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HP Lovecraft meets Torchwood in Birmingham?
September 29, 2016
Goody and Grant sound like a slightly dodgy law firm. They're not of course, they are the collaborative team behind the Clovenhoof series of laugh-out-loud fantasy novels.
This new series (and it is very much the opening novel of a series), while still very funny in places, is a lot darker and the action is tighter and edgier.
Basic background storyline: The world is heading for a version of Armageddon straight out of Lovecraft, the monsters are here, slumming it a bit and hanging out before pulling the plug on humanity in an eternity-of-damnation sort of way.
We're led to believe that the human powers that be have accepted this as inevitable and are focusing their efforts on damage limitation, keeping the general population in the dark and dealing with 'incursions', inter-species diplomacy and the odd half-breed sub-culture. Fish porn is a term that I never really expected to hear...
There are lots of hints dropped though that the future (Hieronymus Bosch but with more tentacles) may not be quite as certain as everyone thinks.
Our heroes are the Birmingham branch of the Government department tasked with keeping a lid on the crisis. Maybe a slight nod of the head in the general direction of Torchwood here. The story rattles along at a lively place, there are plenty of twists, some telegraphed some not and there's no shortage of Lovecraft jokes and references.
All-in-all a thoroughly enjoyable story that I hope will grow into a series that develops the characters and the skewed reality they occupy