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F the series is headed This is a tough one to review I suppose uneven is the word to start with It s almost like two separate stories that don t have much to do with one another xcept that one is the circumstances by way the other is able to happen I know that sounds like it should be connected but it s sorta like u So this was an interesting and uneven novel I ve written a lot of reviews but this is by far the most difficult because I didn t like or dislike the novel I almost considered not writing a review at all because I was just so ambivalent Matthews Hughes The Damned Busters is a wholly original novel from Angry Robot Books It is not however the novel I wanted to read Let me The Toll-Gate explainFilled with fun cartoony characters Hughes pits Chesney Arnstruther an actuary of no particular distinction who accidentally summons a demon against the hordes of the underworld Oops Everyone gets dropped into a bit of a pickle when he refuses to sell his soul thus sending Hell into labor negotiations from Hell Shenanigansnsue as the denizens of Hell go on strike As part of the bargain that puts Hell back to work Chesney gets the use of his own personal demon who he uses to become a crime fighterFor the first third of the book the shenanigans are a rousing success Satan a few angels a televangelist and Chesney all find themselves locked in a room hassling over a contract for Satan s overworked minions It s so absurd it s brilliant There is loads of snappy dialog and hilarious situations that could only come from unionized labor Hughes does well in the space creating a series of ncounters that are often laugh out loud funnyThe unfortunate part is the brilliance only lasts for the first third of the book Once Chesney strikes his deal with Hell the book descends into a pretty boring crime fighter yarn There are awkward stereotypical ncounters with women He is taken advantage of by a few not so benevolent powerful people Not only was the novel less interesting by this point a lot of Hughes wit seems to fall away as well What was a light witty novel that read like a situational comedy deevolved into a metaphysical discussion about the meaning of Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, existenceBy thend of The Damned Busters I was completely caught off guard by what was a very Ex On The Beach esoteric conclusion that left me unsatisfied Like the second half of the book thisnding wasn t what I wanted to read I felt betrayed by the promise Hughes made in the opening chapters when he failed to deliver the same level of wit and charm throughoutI would almost recommend Hughes novel based solely on the opening The idea is incredibly clever and he writes it with rare aplomb I can t help but wonder if The Damned Busters would have been better suited as a novella that Good Thinking ended when Hell went back to work If that were the case I d be giving it my highest recommendation As it stands I m not sure it s a great investment of time I have a thing for demon summoningWait that didn t come out right I don t have a thing for demon summoning As in I don t like summoning demons Actually I ve never summoned a demon but I imagine that if I did summon a demon I wouldn t muchnjoy it However I suppose that there is a small chance that if I do one day summon a demon then I might discover I Death in Mumbai enjoy it and start off on some kind of demon summoning kick or addiction At that point we could say I have a thing for demon summoningWhat I mean to say is that I tend tonjoy stories about summoning demons This is why the Baccarat : La lgende du cristal early seasons of Supernatural captivated me I stayed for the later seasons because the narrative deepened and Castiel is awesome The Damned Busters plays into this predilection of mine From the get go Chesney Anstruther isn t happy about accidentally summoning a demon When his refusal to make a deal which would cost him his soul naturally with this demon leads to a labour strike in Hell Chesney finds himself in the middle of a very awkward negotiation But it works out OK for him in thend because he gets superpowers Except it turns out that being a crimefighter with a demon sidekick is tougher than one might think though if your answer was it sounds pretty tough then I guess you re smarter than me or just a smartassThe first part of this book which follows Chesney s incitement of the labour strike in Hell is totally unlike the second part which concerns Chesney s time as the Actionary I ve read several reviews that wish the first part had been jettisoned and one review that actually preferred it to the superhero narrative I have to side with the former reviewers the first part of The Damned Busters is slow and a little dull As I read it I was thinking that it would make a better short story than a novel indeed from what I gather from the afterword it was a short story that Matthew Hughes then O Colégio de Todos os Segredos expanded Hell going on strike was a good short story length gimmick but after the initial laughter died down it uickly became tediousSo thank God who is Hughes in this case for the sudden changing of