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Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Â Matthew HughesNt powerful people Not only was the novel less interesting by this point a lot of Hughes wit seems to fall away as well What was a light witty novel that read like a situational comedy deevolved into a metaphysical discussion about the meaning of existenceBy the end of The Damned Busters I was completely caught off guard by what was a very esoteric conclusion that left me nsatisfied Like the second half of the book this ending wasn t what I wanted to read I felt betrayed by the promise Hughes made in the opening chapters when he failed to deliver the same level of wit and charm throughoutI would almost recommend Hughes novel based solely on the opening The idea is incredibly clever and he writes it with rare aplomb I can t help but wonder if The Damned Busters would have been better suited as a novella that ended when Hell went back to work If that were the case I d be giving it my highest recommendation As it stands I m not sure it s a great investment of time Advance reader copy the book is due out at the end of MayI bounced hard off this one And it s not because I read in audio without access to the art No we were actually doing really good for the first arter with the story of a hapless nerdy as opposed to geeky I know my classifications thank you actuary who accidentally summons a demon and causes a labor strike in hell It was funny it was whacky it was sneakily ite sharp about good and evil the writing was crispAnd then the whole thing jolted sideways into stupid self indulgent masturbatory superhero fantasies I had a sinking feeling when the blonde bombshell appeared flipped forward went hell no and backed away fast I could The Prodigals Return unpack why this went so suddenly toxic I could talk about how incredibly fucking over I am these sorts of self consciously self mocking books about geeky sci fi nerds who want to be superheroes but when they get a chance to it s not as easy as it looks and they have embarrassment suicky adventures but through accident and cleverness endp getting the keys to the city and access to the walking vagina of the moment anyway I could talk about how what I find most obnoxious is the nderlying narrative of power how this white middle class well educated guy feels so oppressed and powerless and emasculated and how he gains power by hitting some people and sticking his dick in someone I could talk about how this feel good redemptive nderdog crap is actually a deeply toxic story that lets a bunch of privileged people feel smug and authentically downtrodden But I am so over this book in all of its seventeen thousand incarnations I can t even be fucking bothered to finish it and confirm my worst suspicions from the forward glances I took It s hard to make me laugh Call it a personal failing But it s true While other people gasp for air in a fit of jocularity I m merely smiling wondering about the depth of the humour involved The Damned Busters To Hell and Back by Matthew Hughes is the first time since reading Terry Fallis The Best Laid Plans I actually burst into laughter while reading a book The title alone was enough to piue my curiosity an intriguing play on the 1955 British film about WWII RAF dam bombersHughes delivery is dry The Bosss Marriage Plan unexpected often with a remarkable turn of phrase At first I thought I d be reading a accessible variation on Rushdie s theme in The Satanic Verses And while there are similarities by way of the timeless opposition of the divine and profane Hughes story istterly npretentious and consistently deliciously irreverent Because of that there were moments I was reminded of some of the famous scenes from Monty Python s Flying Circus And then again moments of Douglas Adams whacky surreal scenariosPast the first few chapters my opinion changed again so that I thought I was reading a graphic novel minus the graphics But the writing is so tight and the character development so strong even original that the stereotypes of the superhero paradigm vanished We re presented with a socially deficient actuary in fact a very Canadian hero in that he doesn
consider himself heroic nor does he do heroic deeds He simply wants to aid in the pursuit of justice a justice tempered with compassion and a bumbling admirable loveable naivet that lands him in an nusual deal with the Devil and a strike in Hell while Himself Above rewrites the epic saga known to mere mortals as Life As our hero s slippery sidekick we re dished p a Cagney esue stogey sucking rum guzzling demon that breaks most archetypal standardsIn the climax of all this zany narrative one is again reminded of classic literature in a scene that easily parallels Hades abduction of Persephone But in what appears to be intessential Hughes *facility he turns that parallel into something completely niue so that *he turns that parallel into something completely niue so that re left with an original satisfying denouement and conclusion The Damned Busters should definitely find its way to your bookshelf or eReader if you re craving an entertaining and engaging bit of escapist literature This book is pretty much just light irreverent fun Think along the lines of Good Omens or something like that Some of the ideas are fun though since I ve read Good Omens and some of Terry Pratchett s other work the style and ideas weren t entirely fresh Still combining that with the superhero aspect made it fun especially for someone who has recently got back into comics I also enjoyed that the superhero character is a number crunching actuary before he s a superhero not as a cover for it And he loves both jobsI noticed another reviewer being dubious about the involvement of female characters here There s a certain amount of stereotyping which is probably to some extent drawing on the traditional role of women in comics but there is one