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  • I simply adored this book

    Hannah Willis has walked away from her London home and her marriage after hitting the point of no return with her husband’s numerous affairs, and the fact she burned down their house, by mistake. Penniless she finds herself in Manchester and in need of a job, rapidly. Any paying job will do and that is what she gets when she applies for a job reporting for The Stranger Times newspaper which covers the weird and wonderful goings-on in the world. From haunted toilets to waxworks attacks. The staff is a mix of eclectic misfits and their boss is as eccentric as they come. She is also promoted to Assistant Editor on her first day. Whilst most people scoff at the paper and their reporting, strange, supernatural occurrences are currently happening in Manchester right under everyone’s noses and The Stranger Times is suddenly thrown into the mix, but the forces are dark and the staff has found themselves in grave danger. OMG, where to start with this review? The book is aptly named, not only because it is the title of the newspaper in the story but because it is completely and utterly strange. It is bizarre, weird, and oh so wonderful. The book is part mystery, fantasy, thriller, supernatural, and suspense. It has a bit of everything really. It feels like there are two plots woven within one another, one the daily life of the goings-on a The Stranger Times and the other a man on the run from powers outside of our realm that has enlisted the help of a man who is desperate to save his dying daughter and has agreed to be the man’s ‘Beast’. From the very first page, I was hooked. I adore the writing skills of C.K. (Caimh) McDonnell, the way he hooks you in, and the humour he creates whether that be the type to make you roll your eye or laugh out loud. It is littered with one-liners, comments, or quotes that made me snigger on more than one occasion. The member of The Stranger Times team are all so different, yet they work well together. They are realistic with all their flaws on show. They are comfortable with one another and caring in their own sarcastic way. But then this is set in Manchester and sarcasm is how we deal with life around here! Not having read this style of book before I took my time and savoured it. I simply adored this book and I do hope that there will be more to come from The Stranger Times, perhaps more outlandish stories to cover, especially with that ending too!

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  • Gets better as it goes on.

    Initially I was disappointed. In the first few chapters the author was trying far too hard to be funny and it just didnt work. All I could think of when the character of the editor spoke was that he was heavily based on the bookshop owner played by Dylan Moran in 'Black Books'. I could even hear the voice. The ridiculous hyperbole of the reviewers is worse - this nowhere near the qualuty of Terry Pratchett. Not even his worst. However. However as the story progresses it tones down and develops into a quite reasonable urban fantasy. Im looking forward to reading the others in the series. But it is not 'hilarious' or equivalent to Pratchett. Nevertheless I enjoyed it enough.

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  • A surprise read

    I am not usually a fan of fantasy but this was quirky, funny, with great characters and a story that kept me hooked.

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  • An excellent entertainment.

    Great humour with well developed characters and a wonderful story. I've thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish and am looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Easy read

    Entertaining and easy to read. Likeable characters and sets the scene well for a series. I'll look forward to the next one.

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