gears Chesney s apology to Satan is part of the back to work deal In return Chesney gets a soul preserving deal with a demon who becomes a kind of familiar to him Thanks to the demon Chesney has crimefighting superpowers and can rush about as the Actionary saving damsels in distress and generally feeling like his fictional hero the Driver He tries to impress the daughter of the head of the company he works for but in so doing he comes to the attention of her father and his ambitions to fight crime as a political gambitUnlike the first part of this book the second part develops steadily At first Hughes delivers some of the same metafictional self aware banter and observations that populate superheroic fiction these days Chesney s commentary on hisvolution as the Actionary is pithy but nothing we haven t seen lsewhere Fortunately Hughes seems to recognize this and the stakes get higher He keeps us guessing as Chesney begins to recognize there is something going on with Paxton s C group than just meta analysis for the purposes of fighting crime Indeed Chesne. Mned Busters by Matthew Hughes – Review The Damned Busters by Matthew The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes Release dates US May st UK May th Where I got it Received Review copy from the friendly folks at Angry Robot Books why I read it Interesting premise totally cool cover art sign me up THE DAMNED DAMNED BUSTERS ALBUM LYRICS The Damned Lyrics; Damned Busters Album; The Damned Damned Busters Album Artist The Damned Album Damned Busters I Think I’m Wonderful Lovely Money Thanks for the Night Smash It Up live Love Song live Bad Time for Bonzo Dozen Girls Ignite Disco Man Fan Club live Neat Neat Neat live I Feel Alright live mbed Embed Get the The Damned Busters Matthew Hughes | Book In which Hell goes on strike Thanks for watching BUY THE DAMNED BUSTERS Damned Busters Angry Robot couk Matthew Hughes' Damned Busters is hard to categorize You could say it's dark fantasy but you could also say it falls in the comic book superhero crime fighting genre as well Either way it's both highly original and highly ngaging from the first chapter on the sort of story that you don't want to put down It starts when Chesney Anstruther a uiet and somewhat gawky actuary with an The Damned Busters – Angry Robot – Ginger Nuts of Horror “ The Damned Busters is a supernatural adventure that blends a rich and unpredictable story with a tone and wit that provides plenty of laughs along the way A great balance of action and comedic situations with some romance thrown in for good measure albeit.
Humor is such an individual thing that it won t surprise me if many people njoyed The Damned Busters than I did Not that I didn t Water Music enjoy it I thought it was good if not great Don t wanna get involved in grade inflation among book reviews so can we say three and a half stars out of fiveChesney an introverted actuary accidentally summons a demon bashed his thumb bleeds on a five sided table and utters a string of nonsense syllables which unfortunately correspond to an invocation boy if I had a dime Having no use for the demon Chesney dismisses him which is the straw breaking the camel s back on an ongoing labor dispute in Hell The upshot is to get the whole mess unraveled Satan has to offer Chesney a freebie whatever he wants without the collateral of his soul So Chesney decides to be a costumed crimefighterWhat follows is largely misadventures as Chesney discovers that a crimefighting isn t as clearcut as shown in the comics or comix as Hughes consistently spells it which adds an unwanted Robert Crumb flavor to it and bthics are complicated when the powers of Hell are used to do goodHughes prose is amusing without being as precious and twee as say Eoin Colfer I did feel the whole thing was uneven possibly needing another draft for focus that s not counting the unresolved plot threads which leave it open for the planned seuelsDisclaimer Because of the unelected dweebs at the FTC who wouldn t know the First Amendment if it wore a thong and gave them a lap dance I must hereby announce that the media reviewed herein was received gratis from the distributor of said media with the understanding that I would comment on said media in this blog It s hard to make me laugh Call it a personal failing But it s true While other people gasp for air in a fit of jocularity I m This book was hilarious A socially challenged office worker accidentally summons a demon and Revived ends up throwing hell into a strike since a deal wasn t made As a result they make a deal where he gets to be a superhero and he partners up with a demon who loves to drink In thend he Student Research Projects in Calculus ends up getting the girl Overall the book was hilarious and I can t wait to read the next one This book is pretty much just light irreverent fun Think along the lines of Good Omens or something like that Some of the ideas are fun though since I ve read Good Omens and some of Terry Pratchett s other work the style and ideas weren tntirely fresh Still combining that with the superhero aspect made it fun specially for someone who has recently got back into comics I also njoyed that the