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The Great Right Hope (The Sid Tillsley Chronicles #1)

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"Even the best vampires need a good smack..."
In north-east England, a monster has arisen. A vampire beast is stalking the Yorkshire moors, mutilating and destroying everything in its path. The vampire elders realise that the Firmamentum has cast its shadow on the world once more-a phenomenon which happens every few millennia, where a human and a vampire are born ultimatel
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 24th 2009 by LL-Publications
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Graham Belfield
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning first instalment in the epic Sid Tillsley Chronicles Trilogy. From the outset its obvious this is fresh stuff: there is no one in literature quite like Sid and his compadres. In a superficial way this is reminiscent of Robert Rankin's seminal Brentford Trilogy (a bunch of mates meet down the pub, drink quality ale and head off on adventures) but Jackman is to Rankin what Hendrix was to Bo Diddley - Sid 'jacks this car and with pints of Bolton's in both hands, wheel between his knees and ...more
paul ashton
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unexpected delight. I love a good comedy but was put off by the vampire plot. Thank goodness I decided to give it a try. Best pound I've ever spent on Amazon. I'm from the north east of England myself and I swear that all the characters really do exist. Warning: if you are easily offended by politically incorrect observations and characters, then you should not read this. If on the other hand you are a normal human being, then buy this and you will kill yourself laughing.

Just a final observat
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
Won this through the Goodreads Giveaways.

Well, what can I say about Sid Tillsley? He is a lazy, benefit scrouging, homophobic, alcoholic who I know I should hate but for some strange bizarre reason I found him hysterical and strangely (and I mean strangely) charming, in his own unique Sid way. He is THE definition of an anti-hero, all he cares about is his drink, his pub, his mates and making sure his benefits keep coming. So while the vampire and human councils are in a panic about the monster
Nancy Bagato
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
This sounded like it would be totally awesome, like Shaun of the Dead, so much so, that I actually bought this off Amazon when I didn't win a copy. Although Sid and his mates are great character studies, very funny with good insights into the area and people, the vampire part was so stilted and awful that I had to quit reading the book, and I am totally good with the combination of hard-boiled manly dudes and fantasy, being a big Harry Dresden fan. I give it two stars instead of one because the ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

This book was about Sid Tillsley, who could kill a vampire with one punch. Despite attempts by both vampires and humans alike to recruit Sid for their cause all Sid is interested in is getting drunk at his local pub.

I have to say when I first started reading this book I hated it, however, after the first few pages it became really good and I really enjoyed reading it: I could not put it down.
Maria Torres-Molina
I am not usually keen on vampires books but I heard this was funny and I gave it a try. It is a great read! Fast paced and with some pretty funny moments which makes it super easy to read. I learnt to love and hate the main character, Sid. I particularly loved the difference in the style between the well educated and classy vampires talk and the rough accent of the northerns! 5 stars!
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
A Local Book for Local People?

As an American living in the area where the book is set I was looking forward to this book and it was funny. Sadly I am sure I probably missed some of the best jokes by not being born and raised here. Still I am looking forward to reading the next one I can't wait to see if vampires claim Child Benefit and how Sid will earn his next case of tabs.
Michael Richardson
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favourite book ever. Laugh out loud funny
Chris Day
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cracking laugh-a-minute book
Dec 20, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I just won this book on Goodreads giveaways! this book looks quite humorous and i cant wait for it to arrive!
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Mark Jackman's New Sid Tillsley Book Now Available 1 5 Nov 26, 2010 08:47AM  
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The Sid Tillsley Chronicles were originally written under the pen name Mark Jackman, but in 2014 the Chronicles were revised and released under the pen name M.J. Jackman
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