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Endangered Creatures by Stephen Dunkley
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It's a bit easy to go overboard with first time authors and comparisons. It'd be very easy to say that Endangered Creatures is a very accomplished debut novel that sits somewhere between Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt in tone, and owes a heavy debt to Douglas Adams' particular brand of humorous observations.

But easy comparisons are boring.

Endangered Creatures is a very accomplished debut novel. It's funny, well plotted, and packed with a well-rounded (if not always overly deep) menagerie of characters, and rattles along nicely without ever overstaying its welcome.

There are some minor issues - some of the main cast are never really fleshed out, and one or two jokes fall a bit flat, but these flaws are comfortably outweighed by the charm and humour displayed throughout.

Some attempts at humour - especially ones that poke fun at religion - can come across as snide, smug and superior, but not in this case. Endangered Creatures doesn't sneer. It sidles up to you, throws a welcoming arm around your shoulder and says "you'll never believe what I've just seen."

Highly recommended, and I'm already looking forward to the follow-up.
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Stephen Dunkley
“I'm sorry, but dragons don't come in pink.”
Stephen Dunkley, Endangered Creatures


Reading Progress

November 29, 2013 – Shelved
November 29, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
December 4, 2013 – Started Reading
December 4, 2013 –
page 39
18.75% "Already laughed out loud a few times, which is very unusual for me. Some Adams-esque prose too."
December 5, 2013 –
page 95
45.67%
December 5, 2013 –
page 145
69.71% "Definitely one of the funniest books I've read in a while. Highly recommended so far."
December 6, 2013 –
page 172
82.69%
December 6, 2013 – Shelved as: reviews
December 6, 2013 – Finished Reading

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