Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days by Drew Melbourne

Very funny, quirky, intelligent science fiction adventure.

Young accountant Percival Gynt is accosted by a beautiful mystery woman who’s fleeing the police, and before you know it, he’s off to save the galaxy from space nazis and a doomsday weapon so terrifying nobody knows about it.

The setting is a far future where magic mixes familiarly with technology, throwing in spaceships and zombies, wizards and Walmart to gleefully daft effect. On top of that there’s distinctive, memorable characters, sharp dialogue, and inventive props. Writing is great and well edited throughout, with very few errors.

Obviously, I liked it a lot. Sense of humour being a funny thing, there may be people who don’t: but if you enjoy Douglas Adams, I’d say it’s well worth a go. And if you don’t, it’s still worth a go because it’s that good. The humour does turn dark in places and there’s a fair bit of death and gore along the way.

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