rollicking adventure, where the real and the fictional merge and you never know just who you might meet around the corner…
Practical, realistic Rob is a lawyer whose younger brother Charlie is somewhat the bane of his existence, having as he does the power to read characters and sometimes real items out of books into the real world. After an early hou
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, a-own-it
This book was on my to-read list, I guess I must have read about it somewhere as an "up and coming" fantasy book. Anyway, I added it to my to-read list and then later won it in a GoodReads giveaway.

I wish I didn't have to give this such a low rating since the book isn't even out yet, but I just didn't care for it. There's just too much about the book that doesn't make sense to me. Like characters come out of books, but they don't behave according to their character in the book, they behave howe
Erin Clemence
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

THIS BOOK THOUGH!!!! After a long stretch of moderate mediocre books, “The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep” has come into my life and granted all my literary wishes and dreams. With similarities to “The Invisible Library” series by Genevieve Cogman and J.K Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, I have found a new author to follow (i.e stalk and obsess
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh this was a delight! As a literature major this book hit deeply close to my heart!

This book brings favorite classics to life (quite literally.) There's five Dr. Darcys in this book lol.

This is a love letter to literature and academics who study literature. Even if you've never been a literature major, this book is a blast to read.

What's charming is this book is really about two brothers who try to figure out who they are and work through their relationship with each other. At the heart it's a
Clif Hostetler
Sep 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
This is a story about fictional characters from classic literature beginning to impinge on reality. According to this book there are a few very rare people living in the real world who are so involved and consumed by the world of literature that they are able to “summon” fictional characters into the real world. Anyone familiar with literature knows that not all fictional characters are nice people, so it’s no surprise that some of these summoned characters are a nuisance and even a threatening ...more
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Dr Charles Sutherland is a lecturer at the Prince Albert University of Wellington, New Zealand with an ability, he can bring characters from books to life. Engrossed in a book, lost in the created world he reads them into being, from off the pages and into reality. One night, whilst deep in his research Charley reads Uriah Heep straight out of the pages of David Copperfield and into
Imagine you’re completely immersed in a book......I think most of us know that feeling.....but then imagine that you’ve become so captivated....or perhaps so horrified by a particular character, that not only does that character come alive in your imagination, he, or she does actually come alive!
That character isn’t necessarily going to be exactly the personality the author envisaged, but your own interpretation.....

Unfortunately, not everyone can conjure up these characters.....only a few peopl
Lucy Jackson
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story of great imagination, this was a refreshing read, clever with a few unexpected twists and some of the interactions between the characters made me laugh.
You would not think this is a debut, it's a fantastic read.
I would recommend for lovers of fantasy and literature.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.

There is a certain kind of magic that you get from books about books -- regardless of age range or genre, these kinds of stories will always warm my heart. I was absolutely thrilled to get the chance to read The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep before the UK publication date and was totally charmed by this fantastic book!

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep focuses mainly
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
A love letter to classic novels and literary theory, as well as an exploration of complicated sibling relationships, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is high concept, character driven, and fairly slow paced. It's also quite funny at times! There was a lot that I enjoyed about this, but I do think it suffers a bit from too-slow pacing that drags in the middle. I like character-driven stories, but in this case both the action and the character development sometimes take awhile to go anywhere in f ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available for purchase on July 23rd.

If you enjoy The Book Jumper, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, or even the TV show The Librarians, you’ll love this book. It celebrates the bond between a reader and a really good book. I fell in love with this book before the first chapter had even ended.

Charlie Sutherland is a prodigy. Brilliant at languages, he teaches Dickensian literature at a university.
Katie Allison
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This is a pretty solid 3 star book. Considering this is Parry's first book, it had some style issues and story meandering that I wasn't fond of but overall I enjoyed the story. I really enjoyed the concept and the way it was executed. I also liked the reimagining of classical fictional characters in a real-world scenario where they are still fictional. Kudos to the narrator of the audiobook, and his awesome New Zealand (or at the very least, Down Under) accent - it absolutely helped sell the set ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a book lover like me this was a fantastic book. I have read a few other books with this similar concept of a book coming alive. Yet, this is probably one of the best books I have read. It truly was a story within a story.

Imagine playing with the Cat in the Hat, or talking with Charles Dickens, or maybe visiting the Secret Garden. I know that I do every time that I read a book; I go places and meet people. However, to do so in real life would be a dream come true.

Although, what would a gran
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, exciting, literary adventure. Rob Sutherland is a lawyer in Wellington, who lives with his girlfriend, Lydia. His younger brother, Charlie, is a Dickens scholar and, somewhat the bane of his life. For Charlie has a secret which his family have closed ranks on, to protect him, for most of his life. He has an ability to take characters out from books and deposit them in the real world.

So, when Charlie calls Rob at 4am to say that Uriah Heep is on the loose and he can’t catch him, R
Lauren Stoolfire
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry is a book lover's dream. I didn't quite know what to expect from this adult fantasy novel, but I ended up falling in love with it story and the author's style. Who hasn't dreamed of having the ability to bring books and characters to life? We get to see some great classics come to life before our eyes, and we get to meet some pretty fantastic new to us figures as well. If you like Th
Kathy Shin
This is another case of me DNFing a book not because it's bad, but because I was bored (yes, there's a difference). And I mostly blame it on Rob, the main character. He's the less extraordinary of the two brothers--no magical abilities and a very "straight man" vibe--and I found his narration dry and ill-fitting. I mean, this is a story about literary characters coming to life and mingling with modern society. A story about the complexity of stories. And I figure such a story should be told from ...more
Sean Smart
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable and very similar to Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, which to be honest I enjoyed more. If you haven’t read The Eyre Affair by Fforde I would heavily recommend
Cindy Rollins
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
4 stars for great fun. A Dickensian romp through Wellington😊
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james, hardcover
This book was on my radar for several months before its release. The concept alone was enough to make it an instant buy: A character who can "read" literary characters and objects into reality. But even that could have only been okay if it wasn't written right. And this was written very, very right! It's a love letter to stories and how we read them and what they mean to us. It's a story about families and identity and secrets and the nature of reality. There's a passage at the very beginning wh ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia-nz
“Chapter One. I am Born. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

This was a fantastic and intelligent read and it made me want to read more Charles Dickens. It really pulled on my heartstrings, particularly between the two brothers.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magical, unique, unforgettable and fun!
Strap in and enjoy the ride, but beware... You never know which characters might jump in with you, (or what they might do!).
Talented author and a book well worth reading.

Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's the kind of book where, when I looked at the summary,it felt that I could only love it. Characters coming out of Victorian novels in Wellington New Zealand of all places! The main character summons characters out of books (sometimes unintentionally) and often consults with Sherlock Holmes, handy when the Hound of the Baskervilles breaks the door down! The hound is explained by another guy with the same gift, but who uses it for evil) . What's not to love? Well, I don't know, but ... yaaaawn ...more
Gina Dalfonzo
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drop whatever you're reading right now, and pick up this book. It is magnificent. ...more
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H.G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, Film, and Media Studies. Her short fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and small press anthologies. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah He ...more

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