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The debonair psychic investigator Richard Jeperson is the most valued member of the Diogenes Club, the least-known and most essential branch of British Intelligence.

While foiling the plot of many a maniacal mastermind, he is chased by sentient snowmen and Nazi zombies, investigates an unearthly murderer stalking the sex shops of 1970s Soho and battles a poltergeist to prevent it triggering nuclear Armageddon. But as a new century dawns, can he save the ailing Diogenes Club itself from a force more diabolical still?

Newman's 10 mischievous tales, with cameos from the much-loved characters of the Anno Dracula universe, will entertain fans and newcomers alike.

©2017 Kim Newman (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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He’s Still Got It

Kim Newman is, in my opinion one of the most criminally underrated fiction writers working today. He’s an expert at incorporating familiar characters we all know and love into a fascinating world in which we see our beloved literary, film, and television icons in ways we never have before. His new characters interact seamlessly with our favorite icons and his world building is top notch. His work is fun, insightful, clever, original, horrifying, nuanced, and has a surprising amount to say about our own world. I buy every KN work opening day because he consistently surprises and entertains. Definitely give it a look/listen.

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I don't often stop reading/listening mid-book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

You can't tell a book by it's cover or it's title - these are facts that I should have remembered before buying this audiobook.
I haven't read anything by Kim Newman, Esq. before but it seems he has a really big following. All I can say of this book is that it wasn't for me.

I liked Jefferson the main character, I even liked some of the supporting characters - but the majority of the development of the character was description of what they were wearing. In the case of almost every female it sounds like she fell out of the spare wardrobe department of Barbarella. I get that this is set in the late 60's/early 70's but come on- one more vinyl bikini and knee-high go-go boot and I might have started screaming and not been able to stop.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Newman again?

No

What about William Gaminara’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful voice.

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  • K
  • 05-10-18

dated but weird anyway

I reckon you've got to be a die-hard sci-fi fan to get into these tales. There are too silver space suits for my liking. I normally enjoy Newman's idiosyncratic style but these collection of linked stories are very much of their time and I'm not feeling particularly retro at the moment. I'm certainly not comfortable with this particular era of sexual, social and cultural upheaval. It's too awkward.

One thing of note, though, is the clear 'inspiration' for Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series - if I hadn't started this book I'd never of known that Mr Aaronovitch was quite such a plagiari.......ahem....devotee of Kim Newman.

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  • daron richard donnelly
  • 03-06-18

Great stories. Well performed.

Should be a television series. Great characters. I like how we get a flavour of the decades.

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  • Andrea Kennedy
  • 02-12-18

Funny but with a 'difficult to find' storyline

Would you try another book written by Kim Newman or narrated by William Gaminara?

No to Kim Newman but yes to William Gaminara

Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Newman again?

No, I was 4 chapters into this book but still had no idea what the storyline was!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Gaminara?

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You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was funny. Perhaps you have be super quick witted to understand this book but as I listen at the end of a hard day, I was anything but 'quick'!

Any additional comments?

Funny with mentions of the Beatles and 5 other famous names in one sentence. It would appeal to some though.

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  • Ephemerania
  • 06-14-18

A very pleasant surprise

I took a chance on this as I'd always liked Newman's commentary on horror films etc. I am glad that I did, this was funny, suspenseful, silly, tongue in cheek adventures of supernatural sleuths. I want more!

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  • John
  • 05-16-18

A classic.

Magnificent book with a stunning narration. Stories within stories, each with it's own idosyncrasies. Brilliantly bought to life by the many varid voices of the narrator. Read book first so I knew the outlines but it did not spoil the narration one bit. In fact it bought it a more realistic image in my mind. Tried to get other Kim Newman books from Leicestershire libraries. Almost a total lack of any of the publications. I know librairies are gradually being phased out but surely their should be a place for quality literature. It seems that so called classics have a place on the shelves but not modern classics like Tolkein, Peake, Newman etc.
Shakespeare, Bronte etc have had their day and belong to a different generation, it's time that authors such as Archer, Patterson, Rankin, Pratchett and those I've mentioned are given pride of place in out literary establishments. Anno Dracula was a classic, The Man from the Diogenes club, close behind but you try and find a copy in your library. Not much chance of that.

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  • Ian
  • 05-14-18

Chaotic and quirky, but just what I needed.

Sometimes books take themselves too seriously. This one doesn't. Not my usual genre but it was a great listen and kept me interested.

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