What am I up to? Well, since you ask (and so politely, too) I'm going through another revision of New Model Army, this one occasioned by the characteristically insightful, incisive comments of my editor, Simon Spanton. A good editor is is more precious than jewels and his value is far above rubies or pearls: and Simon is one of the best editors in the business. One more week, and I'll have a final polish I'm happy with.
Until then, I've been noting with pleasure a couple of zombie reviews. Hard, for instance, to think of a more elevating and honourable point of comparison than I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again:
Imagine a historical Shaun of the Dead written with as many bad zombie puns as you can think of Ė if youíve got a long memory, add that itís been written by the Iím Sorry Iíll Read That Again team Ė and youíve got an idea of the tone. The narratorís voice occasionally irritates, with one joke repeated a few too many times, but once the plot kicks in, itís far more in the background. Given that Roberts is a professor of 19th Century literature, itís hardly surprising that there are multiple references to different stories, some well-known, others obscure. Like Monty Python at its best though, I Am Scrooge doesnít talk down to its audience Ė even when itís about to make possibly the worst Scooby Doo joke ever! [Paul Simpson]
And here's what the Daily Mail thought:
One man stands between Victorian London and a plague of brain-munching undead: Ebeneezer Scrooge. Yep, itís that Dickensian zombie novel Eng Lit so obviously lacked. In what you could call a fairly free adaptation, Adam Roberts reworks A Christmas Carol into a zombie-slashing gore-fest, with cameo appearances by Jack the Ripper, Queen Victoria and Dickens himself, plus a bravura performance by the Ghost of Christmas Future as a very funny Ali G-soundalike, Lots of corny jokes and groanworthy one-liners, lots and lots of brain-slurping zombies. Clever and daft in equal measure. [Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail 30 Oct 2009]
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