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John Huxley Savage

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Red Dwarf meets Fallout

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-2021

Was extremely presently surprised by this!

It’s definitely already up my alley, genre-wise, but I wasn’t too sure what to expect - there’s quite a bit of chaff out there.

Definitely not the case with this gem, though!

Great writing, well-paced, easy to follow, with a fantastic cast giving superb performances and some wonderful sound design.

Felt a bit like if Red Dwarf were set in the Fallout universe, with the wackiness of the Mighty Boosh radio series. Fun characters and great little self-contained storyline’s for each episode, with a simple but effective series arc.

Really hope there’ll be more!

Heartbreaking and perfect in every way

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-2021

The film adaptation is one of my favourite films, and I put off reading the book for years because I knew it would be a big emotional investment, and because I was worried it might not live up to expectation. A lot of young adult coming-of-age fiction is a bit too saccharine and corny, especially when written in the first person. That is certainly not the case with this book, however, which is one of the most, if not the most, beautifully written and articulate YA novels I've read.

Noah Galvin's narration is beyond perfect, as well. I'm so glad I listened to the audio version, and so glad that it was *this* version. It is some of the best voice acting I've heard in any audiobook. I only wish I read it 15 years ago.

Useless clichés

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-2020

A string of corny platitudes and clichés that might offer some inspiration to the well-off middle-class professional having a small midlife crisis, but utterly worthless advice for anyone who actually has genuine anxieties in their life.

Generally good, but oh my,

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-2020

The novelization of the film is pretty good, overall. At times, the writing is a little clunky and predictable, but it maintains suspense and keeps a decent pace.

The performance is also generally really good, but is seriously let down by every instance in which the narrator tries to emulate shouting or yelling, particularly by female characters. He adopts a weak falsetto that is incredibly grating and really shatters suspension of disbelief while interrupting the narrative. It honestly made it difficult for me to finish listening.

Aside from that, not bad.