I get a little click-happy on Amazon whenever I go away, particularly when there’s a long flight in the offing. And this purchase I blame partly on the pre-flight click-fever, and partly on the fact that I was looking for good back cover copy examples. It turns out that Oddjobs by Heide Goody and Iain Grant has great back cover copy, since I had to buy it immediately…
Oddjobs is the first book in a series, and it seriously sounded like just my sort of thing. A government agency tasked with keeping vast, uninterested gods and their minions secret? The end of the world fast approaching, and the main objective not being to stop it, but just make it as painless as possible, because there’s no escape – but there are pubs and transcendental curry, so that’s all good? Oh, and it’s set in Birmingham?
Yep, I’m in.
Oddjobs thoroughly lived up to its book description. It was funny, clever, full of bad jokes and goofy pop culture references, and the creatures ranged from vast and terrifying gods who are beyond even our ability to comprehend, to Kevin, who ate his way through the city trying to find the heart of a virgin. It was a timely find, too, as we were just finishing up our Lovecraft month over in the Facebook group, and there were definite Lovecraftian shades to the story. The true gods were vast and unknowable, indifferent to humanity, and there was no overcoming the Soulgate. But there was no reason to get emotional about it.
It was a bit of an ensemble cast rather than having any one true main character, and the majority were smart, strong, but definitely not flawless women. And the men were neither clueless nor romantic leads. It was all very refreshing and wonderful.
And now you can hear more rambling about it.
How about you, wonderful people? Do you suffer from one-click-itis? What was your last impulse book buy? Was it any good? Let me know below!
(And apologies for the less than wonderful sound – it was a bit windy, but I was determined to get at least a couple of videos done with such a beautiful backdrop!)