It’s not very often I get to read something just for me. However when I was offered a copy of a lovely new book to review I couldn’t reisist. It was unlike anything I have ever read, I definitely didn’t expect what I found. It is hilarious, witty and an atonishingly accurate reflection of reality.
Hilarious, Witty and An Astonishingly Accurate Reflection of Reality
The thing about the truth is; it doesn’t get out much…
Colin Jekyll is an ‘Events Manager’. And a liar. Colin’s real name is Frank Canon, and his real job title is ‘Reality Enforcer’. And the lies don’t stop there; they only get bigger.
Canon works for the Agency, protecting the status quo. A multilingual lone wolf with an unreliable history and a fear of flying, Canon covers up continuity errors; those inexplicable events most other people call ‘miracles’. He adjusts outbreaks of clairvoyance and drunken weather, weeping statues and spontaneous dancing plagues before they become common knowledge, and before people begin to panic, because people’s faith in consensus reality needs to be enforced.
Fortunately for Frank and the Agency, most people are naturally suspicious of the truth.
When the opportunity to read a new book arises I jump at the chance, in this case I was intrigued from the very beginning. The story is complex with many Plot Holes and Continuity Errors. Having a small child, naturally coupled with no sleep meant I had to re-read a few parts to follow what had just happened. It is complex and fast paced which has you wanting to read just a wee bit more. It has a very 1984 feel to it and yet is nothing like it. Full of many twists and turns in the story there are lots to engage and enthrall any reader.
The book is very well written and full to the brim of references to ‘real life’ if you can call it that any more, after reading this hilarious novel I am beginning to question reality. The book follows the missions of reality enforcer Colin Jekyll. His job is to cover continuity errors in reality, people can’t handle the truth and it’s Colin’s job to make sure they don’t uncover it. Colin begins to reflect on his own practices and way of looking at the truth, throughout the book he struggles internally with his own truths and the way he has depicted them.
Along the way Colin meets and works with many fascinating characters. Always a sign of a great book I found myself shouting at the idiots (Self) and far too attached to the loveable rogues (Rashid). I loved the complexity of the relationships, especially with Colin and his ‘Scratchie’ Epiphany Smith. Again without giving away too much all the characters had real depth and unexpected revelations of course really should have been expected.
I would recommend anyone with a sense of humour and a firm grasp on ‘reality’ to read this book.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.