woman who impressed me Chesney s mother She has a relatively small part to play but I liked the calm way she accepted what was happening and The Comeback Cowboy understood herself and faced itI ve bought the second book but it s definitely on the light reading pile This is a tough one to review I supposeneven is the word to start with It s almost like two separate stories that don t have much to do with one another except that one is the circumstances by way the other is able to happen I know that sounds like it should be connected but it s sorta like Targeted using the story of a sperm cell fighting its way to an egg in order to setp my life story Related sure but not exactly the most obvious plot moveThe first Tomas uarter of the book is the setp It has some humorous bits but it s mostly an excuse for the author to enjoy how Mned Busters by Matthew Hughes – Review The Damned Busters by Matthew The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes Release dates US May st UK May th Where I got it Received Review copy from the friendly folks at Angry Robot Books why I read it Interesting premise totally cool cover art sign me p THE DAMNED DAMNED BUSTERS ALBUM LYRICS The Damned Lyrics; Damned Busters Album; The Damned Damned Busters Album Artist The Damned Album Damned Busters I Think I’m Wonderful Lovely Money Thanks for the Night Smash It Up live Love Song live Bad Time for Bonzo Dozen Girls Ignite Disco Man Fan Club live Neat Neat Neat live I Feel Alright live embed Embed Get the The Damned Busters Matthew Hughes | Book In which Hell goes on strike Thanks for watching BUY THE DAMNED BUSTERS Damned Busters Angry Robot couk Matthew Hughes' Damned Busters is hard to categorize You could say it's dark fantasy but you could also say it falls in the comic book superhero crime fighting genre as well Either way it's both highly original and highly engaging from the first chapter on the sort of story that you don't want to put down It starts when Chesney Anstruther a iet and somewhat gawky actuary with an The Damned Busters – Angry Robot – Ginger Nuts of Horror “ The Damned Busters is a supernatural adventure that blends a rich and Tall, Dark Cranky unpredictable story with a tone and wit that provides plenty of laughs along the way A great balance of action and comedic situations with some romance thrown in for good measure albeit. Humor is such an individual thing that it won t surprise me if many people enjoyed The Damned Busters than I did Not that I didn t enjoy it I thought it was good if not great Don t wanna get involved in grade inflation among book reviews so can we say three and a half stars out of fiveChesney an introverted actuary accidentally summons a demon bashed his thumb bleeds on a five sided table andtters a string of nonsense syllables which The Tycoons Blackmailed Mistress (Australian Millionaires unfortunately correspond to an invocation boy if I had a dime Having nose for the demon Chesney dismisses him which is the straw breaking the camel s back on an ongoing labor dispute in Hell The The Hearts Voice upshot is to get the whole messnraveled Satan has to offer Chesney a freebie whatever he wants without the collateral of his soul So Chesney decides to be a costumed crimefighterWhat follows is largely misadventures as Chesney discovers that a crimefighting isn t as clearcut as shown in the comics or comix as Hughes consistently spells it which adds an nwanted Robert Crumb flavor to it and b ethics are complicated when the powers of Hell are sed to do goodHughes prose is amusing without being as precious and twee as say Eoin Colfer I did feel the whole thing was The Spaniards Stolen Bride (Mills Boon Modern) (Mills Boon Modern) (Brides of Innocence, Book 2) uneven possibly needing another draft for focus that s not counting thenresolved plot threads which leave it open for the planned seuelsDisclaimer Because of the To Kiss a Sheik unelected dweebs at the FTC who wouldn t know the First Amendment if it wore a thong and gave them a lap dance I must hereby announce that the media reviewed herein was received gratis from the distributor of said media with thenderstanding that I would comment on said media in this blog This book was hilarious A socially challenged office worker accidentally summons a demon and ends The Playboys Virgin (Australian Playboys up throwing hell into a strike since a deal wasn t made As a result they make a deal where he gets to be a superhero and he partnersp with a demon who loves to drink In the end he ends The Creed Legacy (Montana Creeds, up getting the girl Overall the book was hilarious and I can t wait to read the next one Have you always dreamt of being a superhero Sure you have What You haven t Well screw it go with me on this anywayChesney Armstruther is an actuary for a large insurance firm if you re a layman like me that means statistician whose life is in a rut Heck maybe his life is the rut Rigidly devoted to numbers and the odds while at the expense of a social life Chesney finds poker with a few of the boys to be his best bet at gaining a few friends But before he can host his first game in his small dreary apartment he accidentally summons a demon from the pits of Hell after hitting his thumb with a hammer andttering some nonsensical profanities The demon insists Chesney sign over his soul in payment for summoning it but Chesney refuses pointing out he didn t actually summon anyone This snafu leads to Hell s minions going on strike because of the contractual dispute which in turn leads to Satan negotiating a settlement with Chesney in order to get things moving again What is Chesney s end of the settlementChesney Armstruther is going to become a superheroThe absurdity of this fantastical premise was too good to pass p when I heard about it The book however is not what I expected and I wound p reading what was of a metaphysical satire than a hero satire with a tone that came off as a