superhero character is a number crunching actuary before he s a superhero not as a cover for it And he loves both jobsI noticed another reviewer being dubious about the involvement of female characters here There s a certain amount of stereotyping which is probably to some Love for Imperfect Things extent drawing on the traditional role of women in comics but there is one woman who impressed me Chesney s mother She has a relatively small part to play but I liked the calm way she accepted what was happening and understood herself and faced itI ve bought the second book but it s definitely on the light reading pile Have you always dreamt of being a superhero Sure you have What You haven t Well screw it go with me on this anywayChesney Armstruther is an actuary for a large insurance firm if you re a layman like me that means statistician whose life is in a rut Heck maybe his life is the rut Rigidly devoted to numbers and the odds while at thexpense of a social life Chesney finds poker with a few of the boys to be his best bet at gaining a few friends But before he can host his first game in his small dreary apartment he accidentally summons a demon from the pits of Hell after hitting his thumb with a hammer and uttering some nonsensical profanities The demon insists Chesney sign over his soul in payment for summoning it but Chesney refuses pointing out he didn t actually summon anyone This snafu leads to Hell s minions going on strike because of the contractual dispute which in turn leads to Satan negotiating a settlement with Chesney in order to get things moving again What is Chesney s A Heart of Stone end of the settlementChesney Armstruther is going to become a superheroThe absurdity of this fantastical premise was too good to pass up when I heard about it The book however is not what Ixpected and I wound up reading what was of a metaphysical satire than a hero satire with a tone that came off as a bit uneven the longer it went The book starts off strong and Chesney s rather dry and dispassionate demeanor plays well in his protagonist role The villains as they were also worked nicely with the Devil and Chesney s unscrupulous boss Taking Instruction (Taboo, either working against him or manipulating him as he tries to figure out how to be a superhero two hours at a timeach dayAs the novel progressed though I found my affinity towards certain characters diminishing Chesney included or never liking them in the first place like his love interests Poppy Paxton and Melda McCann The most comically Language and Linguistics endearing character was without uestion to me Chesney sndenture sidekick Xaphan a wisecracking hellion with a penchant for rum cigars and 1920s gangster lingoXaphan in a lot of ways acted as an animated deus Divertimento ex machina and several of the scenes where he helps Chesney muddle through his powers responsibilities and tough decisions were the best part of this book And because of that the divergence from a story about a wannabe superhero to a story about a pawn in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell was palatable than it I thought it had any right to beI guess my criticism boils down to my preconceptions as a reader simply not being met It s a good book and offers an interesting story but it doesn t feel like the book gets to the heart of the matter until well past the halfway mark If younjoy a 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Y isn t the only person involved who has a deal with a demon and that makes things all the interestingAt one point arly in the book as Chesney watches the Reverend Billy Lee Hardacre mediate between Satan and the leader of the demons union he wonders if he is really the hero of the story after all It seems like Hardacre is doing the important work It s a valid uestion at this point because Chesney doesn t seem like hero material Indeed he s a bit of a pig But as the story develops so too does Chesney he s still a pig but he s a heroic pig a character worthy of carrying a story like this on his shoulders Someone who deserves to thwart Scraps Of The Untainted Sky evil plans of world dominationAlas Chesney s development from zero to hero is thexception and not the rule The Damned Busters suffers from flat characters all around Aside from Chesney they are all The Eric Carle Gift Set essentially types of one kind or another in their descriptions dialogue and actions Both love interests Penny Paxton and Melda McCall are primexamples of this Hughes plays up Penny as the conniving heiress who always gets her way and that s all she is Similarly Melda is the tough as nails yet mercurial beautician who can handle herself but is attracted to the Actionary nonethelessIn both cases there s nothing really deeper going on here Normally with minor characters we at least get a peek at their motivations We learn about their relationships with their parents Where s Penny s mother What are Penny s aspirations if any beyond hanging around her father s office all the time Does Melda have any dreams beyond the beauty parlour We never get a glimpse at the person behind the character This is a huge problem compounded by the fact that as much as Chesney improves