|Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM|
Laugh? I nearly cried...
Bad puns abound in this novel by Will Macmillan Jones, and while I can sometimes enjoy a bit of that, I have to say that overall I find myself somewhat disappointed by The Banned Underground, writes Mark Cantrell
The Banned Underground is meant to be a bit of frivolous time-killing fun (and nothing wrong with that) as the author himself told me. I encountered Jones doing a signing in my local Waterstones and got chatting.
It was good to shoot the breeze with a fellow author, and while doing that I was flicking through his book; some of the snippets I thus randomly read made me chuckle, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Alas, subjecting it to a proper sit down read, I found the book didn't measure up to expectations.
The novel is inventive and well-written, but as I progressed through the story, it began taking me back through the years to childhood; the feel of it became reminiscent of some of the kids' TV I saw way back when. Perhaps I missed something, but I didn't get the impression that The Banned Underground was aimed at a young audience. (Perhaps the young at heart?)
I suspect -- although I haven't put it to the test -- that my ten-year-old niece might enjoy the book and its rather childish (I thought) humour. As an adult, I began to find it all a little tiresome.
8 December 2012
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