bit The Millionaires Seductive Revenge (Australian Millionaires, uneven the longer it went The book starts off strong and Chesney s rather dry and dispassionate demeanor plays well in his protagonist role The villains as they were also worked nicely with the Devil and Chesney snscrupulous boss either working against him or manipulating him as he tries to figure out how to be a superhero two hours at a time each dayAs the novel progressed though I found my affinity towards certain characters diminishing Chesney included or never liking them in the first place like his love interests Poppy Paxton and Melda McCann The most comically endearing character was without estion to me Chesney s endenture sidekick Xaphan a wisecracking hellion with a penchant for rum cigars and 1920s gangster lingoXaphan in a lot of ways acted as an animated deus ex machina and several of the scenes where he helps Chesney muddle through his powers responsibilities and tough decisions were the best part of this book And because of that the divergence from a story about a wannabe superhero to a story about a pawn in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell was palatable than it I thought it had any right to beI guess my criticism boils down to my preconceptions as a reader simply not being met It s a good book and offers an interesting story but it doesnT Consider Himself Heroic Nor
feel like the book to the heart of the matter ntil well past the halfway mark If you enjoy a good dose of humor in your action novels this is a pretty good book to consider but don t trick yourself into thinking it s a superhero novel as it only flirts with that premise long enough to go where it seems the rest of the series is headed So this was an interesting and neven novel I ve written a lot of reviews but *This Is By Far The *is by far the difficult because I didn t like or dislike the novel I almost considered not writing a review at all because I was just so ambivalent Matthews Hughes The Damned Busters is a wholly original novel from Angry Robot Books It is not however the novel I wanted to read Let me explainFilled with fun cartoony characters Hughes pits Chesney Arnstruther an actuary of no particular distinction who accidentally summons a demon against the hordes of the nderworld Oops Everyone gets dropped into a bit of a pickle when he refuses to sell his soul thus sending Hell into labor negotiations from Hell Shenanigans ensue as the denizens of Hell go on strike As part of the bargain that puts Hell back to work Chesney gets the The Ice Maidens Sheikh (Sons of the Desert use of his own personal demon who heses to become a crime fighterFor the first third of the book the shenanigans are a rousing success Satan a few angels a televangelist and Chesney all find themselves locked in a room hassling over a contract for Satan s overworked minions It s so absurd it s brilliant There is loads of snappy dialog and hilarious situations that could only come from nionized labor Hughes does well in the space creating a series of encounters that are often laugh out loud funnyThe nfortunate part is the brilliance only lasts for the first third of the book Once Chesney strikes his deal with Hell the book descends into a pretty boring crime fighter yarn There are awkward stereotypical encounters with women He is taken advantage of by a few not so benevole. Fr The Damned Busters Hughes Matthew Livres Not Retrouvez The Damned Busters et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion fr The Damned Busters Hughes Matthew Dr Not Retrouvez The Damned Busters et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion fr The Damned Busters Livres Not Retrouvez The Damned Busters et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Damned Busters ebook ePub Matthew Hughes Achat The Damned Busters Matthew Hughes Angry Robot Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en jour ou en magasin avec % de rduction fr The Damned Busters Bk The Hell and Back Not Retrouvez The Damned Busters Bk The Hell and Back Trilogy et des millions de livres en stock sur fr Achetez neuf ou d'occasion The Damned Busters To Hell and Back by Matthews Hughes' The Damned Busters is a wholly original novel from Angry Robot Books It is not however the novel I wanted to read com Damned Busters To Hell and Back The Damned Busters is a book that I bought on a whim but now I can admit that I'm rather enjoying The narrative still feels a little rough around the edges but it still makes for interesting reading The Damned Busters To Hell and Back Book The Damned Busters is a supernatural adventure that blends a rich and npredictable story with a tone and wit that provides plenty of laughs along the way A great balance of action and comedic situations with some romance thrown in for good measure this is a great read The Da.T Feel Like The Book
Lever he is I didn t really care for this part of the story at all and spent most of the time wondering when and how we were going to get to the book they talk about on the back coverThe rest of the book is a somewhat standard superhero story but told through the eyes of a person who is a functional autistic He doesn t nderstand people he doesn t The Billionaires Unexpected Heir (Illegitimate Heirs understand social s and he doesn t reallynderstand how the world works But he does The Courage to Love Her Army Doc understand comics and therefore thinks he s ready to fight crime even if it is with the assistance of HellThat part of the book was fun and interesting and often genuinely funny Unfortunately with the firstarter in front of it I can t really recommend the book Or if I do it would be with the suggestion that the mileage will vary wildly on the first The Change in Di Navarras Plan uarter of it Regardless I m not sure I ll be reading any of the proposed trilogy I guess that says as much as anything I have a thing for demon summoningWait that didn t come out right I