Book: The Wrong Stuff, K'Barthan Series - Part 2 by M T McGuirecategories: Book, Science Fiction, Humour, Action, Romance, Adventure, Urban Fantasy, Kick Ass Heroine, Car Chase, Super Villain, Anti Hero, Fantasy
M T McGuireabout this book: In the second instalment of the K'Barthan Trilogy, the 'people' of K'Barth, in all their bizarre glory, hit London. I think this one, of all the books, was the most fun to write. I particularly enjoyed creating a bizarre K'Barthan enclave on the top two floors of the RAC Club.
If you know and love London (the original London, in England, that is, which all the others are named after) - if you love StarWars and British humour makes you laugh, you'll probably enjoy this.
This book came into being because I'd written the first book and I wanted to know what happened next. Also, the type of books I wanted to read didn't exist. I wanted my characters to be normal. I appreciate that's rich when one of them is 6ft 2" and orange, with antennae. However, sometimes in books the characters seem to do unlikely things or be unperturbed by something that would bother me terribly. So I wanted to make them realistic. I wanted to nod sagely and think, "Yeh, that's probably just what I'd do."
The characters can be difficult and spiky and stupid but I hope they're the kind of people you'll want to be friends with. Except Lord Vernon, who is scary.
The theory is that, if I write the kind of stuff I enjoy reading then there will be two benefits. First, I'll believe in it so it'll read with conviction. Second, it's logical that if I enjoy reading it back, there must be a couple of other people out there who would like it too.
If you've stumbled upon this one, I hope you have fun reading. It is the second in a four book series and though it isn't essential it might be advisable to read the first book, Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Trilogy: Part 1 beforehand.
It's been compared to Fforde, Adams, Pratchett, Holt, Red Dwarf and Rankin - pretty much everyone then - and described as Hitchiker's Guide meets James Bond (minus the spies).
If you decide to give it a go, I hope you enjoy it.
This second book in the K'Barthan Trilogy was voted the 2012 best book in its genre by the readers of Indie Bargain Books, which is a kind of UK version of Pixel of Ink.
Here are some quotes from reviews of the book:
• 'I love the uncomfortable bumbling and the beautiful chivalry of the tale. I love the reality mixed with outrageous and hilarious fantasy.' — Kate Policani, Author/Reviewer.
• 'I can thoroughly recommend this book which combines a wry, sarcastic humour and some really deep insights into human nature (even though technically all the characters aren't human!) If you love fantasy, this series is a must.' — Ignite - Amazon top 500 Reviewer
• 'The Pan of Hamgee is one of my favourite characters of all time; the story is tight and unpredictable and the pacing excellent. The characterisation is superb and the humour delightful.' — Awesome Indies
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Other books by M T McGuire
• Book Review: Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series - Part 1 by M T McGuire|
• Book Review: Looking For Trouble - K'Barthan Series - Part 4 by M T McGuire|
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