he remains a frail protagonist who is if sympathetic not all that Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century enjoyable a person to hang aroundThe Damned Busters has its moments It s humourous and Hughes is great at using characters as gimmicks and devices However the book lacks any characters who generatenough Fashion Design Course emotional resonance to make the story than interesting diversion It s competent andnjoyable but could have been much betterMy reviews of To Hell BackCostume Not Included Advance reader copy the book is due out at the nd of MayI bounced hard off this one And it s not because I read in audio without access to the art No we were actually doing really good for the first uarter with the story of a hapless nerdy as opposed to geeky I know my classifications thank you actuary who accidentally summons a demon and causes a labor strike in hell It was funny it was whacky it was sneakily uite sharp about good and vil the writing was crispAnd then the whole thing jolted sideways into stupid self indulgent masturbatory superhero fantasies I had a sinking feeling when the blonde bombshell appeared flipped forward went hell no and backed away fast I could unpack why this went so suddenly toxic I could talk about how incredibly fucking over I am these sorts of self consciously self mocking books about geeky sci fi nerds who want to be superheroes but when they get a chance to it s not as Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga easy as it looks and they havembarrassment suicky adventures but through accident and cleverness nd up getting the keys to the city and access to the walking vagina of the moment anyway I could talk about how what I find most obnoxious is the underlying narrative of power how this white middle class well ducated guy feels so oppressed and powerless and Speak Out! emasculated and how he gains power by hitting some people and sticking his dick in someone I could talk about how this feel good redemptive underdog crap is actually a deeply toxic story that lets a bunch of privileged people feel smug and authentically downtrodden But I am so over this book in all of its seventeen thousand incarnations I can tven be fucking bothered to finish it and confirm my worst suspicions from the forward glances I took An actuary and one well suited to his job in I Like You the Best every way inadvertently summons a demon whilerecting a poker table and hammering his finger While less than amenable to the idea of selling his soul The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles especially with incontrovertible proof that there actually is such a thing asternal damnation he sets into motion a set of The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico events that hasxtremely humorous conseuencesTo say that the author Matthew Hughes can write is like sayingwell I was going to go for some sports analogy but that just doesn t uite work this is a fantasy book for crying out loud Let s say it s like saying an Ogier can build a house or since he s the Jack Vance guy it s like saying Cudgel is uick on the uptakeHe s a genius and the first third of this book definitely proves it It s witty clever funny and just plain amazingly well written Chesney Arnstruther the heroic actuary is not only an oddball but Lone Star Standoff extremely relatable The world he s created with heaven and hell and their relationship to our world is not only understandable but believable and simply hilarious I would almost say along the line of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry PratchettI don t want to give away too much about the world and what makes it comical as it spoils some priceless moments butssentially Heaven and Hell are sitting on Punishment Of The Cheating Wife each andvery mortal s shoulder The demons tempt but stick to what they re told while the angels just say the opposite Literally all they do is say the oppositeWith the heights that the opening third of The Damned Busters reached the final two thirds in comparison were uite dismal In reality I really More Punishment For His Cheating Wife enjoyed the last two thirds they were just not nearly as good as the opening The superhero part was reallyntertaining and I really wanted to see how that worked and you ll see it s pretty cool but it just didn t compare and I feel bad that I couldn t get past thatThe best way to Decision explain this book may be with ratings stars The first third wasasily 5 stars The mid third was around 3 stars and the final third about 35 stars Thus you may see my conundrum when giving an actual rating to the The View from Alameda Island entire book and so I settled on 4 Highly recommended if only for the first part4 out of 5 Star. 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Born in Liverpool his family moved to Canada when he was five years old Married since late 1960s he has three grown sons He is currently relocated to Britain He is a former director of the Federation of British Columbia WritersA university drop out from a working poor background he worked in a factory that made school desks drove a grocery delivery truck was night janitor in a GM dealersh