don t have a thing for demon summoning As in I don t like summoning demons Actually I ve never summoned a demon but I imagine that if I did summon a demon I wouldn t much enjoy it However I suppose that there is a small chance that if I do one day summon a demon then I might discover I enjoy it and start off on some kind of demon summoning kick or addiction At that point we could say I have a thing for demon summoningWhat I mean to say is that I tend to enjoy stories about summoning demons This is why the early seasons of Supernatural captivated me I stayed for the later seasons because the narrative deepened and Castiel is awesome The Damned Busters plays into this predilection of mine From the get go Chesney Anstruther isn t happy about accidentally summoning a demon When his refusal to make a deal which would cost him his soul naturally with this demon leads to a labour strike in Hell Chesney finds himself in the middle of a very awkward negotiation But it works out OK for him in the end because he gets superpowers Except it turns out that being a crimefighter with a demon sidekick is tougher than one might think though if your answer was it sounds pretty tough then I guess you re smarter than me or just a smartassThe first part of this book which follows Chesney s incitement of the labour strike in Hell is totallynlike the second part which concerns Chesney s time as the Actionary I ve read several reviews that wish the first part had been jettisoned and one review that actually preferred it to the superhero narrative I have to side with the former reviewers the first part of The Damned Busters is slow and a little dull As I read it I was thinking that it would make a better short story than a novel indeed from what I gather from the afterword it was a short story that Matthew Hughes then expanded Hell going on strike was a good short story length gimmick but after the initial laughter died down it Tender Love uickly became tediousSo thank God who is Hughes in this case for the sudden changing of gears Chesney s apology to Satan is part of the back to work deal In return Chesney gets a soul preserving deal with a demon who becomes a kind of familiar to him Thanks to the demon Chesney has crimefighting superpowers and can rush about as the Actionary saving damsels in distress and generally feeling like his fictional hero the Driver He tries to impress the daughter of the head of the company he works for but in so doing he comes to the attention of her father and his ambitions to fight crime as a political gambitUnlike the first part of this book the second part develops steadily At first Hughes delivers some of the same metafictional self aware banter and observations that populate superheroic fiction these days Chesney s commentary on his evolution as the Actionary is pithy but nothing we haven t seen elsewhere Fortunately Hughes seems to recognize this and the stakes get higher He keepss guessing as Chesney begins to recognize there is something going on with Paxton s C group than just meta analysis for the purposes of fighting crime Indeed Chesney isn t the only person involved who has a deal with a demon and that makes things all the interestingAt one point early in the book as Chesney watches the Reverend *Billy Lee Hardacre mediate between Satan and the leader of the demons *Lee Hardacre mediate between Satan and the leader of the demons he wonders if he is really the hero of the story after all It seems like Hardacre is doing the important work It s a valid estion at this point because Chesney doesn t *SEEM LIKE HERO MATERIAL INDEED HE *like hero material Indeed he a bit of a pig But as the story develops so too does Chesney he s still a pig but he s a heroic pig a character worthy of carrying a story like this on his shoulders Someone who deserves to thwart evil plans of world dominationAlas Chesney s development from zero to hero is the exception and not the rule The Damned Busters suffers from flat characters all around Aside from Chesney they are all essentially types of one kind or another in their descriptions dialogue and actions Both love interests Penny Paxton and Melda McCall are prime examples of this Hughes plays p Penny as the conniving heiress who always gets her way and that s all she is Similarly Melda is the tough as nails yet mercurial beautician who can handle herself but is attracted to the Actionary nonethelessIn both cases there s nothing really deeper going on here Normally with minor characters we at least get a peek at their motivations We learn about their relationships with their parents Where s Penny s mother What are Penny s aspirations if any beyond hanging around her father s office all the time Does Melda have any dreams beyond the beauty parlour We never get a glimpse at the person behind the character This is a huge problem compounded by the fact that as much as Chesney improves he remains a frail protagonist who is if sympathetic not all that enjoyable a person to hang aroundThe Damned Busters has its moments It s humourous and Hughes is great at The Bridal Bed using characters as gimmicks and devices However the book lacks any characters who generate enough emotional resonance to make the story than interesting diversion It s competent and enjoyable but could have been much betterMy reviews of To Hell BackCostume Not Included An actuary and one well suited to his job in every way inadvertently summons a demon while erecting a poker table and hammering his finger While less than amenable to the idea of selling his soul especially with incontrovertible proof that there actually is such a thing as eternal damnation he sets into motion a set of events that An awkward romance this is a great read “The Damned Busters” by Matthew Hughes | “The Damned Busters” by Matthew Hughes July Michael J Ritchie Humour Science Fiction comedy demon devil hell superhero 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