Goody and Grant have achieved perfect harmony as collaborators: in A Spell in the Country, they write as one. It's well plotted, perfectly paced, fluent, and witty. Fans of the Clovenhoof and Oddjobs series will recognize G & G's signature gentle humor, which tends toward the slap-stick and absurd and is never mean-spirited. They may also note a swerve away from the bawdiness and light-hearted crudeness of earlier novels. The humor here is more situational and social; and scenes that draw comic energy from our shared experience of the body aim high rather than low. There's not much here for 12-year-old boys. Some adult readers, though, may miss the savage social satire and wacky riffs on organized religion that give Clovenhoof and Oddjobs their particular pungency.
I have read 7 of the 8 Clovenhoof books (the 8th comes out in a month) and really liked them so I thought "while I wait for it I'll give this silly "girl" book a shot. Not what I thought at all. What I thought is this is gonna be all girl power and my daughter's favorite chorus "who runs the world; girls". It has a some girly stuff in it. This book is far from the estrogen fueled fluff that I thought. It was really good and I will read a sequel if there ever is one.
"A Spell in the Country" reminded me a bit of The Golden Girls, if they’d been British, witches, and had a foul-mouthed imp following them around (Sophia doesn’t count).
At times, Jizzimus (the imp), was a little bit too crude for my personal taste, but that was easy to overlook in light of the rest of the story.
The premise of the story was amusing and played out skillfully, with the world building giving a lovely feel for the way witches deal with daily life.
Don’t be fooled by the cartoonish cover. The story is not for children, and unless teenagers have changed drastically since I was a teen (definitely possible), I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone younger than 16. Hell, even at my age there were comments and scenes that had me blushing in mortified horror, mostly instigated by the imp whose tastes tended towards the perverse.
Having said that though, by the end of the book, Jizz had somehow endeared himself to me in spite of his foul mouth, and I found myself thinking that having an imp around might be quite fun. Especially if I can send them out for fudge and chocolate in the middle of the night.
As for the witches; I absolutely adored their individual personalities, their snarky comments to and about each other, and in general, appreciated how their friendships developed.
Dee, Jenny and Caroline are the main characters of course, and I enjoyed their individual personalities, but in this story at least, the side characters stole the show for me.
Norma was a firecracker of note, and my personal favourite; closely followed by Sabrina, whose dialogue I kept reading out loud, trying to get the “Ur” sound right. (If anyone can direct me to a recording of an upper class British, “ur,” I’d appreciate it.)
Having said that, the way the three very different witches came together in the most unlikely manner left me feeling like I’d known them for years and would happily sit down with them for a cup of tea.
Some witches are good, others are bad, but if you want to be a great witch then take yourself of to the country and enrol on a 3 week course. That’s what Dee Finch, Caroline Black ,Sharon Jaye “Shazam” Madison, Norma Looney, Sabrina Holder-Eckford and Jenny Knott did. Coming along for the ride was Jizzimus Jenny’s imp and Kay a young girl who Jenny rescued. What started out as a bit of a farce, soon escalated into a battle of good v evil. As witches they all lived secretive lives and it took a while for the group to click. Throughout the story you get to learn about each one in detail and with their individual skills and quirkiness, you will have a favourite character. This story was fast flowing as there was always something going on. Whether it was a spell going completely wrong or the witches fighting for the power of good, making this a page turner. Throughout this book there is a lot of comedy and you will find yourself laughing out load, so it may be advisable to read this in the privacy of your own home. The main culprit for these scenes were Jizzimus, a very naughty imp that was owned by Jenny. Some of the things that he got up was hysterical and I kept wondering how Jenny could cope with his antics. Whilst I own other works by these authors, I have not got round to reading the yet, but I loved this book so much that I am moving them up my TBR pile. A funny fantasy book that will brighten up your day.
Well Heide Goody and Iain Grant have only gone and done it again with A Spell In The Country. I love their writing style, and once again they didn't disappoint.
This is a story of three very different witches thrown together in what they thought was going to be a free three week 'retreat' but turns out to be oh so much more, and it is absolutely hilarious. From all the different characters, including Jizzimus the imp and his inappropriate behaviour, to the general anarchic mayhem of witches fighting, this book is cleverly written and witty. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments, where Heide and Iain's comedy talent really shines through, and the mental image of the flying strimmer will live with me for a long time!
If you want a funny, engaging read that will make you smile, then this is definitely worth a try.
Recently having read a lot of books by these authors, this one really intrigued me. Very different from any of the others, so I gave it a try.
This book is just as dryly funny and slapstick for which I know these authors.
I usually write my reviews as I write. I did not with this one. It grabbed my interest and I had to keep reading with no time to write.
Hopefully, you've read the synopsis of the book. Because it is all of that and more.
Trying to find your way in the world is difficult. Even more difficult is doing it when you are very different from everyone you know. You are a witch, you're pretty sure, but without knowing other witches.
When the opportunity arises for several witches to learn how to be the best witch they could be next to a luxe spa-like environment, all eagerly agreed.
Broken into groups at the beginning of classes, the witches have to learn to get along. Do they? What if some of them get along better with members of the other group? What if some seem not to get along with anyone else. What if there is a wicked witch in their group? What if there are one or more wicked witch that doesn't know about?
Delving into the intrigues of all women in new situations, every female type is here. As for men? They are pretty much those who hang out with wicked witches.
Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch. She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.
Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch. She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.
Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t. On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.
For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.
Clovenhoof (Clovenhoof Book 1) (Jul 26, 2012) Pigeonwings (Clovenhoof Book 2) (Aug 10, 2013) Godsquad (Clovenhoof Book 3) (Clovenhoof Book 3) (Apr 23, 2015) Hellzapoppin' (Clovenhoof Book 4) (Oct 1, 2015) Beelzebelle (Clovenhoof Book 5) (Apr 14, 2016) Clovenhoof & the Trump of Doom (Clovenhoof Book 6) (Dec 18, 2016)
Satan's Shorts (Clovenhoof, #3) Satan's Shorts is collection with the books listed below but there are others Clovenhoof goes to Night School. Patron Saint of Nothing At All. Clovenhoof and the Snowmen. Saint Nicholas and the Krampus. Detritus at the Church Fete. Clovenhoof and the Spiders. A Cat in Hell's Chance. The Non-Specific Prayer Assessment Unit. The Hoof. Clovenhoof's Shed
Oddjobs Oddjobs 2: This time it's Personnel
Disenchanted A Spell in the Country The Million Dollar Dress
I must confess this is my first read for these authors; however their reputation preceded them and so I was really excited to read A Spell in the Country!
OMG, I couldn’t put this book down! This is such a fun, crazy and entertaining read! I always enjoy a ‘witchy’ read and so the blurb really drew me in; I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not going to regurgitate the blurb...you can read that for yourself but rest assured you’re in for a rip roaring roller coaster ride of belly laughs and craziness! Five witchy stars from purplebookstand!